• Mick Anstice

Getting Festive

As the year draws to an end, the last two 'gatherings' of the Choir were dedicated to singing Christmas Carols, firstly at our traditional concert in St Neot, followed by an event to raise funds for Childrens Hospice South West at the Camel Creek Adventure Park.

On Thursday 15th December we held our annual Christmas Carol Concert in St Neot Parish Church. We were to be joined by Rosemary Turner and Maggie Holden, our very talented soloists and long term friends of the choir. Sadly Maggie was under the weather and was unable to be with us, so our best wishes went out to her. The choir were delighted to have the children of St Neot School and their teacher Lauren Kelly join with them again this year, they enchanted us all with their rendition of 'Walking in the Air' and two more Carols, before joining in with Loveny in singing 'The Christmas Bells', an Israeli folk song with words and music adapted by David Flatau. Before many of the children had to leave us, we all sang the very popular 'Schneewaltzer', which they and the whole audience clearly enjoyed, and which was repeated at the close of the concert. We were also treated to a couple of wonderfully seasonal and humourous recitations by our own Roger James. At the close, in a truly festive mood, we all retired to the Community hall to enjoy a magnificent spread that the Ladies of the Church Community had prepared for us, many thanks to them all!

On Thursday 22nd December, Loveny were invited to give a carol concert at Camel Creek Adventure Park. St Breward Silver Band were playing beautifully for everyone as they arrived, on a dark, cold and at times very wet evening. However the stars were out by the time Loveny sang a selection of Christmas Carols in the outdoor arena. In the break, the Bands MD, Tom Howard, joined us to sing a couple of 'swing' solo's, ably demonstrating the breadth of his talent.

The concert was in aid of Children’s Hospice Southwest, and we have since been advised that £630 was raised for this very worthy cause. Loveny would like to thank the management and staff of Camel Creek for making this possible. Our final afterglow of the year was at Slades House near Wadebridge, adding the finish to a most enjoyable evening before parting to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.

A huge thanks go to our Musical Director Colin Arthur and Accompanist Heather Taylor, who carried us along throughout this time, to John Ead for compering in great style, and most importantly to our Lyn Evans who despite feeling very unwell compiled and produced the superb programme for the St Neot concert.

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