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FUNDAY SUNDAY - Sunday 27th May
Following the popularity of our Easter Sunday Funday with DJ Pete, we are pleased to announce ... It’s another Sunday Funday on the bank holiday weekend (27th May). Mardons invites the whole family to join us for an afternoon of fun.
Kev and Huw will be cooking up a fine feast of a family BBQ from 1pm - so don't worry about having your dinner beforehand, there will be food on sale ... and don't panic about the weather, they'll be under the new outside shelter, in the dry!
We'll be playing some kids mini disco tunes from 2pm to get things warmed up and then from 3-5pm we'll treat you to probably the funniest puppet and magic show around, with fabulous kids entertainer Johhny G.
Entry is free and we look forward to spending the day with you. Please remember, parents must remain on the premises throughout.
MMMBOP - SUPERGROUP PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE 90s - Friday, 25th May
It’s going to be a big bank holiday weekend at Mardons Social Club as MMMBOP present their Tribute To The 90s (and a little bit either side) on Friday, 25th May. The club is especially excited as MMMBOP are actually a ‘supergroup’ formed from some of the members of two of the club’s most loved bands - Freeze and Limited Edition. They will debut their brand new set which includes PJ and Duncan's Let’s Get Ready To Rumble, 5ive's Keep On Moving and The Spice Girls' Stop Right Now - so join them to look back at this fun decade - Entry is free .... and remember IT'S ON THE FRIDAY NIGHT!!!
SCHOOL DISCO PARTY NIGHT - FRIDAY, 18th MAY
Club member Vicky Andrews has organised another exciting fundraiser for Kilmersdon School.
This time it's a fancy dress party night, themed as a school disco. There will be food available - of course in true school dinners style ... think pink custard!!!
Nigel Coles returns again this year with his Funky Photo Booth and they'll also have the obligatory Tuck Shop.
So get your uniform on, avoid detention and join in all the
fun to help support this local school.
Tickets are available from the club bar, from Kilmersdon School or call:
LISA'S ARMY FUNDRAISER - SUNDAY, 6th MAY
Local girl, Claire Taylor, has organised a fundraising event at Mardons, on Sunday, 6th May, starting at 2pm.
Come and support LISA'S ARMY, MARCHING ON CANCER and help Claire raise both funds and awareness.
There will be a sponsored waxing for Claire and several men, so, watch them brave the pain for this wonderful cause and sponsor them or give generously.
There will be plenty happening during the afternoon, including Zumba Sessions, a Raffle, a chance to get your photo taken with a Stormtrooper, Face Painting, crafts and more!
Well done Claire, you've put a lot of work into this, we hope you have a sccessful day!.
NEW BANDS AND NEW FACES
The early part of the year has seen continued success at Mardon, with lots of great new bands joining us on Saturday Nights - We've enjoyed some terrific performances from The Raskals, Jet Pack Jesus and of course Punk On Your Hits. Having variety is important and it keeps things interesting, so being lucky enough to book Punk On Your Hits, following their massively successful support slot for S Club and 5ive, was great and we had lots of fun seeing them perform.
Returning bands are great, some of our favourites have already played this year and many will be back later in 2018 - one of the craziest nights we've ever had came from the mighty Hair Of The Dog, their popularity is growing massively and the club was at capacity for their appearance. We thank everyone for their patience at the bar - and of course thank our wonderful staff for their hard work - it really was an unprecidented turn out, and the band certainly didn't disappoint ... they were awesome, well done HOTD!
With a great mix of music on offer and suited to all ages and tastes, the social club is keen to be as inclusive as possible and to allow all guests an enjoyable night out in a safe environment. The weekly entertainment is free to everyone, members and non-members alike and new faces are always welcome at Mardons, so please spread the word, tell your friends and join us when you can.
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Unfortunately the terrible weather has meant that Silvertrain are unable to get to Mardons for their gig on Saturday, 3rd March - we apologise and we will reschedule them asap.
The club however remains open as normal throughout this trying time, if you are visiting the club, please take care on the journey to and from Mardons.
TOM TALKS LIVE SHOW ON THURSDAY 8th MARCH
Three community minded groups are coming together for one very special night.
