Phil's Sandbach Folk Club Scrapbook (pre '81)

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Here are a few clips from the pre-1981 club which as well as having a singaround in The Crown, put on concerts in Sandbach Town Hall.

The text reads "Sandbach Folk Club held its first major concert at Sandbach Town Hall on Saturday and it proved to be a great success. Pictured above are the group Strawhead and Manchester singer-songwriter Graham Cooper, who provided the entertainment." The picture actually shows myself, Nigel Stonier, Kevin Fletcher, Sue Wyatt, Ian "Boot" Ankers. I can't remember who the chap in the glasses is.

The text reads "Smiles from the Folk Singers who entertained members of Sandbach Folk Club and townspoeple at a concert at Sandbach Town Hall on Saturday. Allan Taylor was "in concert" with the group "Oak Apple" with support from local singers".

Top left to right - ?,? Phil Newton, Nigel Stonier, Myself,??

Bottom left to right - Allan Taylor, Sue Wyatt, Ken Scott

Ken Scott, Nigel Stonier, Ian "Boot" Ankers, Sue Wyatt, myself

"OakApple" was a group put together by Ken Scott especially for the night. It was slightly disconcerting to hear him introducing members of the group to each other an hour or so before the concert but all went well on the night. Ken was a keen supporter of the singaround club and concerts and more recently appeared  with Calico Jack as a guest at the club. Sadly, Ken died of cancer in 2001.

Christmas 1979


There was a time when the folk club singers went around the Sandbach pubs singing Christmas Carols.

Above: Sue Wyatt and Nigel Stonier possibly in the Crown or the Tavern

Right: Alice, Landlady of The Crown in the '70s

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