13 DECEMBER 2018

Dear All,

More lovely singing last night.  We will be singing our Christmas repertoire for our own pleasure next Wednesday and for the pleasure of those doing their Christmas shopping on Saturday 22nd - see below.  (There is no need to bring contributions towards the food for next week’s Christmas celebration by the way, it will be normal refreshments + mulled wine or juice and mince pies for those that want.)

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.  I have been given four items so far, so a few more wouldn’t come amiss. 

Don’t forget we have also been invited to participate in a couple of seasonal events – again, see below.



“I am writing on behalf of the Committee of the League of Friends of WMH to thank you all so much for your wonderful carol singing at our Christmas Fair. We all felt that the event was very successful and you definitely added to the festive atmosphere. I am not sure of the exact figure yet but we think we made in the region of £400 for the hospital. I will be adding a piece about the fair to our website soon and you will definitely be mentioned. With many thanks again.  Elizabeth Heath, Secretary to the League of Friends.”


Wednesday 19 December  Christmas Celebration.  All your favourite carols and Christmas songs, coffee / tea and biscuits as usual or mulled wine / juice and mince pies if you prefer, and a theatrical spectacular from Tess (alto) and friends.

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.  Meet outside Town Hall at 10.30.  Usual dress code.

Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December  NO PRACTICE

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

Friday 7 June  Concert at St James Church.

Saturday 15 June  Motcombe Village Fete


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



Friday 14 December Tisbury Community Choir and St John's Band concert at St John's Tisbury at 7.30. Tickets at the door.  Christmas music and all sorts of other things!  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

Sunday 16 December Shaftesbury Christmas market with open air nativity play at 1 o’clock outside the Town Hall.


Shaftesbury Orchestra.  7.30 p.m. Port Regis School.  Mozart Overture to “Marriage of Figaro”, Haydn Cello Concerto in C and Schubert Symphony No. 6.  FREE.




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


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