Pat’s Big Birthday Bash, Sunday 19 September

The setlist can be found here.

Pat is keen that her guests feel comfortable – so you can wear BVB ‘glad rags’ or your own ‘civvies’, if the latter Liz asks that you wear your highly decorated hats and embellish your music stands with colourful blooms.

Dear BVB 

My Big Birthday Bash on Sunday 19th September

It’s just over a week until this event, so I high time I let those of you who are playing have some more information. I’m delighted that so many can come along, and want to thank you very much for agreeing to play. To date, there will be 18 in the band, with a good spread of instruments and two dance callers. 


Liz and I have met and agreed on a programme with timings, and this will be appearing on the website.  After the concert set (7.00 – 7.30) players can have supper (7.30 – 8.30) while listening to Tiarni Mara (literally ‘nail’ and ‘sea’) a group of local friends, who have been playing Irish and other Celtic music together for more years than I care to remember!!. The second set will be for dancing (8.30 – 9.00/9.15).

Here are some details of the venue and parking:

  • Nailsea Tithe Barn, Church Lane, Nailsea  BS48  A beautifully restored medieval barn next to the parish church in ‘Old Nailsea’, (and opposite where I live) which has become a community resource, thanks to the hard work and dedication of local people. Parking is very limited, with just a few disabled bays in the yard at the rear. One of these will be reserved for Bobby and Chris. Players with big or heavy instruments can park temporarily in the yard to off load. The lane at this point is very narrow, so care is needed getting in and out of the yard.  Directions to the barn can be found at the bottom of the Home Page. 
  • Parking at The Grove Sports and Social Club, St. Mary’s Grove, BS48 4NQ  There is very little on-street parking in the immediate vicinity of the Tithe Barn.  We are able to use the large car park at The Grove for the entire time, thanks to the committee. The entrance to The Grove is opposite the Ring O’Bells pub on St. Mary’s Grove. Drive up towards the sports hall to find the car park. To return to the Tithe Barn, walk back to the road, cross over to the pub, and go right along St. Mary’s Grove to the Tithe Barn on the corner opposite the church. You will find a map and directions on the Contact Page of The Grove website.
  • Tasker Room Please enter the Tithe Barn by the front door and leave instruments in the Tasker Room on the right. This is the green room, where players gather before entering the hall. Instruments should be secure, as there will be a door supervisor on duty. There will be a stage set up and a PA system in place. Liz will allocate places and name seats. There are no spotlights, so it may be hard to read music. Please bring a light to clip on your stand or similar to illuminate your music. 
  • Corona virus It is now up to individuals to take precautions and the Tithe Barn has not imposed any stipulations. You might prefer to wear a mask when circulating or mixing with others, or may decide to eat your supper outdoors.    

I will be at the BVB rehearsal on Sunday, so will go through all this, and can answer any queries. You can call me on my landline or mobile at any time.


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