Latest News & Information
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
CABARET NIGHT – RAISING MONEY FOR PROSTATE CANCER CHARITY
As you may have read in The Midsomer Norton and Radstock Journal – copied below ...
On 25th March, Keith Ball has organised a Cabaret at the Social Club. Tank Sherman, a very well known comedian/compere, who has visited our club, was very impressed with the hard work put in by Sid Body (you all remember him as Sid the Can-man) and the money he collected for charity. He has put together a cabaret consisting of Peter Baffles ( excellent comedy magician) and Lindsay Collard (singer).
All money raised will go to Sid’s Charity for Prostate Cancer. ...Tickets can be bought from Keith on: 01761 413338 or over the bar at Mardon’s Social Club (on sale Friday, 3rd Feb, from 9 p.m.)
Taken from a report by Anne Morgan
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PARENTS
We welcome well-behaved, well-supervised children into the Social Club. The safety of our members, guests and children in the club and its surrounds is paramount.
All children must be visually and properly supervised by parents or guardians at all times ... The club is not responsible for the supervision of your children.
Any Member or Guest shown to be incapable of correct supervision will lose the privilege of bringing children into the Social Club.
Please do not bring your bikes, scooters or similar toys into the club and no skates or heelies are to be used on the premises.
Back by overwhelming demand The Crawlin' Kingsnakes will perform at MardonsSocial Club, Midsomer Norton, on Saturday, 11th February.
The four piece have a passionate appreciation for the Rockabilly, Rock & Roll and Swing Jive sound and style. The retro vibe has become as popular with younger audiences as it is with older fans, so much so the bristol band perform at all manner of venues, festivals and conventions across the country.
They say "Hey there! We play all the best songs from the 50s onwards. We try to keep our sound as authentic as possible, using era equipment and techniques, so, you're sure to have a Rockin good time!!"
Before they even start playing, you just know they are a class act, with stage set up including: an authentic Shure 55 retro styled mic, a Gretsch White Falcon Electro-Acoustic guitar, classic vintage amps, a Gretch Catalina drum kit in matt black with Sabian cymbals, an not to mention a fabulous custom painted Double Bass with a Fishman bridge pick-up and a neck pick-up for that classic rockabilly click sound – it's truly impressive!
Set lists include: Rockabilly Boogie - Johnny Burnette, Atom Bomb Baby - Carlos and the Bandidos, Flyin Saucers Rock n Roll - Billy Riley, Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry, Rock This Town - Stray Cats and even the self-penned Crawlin Kingsnake!
Music starts at 9 p.m., entry is totally free and non members are very welcome on this exciting night.
OPENING TIMES OVER CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR ...
Christmas Eve 12:00 – 23:00
Christmas Day 11:00 – 13:00
Boxing Day (TICKET ONLY) 12:00 – 17:00
Boxing Day (Evening) 17:00 – 23:00
Tuesday 27th December 12:00 – 23:00
New Year’s Eve (Day) 12:00 – 16:00
New Year’s Eve Party (TICKET ONLY) 19:00 – Late
Sunday 1st January 12:00 – 23:00
Monday 2nd January 12:00 – 23:00.
OH YES! ... IT'S HAPPENING AGAIN!
On Christmas Eve, the Social Club will be open all day from noon. Once again Glyn and his team of helers will host the Kids Christmas Party an annual community event for the local children, starting at 1 p.m. There will be all the usual fun, games and general mayhem. Santa will drop in to see all the good little boys and girls and, of course, there will be lots of treats throughout the day.The club will stay open all afternoon and throught the the evening, so come along and join us as we prepare for the big day.
TICKETS FOR BOXING DAY & NEW YEAR'S EVE - UPDATE
We are getting towards the last of the tickets for both the Boxing Day Disco and the New Year's Eve Party with Limited Edition. Last year we had a superb night with Freeze and anyone who's seen Limited Edition before will know that this year is destined to be one of the best ever ... so we do warn you ... if you want a ticket, please get one as soon as possible numbers are limited, when they are gone, they are gone!
MARDONS CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT
... and so this is Christmas ... join us at Mardons for a night of festivities on Saturday, 17th December as we host our Christmas Party Night. This year we are joined by the brilliant Tundra - a very popular choice!
Masters of their craft, the four piece Bristol band are all incredible musicians and seem able to turn their hand to any musical genre, spanning the decades and impressing in all the styles imaginable.
It's no secret that Tundra are one of club's favourites - a band than can read an audience and tailor their sets accordingly to fill the dance floor.
Selecting the best songs and performing them faultlessly they work extremely hard but maintain their enthusiasm and a display a real joy for what they do.
Music starts at 9pm entry is free!
IMPORTANT NOTICE: BOXING DAY DISCO & NEW YEAR'S EVE TICKETS
In an effort to allow our members the best opportunity to get tickets for these events, we have been advertising them only on the internal digital display boards at the club for the past month.
Boxing Day Disco tickets went on sale to MEMBERS ONLY on Friday, 28th October and we encourage any member interested in attending to purchase their ticket prior to them going on GENERAL SALE on Saturday, 5th November. Members may purchase one adult ticket per each current valid membership card shown. Members tickets cost £5 per adult and £2 per each child (we have a limited number of child tickets available).
From Saturday, 5th November, non members may purchase any remaining tickets at a cost of £7 per each adult.
New Year's Eve tickets are on sale to MEMBERS ONLY from Friday, 4th November at 8 p.m. This year we have the exceptional Limited Edition performing for us, so we anticipate tickets to sell very quickly. Members may purchase one ticket at a cost of £10 per each current valid membership card shown.
From Saturday, 12th November, New Year's Eve tickets will go on GENERAL SALE and non members may purchase any remaining tickets at a cost of £12 each.
PURPLE FISH - THE ULTIMATE CLASSIC ROCK TRIBUTE
Purple Fish come to Mardons for a rare and highly coveted public performance, on Saturday, 17th September.
Presenting their 'Ultimate Classic Rock Tribute', the five-piece deliver a vast array of the very best music. Performing songs from the cream of classic rock royalty and spanning the years, they showcase hits from the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and ACDC. Mixing it all up with some pop favourites from Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Prince and even ABBA, this is another great addition to Mardons' September line up.
With both male and female vocalist, one with a background at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and then the Scottish Opera, the other fronting a very successful Rolling Stones tribute band, these are a class act. Backed by hugely talented musicians, the group mostly play private or large scale venues - Highlights include recently entertaining 2,000 people in Guernsey over the Bank Holiday weekend and also rocking out with 4,000 people in Belgravia, London!
MARDONS NOW ACCEPT CREDIT & DEBIT CARDS
We are happy to announce that we are now accepting *credit and debit card payments at the bar.
