New Tangled Tango #32


Steve, on the far side of the room, noticed how her passionate defence of public libraries was reflected in her eyes and gestures. He thought that she looked lovely. If anyone noticed that he and Cathy seemed less antagonistic that evening, they said nothing.


Tuesday 19th April  St Philip’s Church Hall

Fewer people had turned up for the weekly dance. Several couples had travelled together on a European coach trip. Steve wasn’t there because of a parents’ evening and Tony had let Geoff know that he wouldn’t be at the dance because he would be seeing Christine. In fact, he had said that he wouldn’t be coming as much in future any way because he would be seeing her more often. He had said, though that he would like two tickets for the Blackpool trip.

With fewer people there, the Hall seemed much emptier than usual and the atmosphere was different; the usual buzz of conversation was more subdued.

Geoff announced that the coach had been booked for Saturday 28th of May – two days before the Spring Bank Holiday. The price would be £7.50 per person and would include lunch and afternoon tea at the hotel in addition to an afternoon’s use of the dance floor. Geoff had checked that the audio equipment there would be compatible with what he would need to do. He had already been in touch by telephone with the people who were absent that night, and all of them had confirmed that they wanted to go. The closing date for payments for the coach had been fixed for the 17th May, the evening of the weekly dance eleven days beforehand.

Geoff also reminded everyone that the normal end-of-month Social Dance would be on the evening of Saturday 23rd April rather than on the 30th because of the Bank Holiday weekend.

During the refreshment break, Cathy asked Geoff whether Steve would be going on the Blackpool trip – Geoff said that Steve had said that he would. She then confirmed that she wanted to book a place also.

As Cathy walked back to the group’s normal tables, Geoff turned back to his table and to the music he would be playing in the second half, but he allowed his face to express his surprise.

“Oooh!” he thought, “What’s going on there? Very interesting. Wait until I tell Mary

Friday 22nd April  Philip’s Church Hall – Parish Church Annual General Meeting

There was a good turnout of parishioners for the meeting. Stacking-chairs had been laid out to accommodate up to forty people, but the thirty-two who had come exceeded, by far, numbers in previous years. Everyone who was there had been given several sheets of paper to refer to during the meeting. These included a copy of the Agenda, Accounts and reports about the ministry, finances and fabric of the church. Reports about linked missionary organisations and about the school, house groups, prayer groups, Mothers’ Union, and so on were also provided for discussion.

There were several questions about the budget for the coming year and about building maintenance issues. The school’s head teacher was there, and she mentioned the need for parental involvement in the coming annual Summer Reading Challenge.

The accounts were also unanimously approved as was the re-appointment of the auditors. Those who had presented reports were thanked. The membership of the Parochial Church Council or PCC was also approved. No mention was made, however, of Steve’s reduced role – that would be communicated to the PCC at its next meeting.

As the meeting ended, and people started drifting away, smaller groups of people formed. Some were simply friends having a chat. Some wanted to speak to one of the wardens or to the Vicar to ask questions, make suggestions or lay complaints. As even these few people dispersed, Mary Heath approached Beryl Wilson for a quiet word.

“Beryl, is something going on between Steve and Cathy?”

Featured Photo

My opening photo today, is one that you may remember from much earlier in the story – St Philip’s Church Hall. I’ve also included another shot from a few weeks ago – Blackpool Tower, home of the famous ballroom. I just though that it has some relevance to today’s post.

For a featured photograph I’ve again chosen one from earlier in the story – St Philip’s church.

EXIF data were: I took the photo using my Fujifilm 26 MP cropped sensor mirrorless camera with a 10-24 mm f/4 lens. The ISO was 160 and +2EV

Author: writingandphotography0531

I am a retired local government officer. At that time, I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I have previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My hobby is photography and, until recently, hillwalking in Snowdonia. I have just written my first novel, Persephone and the Photographer, published as a Kindle eBook.

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