CHAD Singers of Pattingham
There have always been enthusiastic singers in Pattingham, a
small attractive village on the Staffordshire - Shropshire border.
For over forty years, members of the local drama society have
performed many of the well-known and some of the lesser-known
musicals...'Salad days', 'The Water Gypsies', 'Calamity Jane',
'Fiddler on the roof', 'South Pacific', 'Oliver'... to mention
a few !
Occasionally, the singers have collaborated with the local church
choir to perform music, including Faure's Requiem, Easter and
Christmas cantatas and to take part in special services and festivals.
In 1991, the group occupied the church for a whole week with
many memorable performances of 'Jesus Christ Superstar'.
To mark the new millenium,
the village songsters united, once again, to perform the nationally
acclaimed 'Hopes and Dreams'.
After this show week, the cast expressed a desire to form a more
permanent choir and to rehearse and sing regularly. Taking its
name from the initials Cast of Hopes And
Dreams, the CHAD SINGERS was born.
The group is a 'community' choir open to all competent, adult
singers with a current membership of 27. The choir has a rapidly
expanding repertoire - singing religious pieces to rock, Bach
to the Beatles.
Its main aim are two-fold - to provide music making opportunities
in the local community and to raise funds for local charitable
causes by performing at events.
Chad Singers raising funds by singing carols at various venues
including outside local shops and help to bring the Christmas
spirit into the community.
How to join...
New members are always welcome by contacting the Choir Chairman,
Colin Ringrose on 01902 700340
Saturday 17th December 2005, we performed Christmas carols and
songs at the entrance to the 'Christmas Experience' at the Bradshaws
from 11.00am to 12.30pm.
The scene was busy with customers buying their Christmas decorations
and trees but a cold wind was blowing and we all suffered with
freezing hands and feet even though most were wearing their best
thermals and sharing Alan's brandy flask in their hot drinks.
'Rutter on Ice' someone amusingly commented.
But it was a different and enjoyable event and the generosity
of the Bradshaws customers helped raise a further £105
for our nominated Parkinson's disease charity.
Click picture for video clip...
Carol singing outside the Spar Shop on Christmas Eve 2005.
It was a little warmer outside the Spar Shop in Pattingham
on Saturday 24th December 2005, somewhat different from the previous
Carol singing event at the Bradshaws. Brrrrrrrr !!!
With 90 minutes of carols and Christmas songs, Pattingham people
showed their appreciation by donating £207 for our chosen
charity for 2006 of 'Parkinson's Disease Research'.
This gives a total of £812 collected over our three 2005
Evening visit to Symphony Hall.
Wednesday 11th January 2006, a coach load of Chad Singers and
friends departed for the Symphony Hall in Birmingham for an evening
concert, which included a performance of Faure's Requiem.
As the choir is practising this particular work at the moment,
it was inspiring to see and hear the experts perform it.
Patshull Hall Garden
the 30th April 2006 we were asked to perform songs as part of
the Garden Open Day activities.
We performed part of our repertoire for 20 minutes in the rooms
at the front of the House overlooking the terrace, where Cream
teas were being served.
Due to nearly 800 people visiting that day, our performance had
to compete with a crowded and noisy venue, but resulted in the
total event raising over £3500 for St Chad's and St Mary's
Concert at Bobbington Church.
Saturday 3rd June 2006 we performed a 'It's a Grand Night for
singing' Concert at Holy Cross Church in Bobbington, in aid of
On a beautiful summer's evening and in a delightful venue, we
performed a two part concert. The first part ran for over 50
minutes and consisted of a selection of a 'Sing along' pieces,
show and musical numbers and a smattering of religious choral.
Angharad Coleman performed her first debut solo with the
choir, delighting everyone with an excellent performance of 'It's
a fine life' from Oliver. Well done, Angharad!
allowed us to wander around the church grounds whilst enjoying
the refreshments of drinks and nibbles served in the specially
The second half of the concert ran for about 20 minutes, concluding
in the 'Beatles' medley. All agreed, both choir and audience,
that the evening had been a successful and most enjoyable event.
Maggie Webster with husband, Keith enjoy the company of
Joan Fellows with Mary and Richard Buttress before the concert.
Concert on 20th December 2006 held in St Chad's Church in Pattingham
was a great success raising some £650 for this year's charity,
Penn Hall School. The church was packed with over 200 people
and Mark Dain gave a short talk of what the School was about
and its future plans. The large audience enjoyed the concert
but some were disappointed due to the mince pies running out.
Thanks to all those who were involved in this very successful
success with £215 raised...
The carols singing
outside the Pattingham Shops on Saturday 23rd December 2006 raised
a further £215 for our charity, Penn Hall School.
So the total raised over Christmas now stands at £865,
a brilliant result.
Thanks to all those who helped and participated.
cheque for £880 is presented...
