Many of you will be saddened to hear of the passing of Jim Hollands on December 30th. Although illness had limited his attendances at our Friday sessions in recent months, Jim's association with Bingham Folk Club goes back many years.
Born in 1938, Jim started acting at school in plays and Scout shows before singing and performing as a "tea chest bass" player in skiffle groups. He used to cart it to gigs on his back like a rucksack on his bike! Jim graduated to the guitar as he found that the girls preferred them to bass and washboard players - but he said it didn't seem to make any difference. He always reckoned that it must have been his ears!!
Jim and Pauline moved to Bingham in 1965 and he converted the cottages on Market Street in Bingham into the 'Handicentre' which, of course, is still running under different ownership to this day. Jim's management of the shop was from 1968 until 1976.
He first started singing locally with Doug Statham, and then later with the folk club. Jim had his own distinctive style, simply playing what he liked for his own interest and fun. He was always highly entertaining and also very keen to encourage other nervous performers. Jim had been one of the club's MCs and he took an active interest in the running of the club for many years.
Jim's other main hobby had always been cycling and, in addition to having once ridden from Land's End to John O'Groats, he was a Junior Champion in his younger days. In 1981 he helped to organise a BMX track for young people to cycle on. Jim also liked walking and camping, and was on the Bingham Council for three years in the 1970s.
There is no doubt that we will miss him enormously.
A Thanksgiving Service for Jim was held on Tuesday 21st January 2020 in St. Mary & All Saints Church, Bingham.