mors - friendship for all
Meets: 1st Tuesday of each Month in the Church at 19:30. Contact: Tony King
MORS is a Church Social Group open to “Methodists of Rose Street”, and to all other friends of the Church. Our main aims are to encourage friendships to grow and to welcome everyone into the overall Church family.
- A Monthly Programme of talks followed by refreshments
- Visits and Excursions to places of interest
- An Annual Dinner and Anniversary Service
A further aim is to raise funds in support of Church activities and Local Charities.
My Experiences Training with the Cosmonauts at Star City, Russia
A Long Walk across England
Lies and Excuses - Going through Customs
Outing to Lacock Village and Museum
Lunch in Chippenham - Booking required
Our meeting on March 6th saw the return of Simon Williams who had previously talked to us about Police Dog Handling. He now came along with a complete change of subject to describe "My Journey to the Magic Circle and Beyond".
He had been interested in magic since boyhood and still treasured a book on magic he received at the age of 12. He was inspired by famous characters such as David Nixon, Tommy Cooper and of course the legendary Harry Houdini. He told us that every magician craved to own something that had once belonged to Harry - as a 'prop' for his own card tricks, Simon used one of Houdini's empty magic boxes which suddenly revealed a set of teeth! Simon's first magic show was at school where the illusion of doves appearing from an apparently empty net triggered his lifelong interest in magic and led to his membership of the Magic Circle.
Simon's repertoire was very extensive. He described sawing the lady in half, and making a feather too heavy to lift. He showed us the disappearing tiger and involved the audience in a wide range of card tricks and illusions, resulting in impressive and puzzling outcomes. But as Simon said "It's Fun to be Fooled", which we certainly were during a very entertaining evening.
In March we also received first class entertainment from the Reading Male Voice Choir led by their musical director, Clive Waterman. The choir has also performed at our Alzheimer Group's Christmas party held at Swallowfield Park. The choir treated us to a wide range of songs from the shows, from opera and other sources – all presented with professional style and quality. Amongst the highlights were the performances of the charming and talented soprano, Lori Tingay Weber and the impressive baritone Graham McGregor-Smith. We again enjoyed a splendid evening which after expenses made £688 for the MORS Charity Fund.
We look forward to a very high-tech presentation at our April 3rd meeting when Jane Simpson will describe her experiences in training with the Russian cosmonauts.
Then on Tuesday 12th June we are arranging a coach trip to the Cotswolds to visit Laycock Abbey, used in the television version of Wolf Hall, plus the 13th century village of Laycock, also seen in countless film productions. In the grounds of the Abbey you will also find the Fox Talbot Museum which shows the birth of modern photography. On our way down to the Cotswolds we will stop in the historic town of Chippenham where you can take lunch. A Booking Form for this trip can be found in April Greetings.
Annual Review (February 2018)
It's worth drawing to attention the aim of MORS which is not only for members of the Church but also in our outreach to the wider community – we meet this aim by arranging:
· A Monthly Programme of talks followed by refreshments.
· Visits and Excursions to places of interest
· An Annual Dinner and Anniversary Service
A further aim is to raise funds to support Church activities and Local Charities.
This past year MORS has again enjoyed a full programme with strong support for our activities. An average of around 60 people attended our monthly talks which were far ranging from the production of 'A Painting Before Your Eyes' to 'The Changing Face of Reading' in photographs. It's also a pleasure to see everyone staying on afterwards in the Meeting Place to enjoy refreshments and a chat.
We also enjoyed visits to Sudeley Castle and to Windsor Castle - decorated with Christmas trees.
We welcomed back the Revd. Nick Thompson to conduct our Anniversary Service in February. Community Hymn Singing was led by Christine Barker prior to the evening service. And of course, the MORS Male Voice Choir raised everyone's spirits by their enthusiastic and professional contribution under their conductor Eileen Goode - reaching the climax with 'We'll go in the strength of the Lord'. It was a pleasure to have our own Minister taking part in the Service.
We maintained tradition by holding our Annual Dinner at 'The Bull' at Arborfield.
The Reading Phoenix Choir gave a first-class concert and, at time of writing, we are looking forward to the Reading Male Voice Choir in March. Our old friends the British Airways Band are returning to give a concert in October. We are grateful to Malcolm Souter for taking over the arrangements of the concerts in future. The proceeds from the concerts make a considerable contribution to our Charity funds.
Tony King (Secretary)