24 AUGUST 2017

Dear All

Every teacher knows that the weather has a significant effect on the success or otherwise of a lesson.  In my experience, windy weather (more so than snow in fact) was always the most problematic – certainly when it came to dealing with teenagers.  Last night it seemed to be the humidity rather than the heat that affected us.  Working on our Stourhead programme (see up to date information below) it was mighty hard work for all!  Still, we have another two weeks to get our act together and we’ll get there.  We always do.


Saturday 9 September: Singing at Stourhead.  Arrive 11am (approx.) Sing: 11.30-12.00 (House Lawn); 12.30-1.00 (Spread Eagle Courtyard) and 2.00-2.30 (Restaurant Courtyard). We have a break from 1.00 to 2.00.  Tea, coffee and of course scones will be provided afterwards but we need to bring our own picnics for lunch.

Our programme will be selected from the following (most of which have a seasonal / times of day / nature / food theme): Let the Sunshine, Hold On, Sunshine Fire and Rain, Java Jive, Let’s call the whole thing off, Follow the Heron, Wake Up, Tree of life, Anthem, My Little Cup, Evo Banke, Morning has come, Green Man, Throw It Away, It don't mean a thing, Run Rabbit Run.

Entry is free for all choir members but please bring NT membership cards if you have them. If anyone is bringing along family or friends for support then they will need to pay for their own entry to the property or show their NT membership cards if they are members. 

Dress code: shades of red.

Sunday 24 September:  Holnest Country Fayre. Rylands Farm, nr Sherborne.  2.00 – 2.45.  (In aid of the Future Roots project)  Look it up on http://www.futureroots.net/   A flier is also attached.

Wednesday 27 September: Bring-a-Friend Day.  Four or five new songs for regulars and newcomers alike.  More details later.

Friday 15 December: 2.15 Christmas entertainment for the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies.  Durweston Village Hall.  (Durweston is the home of lots of traditional Dorset carols, so watch this space!)


Saturday 26 August: (this weekend) Quentin Edwards (flute) and I are giving a short lunchtime concert at St Thomas’ Church, Salisbury.  12.00.  Admission free!  It would be great to see a few familiar faces in the audience.

Tuesday 29 August: (next week) Rehearsals start for “Rock Nativity”. 7.30 p.m. in Motcombe Church. 

Saturday 9 September: (same day as Stourhead) Gillingham Walking Festival - Cheese and Wine Evening.  See last week’s newsletter for more details.

Saturday 7 October: Tisbury Arts Group Cabaret.  Tickets won’t be on sale until the beginning of September but it’s going to be a lively evening so please put the date in your diary if you’d like to come.   See attached flier.

Sunday 15 October Karen’s choral piece “Heartwood” at Springhead.


As you know, it has been suggested that the choir might like to raise money to help the people of Sierra Leone caught up in the devastating mudslide outside the capital, Freetown.   One idea has been to sing one morning in the town centre.  When we did something similar for the tsunami in the Philippines a few years ago it raised several hundred pounds. Please come armed with your ideas next week.


Our Community Farm needs you

-       To vote for us with your Tesco tokens throughout September and October

-       To join in with our project of sustainable fruit and vegetable growing and animal husbandry

 Please come and find out more at a COFFEE MORNING, SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 10am-12.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Abbey Walk, Shaftesbury.

Palida choir, cakes and a short presentation – for further details contact Debbie Simmons, Tel 01747 850439.  Email: dsimmons.tads@btinternet.com


If you want to order a pizza and have it waiting for you before choir on a Wednesday, call 07521 413720.