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From the Wings

This is to be a regular column providing news of births, marriages and deaths within the BLOC family, and any other titbits of news we may come across. The following covers news in 2020 with apologies for any omissions. Our thanks to our Vice-President, Sue Donovan, for much of the information.

We were very sad to have to report the death of Denis Higgins earlier in the year. Born in Abertillery, Monmouthshire in 1930 he died at home in Stockwood, Bristol aged 90 on the 22nd of May. He was the widower of Adrienne Higgins. Adrienne was already a BLOC member when Denis (a.k.a. Dennis) joined BLOC in the 1970’s and both were acting members for many years. They both were elected Life Members and looked after BLOC’s archives. They both continued to support BLOC after standing down as acting members until Adrienne’s death in January 2016. Both loved musicals and at his funeral the music played ‘going in’ was ‘Something Wonderful’ from The King & I as Adrienne played Lady Tiang in this show with BLOC at the Hippodrome; and the music played ‘going out’ was ‘To Life’ from Fiddler on the Roof, one of Denis’ favourite musicals. Due to Covid restrictions only ten people could attend the funeral and Sue Donovan was delighted that the family asked her to attend.

On a happier note, in the last 12 months BLOC members have given birth to enough baby girls to cast Tevye’s entire family the next time we do Fiddler on the Roof! Love and congratulations to them all.

To Sam and Tony Steadman - Ophelia Bo was born on 12th Nov 2019 (a sister for Arabella)

To Emma and Mike Griffiths - Robyn Susan was born on the 29th February 2020

To Sara and Jamie Anthony - Jessica Helen was born on 14th May 2020 (a sister for Jack)

To Lacie and Matt Bowen - Eira Marian was born on the 19th June 2020

To Grace and John Macdonald - Jude Clara Bendle was born on the 21st September 2020 (a sister for Eda)

Finally, many congratulations to Conner Vickery on his engagement to Jodie Gibson

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