TOGETHER

Here is a little video in celebration of Stithians Ladies Choir’s 50 years of making music, making friends, making money for charity and having a ball at the same time! The photos are from concerts and events over the past few years and will bring back many happy memories for members and audiences alike.

ENJOY!

This song was recorded at our most recent concert in Falmouth

where we raised £1000 for Marie Curie Cornwall

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A lovely start to a musical December

Yesterday the choir took part in their first Christmas event – the Carol service at the Methodist chapel, Stithians.

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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?

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Try this for size …

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.

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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.

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~ 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!

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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!

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This Charity begins at home …

Our first concert of the new season will be in aid of Cara Coweth Water, Sierra Leone.

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Cara Coweth is a charity founded in Stithians, Cara Coweth being Cornish for “A caring group of people working together” and the aim is to raise money to build clean drinking water wells in rural areas of Sierra Leone.The money sent covers the cost of the materials, many of which are given at a discounted price by local businesses. The wells themselves are hand-dug by the local people.

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Choir members Mollie and Monica on one of their visits to Sierra Leone

The availability of clean water doesn’t only benefit health. Children usually head out into the jungle in the mornings to find water to carry home. The time spent doing this prevents them from going to school, therefore with water available on their doorstep the children can go to school and improve their prospects for the future.

Pictured below is the first official well, which was presented to the people of Lungi Village on the 5th April 2013. Future plans include more wells and funding for solar panels to run the generators at Madina. £10,000 needs to be raised so that renewable energy can replace costly fuel.

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The choir is honoured and delighted to be able to support this remarkable charity and we would love all our friends and followers to join us at the concert so that we can raise lots of money.

Here are the details:-

SATURDAY APRIL 16th  7.30pm at the Church of St John the Baptist, Camborne.

Plenty of parking available. Admission free with donations invited. Refreshments and raffle afterwards. Guest appearance by the ever popular Glee Singers.

Read about Cara Coweth Water HERE

Cara Coweth Water Facebook page HERE

Find St John’s Church, Trevu Road, Camborne HERE

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A Stithians Choir supporting a Stithians Charity…

a Charity which may begin at home but has profound and far reaching results

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A Stithians Tradition

Photocredit: John Colgate

Many Cornish villages have traditions which the community maintain with a sense of pride and belonging. Stithians has several to do with Christmas, one being a Carol service in the village hall involving three of the village musical institutions – the brass band, the men’s choir and the ladies’ choir. The hall is not huge and the atmosphere is warm and cosy by the time  the audience is shoe-horned in.

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Photocredit: Peter Asplet

The carols of Thomas Merritt feature strongly, together with performances from the band and both choirs. But one Carol features every year because the composer was born in the village. Lewis H  Pascoe wrote a version of “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night” probably between 1905 and 1910. He was the organist of Stithians Penmennor Methodist Church from 1903 to 1944 and the first accompanist of St. Stythians Male Choir 1913-26.

Occasions such as this are vital to the continuity of the Cornish choral tradition. Long may it continue!

A MERRY CORNISH CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR READERS

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