Plus ... members can now add credit to their membership cards ... so you need never get caught short!
*except American Express.
A MASSIVE SUCCESS AS MARDONS CELEBRATE
We had a truly great night on Saturday, 30th July. Members and guests arrived in force to celebrate the club's first year in the new building. Entertainment came from the brilliant Van Burgundy - Thank you to everyone who has supported the club in the last year and we all look forward to the future.
THE CLUB CELEBRATES ITS FIRST YEAR IN THE NEW BUILDING
Its been an extraordinary year for Mardons Social Club since they moved into a brand new building last July and to celebrate the club are staging a Summer Anniversary Party on Saturday, 30th July.
The saga of the club's difficult transition is all but a distant memory now as they enjoy their purpose built premises on the new part of the Linden Homes development on the Nightingale Estate at Norton Hill. Though always a successful local social club, the last year has seen Mardons evolve to become busier, more successful and widely recognised as a leading local venue, attracting visitors both locally and from considerably further afield!
Despite being a members club, non members and walk-ins are always welcomed, although joining gains members substantial bar discounts (10-15% off), so the fee is quickly recouped. As a not for profit, voluntary-run organisation, funds are fed back into the club. Already having invested in new furniture and air-conditioning etc, the committee is now developing the outside space with additional seating areas and BBQ facility, and will continue to look at ways to improve to ensure the community gets the best possible experience when visiting its club.
Known for the high calibre of it's entertainment, the past year has seen a cavalcade of great musicians visit Mardons, with the most diverse musical styles and genres on display each week. The club has an excellent relationship with some of the region's leading bands, many of whom don't generally play public venues, so the line up of bands on offer remains at a consistently high standard. Look out for upcoming performances including Elevation, The Thundertones, Stiff Upper Lips and an exciting debut from the very special Purple Fish. Support for the bands over the past year has been incredible and with free entry and low bar prices, Mardons hope to see even more locals taking advantage and enjoying a great night out.
The recent Euro 2016 football, though short-lived for the England team, saw the club packed as locals crowded in to take advantage of the excellent big screen and, of course, the superb club atmosphere. Offering both Sky and BT Sports coverage for all sporting events, the club will be providing all the Premier League football when the season kicks off and look forward welcoming back the lively football crowds.
Summer Skittles returned successfully this year and with darts, pool and regular skittles now bringing teams into the club throughout the week, organisers hope that their fun, team 'Triathlon' event on Sunday, 28th August will be well supported - Teams of four will compete at pool, darts and skittles to see who stands triumphant at the end of the day.
Working closely with local community groups, whether offering the use of facilities or welcoming them for social events, the club is keen to develop ties with more organisations in the future and are always happy to discuss ways in which they can help. In the past year alone, Mardons have assisted and fundraised for Dorothy House, Swallow, St John Ambulance, Cots for Tots and RUH Cancer Care Campaign, to name just a few. They have hosted events and meetings for Westfield Parish Council, DNA Arts, local residents, a pensioners' group and many others. With a 'Musicians Against Homelessness' fundraising event featuring young up and coming talent planned for September, as well as other charity-based dates in the pipeline, the club will be reaching out to the community for their generous support of these worthy causes.
The Summer Anniversary Night will see Mardons partying with great new band The Van Burgundy. The modern, 4 piece band play a wide genre of music, pop, rock, soul, ska and reggae, this is a function band for all generations. With an awesomely diverse set list, this is an exciting band where you'll never guess what song is coming next! Expect a party atmosphere on this special night, entry is free and there will be bar offers. Music starts at 9pm, but arrive between 7pm and 9pm to get a welcome drink and free entry into the prize draw.
ANNIVERSARY PARTY NIGHT
with The Van Burgundy
On Saturday, 30th July, Mardons Social Club of Midsomer Norton, will be partying with The Van Burgundy.
The modern, 4 piece band play a wide genre of music, pop, rock, soul, ska and reggae. With an awesomely diverse set list, this is an exciting band where you'll never guess what song is coming next!
Having been on the club's radar for some time, the bands arrival coincides with a celebration of the extraordinary success of Mardons first year in the new club building.
Covering classic oldies from the likes of James Brown, The Monkees and Bob Marley, through favourites from Madness, The Jam, The Specials, Billy Idol and Whitesnake, right up to the most modern chart stars, Pharrell Williams, Sam Smith and Rudimental, this is a function band for all generations. Determined to ensure guests enjoy themselves they even throw in whacky floor fillers, so expect some random cheesy hits like Rocky Horror's Time Warp!
The Van Burgundy say: "For us, the focus is having the tunes to get you guys involved, the songs that make you sing-a-long, and of course, get up and dance!"
Expect a real party atmosphere on this special night, entry is free and there will be bar offers. Music starts at 9pm, but arrive between 7pm and 9pm to get a welcome drink and free entry into the prize draw.
CCTV SUCCESS AS VANDAL IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE
Those of you who follow our Facebook account will most likely have seen our recently posted video. The CCTV footage (which has now been made private) showed one of a group of six people causing damage to our surroundings (the video was posted only after we had checked with the police).
With a huge number of views and multiple shares, the post reached about 4000 local facebook users in the first few hour of it going live. We are pleased to say, the response was excellent, with messages of information coming to us and also the culprit owning up. The matter is now in hand and compensation to the managent company has been agreed.
The social club and residents of the estate pay a service charge in order for a company to manage the surroundings and indeed repair or replace anything that is damaged. Therefore foolish actions, reckless behaviour and criminal destruction proves costly to us all.
We are extremely pleased to have demonstrated both the effectiveness of our excellent CCTV and the heartening support of this community - hopefully this will go some way to serve as a deterrent to others in the future.
AGM - CAN YOU HELP?
The Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday, 14th July at 6.30pm at the social club.
Nominations for officers or topics for discussion, with a proposer or seconder to the Secretary, Dave Huyton, in writing, by Monday, 11th July. We are looking for enthusiastic people to join our committee, so, if you think you could be of help, come and join us.
NEW MEMBERSHIP YEAR
As we enter July, it's time for members to renew their membership to the club for the next year. Your swipe cards will cease to be active from July 1st.
Although you don't have to be a member in order to enjoy the use of the club, the swipe card gives you substantial discounts on drinks at the bar (10-15%). The membership cars will also gain you priority when we sell event tickets, so it's well worth the very reasonably priced membership fee.
In order to gain your price discounts, existing members, should just hand over your membership card to the bar staff, along with your £5 fee and they will immediately update your swipe card.
If you aren't a member, just complete a form at the bar and the staff should, in most cases, be able to issue your memebership on the spot.
