Soirée in Steyning

We had a lovely afternoon at the Steyning Centre, with entertainment provided by some of our people living with MND who wanted to share their love of music, travel and poetry.

The Rude Mechanicals, comprising of Ray Chandler, Barry Ruffell and Mick Parker played a selection of folk music that had us toe tapping along to the tunes.  Among the large range of instruments that they play with, Barry had an instrument called a Nyckelharpa, a Swedish national instrument. They were selling their CD, ‘Lady Pentweazle’s maggot’ on the day, and all proceeds were donated to the branch which came to £297.00.  You can see the boys playing live at the Duke of Wellington pub, Brighton Road, Shoreham on two Wednesday’s every month.

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John Grew took us on his adventures travelling through part of Northern India on a motorcycle with 16 other intrepid enthusiasts!  His fantastic photos gave us a snapshot of life in the region, and an insight into the way of life.  One thing that stood out was the beautiful colours that were everywhere and were reflected in the ladies sari’s and the variety of exotic spices piled high for sale.  As you would imagine the scenery was stunning, with views of high mountains and rivers winding around the landscape.  Landslides were often encountered along the route and the group were always amazed at how there was machinery on hand to clear the path, albeit perched on a narrow space with a sheer drop! What brilliant memories were made!

To end the afternoon, Jimmy Lee enthralled us with his amazing poetry.  It was moving and funny and gave us an insight into his extraordinary life.  As a singer/songwriter, Jimmy has used his experiences write his recent biography, ‘Broken Childhood – Mended Dreams (The Misadventures of Jimmy Lee)’.  He has several albums of folk/country music that were shaped during his travels in America.

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