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Charity cheque presentations...

...for our two charities for 2015, Alzheimer's Association and Prostate Cancer UK.

Our Christmas Party Concert 2015...

Our Christmas Party Concert took place on Saturday 19th December 2015 in Pattingham Village Hall with funds supporting our two charities, Alzheimer's Association and Prostate Cancer UK.

A Christmas Celebration...
Our Christmas Concert 2014 called a 'Christmas Celebration' included 28 different seasonal pieces ranging from several of John Rutter's compositions, carols sung with the audience of 120 and solos sung by Helen Wallington, Jill Hatton, Terry Whitehouse and Paul Cotton.
Our accompanists, Martin Cox also entertained us with his arrangement of two Christmas piano pieces.
During the interval, festive food was served to the audience together with a whirlwind visit from Santa who chatted his way round the tables.

 
Christmas songs at Wightwick House
Sunday 14th December saw the Friendship Singers with members of the CHAD Singers perform a concert of Christmas carols and songs at Wightwick House, the home of the well-known hair stylist, Royston Blyth.

'Street Party' Concert is a sell-out...
The 'STREET Party' Concert held on Saturday 7th June 2014 proved to be a huge success with the audience, with not a empty seat in the house!

The Concert commemorated the times of the two World Wars with the choir performing a variety of pieces from the era, including well known songs where the audience were invited to join in.
There were WW1, a WW2 and a WW2 Jazz medleys together with solo performances by Musical Director, Sue Carter playing the theme from 'Schindler' List and 'Agnus Dei' and John Fellows playing a medley of RAF marches.The choir also performed three pieces from the Carl Jenkin's 'The Armed Man'.
The second half of the concert began with several songs from the 'Flanagan and Allen' repertoire sung by Terry Whitehouse and Lol Burgess and included 'Strolling', 'Run Rabbit', 'Any Umbrellas' and 'Underneath the Arches.

John had also written a special piece for the ocassion entitled 'The Cross at Mons', song by the trio of Alan Hickman, Mike Hayward and Ron Beardsmore.
This was John Fellow's last concert with the CHAD Singers, as he is to retire at the end of July 2014.

CHAD Singer's next Concert is at Christmas time, on Saturday 20th December in the Village Hall.

 Cheque presentation...
The first of the cheque presentations for the charity funds raised in 2013 took place on Thursday 5th June at the premises of 'Let Us Play', a independently funded, local charity suggested by Janet Evans.
'Let Us Play' provides sports, arts and play activities together with outings for children from the Wolverhampton area with special needs and disabilities. For more details, visit their website at
www.lupwolverhampton.org.uk
(Alan Hickman, our chairman with choir member, Janet Evans is seen presenting the cheque for £250 to Claire at their offices in Shaw Park.) Photography - Mike Coope
Second cheque presentation...
A second cheque for £250 is to be presented in the near future to another local charity, suggested by choir member Richard Buttress.

 Sing-a-Long Christmas Concert 2013



Sue Carter
Musical Director


Jill Hatton
Soloist


Hilary Bucknall
Soloist


Paul Cotton
Soloist


Barbara Cotton
Soloist


Helen Wallington
Soloist


Alan Hickman
Soloist & Chairman


Terry Whitehouse
Soloist


Eileen Woolley
Soloist


Jane Allen
Soloist

The 'Sing-a-Long' Christmas Concert was performed in St Chad's Church, Pattingham on Wednesday 18th December 2013.
THANK YOU ALL FOR A SUCCESSFUL AND ENJOYABLE EVENING !

Our 'Autumn Leaves' Concert...
At our 'Autumn Leaves' Concert on Saturday 12th October 2013, a total of 24 songs were performed with solos from many members of the choir, including 'Beautiful Dreamer' by Terry Whitehouse, 'I Dreamed a Dream' by Barbara Cotton, 'Someone to Watch over Me' by Eileen Woolley, 'The Rose' by Alan Hickman, 'The Last Night of the World' by Angharad Allingham and Neil Stockall, 'Unforgettable' Piano Styles by John Fellows and the unforgettable performance on the anvil by Lol Burgess during the choir's performance of the 'Anvil Chorus'.
The Concert raised over £500 which will be distributed to local charities.
Thanks to those who supported the event.

Park Redevelopment cheque presentation...
During 2012, the charity chosen by the CHAD Singers choir was the Pattingham Park Redevelopment Project. A cheque for £1516 was recently presented to the group by choir chairman, Alan Hickman.

The project plans to redevelop the whole area to provide a range of natural play equipment and to better reflect the rural nature of the village.
The proposal is to replace all of the current play equipment, some of which is 40 years old, and replace it with new equipment that blends natural materials such as boulders and wood and forms a play environment which will engage children and young people with their natural surroundings. The estimated cost of the project is £50,000 and so fundraising is underway!

If you would like any further information about the project, or you can help with fundraising, please contact the Pattingham Park Redevelopment Group chairman, Christine Roberts by e-mail ledbury.roberts@btinternet.com


 'Melodies For Spring' Concert is a sell-out !