Followng a couple year's absence, summer skittles returns to Mardons.
A small but elite group of teams have come together to take part in the league and contest the title. Matches will be played on week nights, starting this month (May). Teams are asked to check the fixtures and information at the following link ... Good luck to you all!
New band, The Skinny Dippers, make their exciting debut at Mardons Social Club on Saturday, 21st May.
The Skinny Dippers are a 4-piece party covers band based in Bristol, playing great music from the 50s right up to the latest modern pop classics. They've been entertaining since their formation back in 1993 and come to Mardons following a recommendation by another respected band.
Their extensive repertoire of songs cover a wide range of musical styles, disco, dance, pop, rock, soul, rock'n'roll and country, everything from Elvis to The Wurzels, The Specials to Depeche Mode and right through to Bruno Mars and even Avicii!
The current line up of Andy, Mike, Paul and Roger, are a really hard working band with lots of experience. They say, "We have played hundreds of shows and we understand how to make a party swing. We don't have a pre-arranged set list, we play what feels right in the moment, to maintain the momentum and keep the party bubbling and the dance floor packed."
Following a triumphant performance at the New Year's Eve party, Freeze return to Mardons Social Club, Midsomer Norton, on Saturday, 14th May.
From their first appearance, just a few years ago, five piece Bristol band, Freeze have quite rightly established themselves as firm favourites. Each gig sees them setting a higher standard, with their sell out performance reaching a whole new level at New Year.
Demonstrating great versatility, a dynamic sound and an unrivalled ability to create authentic versions of well known songs, Freeze are deserving of their fantastic reputation.
They say, "We carry no passengers, with all the musicians being at the top of their game, which has seen us perform thousands of shows in all the best venues and for blue chip corporate clients."
Providing brilliant live performances and an incredibly talented line up, they cover a formidable array of songs, the best pop, rock, reggae, soul, funk and indie music from across the decades. Increasingly in demand, Freeze are now easily one of the most sought after wedding, party and function bands around
HARLEM RHYTHM CATS RETURN
We are excited to be joined by the fabulous Harlem Rhythm Cats for a 'swinging, be-bopping' night on Saturday, 7th April.
On their last visit, the group cleverly transformed the stage adding standard lamps and a make-shift piano, all adding to the ambience. Fronted by the smouldering vocals of the beautiful Natalie Taylor, the five-Piece band play popular black American music, the very best smokin' hot classics of 1940s/50s, songs from the golden age of boogie woogie and rhythm and blues. Expect everything spanning from the early days, right up to present-day, modern classics.
Typical sets take in artists like Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry with tracks including 'I got Trouble', 'Ding Dong Daddy', 'Why Don't You Do Right' and 'Never Can Tell' as well as up to date interpretations of chart toppers like Megan Trainor's 'All About The Bass'
They say: 'As well as playing many of the more familiar numbers, our repertoire takes in the commercial through to the slightly less well known, quirkier side of boogie woogie and blues'.
Join The Harlem Rhythm Cats for a night of hip-shakin' and toe-tappin' to their infectious grooves and sultry, sexy tunes. Entry is totally free and everyone is welcome, music starts at 9 p.m.
SUMMER SKITTLES #RightUpYourAlley
After a couple of years absence, due to the uncertainty of the move date and then our mid-summer transfer last year, we are relaunching Summer Skittles. If you would like to take part in this fun and social activity, we are now looking for teams. Enter your team by completing a form from the social club bar, teams comprise of 6 people which must include at least one woman. Matches begin in May, so don't delay, there will be cash prizes.
LIMITED EDITION RETURN!
The phenomenally talented, Limited Edition, will be playing at Mardons Social Club, on Saturday, 9th April.
With the high profile group filling their diary with weddings and big-name corporate events each year, Mardons are particularly proud that they choose to make some of their rare public performances at the club.
Fronted by the stunning Loretta, all five band members get to demonstrate their impressive talents, covering all genres, eras and styles whilst casually sharing around the lead vocals throughout the sets.
Investing heavily in the most high-end gear and and rehearsing regularly, the sought-after band say: "We love nothing more than gigging, and with our backgrounds in musical theatre, rock, metal, 80s pop and funk, it's where we truly shine."
Having only played a couple of dates at Mardons, its a huge accolade that the group have already managed to secure the prestigious New Years Eve night booking for this year.
AUTHENTIC ROCK N ROLL / ROCKABILLY
As one of the most eagerly anticipated bands so far this year, The Crawling Kingsnakes finally arrive at Mardons Social Club, Midsomer Norton, on Saturday, 2nd April.
The impressive four piece have an obvious passion and appreciation for the Rockabilly, Rock & Roll and Swing Jive sound and style, which appeals to audiences young, old and everyone in between. Not surprisingly, they are much in demand, with a busy calendar of events, performing at all manner of venues, festivals and conventions.
They say "Hey there! We play all the best songs from the 50s onwards that everyone knows, and also some others people may not (but they're still great tunes). We try to keep our sound as authentic as possible, using era equipment and techniques, so, you're sure to have a Rockin good time!!"
Set lists include: Rockabilly Boogie - Johnny Burnette, Atom Bomb Baby - Carlos and the Bandidos, Flyin Saucers Rock n Roll - Billy Riley, Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry, Rock This Town - Stray Cats and even the self-penned Crawlin Kingsnake!
EXCITING NEW BAND: ANGEL UP FRONT
Purveyors of quality pre-owned rock and pop favourites, Angel Up Front are a Bristol based 4-piece band making an exciting debut at Mardons Social Club of Midsomer Norton, on Saturday, 12th March.
Angel Up Front cover pop, disco, indie, classic and modern rock, all delivered with a side order of cheese. With a refreshingly diverse mix of artists listed in their covers, look out for tracks ranging from Blondie, Chuck Berry, Fleetwood Mac, Queen and Gloria Gaynor through to Daft Punk, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Michael Jackson and P!nk.
Fronting the band is the energetic and multi-talented Rosa, bringing powerful vocals and bags of charisma, having played in several function bands, she thoroughly enjoys being on the stage entertaining people. Guitarist, Alan, has been playing in a variety of originals and covers bands for many years and can turn his hand to just about any style. Ben provides bass and backing vocals, keeping the rhythms tight with drummer, Stuart, the driving force and founding member of the band. He has been playing in covers and original bands all around the UK and in Europe since he was 15.
They say: It's part of our philosophy that, if we have fun, then so will our audience. We always put on a show! With stunning vocals, this is rock like it should be played – foot on the monitor and tongue in cheek, there’s no just standing there with Angel Up Front.
A VERY LEAKY BUILDING
As we are sure you cannot have helped but notice, last weekend the Social Club building, built by Linden Homes, suffered significant water damage due to leaks from the floors above.
