Our latest Charity fundraising concert was a resounding success, musically, socially and financially. So much so that we presented ANOTHER cheque for £1000!, this time to the Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group.
Pictured above are members of the choir at their practice on Thursday March 30th with President Thelma together with choir member Audrey, (in the pink scarf) her grandson Jayden and his parents, Paul and Sandra, representing the charity.
Jayden has ambitions to be our accompanist!
We realise that our contribution will make a difference to the lives of those local people who rely on the support of this amazing group. We are tremendously grateful to those good folk who continue to encourage the choir by coming to concerts, giving raffle prizes, helping out and digging deep into their pockets. Any project like this is a joint venture and lots of people should be very proud of this tremendous result.
So on we go to our next concert, fundraising for Marie Curie – only 8 weeks to go! Why not join us there?
Saturday 20th May 7.30 at Falmouth Methodist Church on the Moor.
with special guests Holman Climax Male Voice Choir
and Becky McGlade ‘cello.
Read more about it HERE
SEE YOU THERE!
More photos of this lovely occasion ( by Alan, Jayden’s Grandad ) It was Jayden’s 5th birthday and we also had several birthdays and a golden wedding anniversary to celebrate. Click to enlarge
Our first concert of 2017
We had a lovely time at our first concert of the new season. Our friends from the Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir ventured across The Bridge to join us at Carnon Downs Methodist chapel and sing for Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group. The gentlemen from Devon gave us some excellent performances despite being only half their usual number, the dreadful winter illness that many of us have succumbed to having taken its toll. We commend them on their fortitude under very difficult circumstances – thank you chaps, Proper Job!
The Ladies too were in fine form performing two of the new pieces we have been learning, along with some of our recent repertoire. And to top off a lovely evening there were scrummy refreshments for all ( yes .. enough for two choirs and a large, enthusiastic audience! )
During the evening Sandy from The Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group explained what life can be like with a Down’s child in the family, using a heart-felt, emotive analogy which touched us all. Hands delved deep into pockets and money was raised by ticket sales, donations and a gigantic raffle. Very soon, when all the money has been counted, we will be able to say how much we are able to donate to this hugely worthy local charity and we look forward to handing over a sizeable cheque. So many good people gave generously of their time, talents, energies and expertise and we thank them all for making a thoroughly enjoyable evening. This was only the first of a whole series of concerts that the choir is featuring this year – click HERE to read about future events.
And while we wait for the amount raised to be finalised here are a few photos of the evening.
Today, 19th December, is when many people in Cornwall and the wider community think back to the Penlee lifeboat disaster of 1981.
At our carol service on Thursday 22nd there will be a poignant reminder of the dreadful events of that night and a time for quiet reflection at this busy time of year. We would love to see you there.
St Stythians Church 7.30 on Thursday 22nd with a collection for the Penlee Lifeboat Station appeal. There will be festive food afterwards at The Stithians Centre next door.
Images from the Penlee lifeboat station official site and Facebook.
The ladies blend with the gentlemen – conductor Andrew Thomas
On Friday we were the guests of Holman Climax Male Voice Choir at their community Christmas concert. The hall was packed and the appreciative audience enjoyed a varied programme from the gentlemen, ourselves, Jim & Ria and compère Adrian Wilton. Favourite carols, including those of Merritt and Nicholas were sung, mince pies were consumed, humourous stories were enjoyed and everyone had a thoroughly Christmassy time.
Our next engagement is on Tuesday when we join with St Stythians MVC, St Stythians Band and the good folk of Stithians village to share music and festivities in the Stithians Centre.
” It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas!”
Yesterday the choir took part in their first Christmas event – the Carol service at the Methodist chapel, Stithians.
St Stythians male voice choir, local youth groups, the choir and handbell ringers from the village school also made lovely contributions and the assembled congregation made a fine, rousing sound in the community carols.
There was a real community feel to this event and many folks stayed for a chat and welcome refreshments afterwards. The Ladies were particularly pleased to be part of this annual event in this their 50th anniversary year – this being the building where the choir was founded and which housed their first practice room.
We are now looking forward to the next Christmas event which is a community concert as guests of Holman- Climax Male Voice Choir on 16th December at Camborne Science and International Academy. The concert starts at 7pm.
See you there?
The Choir has been working very hard preparing their songs for the coming series of concerts celebrating the Christmas season. Why don’t you join us for these festive occasions?
SUNDAY 4th DECEMBER 3pm at the Methodist Church, Stithians. Traditional carols with St Stythians Male Choir and members of the wider community of Stithians.
FRIDAY 16th 7pm at Camborne Science and International Academy. Carols and festive songs together with Holman-Climax Male Voice Choir.