Sue Carter
Musical Director


Mike Richards
M C


John Fellows
Accompanist


Paul Cotton
Soloist


Barbara Cotton
Soloist


Helen Wallington
Soloist


Alan Hickman
Soloist & Chairman


Terry Whitehouse
Soloist


Eileen Woolley
Soloist


Barbara & Paul
Duet

The 'Melodies for Spring' Concert, our first of the year, was performed in Pattingham Village Hall on Saturday 11th May to a full house of over 130 people.

The first under the new directorship of Sue Carter from Perton, the concert offered a wide range of music from opera through to popular pieces, including 'Moon River', 'You raise me up', 'Portrait of my love', 'Unchained Melody', 'This little light of mine', 'Va Pensireo', 'Scarborough Fayre', 'The Lord bless you and keep you', 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Floral Dance', 'Amazing Grace', 'The wind beneath my wings', 'Fascinating Rythym' (Jazz medley)...

With solo performances of 'I am a small part of the world (Helen Wallington), 'If I ruled the world' (Alan Hickman), 'The Lord is my shepherd' (Barbara Cotton), 'What a wonderful world' (Paul Cotton), 'Summertime' (Eileen Wooley), 'My foolish heart' (Terry Whitehouse), 'A love without an end' (Duet - Barbara & Paul Cotton), 'Amazing Grace' (Paul Cotton). Other solo parts were taken by Lol Burgess, Colin Ringrose and Neil Stockall.

With the ticket and programme sales, the raffle and the bar, a total profit of over £900 was raised for local charities. Our thanks go to our audience for their continuing support and all those who helped with the organisation of the event.

THANK YOU ALL FOR A SUCCESSFUL AND ENJOYABLE EVENING !

Christmas Chorus Concert 2012
Our traditional Christmas Concert took place on Wednesday 19th December in St Chad's Church with a programme of sixteen seasonal pieces, including four audience carols, two clarinet solos by Claire Ainsworth (her first performance in public) and ten choir performances, including 'Candlelight Carol', 'Torches', 'Boars Head Carol', 'Mary's Boy Child', 'Shepherds Farewell', 'Mary had a Baby', 'Chestnuts roasting', finishing with the 'Hallelujah Chorus'. Mulled wine and mince pies were served during the interval. The audience of approximately 100 helped raise £210 for our charity for 2012, The Pattingham Park Development Project. This was the last concert lead by our retiring Musical Director, Colin Harper, to whom thanks were given for all his efforts during 2012.

Cheque presentation to the South Staffs First Responders
The charity adopted by the choir for 2011 was the South Staffordshire First Responders and over the year a total of £1781.84 was raised by the CHAD Singers' events.

The cheque was presented to the team on Sunday 2nd September 2012 outside Pattingham Village Hall. It will be used to purchase and maintain important medical equipment used by the Responders when called to provide a local medical emergency service.

Chad Singers have adopted the Pattingham Park Development for their 2013 charity. The money raised will go towards the £50,000 needed for this project to rebuild the facilities on the Playing Fields in Pattingham.

Think of joining our choir ?
It's a known fact that singing makes you feel good... so why don't you try it out by joining the CHAD Singers.
We are a well established local choir whose aim is to enjoy singing, performing to raise funds to help local causes and charities. Over the years, we have raised in excess of £18,000.
We sing in four part harmony, performing a wide choice of music such as pieces from choral works, musicals and popular songs.
Interested ? Just come along to one of our regular Wednesday rehearsals and enjoy the singing, there is no audition... you will be very welcome.

Jubilee Concert at Wightwick Manor
Following a request from Wightwick Manor, near Wolverhampton asking the choir to perform a Concert during the Jubilee weekend, we performed on Sunday 3rd June during atrocious weather to a small audience who braved the rain and wind to watch us singing typical English pieces.

St George's Concert
Our 'Concert for St George' was held in Pattingham Village Hall on Saturday 28th April 2012 with a second half as a 'Last Night at the Proms' finale when choir and audience enjoyed a rousing sing-a-long with lots of flag waving and party poppers. This included a brilliant performance by our own Britannia, Jill Hatton who entertained us with her solo of 'Rule Britannia' and the chorus with both choir and audience.
The event was in support of the 'Pattingham Park Redevelopment Project' which has to raise a total of £50,000 to complete the work of remodelling the park. The CHAD Singers has chosen to support this project for 2012 and raised over £700 (exact figure to follow) from this Concert towards the total.
Our thanks go to our MC, Mike Richards and all the helpers on the night, plus our generous audience, without whom there would be no concert. Many thanks to you all.