This is a repeat of the issue that delayed our move into the new club on a couple of occasions and although it was reportedly fixed, signs that it was not the case became apparent several weeks ago. Despite Linden Homes changing ceiling tiles at the time, it appears that the larger problem was certainly not rectified.
We have continued on, despite the loss of ceiling tiles and a host of buckets collecting water, but the potential damage, particularly to the dance floor and the newly installed (and costly) air con units is a real concern.
We appreciate all your understanding and apologise for any disruption at the Cabaret and also at the Worlds Biggest Pub Quiz.
Linden Homes did visit the club on Monday, 8th February, to inspect all the damage that was caused and we are now awaiting their solution to this serious problem. In the meantime we thank you for your patience and as long as weather permits it's business as usual!
SKA NIGHT: Train To Skaville return
Last year, the 'Ska Night' at Mardons Social Club, Midsomer Norton, proved to be one of the musical highlights of their year. Expectations are high as Train To Skaville make their return on Saturday, 20th
February, and despite the miserable weather the band will once again be spreading their feelgood, summer vibes.
Train to Skaville are one of the coolest ska, reggae and rocksteady bands around, hailing from the Caribbean island of Wiltshire, they formed back in 2011 and have been pleasing crowds ever since. Last
year, the club was at capacity for the night, which saw the audience singing and dancing along to an array of favourites, including, Monkey Man, A Message To You Rudy and the incredibly infectious Lip Up Fatty.
The band say: Train To Skaville are a band that are bound to get you moving to their rhythmic grooves and lift your mood.
The band's superb line up is not only wonderfully talented, but hugely likeable and it's easy to see why audiences warm to them from the very first song.
THE WORLD'S BIGGEST QUIZ
It was an excellent turn out for the Quiz night on Sunday, 7th February 2016, with a room full of teams raising funds for our chosen charity, Dorothy House, Hospice Care. Thank you.
TAKE PART IN THE WORLD'S BIGGEST PUB QUIZ
Join us at Mardons to be part of The World's Biggest Pub Quiz, on Sunday, 7th February, at 7.30 p.m.
All funds raised will go to local charity Dorothy House Hospice Care.
Thousands of quizzers in venues the length and breadth of the country will sit down to answer a series of questions in an identical quiz, on the same day, at the same time, creating the largest multi-venue quiz.
Your host for the night will be Mr Scott Stevenson, Scott is a regular at Mardons and he is also a writer of best selling pub quizzes. Coma along and join the fun, we are looking for teams of 4-6 players at £2.50 per person, there are prizes to be won!
WILL DEVELOPER CASH IN ON SECTION 106 U-TURN? Front page of The Journal
Residents, local Councillors and members of Mardons Social Club committee in Westfield have expressed their dismay at reports that developer, Linden Homes, is preparing to submit a planning application to turn an area above the thriving social club into flats, which was originally designated as office space under a Section 106 planning agreement with B&NES when the old factory site was redeveloped.
The club says it fought long and hard to keep its presence on the estate, during both planning and whilst waiting for the new building to be complete, which still has leaking ceilings and parking issues still not resolved to this day, having officially opened last summer.
Recently, angry residents gathered at the clubhouse for a meeting regarding service charges for the new estate, with roads and surfaces remaining incomplete and were exasperated when they were not met by a Linden Homes representative, but someone from the estate management committee instead. Local Councillor for Westfield, Robin Moss, (Labour), reports this was also the case when he and fellow Westfield Councillor, Eleanor Jackson, requested a meeting with the developer to take a look around the office space which has failed to be let, only to be met with a PR company representative. This space has now been taken off the market, reportedly prior to a planning application for change of use to the two floors above the social club being submitted.
The Mardons committee has every right to be concerned. The potential for an application of up to fourteen flats could be problematic for the club, which has seen a new lease of life since opening and was soundproofed for the houses that surround it.With office space above, it could continue to flourish without disturbing anyone after the workers had gone home, providing a leisure resource for people on the estate and in the area. The club hosts live music every Saturday night, plus private party bookings and social gatherings during the week. If residents were living directly above it, the club says, they will be disturbed by the general hustle and bustle, would be overlooking the beer garden and smoking area, with brewery deliveries and bottle collection and restocking causing disturbance.
The shared use of the building in the original planning application was carefully planned and thought out. Next door is the Teddy Bear Nursery, which operates at different times to the social club, which was also meant to combat parking issues, with the nursery concerned that any new residents living above would be able to view the children playing outside. Mardons Social Club argue that parking is already contentious on the estate, with plans for flats, if they are submitted, potentially making the issue worse.
Speaking to The Journal this week, Cllr Robin Moss said he would be asking B&NES Council its policy on enforcing Section 106 agreements, now known as Community Infrastructure Levy, which is meant to benefit the community and to offset the effects of building new developments. He said: "This particular building on the estate was part of a wider plan, with an agreement to find a new home for Mardons Social Club, nursery and office space, so that some of the jobs lost on the old factory site would be replaced. It wasn't the intention for Linden Homes to change their minds and suddenly decide they would rather profit from the sale of flats, than let the community gain from extra local employment opportunities."
A spokesperson for Mardons Social Club said that if the planning application is submitted, it would make a 'mockery' of the local authority's process. He said: "How long will it be before potential restrictions endanger the club's very existence and threaten the loss of this important community facility."
The club says it will be doing everything it can to object to the plans, and intends to launch an online petition to send to B&NES Council.
The PR company, which met with Cllrs Moss and Jackson last week, was contacted prior to going to press, but was unavailable for comment.
IMPRESSIVE LINE-UP FOR CABARET NIGHT
Mr Keith Ball, a longstanding member of Mardons Social Club and Chairman of the Pensioners' group, has very kindly organised a feast of entertainment for a Cabaret night, which is to be held on Saturday, 6th February. Mr Ball, who is well-know for hosting many a great cabaret night, has once again teamed up with local comedian and compere Tank Sherman to hand-pick the very best acts.
Tank is a familiar face to many at Mardons and recently popped in to the Pensioner's Christmas party. The much-loved and well-respected comic has worked alongside stars such as Jethro, both live and on TV, and has an impressive history in the business.
Joining Tank on the line up will be Gerri, a very talented female vocalist, who is also known for her Celine Dion tribute act, widely regarded as one of the best in the UK and Europe. With her huge repertoire crossing all genres of music and her warm endearing nature, she always delivers a fantastic evening.
Extreme comedy juggler, Phil Blackmore, who many will have seen on Britain's Got Talent, will be adding his hazardous and humorous antics to complete the trio of acts. Juggling with chainsaws, knives, bowling balls, fire and samurai swords, Phil is probably best known for his 'axe balance' stunt, which was described by Simon Cowell as the scariest thing he had ever seen!
