Hebe in HMS Pinafore

By the 1890s, Jessie Charlotte Bond was at the peak of her G&S career. She was the leading mezzo-soprano in all of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most famous Savoy operas. She had starred in shows from HMS Pinafore to The Gondoliers, each time creating new roles with more and more importance. Jessie was a real star. […]

Welcome to GanderS Summer

Welcome to GanderS Issue 9 In this super issue The latest news Still here… The first Frederic Piracy in Paignton… Cartoon Caper Feeling the anguish…… Driven by dates Can we have our cake and eat it?? The Goose Quiz on quarantine The Goose has Doris Day quiz answers The first Frederic – Llewellyn Cadwaladr Ring […]

And the latest is…

Last show was the brilliant spooky Jack the Ripper. The second time we have performed this wonderful production penned by Ron Pember and Denis de Marne. Our next venture is to be part of an enormous choir for the Wolverton Light Orchestra Christmas Concert on Sunday 10th December 2023. You can sing with us if […]

Ring a ring of roses

“Ring a Ring o’ Roses” or “Ring a Ring o’ Rosie” is an English nursery rhyme or folksong and playground singing game. It first appeared in print in 1881, but it is reported that a version was already being sung to the current tune in the 1790s and similar rhymes are known from across Europe It is unknown what the earliest […]

The Goose has Doris Day quiz answers

The Goose has the Answers Quiz 7 was all about Doris Day. How did you get on? Last time the goose was testing you on Doris Day. How did you score? Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff was born in 1922. What was her star sign? Aries the Ram. Which shows what use astrology is… Doris started […]

Cartoon – Crocs

Lockdown blues The first Frederic – Llewellyn Cadwaladr Armenian spiced cake The Goose Quiz on quarantine Poem – stuck inside The Goose has Doris Day quiz answers Ring a ring of roses And the latest is… Welcome to GanderS Summer

Poem – stuck inside

Twas the beginning of the year, the decs had been put away New diets had been started, to get beach ready for the holiday Then Uncle Covid came to visit, and cast our plans awry Schools and pubs were closed down and parents began to cry   At G and S we were poised, to […]

The Goose Quiz on quarantine

The Great Goose Quiz Quiz 8 is about quarantine We’ve not performed in a while. Dull indoors isn’t it? So how much do you know about quarantine? In which century was the word quarantine first used? Which colour flags would a ship historically fly to alert that it was in quarantine? When bringing a dog […]

Armenian spiced cake

Well, as a responsible organisation we’re sensibly going with the data to decide when we get together again in real life. If anything is going to make it worth considering dates instead it’s this delicious Armenian Spiced cake made by a lady called Heather. Heather may not have originated the recipe but the results were […]

The first Frederic – Llewellyn Cadwaladr

Allow me to introduce you to Arthur Dendy. No, not the towel-toting galactic traveller. That was Arthur Dent.  Arthur Hyde Dendy was the upright, uptight Birmingham barrister who transformed Paignton from a place famous for little more than growing cabbages into a flourishing seaside resort.  Arthur owned hotels, ran the local paper,  introduced a horse […]