Tom Bradey, presenter of the Tom Talks Show, on community radio station, Somer Valley FM, this year celebrates five years of his show, and to mark the occasion has organised a line up of inspiring and esteemed musicians and vocalist to perform at a music event that will be recorded and broadcast on the station. The evening will be staged at Mardons Social Club, Midsomer Norton, on Thursday, 8th March. We at Mardons, have wholeheartedly embraced the event making it a rare ticket only evening.
The night will raise funds for chosen local charity SWALLOW, who themselves are marking a successful 25 years of their work. The charity provides much needed support for teenagers and adults with learning disabilities in Bath and North East Somerset. The charity is led by its members, and responds to individual needs by providing flexible support. Over the years they have become an invaluable asset with both their members and staff giving so much back to the community.
Aiming to appeal to all ages and tastes, The Tom Talks LIVE Show boasts an impressive and eclectic mix that celebrates music in all its forms.
GEORGIA MANN is a young vocalist with a bright future. Having won favour performing at talent shows, she has also impressed as part of local drama group Exit Stage Left.
WADE MERRITT is a proving to be a very credible, rising young artist, an acoustic singer-songwriter who's not afraid to tackle covers and put his own twist on a song! The Wiltshire based lad notes his influences as The Beatles and Queen, and with impressive vocals and musicality, his original material is a well-crafted credit to him as his catalogue continues to grow.
JOE CARREYETT is a young singer-songwriter, bringing an interesting folk fusion to the evening. The intriguing mix is the result of being raised on a diet of rock music like AC/DC and Scorpions through to the sounds of folk and acoustic music like Eva Cassidy. From soft, simple tones from the warm strings on the guitar to the rapid orchestral feel from the piano, the synchronised approach of the instruments bring out an atmospheric, and emotional surround sound that will tug at everyone’s heart strings.
SAINT LOE convincingly bring a modern-day pop sound back to the live band scene. Ben, Danny and twins, Dan and Alex have been gigging the South West of England and beyond, building a solid fan base at shows and a large online presence. Having featured on line-ups with Katy B, Jamie Lawson and Kodaline they are all set for more of the festival scene this year.
These guys have a sound, and a look that is excitingly, and authentically their own. With a quartet of vocal harmony talent, and masterly musicians to boot their blue-eyed ballads seethe with passion, while their endearing, catchy, feelgood anthems certainly pop!.
JACK MOORE is a renowned multi-instrumentalist and songer/songwriter from Calne. Rounding off the the night, he is a versatile and out-of-the-box performer. Jack strives to create music which is fresh and free from the shackles and influence of trend. His stage demeanour is charming, unique and on-the-edge-of-awkward. Generally performing rock music on an acoustic guitar, Jack will be performing with full band COMPACT PUSSYCAT to deliver bombastic grooves to get toes tapping and hips wiggling.
THE JENNY PEPLOW SINGERS are a group of more than 45 women of all ages who get together to enjoy the power of music. Formed in 2011, over the years they have gone from strength to strength, winning awards, while keeping it fun. Known for their lively, professional performances and a varied repertoire of music, they say: “Singing is good for the soul, it helps people on so many levels ... singing can build confidence, self-esteem and general well-being.”
The doors will open at approx 6.30pm prior to the performance starting at 7.30pm and finishing at around 11pm with a full bar available throughout the evening. Tickets are available online at:
Despite the social club suffering from the recurrence of the infamous Linden Homes leaking roof, which has been cause for concern since our delayed move into the build back in 2015, spirits certainly weren't dampened over the festive season at Mardons.
The Kids Christmas party has become a huge free event over the last few years and this year saw the entertainment team playing games and issuing prizes to what appears to have been the busiest yet. Santa arrived (after a slight hold up) to a rapturous welcome by the very excited children and there was a terrific atmosphere throughout the afternoon, so hopefully the kids and parents enjoyed it as much as the organisers!
As always, the New Year's Eve party was a complete sell out event, with the welcome return of the super-talented Freeze. Guests were in high spirits, dancing and partying continuously from 7pm until 1 in the morning, making it one of the most successful nights in the club's history.
With the start of 2018, Mardons are again filling Saturday night slots with some of the leading bands in the area and introducing a handful of new names into the mix. January saw The Retreats get the year off to a fine start with their inventive and surprising party sets which included King of The Swingers and I Wanna be Like You, with everyone calling for more at the end of the night, they will most definitely be returning later in the year. Other avourites in the form of Limited Edition, Uptones and Stiff Upper Lips and many more has seen the quality of Mardons entertainment continue to soar.
