15 AUGUST 2019

Dear All

Apologies to those who turned up to choir last week to find that we had to cancel it at short notice due to illness.  I am pretty sure that this is the first time this has happened.  However, as you already know, there will be NO CHOIR ON WEDNESDAY 28thAUGUST.  Singing was a lot of fun yesterday, I hope you agree.  Next week we plan to continue the good work with We Got All the Love, Balanced Be the Way, Blue Moon, Jesu Ukukhanya, Campfire Song and complete our learning of In My Life, Riverside and I Will Follow Him.  Finally, next week will also be a BADGE WEDNESDAY, so come wearing a name badge – as decorative or as simple as you like – and make some new friends.  (Julia will have sticky labels for anyone who forgets.)


Saturday 7 September   Singing at Castle Hill House garden party. More details asap.  

Saturday 14 September   Entertainment for the Shaftesbury-Brionne Exchange.  St Peter’s Church.  More details asap.  

 … and looking further ahead

Monday 2nd December   Shaftesbury Christmas lights etc.

Sunday 15 December   We have been asked whether we’d like to join the Motcombe Christmas Procession.  5.00 – 7.00 p.m. More details later.

… and looking much further ahead

Friday 8 May 2020 We have been asked to take part in the Shaftesbury VE Day celebrations (75 year celebration).  Again, more details later … much later.


We have a new member (Dilys in the altos) who would like to know if there is anyone in Okeford Fitzpaine or on the route between there and Shaftesbury who could give her a lift to community choir on a Wednesday evening.  If you think you might be able to help could you email Julia please (juliaemarkus@gmail.com) and she will send you her contact details?


Members of the choir have been invited to attend a service at St James’ Church on Sunday 8 September at 5.00 p.m. and to join in celebrations to welcome Rev. Kirsty Clarke.  It would be much appreciated if someone could say a few words of welcome (2 or 3 sentences max).  If you would like to go and are willing to speak BRIEFLY on our behalf please let me know as soon as you can.


Michael Bailey has produced a card of the choir singing at Gold Hill Fair.  Copies cost £2.00 and Julia is taking orders.  The cards are also likely to be available from various shops etc. in due course. 


Penny (alto) writes: Could you please let the choir members know that they donated £55 towards the Dorset Air Ambulance sponsorship which my grand-daughter, Fleur, was doing with the rest of her National Citizens Service Team.  Their aim was to raise £800 and they have almost achieved that amazing amount!  So – thank everyone so very much for your wonderful generosity!


Saturday 17 August Jazz in the Garden.  Tisbury House, Tisbury.  See attached flyer

Saturday 19 October  Deborah Radford will be holding a choral day at St James’ Church, Shaftesbury.  Let me know if you’d like me to e-mail you further details.   Please note change of date.

… also

The Music Makers of London.   “Sun, Moon and Stars” Concert at St. John’s Church, Tisbury.  Tickets can be bought in advance at: https://stjohntisbury.eventbrite.com    See attachment for further details.


Sue Clifford and Angela King have reprinted their first (green) Shaftesbury Tree Walk leaflet and produced a second leaflet (blue) detailing a slightly longer walk taking in Gold Hill, St James, Enmore Green and Tout Hill.  Both leaflets, which have lovely maps in them, are available on Wednesday evenings and a quite FREE