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Society News - Updated 22nd May 2017

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22nd May 2017:  AGM announced for Saturday 17th June at 12:30pm
At our normal venue, The Old King's Head pub just off Borough High Street, near London Bridge station, in the upstairs room. Our chairman John Repsch will be introducing the new committee to all and sundry, a film show and then Queen Victoria's Bedpan; a manic game of epic proportions played against a back-drop of daft lunacy where the winners are those who are still sane at the end of it all (much remembered from the GSPS Bournemouth Convention)… Good fun should be had by all! (it says here…)

All are welcome; new members, non members, those wishing to be members, those who aren't sure they want to be members because they can't make their minds up, those who can't decide what they want to be, and anyone else who fancies a bit of a laugh at the expense of others. See you there.

20th May 2017:   More details from the Milligan family
We have heard back from Michael the following information. (This follows from John Repsch's email asking where people might send sympathy cards or donations to).
Michael has suggested using his own address which is;

Mr Michael Milligan, Unit 86, Lavender Street, Lavender Bay 2060, North Sydney, NSW, Australia and for donations please go to www.dementia-australia.org
We understand the funeral will be on Monday 22nd May.

17th May 2017:   Patrick Milligan has passed away.
Over the past couple of days we had received news from Patrick's son, Michael, that his father was taken poorly and had gone into hospital and was undergoing palliative care. We heard this morning that he had passed away. Michael writes;

"Sadly dad lost his battle this morning but it was probably for the better and he had his family with him which is not something that everyone is able to have. His funeral will be on Monday and I will send further details."

John Repsch, our chairman, has sent this reply;

"Dear Michael,
How very sad. I suppose that the speediness of your father's decline will at least mean that he did not suffer.
Having never met him and only spoken to him on occasions over the phone, I count myself privileged to have been able to interview him about his life. Amongst all his jollity of reminiscing about events from more than eighty years ago, I found that he had an edge to him and he was not afraid to speak his mind, in the same way that Spike would do so. But there was no question that he was a very likeable man and I'm really glad we were in touch with him. I think Tina Hammond will be especially saddened by the news, given that she and her family visited him several times.
My thoughts and those of the GSPS are with you and your family at this unhappy time.
Deepest condolences,
John".


And that goes for all of us here at the web site… Our newsletter no: 151, December 2015 carried a lovely 6 page article all about Patrick, if you would like to receive a free copy then please click here and we can email it to you (it is in PDF format) administrator@thegoonshow.org.uk

January 2017:   Happy New Year to One and All
No increases for 2017. We are still offering free shows on cassette to any new member and also free e-newsletters to any prospective members thinking of joining us. If that's you, then send us an email.

23rd May 2016:    AGM announced for Saturday 11th June 2016
Yes folks, the actual AGM will be held this year at our new venue, "The Greencoat Boy",  2, Greencoat Place, Victoria, London, SW1P 1PJ, just around the corner from Grafton's. Nearest tube St.James Park. Starting at noon. For some of our old time members, you may remember this address as being the home of the original London Group, where both Spike & Harry would happily stop by and join in with a pint or two. Our special guest on this occasion will be Peter Watson-Wood, film maker, writer and painter.

January 2016:   Happy New Year to One and All
An agm-type meeting was held in October and it was decided that things should stay as they are on the subscriptions front, so no increases for 2016. A suggestion was made to try and recruit new members to the Society by way of offering free shows on cassette to any new member and also free e-newsletters to any prospective members thinking of joining us. The writer and comedian Brad Ashton was guest of Honour and a great time was had by all.