Christmas  cards


Please help us raise £100 for charity. Our Laurel and Hardy Christmas cards are on sale.

£5.00 (per pack, including postage and package)


  • 2 different packs of 10 cards (all the same)

  • 148mm x 103mm

  • Envelopes included​

Sons of Finlay


50 years since The Beatles released the Abbey Road album, it's quite obvious where they got the idea from for the iconic album cover...

Sons of Finlay lead the way. Others follow.


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Stockport showing


The showing is open to all, not just Masons

Just £1.00 entry, with light refreshment, with all proceeds to local charities.

The venue is "Westhomle" Mossley Masonic Hall, Stockport Rd OL5 0RB. Saturday 9th November at 10.00am


Dave Williamson

Visiting the Beau Chumps, 1st October


Fellow Chumps may recall when we had our inaugural very first tent meeting at the Boars Head in February that three fellow Sons of the Desert from the Them Thar Hills Tent of Carlisle came to give welcome moral support to our tent. With this in mind Grand Sheik Mike Jones and myself repaid the compliment and visited a Them Thar Hills Tent meeting on Tuesday 1st October over in Carlisle.


Peter Jones

Dave Williamson and Janice Hawton of the Bonnie Scotland Tent, Melvin McFadden (Them Thar Hills Tent) with Peter and Mike

A splendid night was had by all and Peter’s report has been uploaded as a Blog item.


I borrowed some photos of Melvin's and there are some gems in there. Below one of the Chumps visiting Carlisle in November 1986, and a cracker of Melvin, from The Ulverston Carnival in ’89.


Mike Jones

For the second time in two years a small group of Bonnie Scotlanders paid a visit to the Them There Hills Tent in Carlisle.


This time Grand Sheik George Cullen was waiting to greet them, unlike last time, when the visit was a (planned) complete surprise. On this occasion two visitors also came over from Sunderland, Mike Jones, and Peter Jones from the Beau Chumps Tent.

Some of the Bonnies were staying over for the night and the former Grand Sheik, Melvin McFadden, met up with all the visitors in a local hostelry, where much catching up and story telling went on.

The visitors were welcomed to the tent meeting, where we were treaded to Chickens Come Home and Towed in a Hole. Willie Black provided the quiz, which was very well thought out and received,. Everyone took part. There were almost as many donated raffle prizes as people present, so this took up some time.


Then Mike Jones gave a very interesting power point presentation, about a visit he made to some of the film locations, whilst on holiday. It was clear that he had put in a lot of research and gone to a lot of trouble to try to replicate original photo angles.

We were also treated to an excellent short film about the Ulverston Carnival Parade by Gary Winstanley of the Dirty Work Tent of Wigan. Melvin had been given a copy to play when he met up with Gary at the recent carnival day.

There was also a generous buffet, which unfortunately some of the visitors were unable to enjoy, having “partaken earlier” in the company of Melvin. 


All in all a most enjoyable and  convivial evening among friends. There may also be the possibility of a “return visit” by some of the Carlisle Sons, to north of the boarder.


Dave Williamson

Call of the Cuckoos Tent


On 2nd October the Call of the Cuckoos Tent completed our fifteenth season of Laurel and Hardy film shows at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall in Glasgow. We are looking forward to our sixteenth season starting on 1st April (sic!) 2020. A month later the Bonnie Scotland Tent will be taking us there for a performance from the Lucky Dog Theatre during the 40th UK Convention.


It was a busy week for the Cuckoos, as we staged a Laurel and Hardy Movie Marathon at Titwood Bowling Club on 6th October. £401.20 was raised for club funds.

Willie McIntyre

Remember when

Willie McIntyre and Mike Jones outside the Panopticon during the Glasgow convention in May 1987. "We sure have altered, but we haven't changed a bit..." Says Mike.

Laughing Gravy Tent


The Laughing Gravy Tent of Birmingham was started in 1993. We have over 200 members and we meet on the first Thursday of every month. We watch the Boys' films on a giant screen, have a raffle, sing our anthem 'We are the Sons of the Dessert' perform the loyal toasts and generally have a good laugh. Membership is only £10 a year (and this hasn't changed in 25 years) and includes free entry to all 12 meetings a year. It also includes a 24 page Laughing Gravy Annual, plus a couple of newsletters called The Birmingham Bark. We run various trips out and at present we are working on our Christmas event 'An afternoon at a British Music Hall'.


You can join via our website


BS All meetings are usually attended by around 100 to 120 people.


John Ullah

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25th Annual Music Box Steps Day


Family festival celebrating the history of Laurel & Hardy Park steps 

Date: October 19, 2019. Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00pm

 Location: Laurel and Hardy Park 

Address: 900 N Vendome St, Los Angeles, CA 90026.  


The Music Box Steps are where the famed comedy team of Laurel & Hardy filmed their 1932 Oscar-winning film The Music Box. Film buffs flock here from around the world to honour the 132 stairs that gave our bungling piano movers such a hilariously hard time. Music Box Steps Day is a family festival intended to enhance neighbourhood pride and educate youth about this historical jewel in their midst. There will be free food, live entertainment, a raffle, and screenings of the famous film.

In Paris

Eric Schultz came across this in an article about the photos of Robert Capa: L&H fans in Paris in 1937:

And finally

One of the Chumps, Neil C, sent this in, which made me smile.

Mike Jones

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