Newsletter - 2003

Dear Everyman Member,

Please find enclosed details of Guests booked for the Everyman between September 2003 and May 2004.

Change of Venue

We are extremely grateful to Lyn, the previous Landlady of the Queens Head, for her hospitality over the years, and also to the new Landlady, Sue, for allowing us to finish our season to last May.  However, plans to develop the pub into a Chinese Restaurant, together with uncertainty about public entertainment legislation, have resulted in us seeking an alternative venue.

So, after six happy years at the Queens Head in Saxmundham, the Everyman is moving to a new venue from September 2003 – being the Benhall & Sternfield Ex Servicemen’s Club.  (This is only 1½ miles from the Queens Head).  We very much appreciate the help provided by Rodger & Jill Hill, both for advising us of this as a potential venue, and for arranging our introduction to the Benhall Committee.  Thank you also to those who suggested other venues.

Directions: From the A12, turn onto the B1121 (south of Saxmundham) signposted to Saxmundham and Benhall Green.  Take the first right turning, signposted to Benhall Green.  Then take the first left turning (at the school) into School Lane, and you will find The Benhall & Sternfield Ex Servicemen’s Club on your left.

Our new room is slightly larger than that at the Queens Head, with: a pitched wooden ceiling (so lovely acoustics); an unpretentious stage; a subsidised bar in a separate room; ample parking; no neighbours to be disturbed by us; disabled access and a disabled toilet; and last, but not at all least, a Public Entertainments Licence.  We will remain a no-smoking venue, but smoking is permitted in the bar.  (Did I mention that the room is lilac?!).

Advance Tickets

Please find enclosed a couple of booking forms.  Additional forms are always available on Club evenings (and on the web site).  We take this opportunity to remind Members that the discount on tickets to £4 is for advance payment.  Otherwise, tickets are £5 when paid for on the door.

Membership / Public Entertainments Licensing

Many of you have heard talk of the ‘Two in a Bar Rule’ and enforcement of Public Entertainments Licenses.  We are pleased to confirm that your folk club is safe - the Everyman runs as a Private Members Club and our new venue has a Public Entertainments Licence.   Membership is free, and only requires that your name and address details be recorded on our membership list – which they are if you have received this letter!  (The membership list is not made available to any other parties).

Sponsorship of Recording

The Everyman Folk Club has sponsored ‘The Foggy Dew’ performed by Dave Fletcher & Bill Whaley on the Song Links CD that was launched in March 2003.  As a Member, you can purchase this double-CD at a significant discount via the Everyman.  Please see the enclosed order form for more details.

Floor Singers

We are always seeking new volunteers for floor spots.  If you would like to perform at the Everyman please don’t be afraid to say so.

We hope you are having a lovely Summer – and look forward to seeing you in the Autumn.

Best wishes,