Memoirs from Jean Gardner, a founder member and Secretary
I was invited by Mary Simmons to join a new choir, which was being formed approximately ten years ago by Graham and Richard. I had seen them about the Parish and in fact when I very nervously sang a solo in the WI Christmas Concert, they had been in the audience. I was very unsure about singing in a choir with them and Mary Simmons; after all they were ‘real singers’. However, Mary managed to convince me to give it a try and so we gathered in the kitchen at Melin-
I have happy memories of gorgeous late summer evenings when the portable harmonium was carried to the front of the house and choir practice took place outdoors. What the neighbours must have thought, I never did find out, but we certainly enjoyed singing in the open air and looking at that gorgeous view!
As the choir started to grow, it was important to arrive fairly early, firstly to find a parking spot and secondly to try to avoid the seats just in front of the AGA as they could get rather warm. Eventually, of course, we outgrew Melin-
I never regretted my early decision to join that little group of singers and still thoroughly enjoy choir practice, but regretfully the end of practice refreshments don’t compare with what we enjoyed in the early days!