The social club would like to thank Keith and Tank for arranging the night and all their hard work. Tickets are priced at £10 each and are on sale now from Mardons Social Club bar, non-members are of course welcome.
A NEW YEAR, A NEW BAND - INTRODUCING WIRED4SOUND
We kick off a brand new year with the introduction of a brilliant new band, on Saturday, 9th January.
Wired4Sound are an extremely talented, 5 piece, pop and rock covers band from Bristol. Having played all the top function venues in the South West, they were recently spotted gigging by a regular of Mardons, and so they come very highly recommended.
Covering a diverse mix of genres from 60s to current chart sounds, the band will appeal to all ages and offer something for everyone. Expect great renditions of songs from artists like Dusty Springfield, Wild Cherry, The Contours and Queen, right through to Ed Sheeran, Jess Glynne, Olly Murs and Jessie J.
Wired4Sound say: Being multi-instrumentalists, we are able to cover a huge range of styles and genres, so we can cater for a wide range of different audiences and venues. We are very excited to be playing Mardons and looking forward to a great night.
Music starts at 9 p.m. and entry is again free to all, with non members very welcome to come along for the night. There's lots more incredible stuff coming up too!.
PUBLIC NOTICE: LINDEN HOMES RESIDENTS MEETING
7th January 2016 at 5 p.m.at Mardons Social Club
Some of the residents of the new Linden Homes houses have organised a meeting to be held at Mardons Social Club, it's open to all current residents living on the Linden Estate.
They have arranged for a Linden Homes representative to attend and to respond to any questions and concerns. A chance to discuss the maintenance charges, general upkeep, road surfaces and any other issues that may be affecting residents. Please tell your neighbours.
HAPPY NEW YEAR MARDONS!
What a truly fabulous night we had on New Year's Eve - Freeze you were stunning - Thank you.
CHRISTMAS EVE AT MARDONS
On Christmas Eve, the Social Club will be open all day from noon. Once again organisers will host the Kids Christmas Party an annual community event for the local children, starting at 1 p.m. There will be all the usual fun, games and general mayhem, but this year, kids are invited to come in fancy dress. The chosen theme is Heroes and Princesses and there will be prizes for the best dressed (fancy dress is optional). Santa will drop in to see all the good little boys and girls and, of course, there will be lots of treats throughout the day.
In the evening, Mardons will be partying with a festive disco from 7 p.m. There will be lots of great music and a chance to let your hair down before the big day. Entry is again free and they'd love you to join them, on behalf of everyone at Mardons, Merry Christmas!
MARDONS CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT
It's been a whole year since the wonderful Upfront and Casual lads played to a capacity crowd at the old Mardons Club. They return on Saturday, 19th December to take to the stage in the new club and are all set to deliver another knock-out performance as Mardons host their Christmas Party Night.
The five-piece group combine to create sumptuous harmonies, delivered with laid back style and an easygoing coolness. Mixing the most popular sounds of artists like the Jersey Boys and all the classics with some more modern favourites, Upfront and Casual offer smooth-as-silk vocals and a cheeky, affable stage presence.
Covers include songs from the Overtones, Frankie Valli and The Drifters as well as modern songs given a retro twist as demonstrated by The Baseballs. With covers of Ed Sheeran, Pharrell and even Busted there will be something for everyone on this festive night. Music starts at 9 p.m and entry is free.
RE THINK YOUR OPINION OF A SOCIAL CLUB - from the Westfield Warbler
No longer is it the realm of an old man's quiet drinking retreat. No more are new people glared at when they dare to enter. Gone are the old-fashioned club-style acts playing cheesy characterless covers of songs you've heard a thousand times before!
Mardons Social Club is very much a forward thinking, creative and welcoming venue that actively encourages all ages - truly offering something for everyone.
The club's new building has now been open for a few months and is thriving. Despite still being a little tricky to find on the new development on the Nightingale Estate at Norton Hill, attendance has been impressive, steadily building week on week as new visitors discover what they've been missing. With guests now regularly travelling all the way to Mardons from places as far away as Street, Glastonbury, Wells and Bath, the club is still very keen to let local people know what's on offer and to dispel the often wrongly held preconceived ideas of the social club.
A busy skittles schedule, along with darts and pool, means that week nights are well attended. With occasional party bookings and events keeping Friday nights thriving, It's Saturday nights that are particularly booming.
The superb musicians secured by the club, are finally getting the notice they deserve. All the bands booked to play are carefully chosen, not only to ensure they are at the top of their game, but also to maintain the variety and diversity that the club has become known for.
Never complacent, the club only works with the very best musicians around, often gaining exclusive public performances from groups that generally only play private or corporate functions. Whether it's rock n roll, pop, soul, ska or even boogie woogie, you are sure to find something that will appeal as the club continues to deliver top quality entertainment each week.
TICKETS FOR BOXING DAY & NEW YEAR'S EVE
As predicted, tickets have been selling fast with Boxing Day tickets nearly going on the first night and quickly selling out the following afternoon. The New Year's Eve Party with Freeze is also selling well and so we do warn you ... if you want a ticket, please get one as soon as possible numbers are limited, when they are gone, they are gone!
FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE with YE OLDE AVALON
Friday Night Live returns on 20th November as rising local favourites Ye Olde Avalon take to the stage at Mardons Social Club.The 5 piece band write, record and perform their own original music that falls somewhere in the alternative / country / rock / blues genre.
They say: It's a bit of an eclectic mix ... but one that really works ...you'll see! We love putting on a good show and love to get people involved with our live set ... Having fun is what it's all about! With thoughtful lyrics, rolling beats, complimentary bass, driving acoustic, a slice of lead guitar and keys, you get the Ye Olde Avalon sound.
ith influences from Johnny Cash to The Eagles to Reef and Counting Crows they deliver country vibes, folky-blues notes and a rock edge combining to create a lovely new fresh sound. Back in the summer the group played a much acclaimed set at The Big Gig and now having taken a short break they return with some newly written material. Entry is free, come along and support the local lads..
TICKETS FOR BOXING DAY AND NEW YEAR'S EVE
This year, we aren't having a ticketed night on Christmas Eve, instead we are hosting a disco in the evening, which is free entry and open to all. Our infamous kids Christmas party is happening again on Christmas Eve too, from 1 p.m. til 3 p.m. It's free entry to all and it promises to be quite an afternoon
Boxing Day will be our afternoon disco, always a sell out, this yea the disco comes fromD & K Sounds. Adult tickets are £7, or just £5 per each current membership card you present. Kids are welcome on this afternoon, their tickets are £2 - numbers will be limited.
