During the first half of 2017, the activities of the Choir have been just as hectic as in the previous year.
January 28th saw us singing at the Old Hall School, Wellington, together with the school choir, raising funds for Maninplace, a refuge for the homeless in Telford, then on 18th February, we appeared at Wellington Methodist Church together with the Brewood Singers, raising funds for the Mayor of Telford’s charities. Four weeks later saw us at All Saints Church, Wellington with Random Brass, raising funds for the Christian’s against poverty charity. April 23rd saw us at Hadley Methodist Church in a concert with Severn Harmony for a St George’s Day event, and on 13th May we appeared with J. M. Brass at Abraham Darby School, Madeley for Cancer Charities.
We took part in the entertainment at the Wellington Summer Fayre on 10thJune, and on the 24th, we were at the recently re-furbished Anstice Hall, Madeley. July 8th saw us at St George’s Church, Telford for their annual concert, when we were joined by The Darby Singers, and on the 11th, we were back at Hadley Methodist Church for the annual summer concert with pupils from the Hadley Learning Community.
19th July saw us in The Great Hall of Birmingham University, where we joined forces with members of the English Association of Male Voice Choirs for their annual charity concert.
Following this busy first half of 2017, we have no respite, with at least 16 more engagements before the end of the year.
One of the highlights of this year to date has been our association with the Bridge School, Hadley, (our current chosen charity). The school caters for children and young persons aged between 2 and 19 who have special needs requirements. It is a pleasure to see these children really enjoying their music and the interaction with the choir, and we feel it a privilege to associate ourselves in helping with their education.
At our AGM in February, Ian Martin stepped down from the Treasurer’s position, having looked after our finances for the last 34 years. He is replaced by David Collington and Alex Cunningham, who are now joint Treasurers. Ian was presented with a certificate and a bottle of scotch and was thanked for his loyal service to the choir.
Sadly, we have lost our longest serving choir member, Peter Cooile, who joined us in the mid 1950’s. He passed away in May after a long illness. A virtually full choir attended and sang at his funeral on 24th May at St Andrew’s Church, Shifnal. Peter, with his rich bass voice and his banter with Robyn, our Musical Director, will be missed by all those involved with the choir, and our thoughts and prayers are with his widow Muriel and the rest of the family.