The club usually meets on the first Monday of the month at 8pm
Subscription: £66.00 (£5.50 per concert) (payable at £33.00 per half year if more convenient)
Members admission: Free with subscription
Visitors admission: £7.50 (£6.50 for members of other clubs on production of valid membership card)
We have decided to change the club name to "Eden Park Music Club". Like many clubs following this path we feel it will bring a slightly more modern feel to the club image.
OUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED
Due to a very generous donation from an anonymous supporter SHIRLEY ORGAN and KEYBOARD CLUB is no longer closing down in December. We are pleased to advise that our next concert will be January 10th with CHRIS POWELL as our artiste, and on the first Monday of the month thereafter. New members will be very welcome. (Contact Bert/Eva on 0208 698 6760)
HISTORY OF EDEN PARK MUSIC CLUB
(FORMERLY SHIRLEY ORGAN & KEYBOARD SOCIETY)
Established at the Blue Anchor pub, Croydon in 1967, the club began life as Western Music Organ Society. Meetings were held every Saturday at Western Music’s Croydon shop with its manager fulfilling the role of Chairman.
The name was changed to Shirley Keyboard and Organ Society on 6th October 1984. The annual membership fee at that time was £12 pa. Having bonded together as a long-standing, friendly gathering of devotees to organ music, the members learnt how to get the best out of the many instruments available at that time. No surprise then that success came very quickly, and a warm social atmosphere developed among the fast growing number of members, many of whom began inviting their families and friends along to the now ‘monthly’ meetings.
Finance being the keynote, this rapid growth enabled the engagement of top stars such as Harry Stoneham, Brian Sharp, John Mann, Ena Baga, Graham Wright and Bill Skidmore to name just a few. Other organists often attended meetings for the enjoyment of hearing these very popular artists of the time. In 1992 the Society had 167 members, 6 committee members and 15 honorary members.
The venue was later moved to The Shirley Poppy and after many years to Eden Park Hotel before finally transferring to The Langley Park Sports & Social Club in August 1999. For a short period meetings were held at Marian Vian School, Elmers End but the Society returned to The Langley Park Sports & Social Club in February 2002, since when members have seen the venue improve and develop to a very high standard.
‘Unfortunately in this modern age the survival of organ societies becomes difficult for many reasons,’ writes Chairman Bert Absalom. ‘We found our membership numbers reducing year by year despite all efforts to keep going and we were forced financially to take the decision to close in December 2010. However, a week prior to our final concert we had the good fortune to receive a substantial anonymous donation enabling us to survive for a further year.’
‘We are now in a position to revive the society,’ says Bert. ‘As from February 2011 the name was changed to EDEN PARK MUSIC CLUB. Every effort is being made to promote our enviable venue, with its top class entertainers and friendly atmosphere, in the hope that the Club can continue well into the future and justify the very generous donation received.’
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