On New Year's Eve, we are really excited to have the incredible Freeze joining us. They always entertain and are one of our most popular bands. With lively, talented musicians and a set list that will keep all ages happy, we expect this to be a spectacular New Year's Eve party. Tickets are £12, or £10 per each current membership card you present.
Tickets go on sale to MEMBERS ONLY from 8 p.m. on Friday, 13th November until Thursday, 26th November and are only available from the Social Club. Members must provide one membership card for each ticket. ie. If you want four tickets for New Year's Eve, you will need to provide four individual membership cards ... each member is allowed only one ticket and this will be carefully monitored.
From Friday, 27th November onwards, should there be any tickets remaining, they will go on general sale and be available to everyone ... If you are a member, dont miss out - we do expect all tickets to sell quickly this year.
There will be no reserving of tickets, no handing membership cards to committee members to get them for you ... in the interest of fairness, if you want a ticket then you will need to be at the club to buy one before they sell out.
THE MAN FROM FUNKLE
Acclaimed function band The Man From Funkle make their debut at Mardons Social Club on Saturday, 7th November. The versatile female fronted four piece band, consisting of vocals, guitar, bass and drums have been delighting audiences all over the country for over 15 years. Their repertoire is extremely broad and varied, in fact they have one of the most extensive catalogues of songs the club has ever seen: modern pop and rock, disco and funk, soul and R n B, all guaranteed to keep everyone strutting their stuff on the dance floor!
Guests are really in for a special night as once again the social club is extremely lucky to have secured a booking with a band who work almost exclusively at private or corporate functions. Their impressive list of previous clients include: Birmingham NEC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Halifax, Master Card. British Aerospace and the BBC as well as having entertained at Butlins and Pontins.
HIGH SPIRITS AS HALLOWEEN NIGHT APPROACHES
It's the return of our Fancy Dress Halloween Party. After a year's break, it's back, so join us for an awesome night of music with the excellent Limited Edition. if you were lucky enough to catch them at the start of the year, you'll be aware of just what an incredible treat you are in for. Fancy dress is optional, but preferred, so get into the 'spirit' and prepare your costumes now - there's prizes for the best adult costumes.
Although entry is free, we will be holding a raffle to raise funds for Dorothy House Hospice Care and any donations would be gratefully received, so please be generous.
We are aware that some youngsters need early bedtimes, so we are having some Halloween fun earlier in the evening. There's a kids hour from 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. There will be tricks, treats, games and sweets for the youngsters, with prizes for the best fancy dressed boy and girl.
THE CEILI RETURN – IT'S IRISH NIGHT
On Saturday, 24th October, Mardons welcome back some old friends, as they prepare for a good old knees up - Irish style! Acoustic band 'The Ceili' will again be delivering their mix of traditional Irish and Celtic music along with a heavy dose of blarney, from their witty frontman. The 'Irish Night' is always popular with guests, the well known favourites, Tell Me Ma and Irish Rover are floor filling, crowd pleasers. There's creative arrangements of modern songs, along with some random song choices thrown in too, so expect some laughs, some hand-clapping and some very sing-along choruses!
FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE - MORE DIVERSITY AT MARDONS
It's the first Friday Night Live at Mardons Social Club, on Friday, 23rd October - this new venture sees more diverse bands taking to the Mardons stage - bands you wouldn't normally see playing their regular Saturday slots. Female fronted Southern Lights are an exciting new, five-piece, full of energy and passion. Covering some of the greatest rock and pop songs from the past four decades, visitors may spot a familiar face - the club's barman Matt on guitar. Entry is free, so come along and show some support.
THE TUNDERTONES ROCK N ROLL!
Mardons Social Club give a warm welcome to local band, The Thundertones, on Saturday, 17th October.
Everything has its beginning, even 'Rock n Roll'. It's been around a long time now and these guys take you back to when it all first began, some call it Rockabilly, the fusion between Rhythm and Blues, Country
Music and Swing. Essentially it's all about music you have to dance to, this five piece band bring all the energy and fun of that early Rock n Roll, taking you on a journey from Elvis through to Johnny Cash
and from Eddie Cochran to The Stray Cats.
The band has a Rockin' history, in years passed, as a previous four piece incarnation, they have played clubs and pubs throughout the South West (including Mardons). Three of the original members of the
band have now joined up with a new drummer and an additional guitarist to bring you this versatile but original Rock n Roll artillery unit. The Thundertones say: Dance if you want to, but either way, we bet you won't be able to stop your feet from moving.
COME AND DANCE TO POP ROCK FAVOURITES WITH RAZAR!
Glastonbury rock and pop band RaZaR play for the first time at Mardons Social Club, on Saturday, 10th October.
Continuing to champion the great bands of the area, Mardons are pleased to welcome this entertaining, hard working and energetic covers bands. RaZaR play music that's great for dancing, everything is upbeat and there's a real mix of new and old, covering the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Beatles, Kinks, Bryan Adams, Chuck Berry, Elton John, Cream, Police, Queen and The Killers. With a charismatic lead singer who's backed by superb musicians, RaZaRs positive stage energy and enjoyment is infectious. All four members come with an impressive pedigree, having cut their teeth in a number of very respected local bands, Cable Co, The Rejects, Killing Time and Black Magic Woman to name just a few.
RaZaR say: It's all about energy. Come to a gig and experience over two hours of relentless feel good rock music. There isn't a slow song in a set, covering every decade from 1960's to the present day.
CHARITY QUIZ NIGHT!
It's charity quiz night at Mardons Social Club, on Friday, 2nd October. This time, the club is supporting local man, Glyn Pearce, in his fundraising efforts for St John Ambulance.
Glyn has secured a place in next year's London Marathon, where he will run in support of the charity. Between now and then, he will be working very hard, not only to train for the big day, but also to raise as much money as possible.
Glyn says: The quiz nights at Mardons are always great fun and have been very well supported in the past. There will be a good mix of general knowledge questions as well as some that may involve a little guess work, so you really don't need to be Brain of Britain to take part.
St John Ambulance is relied upon by many of us, but sadly, is often taken for granted. The charity says: Together we can reduce the number of people who die unnecessarily. We need your help to teach more people first aid and to keep making the difference between a life lost and a life saved. Please support our charitable work.
The quiz will start at 8 p.m. prompt, with teams of four to six people, but if you have less, go along and teams can be assembled on the night. To enter a team and guarantee your table, either complete an entry form from the bar or email the social club: email@example.com.
LiGHT THE NIGHT – LANTERN WORKSHOPS
DNA arts the playful community arts project and producers of Round-about Radstock are creating Light the Night - a mesmerising display of fire and light for Radstock this October half-term.
