The Medway Organ Club was founded in 1969 by John Edwards and Jim Layzell of Medway Organs, together with a group of local organ enthusiasts. The Club was started at "The Ash Tree Public House" in Chatham and after a number of moves, both large and small, we are now based at the Parkwood Community Centre, Parkwood Green, Rainham, Kent ME8 9PN.
During 2010 the Community Centre underwent a massive renovation and is entirely different to how it used to be. We have an overhead video projector and drop down screen to focus on the artiste's keyboards by using four differently positioned cameras. The cameras give an excellent viewpoint; the hall has permanent lighting specifically provided for our concerts.
We now call ourselves the The Medway Music Club to reflect the change from organs to keyboards and how modern keyboards sound more lifelike and like a live orchestra or band.
The seating area has been much enhanced with new comfortable seats, with most folk sitting theatre style and some at individual tables; we are hoping to be able to increase the capacity beyond our present 140. The hall has a kitchenette with an oven so that we can continue to provide our famed "hot sausage rolls" during the interval. Tea, coffee and cakes are also available. and a new bar area serving a variety of drinks.
Guests are made welcome at our meetings and members of other clubs often visit us.
As well as the excellent selection of professional musicians booked to play for us, a club member is invited to play a preamble for half an hour prior to the concert. Often this is on our club's Yamaha EL40 organ, or alternatively on an instrument brought for the occasion. A raffle usually takes place at the end of the interval.
In 2009 the club celebrated its 40th anniversary with our Vice President, Jim Layzell, playing for us. Jim took everyone back to 1969 when the club was formed with anecdotes about its formation, the trials and tribulations, and music from that time. Doug Morgan, one of the members who joined the club shortly after its formation, played the preamble. The evening was enjoyed by all who attended, both "old" members and those who have joined since. Please see the photos in our gallery.
There is a large, free public car park adjacent to the hall. The needs of wheelchair users are fully accommodated. Please note that some satellite navigation devices, and the map provided on this website, are a little inaccurate in locating the hall; the hall shares its car park with an easily visible church (St Paul's).
The club usually meets on the second Monday of each month at 7.00pm for 7.30pm, finishing soon after 10.00pm.
Subscription: £12.00 full members, £10.00 senior citizens.
Members admission: £6.00
Visitors admission: £7.00
|December 13th||Lee Dewsnap|
|January 10th||Michael Wooldridge (more details)|
with special guest, top drummer Gareth Thompson
|March 14th||Daniel Watt FLCM|
|May 9th||Elizabeth Harrison|
|July 11th||Chris Powell|
|August 8th||Reg Rawlings|
|September 12th||Phil Brown CT FVCM HonVCM MCP MCDST|
|October 10th||Jon Smith|
|November 14th||Ian Griffin|
|December 12th||Brett Wales|
|January 9th||Michael Wooldridge (more details)|
With special musical treats featuring top drummer Gareth Thompson
|February 13th||David Harrild|
|March 13th||Pete Shaw|
|April 10th||Tony Stace|
|May 8th||Chris Stanbury|
|June 12th||Andrew Nix|
|July 10th||Jamyma Hanson|
|August 14th||Nicholas Martin B.E.M. (more details)|
|September 11th||Mark Thompson|
|October 9th||Matthew Bason|
|November 13th||Rod Pooley|
|December 11th||Steve Hubble|