The second half of 2016 has seen a great deal of activity in the life of the Choir. St. George’s Church in Telford was the venue on 9th July, where we sang in a joint concert with The Darby Singers. This was followed by a joint concert in Hadley Methodist Church on 12th July, together with local schools. On 14th August a group from the Choir visited Barclay Lodge Sheltered Dwellings in Donnington, where we helped celebrate the 100th birthday of Mrs Addison, who’s father was a member of the Choir almost 100 years ago, and on 20th August, we helped celebrate the Golden Wedding Anniversary of our treasurer, Ian Martin & his wife Judy, who is a member of our ladies committee, with a Charity Concert at Harper Adams Agricultural University, which raised £1,550 for the Hope House Children’s Hospice, which is also the Choir’s chosen charity for 2016. The following week, we sang at a wedding at Hadley Parish Church.
Our next outing was a long weekend away in Bournemouth with members, family and friends. We sang in a concert on 10th September at Boscombe Salvation Army Citadel, and the following day, visited Swanage, with a ride on the Swanage Steam Railway, culminating in an impromptu sing-a-long on the platform of Swanage Station. A thoroughly enjoyable weekend away!
The 24th September saw us at Little Wenlock Church, and on 8th October, we sang in a joint concert with The Elcock Reisen Jackfield Band at St Michael’s Church, Madeley.
We have just completed our ‘main event’ of the year, which was a 7 hour sing-a-thon, held in our rehearsal venue at Castle Farm, Hadley. We were raising money again for Hope House, and to date, it looks as though we should reach the £3,000 mark or thereabouts. A great deal of effort went into staging this event. Everyone should be congratulated for their contribution to a successful day.
We are now entering the Christmas period, when visits will be made to several Care Homes in the area to entertain residents, together with our annual input to the annual Telford Civic Carol Service at The Place, Oakengates.
Over the past few months, we have had a few changes in Choir Personnel. Sadly, we lost 1st Bass Ted Jones who passed away after a long illness, and the Choir paid tribute at his funeral at Telford Crematorium. Dan Clark, Geoff May and our longest serving member, Peter Cooile are not too well at the moment, so we wish them well.
We welcome 3 new members, 1st Bass Chris Thompson, and 2nd Bass’s Jim Handley and Chas Kay. We hope they enjoy a long association with the Choir.