The Broadside Folk Club in Portsmouth - Wednesday evening singarounds




Wendy Arnold

Some of you will remember Wendy Arnold who used to visit the club some years ago with her partner Robin.

Sadly, Wendy passed away on the evening of Wednesday, 28th February at Q.A. Hospital, surrounded by her loved ones.

Wendy had battled for many years with a rare lung condition. She and her partner Robin performed their beautiful songs at a number of clubs in the area and Wendy will be missed by all who knew her.




folk concert bishops waltham near portsmouth

Join us for an evening of varied music in Bishop's Waltham on Friday, 29th September to raise money for Teso (Uganda)

Note the new venue - The Youth Hall in Malt Lane - very easy to find - from Portsmouth direction, cross the roundabout near the town and then turn left into Malt Lane. (Google map search 'Youth Hall, Bishop's Waltham'.


We are back home and settling in nicely. We have had a couple of weeks of lovely varied music on our return. So back to normal for the Broadside folk club.

A HUGE THANK YOU from us all to the the staff and landlords at the Rose in June. The Rose has always supported us and made us welcome whenever the OHAH has run into problems. Thank you to the landlords and staff at the Rose in June.

We now have a FACEBOOK PAGE or search Facebook for 'Broadside Folk Club'. Thanks to Allan Jones for setting that up.


It is with great regret that we announce that Fran passed away at 12.30 today, Thursday 16th of February shortly after going to the Rowan's Hospice. Fran was not only a fine singer but a lovely and helpful person who was always keen to develop talent in others.

Fran had been fighting cancer for some years but continued to go out and sing or support local music whenever she was able. We will remember this lovely lady for a long time.

Update - funeral / wake:

Fran's funeral will be a fairly small short ceremony at Porchester Crematorium at 1.45pm on Tues March 7th. Please contact Fran's son Tony if you would to attend. -

The wake will be at the Golden Bowler pub in Stubbington at 2.45pm and all her old friends are invited. Bring your instrument / voice if you would like to join the singing and tunes.

Update - We will remember her

Fran's funeral was a very short but moving affair. The small hall was packed and the following wake filled the Golden Bowler with family and friends but also with songs and tunes in her memory. Goodbye Fran - we shall continue to sing your songs.

Ian from Aberdeen

On Wednesday 19th April we were joined by Ian Hamilton from Aberdeen. He was an entertaining guitarist and singer and played both trad folk songs and blues.

Ian emailed the Broadside club after getting back to Aberdeen:

" Many thanks for the lovely session on Wednesday night.
The Broadside club truly felt a ‘home from home’ for me."

Thanks Ian - we enjoyed your music and hope to see you again some time.


George's funeral was well attended even though it was wet and cold. Cathy organised the event very well and we had music from Ron (Mitchell) and Angie and homolies from Bill from Havant Hockey club regarding George's hockey and other sporting exploits and a very interesting history from a man who George took under his wing when he was working at the holiday camp on Hayling Island. George's good nature and determination were constant themes - when he could do very little else he even took up yoga.

Cathy also organised a wake at the Seagull Inn where we all remembered George and played a few songs for him.

Sadly missed George. May you Rest in Peace and in our hearts.


FUNERAL: Porchester Crematorium on Thursday, December 29th at 11.15am.

WAKE: The Seagull pub near the Crematorium directly after the funeral.


George, who was the face of the Broadside (see his picture in the top banner of this website) passed away on Saturday 10th December. Further details of arrangements to follow.

George was our very able MC until ill health made it difficult for him to attend. He very rarely sang a song (with the occasional exception of 'The Oggy Man') but always had amusing or entertaining facts at his fingertips with which he spiced the evening. The later part of his life was spent as a professional entertainer and the Broadside was lucky to have him at the helm for many years. He will be greatly missed.

A couple of photos of George sent by Zac - George the devil and George the angel. He always entered into the spirit.

George the devilGeorge the angel


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