15 December 2016

Dear All, 

There are four attachments to this e-mail. 

Great singing at Stourhead last weekend. I am pretty sure we all had a good time.

This Sunday (18 December) we will be singing outside Town Hall for Shaftesbury Christmas Market (10.45 - 11.30 approx).  We have been asked to park in the cattle market carpark if possible.  (We know our place!) Julia has booked the back room at The Mitre for those who would like to socialise afterwards and maybe sing a few more carols too.  Please congregate at about 10.30. 

Dress code is shades of red as usual.  Our programme will consist of (in no particular order) our usual ten “audience” carols: Hark the Herald (normal tune, not the Durweston one); O Come; In the bleak; See Amid; Silent Night; O little town; It came upon; Once in royal; Joy to the world; Away in a manger + the same “featured” carols: Past Three o’clock; Come tune your cheerful voice; Lullay my liking; Fais dodo; Hosanna; Bethlehem Down; Ding Dong. 


Christmas Eve – for those that can make it, the choir will be singing at the Grosvenor from 6 o’clock to 7 o’clock.  More tenors and basses would be particularly welcome.  Same repertoire.  Wine and mince pies on the house!!


Next week we will be having our Christmas party.  Choir members are asked to bring a plate of finger food to share.  There will be mulled wine and fruit juice as well as teas and coffees, some games and lots of singing of course.

There will be no choir on Wednesday 28 December and, by popular request, we will resume our singing onWednesday 4 January


Friday 16 December – Christmas Songs and sing-alongs.  Flier attached

Saturday 17 December – Gillingham Arts Workshop Carol Concert.  St Benedict’s RC Church, Gillingham. 7.30 p.m.  Returing collection. Flier attached

Thursday 22 December – Hospital Christmas Carol Service 7.00 p.m.  Again singers most welcome.  Contact Denise Potter (07922 225105) for more details.


The official DCCG Proposals Consultation Document has now been published.  Despite a petition from over 3,000 of us, and strong support from both MPs and both Mayors, they still propose making the Westminster a “no beds” community hub.  Also, there is no mention of either Salisbury or Yeovil hospitals - the ones we mostly use.

It is very important that we respond, using the “Consultation Questionnaire”, which is in the centre of the document.    The document is available at the Abbey View medical centre, the T.I.C., the Westminster hospital, libraries in both towns, the Post Office, Motcombe and Ludwell village shops, and most churches.

Page 2 is relevant to North Dorset.  Pages 5 and 6 allow other comments, and might cover Salisbury and Yeovil.   You can respond on paper [freepost], or online at www.dorsetvision.nhs.uk/feedback.   Please read the document, and respond before 28th February   Keep pressing, to save our hospital.”   A very Happy Christmas to you all, and thank you for your support.  Many thanks,   Dick. 

All good wishes