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Grumpy Christmas (and big birthday) bash - Runcorn

  

  Runcorn   WA7 5QS   GB

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PhilT
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Checked with club and all fine for tonight, 8pm start.

By way of saying thanks to everyone who has supported us over the past four years+  and in an attempt to burn a bit of turkey / quorn off, we've decided to squeeze another Grumpy in before 2015 slips away and it'll be free to get in

The date for your diary is Sunday 27th December. This one-off session will run from 8pm-2.30 am or thereabouts.

Don't tell anyone but it happens to be Joan's 50th too :thumbup:

Same gaff as usual: Grumpy's Bar (formerly RNA Club), Canal Walk, Halton Rd, Runcorn, WA7 5QS

 

Unfortunately, Gaz Simon can't be with us so we've had to tweak times a little - see below. Hope they're ok for everyone and that Gaz can come and join us next year.

DJ Times

8-9: Grumpy gits

9-10: Col Denham

10-11: Kev Murphy

11.00-12. 00 Phil T

12.00-1.00: Dave 

1.00-2.00 Carl and Maria

2.00 - end: Grumpy gits

 

Safe trip if you're travelling, see you later :thumbsup:

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Runcorn, Halton, WA7 5QS, United Kingdom

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WOW Joan you must be really pleased with that turn out? THE BEST NIGHT at Grumpy's to date!!! Loads of friends I haven't seen in a long while, great to catch up. It's true what was said, everyone enjoyed the night, you could tell with the big smiles on everyone's faces. :D Really enjoyed Col Denham's spot, shame I only caught last half. Saying that EVERYONE'S spot was superb :thumbup: This night will be talked about for a long time to come. Can't wait for the next instalment. Just hope Lou is ok? She looked like she had overdone the "enjoyment" bit. Thanks Joan for allowing us to help celebrate your special day xx :hatsoff2:

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I’d planned to make the trip to Runcorn for Grumpy Soul for quite some time but had never got round to actually going. Partly this was because it is normally a night that finishes at 4am, which means that you really need to book a b&b or hotel unless you have driven there, and personally I wouldn’t want to drive back down south after a soul night. So I’d just put it on the list of things to get round to doing.

However my friend Billywhizz of the 100 Club came to my rescue. He asked me if I fancied going after Christmas, it was going to be a celebration of Jumping Joan’s 50th birthday and it was a 2am finish. I was most happy to take him up on his kind offer. So I left home in London on 27 December, went to Liverpool Street station and travelled via two trains to Norwich, where Billy picked me up and off we went. Here I’d like to thank Billy for driving me there, it was a long and tiring drive with some holdups due to “incidents” on the roads, and the sat nav packed up, but luckily he’d also got his son’s one with him, don’t know what would have happened otherwise.

We got there at about 9pm, the joint was jumping as they say and we were lucky to get a couple of seats. The birthday girl greeted us, fortunately Billy had got a birthday card for her, I usually forget that sort of thing.

As I’ve intimated above the venue was busy, with quite a few of my friends attending which was nice for a catch up. Musically I’d describe it as a “proper Northern Soul night”. A mix of tempos, some R&B, a little Crossover and 70s, but predominately 60s, both medium and uptempo. Rarities were played, for example the Prophets’ Just One Gold Piece, the Four Dynamics’ Things A Lady Ain’t Supposed To Do and the Scott Brothers’ Running Around, but plenty of other perhaps better known tunes but not too many “top 100 “ records. I didn’t hear any funky tunes which may have come as a relief to some. I’m not sure who all the DJs were but they did a good job and the dance floor was busy. The floor was okay but a tiny bit of talc did help. The sound was good and that is really the most important thing. Bar prices were okay as well, especially after London prices at some venues.

Although Joan wasn’t on the DJ roster she did the last 20 or 30 minutes playing mainly uptempo Northern records like Shing A Ling and A Little Togetherness. The night ended at about 2.15 but it took ages for us to get out of Runcorn due to road works and sat nav problems but we got back to Norwich at about  8am. I had a sleep at Billy’s house and got the trains back to London, got indoors at 6.30pm. A long journey but worth it, I will return to Grumpy Soul some time in 2016, I’d recommend it if you enjoy a good Northern night that doesn’t play the obvious.

Thanks to Joan for organising the night which was free, and to Billy for doing the driving, he’s got a lot more patience than I would have had.

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Flyer and another high quality line-up now sorted  - see above.

Hotel info for anyone intent on travelling and staying over:

  • The Camponile on Lowlands Road (closest to venue), WA7 5TP. 01928 581 771 / book on-line
  • Holiday Inn on Wood Lane, WA7 3AH. 0871 942 9070 / book on-line
  • Premier Inn on Chester Road, Preston Brook, WA7 3BB. 0871 527 8954 / book on-line

There's a taxi firm based in the club car park too.

All looking good for the 27th then; it promises to be an absolute packer and a great night. Hope you can make it

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A wonderful gesture in free admission (Personally I'd pay double to get in this time as the last one musically was one of the best I've been too in a long time!!)

Maybe have a whip round on the night for some charity?? (maybe Joan to choose as her birthday???)

Just a thought.

x

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So looking forward to this night.  As Louis says the last one was brilliant and looking at the line up we are in for another treat.

 

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22 hours ago, PhilT said:

Flyer and another high quality line-up now sorted  - see above.

Hotel info for anyone intent on travelling and staying over:

  • The Camponile on Lowlands Road (closest to venue), WA7 5TP. 01928 581 771 / book on-line
  • Holiday Inn on Wood Lane, WA7 3AH. 0871 942 9070 / book on-line
  • Premier Inn on Chester Road, Preston Brook, WA7 3BB. 0871 527 8954 / book on-line

There's a taxi firm based in the club car park too.