Getting to see new bands is always an exciting time at Mardons and over the next couple of months guest bands will include Tarantula, Silvertrain, The Rascals, Jet Pack Jesus and many more, all coming very highly recommend and ready to get the club on their fee and dancing. With a great mix of music on offer and suited to all ages and tastes, the social club is keen to be as inclusive as possible and to allow all guests a enjoyable night out in a safe environment. The weekly entertainment is free to everyone, members and non-members alike and new faces are always welcomed at Mardons.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Thank you to everyone who joined us for a terrific New Year's Eve Party with the incredible FREEZE! Thank you for your continued support - look out for more great bands this year, some new and some returning favourites.
BOXING DAY AND NEW YEAR'S EVE TICKETS
Tickets have been on sale from the bar at the club and available for all members to purchase before they go on general sale ... so, members, we hope you've taken the opportunity to get yours early and at your discounted price.
Tickets for both events will be on sale and available to any non-members from 7 pm on Sunday, 19th November – Get them while you can!
FULL HOUSE FOR HALLOWEEN HIJINKS
It was a capacity crowd for the Halloween fancy dress party on Saturday, 28th October. The supremely talented Limited Edition once again entertained us all. In a league of their own, the fab five piece dressed for the occasion in gruesome style and partied hard throughout the evening to make it a teffific night.
We were all hugely impressed by the great costumes
on display. There were ghost, ghouls, monsters and villains. With the Adams family, batman villains and a particularly impressive stormtrooper it was a night of the weird and wonderful. Well done to everyone that took part and thank you for making it a night to remember.
BEN'S CHARITY HEAD SHAVE
Huge congratulations to Ben Winsley for taking part in a charity head shave at Mardons Social Club last night (Thursday 5th October). Ben has raised in excess of £400 from generous donations, which also includes proceeds from raffle ticket sales on the night. All money will be going to a great cause, Cancer Research.
ISSYS RACE NIGHT
A massive thank you to everyone who came along and supported Issy’s Race Night, we raised approximately £900 tonight plus we also had a very generous donation of £350 from the magnificent Midsomer Norton and Radstock Rotary Club.m/crowdfunding/isabel-freeman.
ISSY'S FUNDRAISING RACE NIGHT
Join us on Friday, 29th September, for ISSY'S RACE NIGHT when we are raising money to help get 3-year-old Issy, a specially-adapted and supportive, electric wheelchair.
Issy is living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2 (SMA II), an inherited condition that affects the muscles, and this wheelchair will make an incredible difference to her life.
Kevan Doe will be your host the evening, so come along and place your bets. Pay £3 now, at the bar, to be named as a Jockey or to become an Owner ... if your horse comes in first you win £15.
TED'S BIG QUIZ NIGHT
Join us on Friday, 22nd September, for TED'S BIG QUIZ
Becky Brooks and Karen Burge are back to raise much needed funds for the RUH Cancer Care Centre. Glyn Young will be the quizmaster for the evening, so expect random questions and fun rounds! Entry forms are available from the bar, teams of 4-6 people £2.50 per person, 8pm prompt start.
UPTONES ... A VERY EXCITING NEW BAND
Young and exciting new band, UpTones, come to Mardons, on Saturday, 26th August for a night of soul, pop, RnB and Motown jams, all designed to get you groovin.
Strong male and female lead vocals bring to life a mammoth selection of songs, with an energetic delivery that leaves audiences wanting more ... so bring your best dance moves and be prepared to boogie!
Their stellar set list takes in Ed Sheeran, Rag n Bone Man, Beyonce and Rihanna, the latest hits from the likes of Kanye West and The Chainsmokers, plus all your old favourites from Dusty Springfield, Chaka Khan, Britney and even the Spice Girls. This will be a night of great music and plenty of new bangers, so get ready for the drop! ... Entry is free and everyone's welcome, music starts at 9pm
BE PREPARED FOR A QUIZ NIGHT
On Friday, 25th August, Club member, Andrew Mobbs, has organised a Quiz Night, in aid of 1st Radstock Scouts. Teams are of 4-6 people,be there at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
This event is to raise money for disabled facilities (showers and toilets) so that they are able to welcome all people to scouts, regardless of their abilities/disabilities. Currently, a young lad who attends scouts, finds it difficult to stay for sleepovers and overnight activities at the scout hall.
