Dear All

Smaller numbers than usual last night, but there was some great singing and it was lovely to catch up with some Christmas favourites from previous years.  Many thanks to all those who took part in last weekend’s events – all of which were well received by the various organisers.  (So what if the fun run lasted only 10 minutes as opposed to the estimated 30+, we helped to create a really happy atmosphere.  The little girl at Motcombe who requested a verse of “Hark the Herald” for one was delighted. “It’s a lovely choir” she told me.)  Molly and Christine and the Santa Run team have asked me to pass on their thanks.  “The choir’s beautiful singing really brought the village hall to life and created such a wonderful, festive atmosphere.  The run was a great success and we are incredibly grateful to all the people who helped.” 

Following on from this, the powers that be in Motcombe have invited us to sing at their summer fete once more.  This will be on Saturday 15 June (see diary below).  We have also been invited to participate in a number of seasonal events – again, see below. 
Next week we will continue to look at our pieces for the Christmas season in readiness for our celebration on Wednesday 19th and our carol singing on Saturday 22nd.  If you have a short item you would like to perform at our New Year party on Wednesday 2 January, please let me know so that I can begin to put a programme together.


Wednesday 19 December  Christmas celebration.

Saturday 22 December   Carol singing in the town centre followed by coffee and mince pies at Shaftesbury Arts Centre. Raising money for research into Parkinson’s Disease.  More details next time.

Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December  NO PRACTICE

Wednesday 2 January New Year Party. Let me know if you have a party piece.

Friday 7 June  Concert at St James Church.

Saturday 15 June  Motcombe Village Fete


Sunday 16 December  Choir members are invited to join in the open air nativity play that takes place outside the Town Hall during the Christmas Market.  If you would like to take part, please meet up with Sam Skey at 11 o’clock this coming Sunday (9th) at St Peter’s Church or go to Bell Street United Church on Tuesday (11th) at 6 o’clock. 

Thursday 20 December   Westminster Memorial Hospital.  A small number of community choir members are invited to meet in the Occupational Therapy (OT) Room at the hospital and join the League of Friends for their annual Christingle carol singing around the wards.  6.30 for 7.00   (Singing for one hour followed by mulled wine and mince pies.)  Let me know next week if you’d like to join them.

Christmas Day  Tess (alto) would appreciate some vocal support for the Community Meal at Gillingham Methodist Church at 12 noon.  If you would like to sing well known carols for about 30 minutes, please contact her on eithertess.hebditch@gmail.com OR tesshebditch@gmail.com



Saturday 8 December  Salisbury Symphony Orchestra.   See earlier flyer.

Sunday 9 December  Wincanton Choral Society Messiah.  See earlier flyer. Tickets available from Mary or Linda (sopranos) or Jan (tenor).



Wednesday 12 December OLD TREES TALK with PHOTOGRAPHS   7.00pm at Shaftesbury Arts Centre (see attached flyer)

Saturday 15 December  Pilgrim Singers, Rejoice at Christmas.  Wincanton. Tickets £12 from Divine Wines Seasonal refreshments included.  Under 16s free contact 01963 33695 or janeyfents@hotmail.com   See earlier flyer

Monday 17 December “Wintery Songs in the Garden” with Cranborne Community Choir.  Sue (tenor) would love us to come along.  See attached flyer.

Friday 21 December  “Deck the Halls” – Christmas entertainment from Gillingham Arts Workshop.  Gillingham Library, 5.30 p.m.  FREE.