A week of arts activity from Monday 26th to Saturday 31st October will culminate in a magical lantern parade that will illuminate the night on Saturday 31st October.
How to be a part of Light the Night over half-term.
Across two days DNA arts will host lantern making workshops to create beautiful illuminated lanterns for the parade.
Join the workshops on Thursday 29th October at Whisty Hall, BA3 3JL and Friday 30th October at Mardons Social club, BA3 4NL.
Workshops run from 10 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. with a break for lunch, continuing from 1.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. Come to one or all. The workshops are free however DNA arts will be accepting donations. Suitable for all ages (under 8s should be accompanied by an adult.)
GREAT MUSIC KEEPS ON COMING ... ELEVATION!
There are great expectations at Mardons Social Club as Bristol's Elevation make their debut appearance on Saturday, 3rd October, and with the likes of popular bands like Freeze singing their praises, they have a lot to live up to.
The hugely experienced four piece rock and pop band have a set list that flows through the decades, covering a wide range of classics to suit all tastes. They have a real talent for song selection, picking the very best, from artists such as Queen, The Beatles, Take That, Oasis, Bon Jovi, Daft Punk, Duran Duran and even boyband Five (and that barely scratches the surface).
Singer and rhythm guitarist, Darren was formerly a member of originals group Precious Mackenzie and his musical highlights include supporting Feeder and playing gigs at Sound Republic in Leicester Square. Lead guitarist, Stuart, honed his skills in bands such as Panic Stations, The After Effect and Hot Plumz. He joined fellow band members Stephen and Colin in covers band Doing Time, before they went on to form Elevation with Darren.
Playing bass guitar and adding backing vocals, Stephen's previous bands include soul and motown outfit, Dead Mans Handle and his notable gig highlights include supporting Gary Mullen and The Works at the O2 Academy. On drums and backing vocals, Colin is the backbone of the band with perfect time keeping and a great ear for the band's song selection.
This should be quite a night, as always, music starts at 9 p.m., everyone is welcome and entry is free.
BOOGIE WOOGIE AND BLUES!
Experience something a little different this weekend at Mardons. The Harlem Rhythm Cats drop by for a swinging, be-bopping evening on Saturday, 22nd August.
The five-Piece band play popular black American music, the very best smokin' hot classics of 1940s/50s, songs from the golden age of boogie woogie and rhythm and blues. But expect everything spanning from the early days, right up to present-day, modern classics.
They say: As well as playing some of the more familiar numbers from this genre, our repertoire focuses away from the more commercial side to the slightly less well known, quirkier side of boogie woogie and blues. So if you like a bit of Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ruth Brown and their blues and jazz contemporaries then we will get you out of your seat and on the floor.
Typical sets include Lipstick On His Collar, I got Trouble, Why Don't You Do Right and Never Can Tell.
The Harlem Rhythm Cats guarantee to have you hip-shaking and toe-tapping with their infectious grooves and smouldering, sexy tunes.
A PACKED MARDONS CLUB FOR THE RUH CANCER CARE CHARITY NIGHT!
A massive thank you to everyone who came along to support the Cancer Care Charity Night for the Royal United Hospital. A special thank you Tundra, you were stunning, and to Geoff Urch who did a great job with the disco and raffle - and thank you all for making it such a brilliant night!
SKA NIGHT WITH TRAIN TO SKAVILLE (Saturday, 15th August)
We are all set for some feelgood, summer vibes on Saturday, 15th August - even if the weather is awful!
Five piece band 'Train To Skaville' will join us for a very much anticipated and free to enter, Ska Night. Train to Skaville say they are a ska, reggae, rocksteady band from the Caribbean island of Wiltshire.
Formed in 2011, as a merger of members from two legendary local bands, 'Longshot ' and 'Carnaby Street', they have been delighting audiences ever since. The band consist of Tim Cross on vocals and rhythm guitar, Julie Moreton on vocals, Lance Thorman on bass, Jason May delivers drums and vocals and Marcel Rose completes the line-up on lead guitar.
Most recently the group proved to be a massive success at The Big Gig in Paulton. So for some rhythmic grooves to lift your mood and get you moving, head to Mardons, everyone's welcome and the good times will start at 9 p.m.
RUH CANCER CARE CHARITY NIGHT AT MARDONS
We are proud to hosting a very special charity night on Saturday, 8th August
Ted's Big Night Out will see arguably one of the finest cover bands in the country, Tundra, performing alongside a support disco from the
local and very popular Geoff Urch.
Tundra have proven themselves time and again to be quite exceptional, the five-piece have an intoxicating and decade spanning repertoire
guaranteed to fill dance floors. Their mix of modern dance hits, rock, rock 'n' roll and pop classics include The Beatles and Queen, right up
the The Kings of Leon and Olly Murs.
Entry is just £3 on the door, going to the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, everyone is welcome, so, please come along and support this worthy cause. The night will also include an auction of tickets to see The
Wurzels, supported by Tundrs at the Tunnel House Inn, Coates, Cirencester, as well as a grand prize raffle.
TWENTY FLIGHT ROCK AT MARDONS!
We are pleased to welcome Twenty Flight Rock, to Mardons on Saturday, 1st August. Formed in 1982 and heavily influenced by Eddie Cochran, original drummer Martyn Perryman is still setting the beat, with drums and vocals. Ace guitarist and vocalist Chris Waring has been on the rock n roll circuit for many years playing with many artists such including Johnny Powers and Graham Fenton. Completing the trio is local man, Darren Payne, playing the beautiful Black Slap bass and adding another layer of vocals.
This popular rock n roll / rockabilly, trio play events all over the country, most recently headlining the prestigious American Car Show Weekend in Dawlish where they played to a packed dance floor for two days! Typical sets includes all the great rock n roll favourites, Eddie Cochran's Twenty Flight Rock (the inspiration for the bands name), Come On Everybody, Summertime Blues, plus other great numbers such as Rock This Town, Tear it up, Oh Boy and many many more.
MARDONS PENSIONERS CELEBRATE
On Wednesday, 16th July, the Alcan LM Pensioners Association held their first monthly meeting in the new Mardons Social Club.
We are very pleased that all the pensioners will be renewing their memberships again this year.
Editor of The Journal, Becky Brooks, was on hand to capture the moment as a celebration cake and sherry were served. Thank you to Becky for attending and for the photographs.
MOMENTUM A NEW YOUNG BAND FRESH TO MARDONS!