As a fundraiser, each beaver, cub and scout from 1st radstock scouts has been given two pounds to turn into a profit over the summer, be it from a bake sale, car wash or any other fund raising activity. Andrew's own boys are putting their two pounds each towards posters and supplies to run this quiz night, so please come along and show them your support.
DWEAMAH DANCE FUNDRAISING EVENT
Pop along to Mardons on Thursday, 27th July between 3.30 and 5.30 p.m. to see group performances from Dweamah Dance Crew and The Dream Team ... plus one on one dance battles and team dance battles!!!
It's free entry and everyone's welcome. There will be a cake sale, tuck shop, raffle, mini jumble sale and much more! The bar will be open!
SOMER VALLEY GREAT GET TOGETHER
You are warmly invited to join the Somer Valley Great Get Together to celebrate the work of carers and the communites they live in. Gather family, friends and neighbours to try out some new actvites, hear some inspiring stories, enjoy a delicious free cream tea, relax and meet other local people.
Come along and take part in New Age Indoor Kurling/Botcha, workshops and more on Wednesday, 12th July, between 1pm and 3 pm. Booking: not required, please note cream tea numbers are limited, arrive early to get your free cream tea.
Mardons are proud to be in partnership for this event with St John's Foundaton, Alzheimers' Society, Stroke Associaton and AGEUK.
RUH CANCER CARE CENTRE FUNDRAISER
It's Ted's Big Band Night Out at Mardons, on Saturday, 1st July.
Locals ladies, Karen Burge and Becky Brooks, have organised a special charity fundraiser for the RUH Cancer Care Centre as part of the Forever Friends Appeal. One in three people are affected by cancer and every day lives are changed forever by the disease. The new Cancer Centre will be a state of the art building, taking a holistic approach that is designed to produce a highly beneficial healing environment for patients and their families.
Entertainment for the evening comes from the fabulous ten-peice party band, Midrod Ends. The band consist of a three-piece brass section, two female singers, a male singer and a rhythm section including keyboard and guitar. This gang are spectacularly talented and there is always as much of a party happening on the stage as there is on the dance floor. Playing from 9pm, there will be a variety of music from the fifties to the current day, including swing, soul, rock, pop and disco, covering artists such as Kool and the Gang, Modern Romance and Amy Winehouse.
There will be a chance to take part in a grand raffle on the night with prizes including a magnum of Prosecco, a boudoir photography session with Divine Divas and also a family photography session; a two course lunch at Paulton's fabulous La Campagna, and a beautiful moroccan oil travel set from the Cottage Hair & Beauty Rooms.
Tickets for the event, priced at £5, are available from Karen on: 07766 106559 or on the door.
We are very happy to support such an important local cause. We are all affected by Cancer, we have lost loved ones and seen effects it has on those dear to us, so, we really hope that everyone will be supportive of the event, dig deep and have a great night out too!.
FOR THE RECORD MAKE THEIR DEBUT
This Saturday, 6th May, For The Record, an exciting new six-piece Bristol band make their debut at Mardons Club, Midsomer Norton. Playing music from seventies Mowtown, through to the latest chart toppers, their extensive set list is designed to get people up on the dance floor, enjoying themselves.
Drummer, Jay, rocks with his Bonham-esque beats and drum-filled spectacular endings, while bassist, Callum, holds down the low end to ensure the audience have an irresistible urge to dance.
Rich loves his old guitars and amps, recreating classic sounds with his Custom Strat. Paul is both keyboard player and vocalists, and his creativite ability to programme gives For The Record an authentic sound, when covering an array of iconic tunes.
Lead vocalists, Lucy and Kate, are the secret weapon! Neither are shy when it comes to performing and besides fantastic showmanship, the pair create beautiful harmonies and epic soulful solos!
They say: We try to appeal to all ages with a pick n mix of non-cliche classics and up to date hits.
NEW BANDS ARE A GREAT SUCCESS
We've been lucky enough to have some great bands perform at Mardons over the years andmany return regularly to play for us. We always like discovering new bands too and recently we've had some superb ones visit, Rumdog Billionaire, Manhatten Nights, No Mean Feat, Powercut, Hair Of The Dog and Finger Buffet
We are looking for someone to take over the managing of our finances including the monthly payroll.
