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At the Jazz Band Ball ?

At the Jazz Band Ball ?

From our society correspondant comes the following report,

St Bernadettes Dinner Dance Strictly Come X Factor


On October 17th 2009, 88 parish members and friends came together for a re-run of our successful

40th Anniversary dinner dance held at Fry Club in Keynsham.

Once again, everyone arrived looking glamorous and gorgeous .It was great to see our parish family greeting one another, smiling and chatting.

We were treated to bucks fizz on arrival while a jazz trio played background music. Then we sat down for a delicious 3 course meal of pate, stuffed pork loin and lemon tart .

Our after dinner entertainment featured some talent that is hidden away among the pews of our congregation. There were a few treats in store for us!

We were really pleased to welcome Les Whitehead who is a “man who can!”. Les arrived in his black tie and Dinner suit accompanied by sound equipment, microphones and mini disc player. He kicked off our home grown entertainment like a pro with his crooning and then became stage manager for the acts that followed:

Let me tell you about “the two Joes”:

Joe Collins is a little man with a BIG voice! What a talent he is! He made the stage his own with his rendition of Hero by Enrique Iglesius.

Joe O Shaughnessy ( will be recognised by most as a regular altar server)brought the house down with his fantastic version of Frank Sinatras “My Way” . Big Joe had us all applauding and cheering as he powered his way through the Chorus.

By contrast, there was some  lovely soft female singing  when Rhiannon and Carys Lampard performed Fields of Gold by Sting. The Amesbury family brought along their good friend Laura Freeman who sang beautifully accompanied by an excellent folk guitarist.

We wound up our St Bernadettes Got Talent X Factor with an hilarious Blues Brothers routine. The boys donned their hats and dark glasses and had us all in stitches!

A big thank you to all who agreed to perform and especially to Les for making it all possible.

Cass Caswell and his Allstars were the band who played until midnight. They eventually enticed most of us up to the floor for a dance or two.


As with all social events , there is always a team of people who will get stuck in at the drop of a hat.

Special mention must go to Geraldine Wise for her help and support with the raffle and table decorations. I am grateful to Gordon Hodgson as the king of party games  and Jane Critten for overseeing ticket sales when I wasn’t available.

Thanks also to Bernard Price for recommending the very professional Cass ‘s All stars and to the management  at Fry Club for keeping my stress levels at a minimum!

The biggest thanks , however, goes to all of you who supported the night . It would not have been a success without you and your enthusiasm and positive feedback was greatly appreciated.



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