Broken Wand – Alan McGurk
I am sorry to have to inform members of the death of Alan McGurk who passed away in the early hours of June 15th. He died peacefully at home following a long battle with Lymphoma.
Alan became interested in magic in his twenties and was a life long performer, particularly of children’s magic. He was a council member and great supporter of the Home Counties Magic Society and attended most meetings always with tricks to show. He will be missed.
Alan’s funeral will take place at 12:00 noon on Thursday 28th June at:
West Berkshire Crematorium, Bath Rd, Thatcham, RG19 4LD
Donations to Cancer Research UK
Reception afterwards at:
The Angel Public House,Bath Rd, Woolhampton, Reading, RG7 5RT
Brian Dodridge (Welfare Officer).
Bill Hammersley Close-up Competition 2018
Congratulations to Simon Jones, the winner of the Bill Hammersley Close-up competition and Derek Oliver, the winner of the Burford Award for the most original magic act.
These were two great acts by two great performers. The Society thanks all of the performers – Stan Airey, Michael Wilks, Rodney Type, Jim Gemmill, Derek Oliver, Kevin Hutchinson and Simon Jones for committing their time and creative energy over the past weeks into making what turned out to be a diverse and hugely enjoyable evening for the audience.
Broken Wand – Ernie Jones
I am sorry to have to inform members of the death of Ernie Jones at the age of 89. He died on 5th November from bladder cancer that had spread to other areas.
Ernie joined the HCMS in 1978. He was President in 1992-3 and contributed greatly to the success of the Reading Junior Days which for those of you who don’t know was the HCMS Annual Competition for Young Magicians. The Competition gave the Society much prestige over the last quarter of the twentieth century. Ernie will best be remembered as a children’s performer.
For health reasons and due to the difficulty of travelling to meetings from the Oxford area he did not renew his membership after 2012. However, a couple of years later, the Council recommended he be made an Honorary Member which the members endorsed.
His Humanist Funeral, celebrating his life, will take place on Monday, 20th November at 11.00 a.m. at South Oxfordshire Crematorium and Memorial Park, Garford, Abingdon, OX13 5PA and afterwards at The Dog House, Faringdon Road, Frilford Heath, Oxon, OX13 6QL. Anyone wishing to attend the wake should RSVP his daughter, Kim Jones, on email firstname.lastname@example.org. Apparently his coffin will be black and painted with stars and magic wands.
New President – Derek Oliver
Congratulations to Derek Oliver on becoming our new president.
Derek is seen here being presented with the Presidential Chain of Office
by the former president Steve Graham.
Bill Hammersley Close-up Competition 2017
Congratulations to the winner of the Bill Hammersley Close-up competition and winner of the most original magic act- Kevin Hutchinson
The evening was well attended and all the competitors that took part did a really good job of entertaining the audience. The other competitors were Patrick Ashe, Michael Wilks, Simon Jones, Steve Graham and Rodney Type. Here is a photo of Kevin Hutchinson being presented with the trophy by Vice-President Robin Maddy.
Paul Pearman Cup Competition 2016
Congratulations to the winner of the Paul Pearman Cup – Simon Jones
The evening was well attended and all the competitors that took part did a really good job of entertaining the audience. Here are a couple of photos of the night.