We have received our first ever booking to perform at Hungerford House in Corsham. The group will perform on Wednesday 27th September 2017 between 2:00 and 3:00pm.
We have been booked to appear at Clift House in Chippenham on Friday 1st December 2017.
This is a regular annual booking for the group to entertain the residents at their Christmas Party. The party is always well organised – with a buffet supper for the residents and us, together with a huge raffle. We are grateful for being asked back to bring a little Christmas cheer to our friends.
We have accepted a request to perform for the Calne Morning WI at Marden House on 13th December 2018. This is the first booking we have taken for the New Year.
This WI have already booked us for the coming December, but wanted to ensure they could have us to entertain them again next year.
At the same time, we have been asked if we could include ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ in this year’s programme – as a tribute to the late Glen Campbell. We will be rehearsing this song during the Summer period.
Today we had a marvellous time at the Chippenham Golf Club attending the 50th Anniversary Party of Tracker Dave Sperritt and his wife Geraldine.
The event was attended by family and close friends of the couple. We took along our partners and enjoyed complimentary drinks before an excellent three course meal in a private section of the clubhouse lounge. This was followed by a humorous speech from Dave who recounted their times together since the wedding day in 1967. Immediately before the group entertained the audience with songs selected for the occasion by Dave and Geraldine, Phil Hall sang through ‘After All These Years’ – a Foster and Allen song – as a tribute to the anniversary couple.
Anniversary cake was served with tea/coffee after our performance.
We missed having the company of Tracker Brian Elliot, his wife Gill, Tracker Dave Hackett and his wife Jackie. Margaret Dyke also could not attend the event due to a commitment at a wedding.
The weather was bright and sunny for most of the time, although a short cloud burst did send the golfers scurrying off the course for a period of time. But the sun shone again to allow the guests to leave the party in the dry.
Many thanks to Dave and Geraldine for organising such a successful event.
This afternoon we received our first request for a performance in 2018.
It came from the Calne Morning WI – who already have us booked for this coming December. Their members voted unanimously to ask us to perform again in December 2018.
Today we received a request to provide entertainment for Wiltshire residents that is to be held at the Civic Hall in Trowbridge in October 2017. Sadly, the request had to be turned down because the group are already booked for that afternoon.
This afternoon we attended the St Nicholas’s School in Chippenham to entertain the special needs children and young adults who are currently participating in their two-week holiday activities. Those activities are organised by the local charity ‘North Wilts Holiday Club’ which is the charity supported by End Of The Track.
We handed over a giant cheque for £2,750. The children had used the reverse side of the cheque to draw images of our singers. Our audience was in a party mood with the event being advertised as a fancy dress party; we had Batman sitting in the front row!
As always, the audience was full of enthusiasm and energy, and they were quickly on their feet and dancing to our opening song ‘Is This The Way To Amarillo’. We continued to entertain with songs that they could join in with – clapping or singing – with encouragement from their carers.
We performed for 30 minutes and were then asked to sing two more songs as an encore. Our programme was as follows:-
- Hi Ho Silver Lining
- Pretty Woman
- Here Comes My Baby
- I Can See Clearly Now
- Bad Moon Rising
- Do You Love Me
- All My Loving
- Hey Jude
Daydream Believer & Eight Days A Week
The group have been invited back to entertain the Day Centre who meet at the Derrick Evans House in Liden, Swindon. We have agreed to perform on Wednesday 29th November 2017 starting at 2:30pm. There will be a refreshment interval of 30 minutes.
The group are saddened to be informed that whilst performing for the Sherston Seniors Club at The Carpenters Arms public house on Tuesday 11th July 2017 a nearby resident Chas Gleed – who died earlier that day – was being taken away by the local undertakers.
Apparently, Chas was a proper local character and his family thought it was rather amusing that he was serenaded to the musical sounds of a group named ‘End Of The Track’ for his final journey to the mortuary.
We do hope that Chas was able to enjoy some of our repertoire as he passed by.
The group are booked to entertain this seniors club on Monday 16th October 2017 in the village hall. The performance will begin at 2:15pm and will finish around 3:00pm.