• vjhampstead

Goodbye 2020 ..... Hello 2021

Updated: Dec 31, 2020

Well, what a year 2020 has been, no-one (except Nostradamus perhaps) could have predicted such a shocker, and thinking back to March, I am almost embarrassed to say that I thought we would be returning to relative normality within just a few months. Fast forward a little over 9 months, and here we are entering the New Year still very much in the grip of the pandemic with a mutation of the virus even more infectious than the original strain, but thankfully, no worse in terms of illness we hear.

Our year as a Choir has consequently been drastically curtailed with only 10 normal practice sessions, and 10 limited 'socially distanced' sessions, 5 of which were made possible thanks to Colin kindly making available one of his barns. Our ambitions in terms of concert programme came to an abrupt halt in March. Our appearances in public were limited to a short concert at Lanhydrock Golf Club on February 15th, a competition performance at Wadebridge festival of music and speech on 6th March, and a socially distanced but very enjoyable 'Carol Sing' on the Folly in Bodmin on 12th December. Our social 'wings' have been severely clipped too of course, managing just one excellent 'Quiz Night' in St Neot, with a number events planned by our Ladies suffering the same fate of cancellation as all our other activities.

On the positive side, the Choir consists of 45 men, most of whom are, how should I say, 'very rich in memories', and as such a large number are considered to be in the high risk category. Nevertheless I am not aware that any of the Chaps has suffered at the hands of the virus, and I sincerely hope that situation prevails. Let us not forget also that we were again 'victorious' at Wadebridge Festival, thanks in no small part to Marcus and Mel, and a piece of music titled 'And Can it Be' which continues to wow the audiences.

We have very little planned for 2021 at this time. Despite the positive news that a programme of vaccination is thankfully underway, there is simply too much uncertainty over the future of public performance and indeed just as important, audience attendance. Paul will seek to obtain at least one date to sing on the bandstand at Padstow, because we know we can socially distance if necessary. We do know that the Wadebridge Festival will not take place in 2021, and though the 'Men Of Cornwall' concert in Birmingham has been moved on, it is unlikely that we could commence rehearsals until March or April. It would therefore be quite challenging to get everyone up to speed in the time available, and Phil Taylor will be advising us in due course whether or not this will change or go ahead as planned.

Our hard working and ebullient Chairman John Ead is in regular contact with our Members, a good few of whom live alone and have been feeling the consequences of lockdown and social restrictions more acutely than most. We are hugely grateful to both John and Lorena for their untiring loyalty to Loveny whilst having their own significant challenges to cope with!

The Loveny 'photo' archive for 2020 is a fraction of that compiled in a normal year, so as I end and wish all our members, partners, friends and readers a very happy and healthy new year, I attach a small number of pictures and a video to remind us of what we are missing, and look forward to experiencing again soon!

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