All looking good for the 27th then; it promises to be an absolute packer and a great night. Hope you can make it

:thumbup: 

 

Hey Phil

I've provisionally booked the stripogram for Joan's birthday surprise we've got the choice of a copper (that's a policeman if you live in Cheshire), a fireman (that's the same everywhere) or a Ginger Taylor lookalike, whatcha think she'd like the most !   :wicked:

Dave

 

 

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8 hours ago, Louise said:

Hey Phil

I've provisionally booked the stripogram for Joan's birthday surprise we've got the choice of a copper (that's a policeman if you live in Cheshire), a fireman (that's the same everywhere) or a Ginger Taylor lookalike  :wicked:

Dave

 

 

It's a no brainer Dave. Book him Danno!

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Spoke to Ian Cunliffe earlier today. He's on the mend is the lad and intent on making an appearance on the 27th. Brilliant :thumbup:

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11 hours ago, chalky said:

So looking forward to this night.  As Louis says the last one was brilliant and looking at the line up we are in for another treat.

 

Should be a belter Chalks :yes: 

Carl is double-booked for this one unfortunately as he has a festive commitment at the Peterbrough Alhambra again this year. We'll miss his incredible singing voice of course and look forward to his return next year.

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An extra Grumpy, can't wait!  

Everyone welcome  :thumbup:

There's a brilliant deal at Premier Inn right now for those stopping over - £29 for a double room. Details in Phil's post above x

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 I'll be there with bells on.

 

Oh, and just because of Mrs Livesey's advancing years, does she think she can leave herself off the DJ roster? Pah! That'll be right

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21 hours ago, DDe said:

 I'll be there with bells on.

 

Oh, and just because of Mrs Livesey's advancing years, does she think she can leave herself off the DJ roster? Pah! That'll be right

 

Not playing records means I have more time to spend with you guys - you win, you lose :D

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On 12/2/2015 at 09:56, jumpinjoan said:

 

Not playing records means I have more time to spend with you guys - you win, you lose :D

Exactly what I did for me 40th - Who wants to play records on their birthday?!!! You know I'm booked elsewhere on this night Joan, but I'll be seeing you next year at Grumpys (If not before at Stateside Soul)

HAPPY 40th MY FRIEND! :D

Len x

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I've wanted to visit Grumpy Soul for ages and this is the one. Coming up with Billywhizz. Looking forward to it.

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Only a week to go! Just a little thing called Christmas to get out if the way first then it's Grumpy time.

We'll hopefully post times in the next few days and look forward to seeing some of you on Sunday x

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Directions from M6 avoiding bridges and all that faff

Righto, in an attempt to save some of you from circumnavigating Runcorn (as we've done ourselves in the past, several times), this is the way I'd go:

1. M6

2. M56 to Chester

3. Take exit to Preston Brook / Daresbury A56 (jct 11 off M56 I think it is)

4. Drop down hill, pass technology park on left then Beefeater pub on your right

5. Stay on and follow road up to end and round to right

6. Stay in right hand lane at give way then turn left onto A533 expressway

7. Stay on A533 (i.e. do not turn off) and take exit slip for Halton Brow / Halton Lea

8. Left at bottom of slip onto Boston Ave

9. First right onto Halton Rd (there's a chapel thing, usually with a big sign) on the corner

10. On Halton Road, pass pub, co-op and chippy on your right. Club is on your right about 1/4 miles further down (grassy banks just before entrance)

That works for us every time (somehow :rofl:).

 

Look forward to seeing loads of good friends and having a belting night!

Merry Christmas

Phil

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I wanna come !!!
Can you move it a bit nearer my house next time.

Merry Merry an all that jazz.
&
Happy Happy Joan

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Good work on the instructions Pip :thumbup:

Shame we're not a tad closer to New York Mr. S, will eat a few chocolates in your honour

Looks like it's going to be a cracker, Gaz is on countdown already! 

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CALAMITY !!!!!

The Ginger T lookalike stripogram has been gazumped by another promoter!

But don't worry Phil after lengthy negotiations with his charismatic manager Bob I have secured a very able replacement in the shape ( or shape's) of Robbo! for the princely sum of fifteen quid but Bob drove a hard bargain and we have to abide by the following terms , prepayment via paypal, no santa Claus mankini's, he doesn't have to take his baseball cap off and we provide the baby oil !

Whatcha  think before I click  pay now ?

Dave

 

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22 hours ago, Louise said:

CALAMITY !!!!!

The Ginger T lookalike stripogram has been gazumped by another promoter!

But don't worry Phil after lengthy negotiations with his charismatic manager Bob I have secured a very able replacement in the shape ( or shape's) of Robbo! for the princely sum of fifteen quid but Bob drove a hard bargain and we have to abide by the following terms , prepayment via paypal, no santa Claus mankini's, he doesn't have to take his baseball cap off and we provide the baby oil !

Whatcha  think before I click  pay now ?

Dave

 

:lol: Mind suitably boggled Dave!

All looking good for Sunday. DJ times now at the top of the thread for anyone who might be interested; hope they're ok for everyone.

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Hey Phil

I've paid Bob the £15.00 fee and now he tells me that Robbo is flatly refusing to wear a coppers uniform, or a tarzan outfit, the only outfit he'll wear has to be based around a pair of khaki shorts !!!  :ohmy:

Looks as if Joan's gonna get the world's first 'Lofty' from "It Ain't Half Hot Mum" lookalike stripogram !!!

I wonder where Bob's gonna find a pith helmet at such short notice from ? :wicked:

Dave

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