TUESDAY 20th 8pm at The Stithians Centre Carols, songs and Christmas music with St Stythians Male Choir and St Stythians Band.
THURSDAY 22nd 7.30pm at St Stythians Church ‘Carols and Candlelight’ a celebration of light at Christmas time. Free entry with a collection in aid of the Penlee Lifeboat Station Appeal.
ALL ARE WELCOME
The Choir celebrates a spectacular win
at the Camborne Music Festival.
Last night we entered the Advanced Ladies Choir class, the first time we had done so for quite a while. We were up against the tough, highly experienced opposition of Mabe Ladies Choir and Camborne Ladies Choir and all the choirs sang their hearts out. By the narrowest of margins Sithians Ladies won the class as well as a couple of extra trophies. The Ladies worked extremely hard in order to reach this high standard and are to be congratulated on their determination and effort. Special mention should be made of the three brand new ladies who learnt the music in record time and were thrust into the Deep End … Stithians Ladies are fearless!
The CMF Shield for Ladies Choir – Advanced
The Margaret Reynolds Memorial Baton, presented by Mabe Ladies Choir
For the ladies choir obtaining the highest aggregate mark in the Festival
The Marlene Doe Memorial Cup
Awarded to the single best performance in the advanced ladies choir class.
We sang The Mighty Power of God, Weep O Mine Eyes, a new piece learnt specially for the occasion and one of our favourites Whenever I’m Here With You. Here are some photos, courtesy of Linda’s niece Zoe and staunch supporter Anne.
I wonder what Chairman Peggy is saying to MD Bea to cause such hilarity?
Thank you to the people who came to support us, it was indeed a very Grand Night For Singing!
Here is a photo montage set to the song which we regard as the choir anthem for its 50th year … TOGETHER!
On a chilly October day in 1966 the late Sydney Bowden held the very first rehearsal of the newly formed Stithians Ladies Choir. In the village there was already a male voice choir and a silver band so this was a welcome addition to the flourishing music scene in Stithians. Sydney was the organist and choir master of the Methodist Church at Penmennor so the practice was held in the Jubilee room on a Friday and so it stayed until the floor became unsafe and the ladies moved to the Sunday School downstairs.
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Cards from well wishers
Joan Biscoe delivers her witty speech.
Kathryn receives a thank you gift
Bea and Lee share a joke
Joan Biscoe, the first chairman of the choir, cuts the cake.
Chairman Peggy delivers her speech
Margaret Haile, daughter of choir founder the late Sidney Bowden, shares her memories.
A photo from the archive
Vivienne delivers scrummy cake
“He’s behind you!”
Lots of archive footage
A good time was had by all
The wonderful Roger Miners plays for our enjoyment
A good time was had by all
As well as the first chairman of the choir Joan Biscoe and Sydney Bowden’s daughter Joan Haile, the dinner was attended by the eight founder members who are still singing with the choir today.
*LEE BOWDEN *BARBARA BOWDEN *MARLENE BRUSH *MARGARET BRYANT *PAMELA EYRE *JEAN GLUYAS *LORNA OPIE *ANGELINE SOWDEN
Well, would you believe it? … the 1st of October already!
The Choir has returned reinvigorated after the summer break and the Ladies are getting to grips with the challenges ahead as we work towards Christmas ( not long now! ) We have been joined by several new potential members who are interested in singing with us and it’s great fun arriving at practice each Thursday not quite knowingly how many chairs we need. The sections of the choir are beautifully balanced now and the sound continues to grow in confidence and richness.
To see our concert diary for the Christmas period click HERE
Our new red jackets have arrived – fashion show soon.
Really looking forward to our 50th anniversary Gala Dinner 14th October
At the end of July the choir held a fund-raising event to boost the choir funds so that we can invest in some new winter uniform, the current red jackets (pictured below) having served us well for quite a number of years.
Events such as this normally involve coffee mornings, jumble sales and the like but Stithians Ladies tend to Think Big so a dinner was held at our very own Stithians Centre.
~ Pure delight … “seconds” of Monica’s Special Trifle! ~
The dinner was planned and prepared by intrepid choir members Molly and Monica together with their trusty band of helpers. The tables looked lovely with flowers by Suzanne, there was a bar and a raffle and entertainment from Anne Parkes which included spontaneous dancing from Lee!
It was a really happy occasion, sharing good food and fellowship with each other, friends and family. It marked the end of a half year which had been filled with friendship, music and laughter and the sharing of those precious gifts with the wider community at our concerts. The Ladies now have their summer break in order to recoup and rejuvenate ahead of a busy Autumn and Christmas season.
The good news is that a total of £485 was made at this lovely fund-raiser and that will go towards boosting the coffers to acquire our new winter uniform – watch this space for a fashion show!