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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.

We try to meet these aims by arranging:
  • A Monthly Programme of talks followed by refreshments
  • Visits and Excursions to places of interest
  • Concerts
  • An Annual Dinner and Anniversary Service

A further aim is to raise funds in support of Church activities and Local Charities.

Future Programme

 4 September
Exciting Wildlife around the World
        Tom Way

 2 October
Shalford Mill - National Trust
        David Hunt

13 October 7:30pm (Saturday)
British Airways Band Concert
        Tickets required

 6 November
A Touch of Glass - stained glass maker
        Norman Vinali

 4 December
Chocolate: presentation - taste and buy
        Bob Whalton

 3 January 2019 (Thursday)
As Time Goes By
        Tony King   - note change of date and programme

 3 February 10.30am (Sunday)
MORS Anniversary Service
        Revd Bryan Coates, MORS Choir

 5 February
The Royal Swans
        David Barber

13 February
Annual Dinner at Sandmartins Golf Club
        Tickets required

Monthly Review
Event Reports

David Tinker – "Wish You Were Here"
On a lovely warm July evening, David recounted the pleasures and problems involved in trips to the seaside.  He touched on so many happy memories and images.  Who can forget the saucy postcards, or the posters of pretty girls and jolly sailors enticing us to visit their particular seaside towns and enjoy their attractions?  These included donkey rides, 'Punch and Judy' shows and memorable concerts.

The seaside's heyday ranged from 1870 – 1950s, with growth occurring when the working population benefitted from the rapid expansion of mass transport via rail and sea.  It was estimated that the 'seaside' attracted over 100,000 visitors a day, and their accommodation ranged from 1st class hotels to the renowned boarding houses – often ruled by formidable land-ladies!  Another factor helping growth of the leisure industry was the introduction of holidays for the working classes.  Each region had at least one leading attraction, such as Blackpool and its Tower, and Scarborough with its county cricket ground.  Michael Parkinson always claimed it had the countries best sand for beach cricket!

The decline of seaside holidays began around the end of the 1950s with the rapid growth of air travel and package tours.  However the seaside towns have been fighting back, showing initiative in promoting their attractions, such as rebuilding their piers.  So they are still well worth a visit!

Laycock Abbey Oriel WindowOn Tuesday 12th June the MORS outing took 100 people to the Cotswolds and visited Laycock Abbey, located within the 13th century village of Laycock, often used as a location for filming series like 'Downton Abbey' and 'Wolf Hall'.  All very picturesque!  In 1835 one of the owners of the Abbey, William Henry Fox Talbot, created the first photographic negative when he took a picture of the oriel window in his house – establishing Laycock as the birthplace of photography.  The Fox Talbot Museum in the Abbey grounds spans the history of photography up to the present day, and this picture shows Tony King and Gerry Higson looking at the oriel window that was first pictured in 1835.

Future Events

The MORS 2018/19 Programme is now available from the Welcome Table at the entrance to The Meeting Place.  On September 4th we look forward to another display of Tom Way's world-class wildlife photographs, then on October 13th the British Airways Band returns for another of their splendid concerts.  Other highlights from next year's programme include our visit on 18th June to Hever Castle in Kent, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, and Bryan Coates returning on 3rd February to take our Anniversary Service.  We hope you will note these dates in next year's diary.

Guy Masdin

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
· Concerts
· 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)