After the very successful Christmas events of the Concert in
the church and the carol singing outside the Pattingham shops,
a total of £880 was raised.
Here, the cheque is being presented to Lesley Dain by Gladys
Jones and John Fellows for passing on to Penn Hall School, our
chosen charity for this year.
George's Concert...What a night !
preparing since Christmas for our planned St George's Concert
with a 'Last Night at the Proms' finale, it all happened on Saturday
The first indication that a good night was in store was the speed
at which the tickets for the event were snapped up. The event
was a joint venture with the St Chad's Social Committee who provided
their expertise in the preparation and serving of the food and
drink, together with many other activities on the night.
Their layout of the village hall with St George's red and white
theme in the table designs and other decorations was particularly
attractive. Even Sir Henry Wood was there.
With John Daimond as the MC and performing with his usual sparkling
wit, the first half of the concert saw the Chad Singers perform
typical English items with songs from 'Merrie England', 'Scarborough
Fayre', solos by Deb Bates with 'Fairest Isle', Helen Dowd with
'There'll always be an England', and a quartet of Angharad Coleman,
Monica Woodall, Neil Stockall and Mike Hayward singing 'In England,
The ladies performed 'In an English Country Garden' and with
a introduction of a siren and WW1 war sounds, the men performed
a 'Medley of WW1 Songs', which were both well received by the
This was followed by a 50 minute interval, when a selection of
cheeses and wine was served, organised by the Social Committee.
The second half of
the Concert shared a 'Last Night of the Proms' finale with the
audience with a great deal of 'flag waving' and enthusiastic
singing by all in the hall including 'Fantasia on Sea Songs',
'Hornpipe', 'Rule Britannia' with Kate Jones as soloist, 'I vow
to thee, my country', 'Jerusalem', 'Land of Hope and Glory',
'God save the Queen' and finally 'Auld Lang Syne'.
The atmosphere was tremendous and all agreed that the evening
had been a great success, with many comments declaring that the
Chad Singers had sung at their very best.
Together with other fund raising activities on the night, the
total sum raised for our charity of Penn Hall Special School
from this concert was approximately £1200.
Our thanks go to
John Fellows our Musical Director for all the tremendously hard
work in preparing the musical content, taking the Choir through
many weeks of rehearsals and then performing and conducting on
the night. Also thanks to John Daimond, our MC, the Social Committee
members and the many others who were involved in all the various
parts of the preparation and performance.
presentation at Penn Hall School
On Monday 9th July, several members of the choir with their Musical
Director, John Fellows were invited by Alun Stoll to visit the
school and see all the facilities, including the zip wire. After
the tour, the cheque for £2200 was presented to the children.
The amount was collected at the Choir's Christmas events and
the St George's Concert.
| Christmas 2007... £725 raised
Concert on 19th December 2007 held in St Chad's Church in Pattingham
was a success raising some £515 for this year's charity,
Wolverhampton Multi-Care. The church was packed with over 200
people and Mary Gittings gave a short talk of what Multi-Care
was about and its future plans. The large audience enjoyed the
concert and the mince pies and mulled wine served during the
interval. Thanks to all those who were involved in this very
Our sponsors were...
Muras Baker Jones Chartered Accountants, Asda, Pickwick Ovens
the following Saturday, the 22nd December, we performed Christmas
carols outside the Pattingham Shops. Despite the cold, damp weather,
we collected £205 over the two hours of singing, which
again will go to our 2008 charity, Wolverhampton Multi-Care.
We were joined by a young Flautist who performed 'Away in a manger'.
Priest-in-charge at St. Chad's Church in Pattingham, John Daimond,
retired at the end of December 2007 and to mark this, the Churchwardens
organised a 'Farewell and Thank You Lunch' in the Village hall
at 12.00 noon on Sunday 30th December.
Over 200 villagers attended and the CHAD Singers gave a special
performance of three songs including a specially written version
of 'A whiter shade of pale' to mark the occasion.
Night of the Proms' Concert - Another £1000 raised...
night !!! Saturday 26th April 2008 saw another spectacularly
successful CHAD Singers Concert on a 'Last Night of the Proms'
With a choir some 40 strong, the evening was introduced by our
Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Mike Richards, who in resplendent attire
started in true 'Music Hall' tradition giving the details of
the first half of the concert which was a musical tour of the
British Isles. With some audience participation, we visited Ireland
with 'Danny Boy', 'Cockles and Mussels, 'Phil the Fluter' performed
by three 'Irish' singers and a musical distraction with Paddie
Owen's Band with their performances on penny whistles, drums
and various accompanying sounds of a vintage car horn, whistle
and sliding whistle. Scotland was visited with 'Loch Lomond',
'Mull of Kintyre' and 'The Skye Boat Song'. Back to England with
performances of 'Ilkley Moot Baht 'at', 'In a English country
garden' (sung by the Ladies), 'Scarborough Fair, and 'Rose of
England'. Wales was not left out with 'All through the night',
and a 'Medley of Welsh favourites' performed by the men of the
choir, with some sung in Welsh !
