OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS ARE CHANGING TO LEIGH COMMUNITY CENTRE AS FROM 1ST NOVEMBER 2022 AND TO THE FIRST TUESDAY IN THE MONTH
MEETINGS COMMENCE AT 2.30. DOORS WILL OPEN AT 2.00.
Leigh Community Centre
71 – 73 Elm Road
Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1SP.
PLEASE NOTE THAT DOORS ARE NOT OPEN UNTIL 2.00PM. Access to the hall is via the ground floor café so if you do arrive early stop and chat with friends over a cuppa in the café.
Meetings will usually start with notices and any items of group news, followed by a guest speaker. Refreshments are available afterwards so members can chat to friends or maybe the speaker.
There is no charge for attendance and not only that but you can get a cuppa at the end all free of charge; so pretty good value.
There are small pay-and-display car parks in Elm Road (at rear of Leigh Community Centre/Police Station) and off North Street (east of the Wesley Methodist Church) but these do fill quickly. Parking on nearby streets is limited so please check local parking restrictions.
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Southend pop music
January 3 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Born between Rubber Soul and Revolver, Daryl Easlea was in music retail between 1979 and 1997, and left to belatedly take his degree in American History and International History at Keele, where he also ran the student radio station.
He began writing professionally in 1999. After graduating in 2000, he became the deputy editor at Record Collector, where he remains a regular contributor. His work has also appeared in Mojo, Mojo Collections, various Q and Mojo specials, Prog Magazine, The Guardian, Uncut, Dazed & Confused, The Independent, Socialism, The Glasgow Herald, The Encyclopaedia of Popular Music, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and bbc.co.uk.
He also compiles and annotates CDs (his favourite being 50,000 Fall Fans Can’t Be Wrong: 39 Fall Greats), DJs, broadcasts and was born to dance.
His books explore his favourite loves; great pop eccentrics, populist African-American music and prog rock. His first, Everybody Dance: Chic & The Politics Of Disco was published by Helter Skelter in December 2004 and was voted NME‘s third best book of 2005. A revised edition id to be published in 2019. His second, an extended essay to accompany the Supremes exhibition at the V&A was published by V&A Publishing in May 2008. Talent Is an Asset: the Story of Sparks was published by Omnibus Press in April 2010, while Without Frontiers: The Life And Music Of Peter Gabriel was published in October 2013, with a revised update edition in March 2018. He is currently some where deep in writing Whatever Happened To Slade?. He broadcasts a fortnightly show The Daryl Easlea Spectacular on Ship Full Of Bombs – Thames Delta Radio (www.sfob.co.uk).
He lives with his darling wife and daughter by the seaside rather near where he was born.