We use the Sage accounting package so some knowledge of Sage would be ideal. All our books are up together and guidance will be given on our principles and practices including the preparation of our accounts for audit.
The job should entail no more than 4-6 hours each week. If you are interested, please drop your details into the social club, with a note of any relevant experience.
FANCY DRESS ULTIMATE 80s NIGHT
Kilmersdon School were pleased to partner with Mardons again this year for the Ultimate 80s Night, on Friday, 24th March - and what a night it was!
Taking it to another level, live music, came from the superb synth-pop duo, 2 Tribes. With a real, authentic sound of the eighties, 2 Tribes performed some of best known hits, including favourites like The Look of Love, Poison Arrow and Enola Gay. Fuelled by the beats, robotic dancer, Walkman, was on hand to demonstrate his impressive moves.
RUMDOG BILLIONAIRE DEBUT
We are excited to announce that, in a change to the advertised, Rumdog Billionaire will now join us on Saturday, 11th March.
The acoustic, live-lounge style party band perform an eclectic cocktail of classics and clever mash-ups through the ages. They serve up a slice of the Bee Gees with a sprinkling of Ghostbusters, a squeeze of Dolly Parton, a dash of Lady Gaga, and a shot of MC Hammer, a wee dram of Prince, topped off with a garnish of Beyonce.
Intrigued? ... Expect novelty wigs, rapping, harmonies and groin-grabblingly good fun! FREE ENTRY - All welcome – you don't need to be member to visit!
MORE THINGS HAPPENING AT MARDONS
There's a lot more going on at Mardons behind the scenes than it appears to most visitors. A number of community groups are now enjoying the hospitality of the club and are making great use of the available space during the day.
For some time the Mardons Pensioners Group have been based at the club, meeting on the third Wednesday of the month. This year, they have organised a ticketed Cabaret evening on Saturday, 25th March, and will be donating money raised from the night to charity, in memory of long standing and popular member, Sid Body, who sadly passed away last year.
Recently joining Mardons for new regular coffee mornings are the Carers Centre. Organiser, Lorraine Frapwell commented: “The Carers’ Centre is a local charity that supports people who are looking after someone. This might be because they are disabled, ill, frail or have any number of challenges. Very often, looking after someone can lead to isolation. To try and prevent this from happening, and to help Carers fully access their local communities, we are holding a number of free Coffee Mornings at Mardons, where people can get together and chat over a cuppa."
The Coffee mornings are held monthly (10 a.m.– noon, 6th February, 13th March and 10th April). All carers are welcome and you can also take along the person you care for if you wish as the club is fully accessible.
Following a similar format, a new autism support group has been founded by local woman, Sophie Tucker. Her coffee mornings and social gatherings are now being held regularly for parents, carers and families of children with autism or those going through the diagnosis process. She has a Facebook page 'Autism Support Coffee Mornings' and anyone wanting to know more is encouraged to get in touch.
Mardons have often enjoyed visits from the wonderful staff and service users at the Swallow Charity, for their discos, meetings and skittles evenings and are pleased to work with any community group or local charity whenever possible.
The club is now preparing for a number of charitable events in the next few months, firstly a race night on Friday, 10th February. Money raised on the night will, on this occasion, go to the Carers' Centre. Another subsequent race night is in the pipeline and is expected to be in aid of a Spinal Muscular Atrophy charity.
The club's popular quiz night returns on Friday, 24th February and the this time the night will benefit St Johns Ambulance. The format remains the same with teams of 4-6 people and entry fee of £2.50 per person. The nights are always well attended so its a fun night out while benefiting a worthy cause.
One of the most eagerly anticipated fundraisers to be planned planned is the 80s Fancy Dress Party, which is on Friday, 24th March. The evening is a ticketed event, at £5 per person, and will raise funds for Kilmersdon School PTA to help with a number of planned projects. It's the very exciting debut of 2 Tribes - live music with the stunning vocals of Nic Price, who many will remember from Retro Electro, who previously performed at Mardons, they will be joined on stage by 'walkman' their robotic dancer!
Anyone wanting more information about any of the community groups, events and fundraisers or for bookings, should contact Mardons by email at: socialclubinfo@ googlemail.com