Momentum UK arrive at Mardons Social Club on Saturday, 25th July. New to the club, the six-piece pop / rock band perform covers ranging from artists such as Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and David Guetta, as well as numerous popular 80s artists. Formed in 2013, with three guitarists, a bass player, drummer and two strong female vocalists, the band have a passion for great music and taking well-known songs and adding their own rock spin.
Kim has great onstage presence and doesn't shy away from showcasing her classically trained voice. Amy adds sensational harmonies and vocal range, whilst Duncan, the band's lead guitarist, brings a wealth of experience to the group and rock 'n' roll presence. Having played with numerous bands, Jason is the unsung hero, spearheading the backline with both his guitar and vocals. Matt is the youngest member of the band, with a flair far beyond his years. James, with his beats, is the glue behind the band, keeping everyone together, providing the driving force!
Set lists include: Africa by Toto, Any Way You Want It by Journey and Big In Japan by Alphaville, right through to Don't You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia and even Skyfall by Adele.
THE HONKY TONKS ARE COMING TO MARDONS! On Saturday, 18th July the brand new Mardons Social Club will be entertained by the very popular local band, Honky Tonks. The soul/rock/pop band that originated from the Court Hotel, Chilcompton, offer something for everyone, a truly wide selection of music from across the decades as well as the latest in contemporary hits. In addition to their vast repertoire, several tracks are arranged into original medleys including, James Brown, The Commitments, Blues Brothers and Rock n Roll!
With many years of live performance experience and a strong local following, the Honky Tonks deliver quality and energy in all they do. So, join us for a dance and to enjoy some great songs, including Hit The Road Jack, Kingston Town, One Step Beyond, Johnny be Goode, Knock on Wood and Twisting the Night Away..
PRESS COVERAGE FROM THE JOURNAL It may have taken several years, lots of negotiations and a great deal of patience, but Mardons Social Club have officially opened their brand-new building.
The new building is now found on the Nightingale Estate, opposite Norton Hill School, follow Nightingale Way until the new part of the development. On the left-hand side, there is a green public area and beyond that is the Social Club. The club car park is accessed via Mardons Close.
Although essentially a members' club, visitors are encouraged. Membership currently stands at £5 per year, which is easily recovered as members receive considerable discounts on bar prices.
The purpose-built Club has been fully furnished and fitted out by the committee at considerable expense and features lounge-style seating, new tables and chairs and a much-improved, dual-sided bar. There is a quiet outside area at the rear of the building, with picnic tables and bench seating, with a barbecue for occasional use.
The club's new, dedicated pool room means the table no longer needs to be moved around and can be maintained in great condition. With multiple TVs and a brand-new HD projector and big screen, the club will once again be a leading venue for showing major sporting events. With the skittles season starting soon and six skittle teams playing home games at Mardons, plus a darts team in the league and potential for more, the club looks set be a hive of activity in the future.
Entertainment at Mardons has always been of the highest standard and that will remain the case in the new building. Some of the area's leading bands perform at the club, many of whom don't generally play public venues. Variety and a constant stream of new bands asking for bookings keep things fresh and interesting for visitors and staff.
Forthcoming entertainment for August includes a charity night for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, which will feature the outstanding five-piece band, Tundra, with support disco from Geoff Urch, a Ska Night with the excellent Train To Skaville and even a night with the Harlem Rhythm Cats, who will introduce Mardons to some boogie woogie and blues from the 40s and 50s.
Although it's a fresh start for the club, the committee is determined to maintain their policy of zero tolerance towards such things as drugs and drunken/anti-social behaviour etc. and are proud to be part of the local Pub Watch scheme. Having operated successfully as a family club for well over thirty years, the club will remain a safe, trouble-free environment.
Children are welcome as long as they are with an adult and supervised at all times - parents are reminded that children are not permitted on the dance floor when bands are performing, unless accompanied.
THE OFFICIAL OPENING NIGHT - SATURDAY, 11th JULY Five-piece, Cable Co, will be playing a special night for us on Saturday, 11th July as we celebrate our Official Opening of the brand new building.
With over 15 years experience, Glastonbury's covers band Cable Co offer a night of great vocal harmonies and incredible multi-instrumentation. They say they are a genuine rock band, an antidote to the Xfactor generation! With a terrific range of guitar, keyboard and sax driven rock and pop, they play songs from an eclectic mix of artists, including Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, Coldplay, Killers, Prince, Duran Duran, Van Halen, Bryan Adams, U2, Robbie Williams, Beatles and many more.
Come along for the very first band night in our new venue, which is now found in Mardons Close on the Nightingale Estate, Norton Hill. Entry is totally free and everyone is welcome - music kicks off at 9 p.m.
There's lots more great entertainment coming too!
A BRAND NEW CLUB - the same responsible club policy We have operated successfully as a family club for well over thirty years and have a Policy which has served us well over these years. This has resulted in our reputation for being a safe, trouble-free environment in which to enjoy a social afternoon and/or evening with friends and family.
If you visit the club or indeed join as a member, please be mindful, our Policy is one of zero tolerance towards such things as drugs, drunken/anti-social/threatening behaviour, bad language, unacceptable clothing, violence, lack of control/supervision of children etc.
We will continue with this Policy in our new club and membership will be strictly on the acceptance of these terms. In the interests of the vast majority of our membership, anyone falling foul of our Policy above will have their membership withdrawn and will be excluded from the club.
We are sure our members will continue to support our Policy -Thank you.
FINALLY!!! We have at last achieved our objective and have now moved into our new replacement Mardons Sports and Social Club
Although there were, and still are a few things left to complete nevertheless we were delighted to see so many new friendly faces at our deliberately low key opening. There are still a few issues to resolve, including unauthorised parking, but we will resolve this in conjunction with our Management Company. A towaway scheme has been proposed and we are looking into this.
As well as from the Community itself, we are extremely grateful for the local press support we have received in getting us this far. In addition our gratitude extends to the political support we have received in getting us the new Club. This includes our previous MP, Dan Norris, our current MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg, the late Councillor Chris Cray, Councillor Rob Appleyard, Councillor Robin Moss and laterally, since her recent appointment, Councillor Eleanor Jackson.
We hope our members will contribute to and enhance our reputation as a safe, family-centred venue for the community. We will have no hesitation in excluding people who threaten this reputation in any way. Our strict zero tolerance policy is spelt out on our Website, Facebook page and on New/ Renewal of Membership. This should ensure we continue to receive plaudits from the Police, Banes Council, our Membership and our neighbours for the way we are managed and on how we contribute to the Community, including raising many thousands of pounds for the various charities we support.
Our President Mr Bert Jones and our Chairman, Mr Bernie Pearce, will officially open the club on Saturday July 11 at 8pm., and live band Cable Co will be providing the entertainment from 9 p.m. Please come along and see what our new club has to offer.