After a Cheese and Wine Supper interval, the concert resumed
with the ceremony of placing a wreath on the bust of Sir Henry
We then enjoyed an energetic 30 minutes of 'Last Night of the
Proms' with everyone joining in the festivities singing with
full voices and lots of flag waving. The evening ended with 'God
save the Queen' and 'Auld Lang Syne'.
Just over £1000 was raised for our charity of Wolverhampton
Multi-Care, which will be added to the sum of £725 raised
at Christmas. We were pleased to have Mary Gittings from Wolverhampton
Multi-Care in the audience who gave a short address outlining
how the charity operates in helping those who care for the severely
We would like to thank sincerely all of those who helped in any
way to make this event most enjoyable and successful.
A video taken by Janet Bramall has now been edited and is available
on DVD disk at a cost of £4, which will be donated to our
charity. Contact Mike Coope (700973) for your copy of this memorable
Presentation to Wolverhampton Multi-Care
Tuesday 5th August 2008, a group of The Chad Singers visited
the home of Wolverhampton Multi-Care in Hilton Street, when our
Chairman, Alan Hickman presented a cheque for £1776.41.
This represented the year's dedication of the choir to raise
funds for the charity and was achieved by the choir's Christmas
Concert and Carol singing, plus the very successful and popular
'Last Night of the Proms' Concert held in Pattingham Village
Hall in April 2008.
We thank Mary and her colleagues for making us so welcome to
the home and for providing excellent unexpected refreshments.
We hope that this contribution will ease the large costs of running
the home and wish all involved in its operation, our very best
wishes for the future.
the 'Thank You' letter...
The 'Thank You' letter
received from Mary Gittings...
MULTI-HANDICAP CARE AND RELIEF SERVICE
Easterling House, Hilton Street, Springfield, Wolverhampton WV10
Tel: Care (01902) 453700 Finance: (01902) 458222
Rachel Heyhoe-Flint M.B.E. - John L. Andrews M.B.E. - The Bishop
of Wolverhampton, The Right Reverend Clive Gregory
2nd May 2008
Dear Mr. Hickman,
On behalf of our Chairman,
and all the families in our Membership, I send you our warmest
gratitude for your further efforts in support of our Charity,
and I ask you please to pass on our sincere thanks to the Members
of your Committee, to Mr. Fellows, and to every Member of the
Chad Singers for all the thought and hard work that made such
a success of the `Last Night of the Proms'.
At a personal level it is a
long time since I enjoyed such a very happy evening - emotional
British music and lots of quirky fun. I realised also just how
much planning must go into such an event - not just hours of
choir practice, but the room looked wonderful with all the beautifully
dressed tables, and all `goodies' including the food and drink
`goodies'. I am sure the families of many choir members were
also very active in all the preparations - and I hope you can
pass on our appreciation to them. There is a joy in the singing
of the choir that transmits to the audience and I am sure everyone
felt uplifted as they departed.
Two of the other tickets we
had were used by the father and partner of our Careaway Manager,
Mrs. Alison Westwood (he is our much loved Father Christmas for
the children each year). They enjoyed themselves that evening
so very much he actually has offered to write a glowing account
for our own little monthly Newsletter. This is unprecendented!
Again, as I said in my few
words that evening, you have publicised our Charity in a wonderful
way by associating our cause with activity and performance of
the very best. We owe you so much for that alone.
I hope all goes well for you,
for Mr.Feliows, and everyone in and associated with the choir.
I look forward to your next event very much
Mary Gittings. Hon.Sec.
Carols and Songs at Claverley
At 9.00pm on Friday 12th December
2009, the CHAD Singers performed an hour long concert of Christmas
Carols and Songs in the Village Hall in Claverley to help raise
funds for the Hall.
To an audience of approximately 90, who had all enjoyed a Christmas
meal, a mixture of well-known carols, popular songs and choral
pieces was performed by 37 members of the choir.
The performance obviously went
well as the Choir was presented with a cheque for £150
for their charity, which this year is the Riding for the Disabled
An encore was also requested, so for a second time the rousing
'We wish you a Merry Christmas' was performed.
The Master of Ceremonies for
the night and also our Chairman, Alan Hickman, thanked the Claverley
audience for their invitation to sing in their Village Hall and
the kind contribution to our 2009 charity.
Christmas Concert for 2008
Concert on 17th December 2008 held in St Chad's Church in Pattingham
was another success, raising more for this year's charity, RDA
- Riding for the Disabled.
The church was full with over 200 people and a representative
from RDA gave a short talk of how the charity helps many disabled
people in so many ways. The large audience enjoyed the concert
and the mince pies and mulled wine served during the interval.
Thanks to all those who were involved in this very successful
Our sponsors were... Sainsburys - Pickwick Ovens
With the money raised at this event, together with the that collected
on Saturday morning on the 20th December, when the choir sang
carols and Christmas songs outside the Pattingham Shops for an
hour and a half, a total approaching £1000
was raised for this year's charity.
Adding this with the amount raised at the Christmas Concert in
Claverley means that to date a total of approximately £1150
has been placed in the RDA Charity account.
Presentation for RDA...
Thursday 12th November 2009 several members of the choir visited
the stables near Pattingham where Alan Hickman, our Chairman,
presented a cheque for £1747.31 to the children who benefit
from the RDA. This impressive sum had been raised by the choir
at their Christmas and St George's Concerts during 2008/9.
The chosen charity was RDA, the riding for the disabled association
which provides opportunities for people with disabilities to
enjoy a safe, healthy, therapeutic and recreational sport, using
|Christmas Concert 2009
The CHAD Singers presented
a CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2009 in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance
on Wednesday December 16th in St. Chad's Church, Pattingham.
Ninety minutes of new
repertoire of Christmas songs including for the first time, the
melodious 'Night of Miracles' Christmas Cantata with organist
and guest singers, plus 'Carols for all' with a selection of
choral pieces and well-known Christmas carols including a half-time
interval for mince pies and mulled wine.
The Concert was a complete success with a full church of around
220 people and over £900 raised for our chosen charity,
Midlands Air Ambulance.
Carol singing outside Pattingham shops
On Saturday 19th December,
some of the choir members gathered outside the Pattingham Shops
to sing Christmas songs and carols to local shoppers, whose generosity
raised a further £167 for our charity.
On Friday 11th December, the choir was invited to sing carols
to those attending the Christmas Dinner in the Village Hall at
Claverley. Singing began at 9.00pm and continued for approximately
45 minutes. A cheque for £150 was presented to John Fellows,
our Musical Director to further aid our charity.
of £1223 raised...
The result of these three Christmas events meant that the choir
had raised £1223 for the Midlands Air Ambulance.
New members are always welcome by contacting the Musical Director,
John Fellows on 01902 700542.
Some of our events
As part of the St.
Chad's Church in Pattingham Festival of Talent, the choir performed
a 'Sing Something Simple' concert on Saturday 31st May 2003 in
'Sing Something Simple'
In order to raise funds for 'Relate', a concert, again of the
'Sing Something Simple' theme was held on 24th January 2004 in
Pattingham Village Hall with a selection of songs from The Music
Hall, Gospel/Spiritual, World War 1, Wales and Old America, The
Shows and...the Beatles.
After a successful show, we received the following letter from
It has taken a little time to finalise the accounts for the marvellous
Chad Singers event. I am delighted to confirm that the final
figure of money raised was £1198.00.
Thank you again, for helping Relate to raise such a magnificent
Conservative Association - Christmas Carols
Friday 3rd December 2004 the choir performed a Christmas Carol
Evening at Four Ashes Hall singing 'Saviour's Day', 'Candlelight
Carol', 'Good King Wenceslas', 'Good enough for him', 'Amazing
Christmas', 'The First Nowell', 'Christmas Medley', 'Silent Night',
'Angels' Carol' and 'O come all ye faithful'.
A few days after the event, a letter was received from Sir Patrick
| Dear Mr. Fellows,
Just a note to thank you and your Choir for joining us at Four
Ashes Hall, Enville, on Friday last. Your delightful singing
certainly added to the pleasures of the evening.
We are all most grateful to you for giving up your time at such
a busy period of the year.
With all good wishes,
Sir Patrick Cormack
- NIA Birmingham
After two rehearsals held in Birmingham,
the choir performed with several hundred other choristers at
the 'Showfantabulous' Show at the NIA Birmingham on the 19th
March 2005. The event was to celebrate 100 years of 'Rotary'
and to raise funds.
The concert was open to the general public and was packed with
music, song and dance. There were songs from the war years, favourite
musicals, the 50's to 70's and a finale of music from the Proms.
Those taking part included the Band of the Parachute Regiment,
the RE Band, the Joe Loss Orchestra, the South Side Big Band,
the 1000 Voices and the Cbaret International Musical Theatre
It proved to be a long tiring day but all agreed that it had
been an experience not to have been missed.
A cutting from
the local newspaper...
| Pattingham's hugely popular Chad Singers
are set to perform in front of 13,000 people in a major televised
The singers will join a choir of 1,000 voices when they take
to the stage in Showfantabulous at the Birmingham NIA in March
As a result of their achievement, parish councillors have pledged
to donate £250 to help pay towards costs of getting them
The event has been arranged by Midlands Rotary and hopes to raise