Celebrate Christmas with the Chad Singers Chad Singers held their annual Christmas Concert in St Chad's Church on Wednesday 14th December.
An audience of over 200 watched the choir perform traditional carols and several brand new choral pieces including 'The Night He was Born' by Bob Chilcott, 'Shepherd's Pipe Carol' and 'Christmas Lullaby' by John Rutter, the beautiful 'Sleep, Baby, Sleep' by Andrew Goddard, a Christmas Medley of popular tunes and rousing renditions of the '12 days of Christmas' with the odd animal and bird sounds and finally 'We wish you a Merry Christmas'. During the interval, the audience was served with seasonal fruit cake, mince pies and mulled wine.

The concert was performed in aid of the South Staffordshire First Responders, the choir's charity for this year with the amount of £480 being raised.
The concert is the last one to be conducted by our Musical Director, John Fellows, who is retiring from the position. John started the choir over ten years ago and has worked intensely over this period arranging most of the choir's music, taking the regular rehearsals being both conductor and accompanist, being a committee member and leading the singers through the many concerts that have been performed over the years. We understand John will still be part of the choir as a tenor singer and we all wish him our very best wishes for the future.
Our new Musical Director will be Colin Harper, the Church Choirmaster and Organist and we welcome him to Chad Singers in the new year.

 Another successful Concert...
Yet another successful Concert featuring the very popular second half 'Last Night at the Proms' was a complete 'sell-out' at our Concert on Saturday 8th October 2011. A maximum audience of 150 filled the Village Hall in Pattingham.

The first half included popular items such as The Anthem from Chess, The Rythym of Life, Over the Rainbow, West Side Story and solos from Eileen singing 'From a Distance' and Mike Hayward performing an immaculate solo of 'If I were a Rich Man' from Fiddler on the Roof. The second half saw a rousing performance of the 'Last Night of the Proms' with enthusiastic participation from the audience and a brilliant Britannia leading us through 'Rule Britannia'.

The concert was in aid of the choir's chosen charity for this year, the South Staffordshire 1st Responders with a generous amount of approx. £1350 being raised. Thanks go to our audience and all those involved in the performance and manning the bar and interval catering.

 
Our NEW group photograph...

Thanks to you all for coming in your official choir outfit and your patience whilst the group photograph was being arranged and taken.

I think you'll agree that the effort was worth it !

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We celebrate our 10th anniversary...
The CHAD Singers of Pattingham have now been performing to raise money for charities for 10 years and to celebrate this anniversary, the choir performed a special Concert entitled 'Hopes and Dreams'.

The celebratory Concert took place in St Chad's Church, Pattingham on Saturday 9th April 2011 starting at 7.30pm., a fitting venue as this is the place where the choir began, after an event called 'Hopes and Dreams'. The choir's name was derived from Choir of Hopes And Dreams (CHAD).


The first half of the Concert represented 'The Passion of Easter' and saw the choir singing The Hopes and Dreams hymn followed by a special version of the Lord's prayer composed by Paul Ibberson, whose parents Liz and Henry live in Pattingham. Henry was the excellent MC for the night.
This was followed by the Wolverhampton Girls' High School Ensemble playing Menuet and Badinerie by Bach.
After this Mike Richards played three classical guitar pieces by Tarrega and Carcassi. The choir then performed Faure's Requiem, fulfilling a challenge they had set themselves some years ago. Afterwards, John Fellows, the choir's Musical Director agreed that "this performance was the best I have heard performed by a choir in the village". The soloists were Mary James, soprano and Ron Beardsmore, baritone.

After the interval during which the audience was treated to a glass of wine and a piece of special 10th Anniversary cake, baked by Sue Riches, another villager from Pattingham.

The second half of the Concert entitled 'The Triumph of Easter', included more pieces from the Choir, a solo of the Toccata/Symphony 5 by Widor by organist, Colin Harper and additional performances by the Ensemble and Mike Richards.
The choir's final piece was the resounding 'And the Glory of the Lord' from Handel's Messiah.

Judging by the many compliments given after the evening and more in the form of emails received by John Fellows, the very special Celebratory Concert proved to be total success and emphasied the many talents exhibited by the CHAD Singer's Choir with the many guest singers, the pupils and teachers in the Wolverhampton Girl's High School Ensemble, organist and accompanist Colin Harper and classical guitarist, Mike Richards.

Thanks go to all the performancers and the many helpers working in the background whose efforts made the event a true success and a night to remember.

Over it's 10 years, the choir has raised over £16,000 for various charities including West Midlands Air Ambulance, RDA, Wolverhampton Multi-Care, Penn Hall and many others. This year's chosen charities are local and include the First Responders.

Download a copy of the Concert Programme >>Programme

Cheque presentation...

Following the successful 'Hopes and Dreams' Concert, the profits made at this event were donated to St. Chad's Church in Pattingham.

A cheque for just under £1300 was presented to Revd. Maureen Hobbs, the Priest-in-charge at St. Chad's by the choir's Chairman, Alan Hickman, accompanied by the choir's new Treasurer, Sue Penny. This presentation took place at 11.00am after Morning Service on Sunday 29th May.

Christmas Concert 2010
On the evening of Wednesday 15th December in St Chad's Church, Pattingham, the CHAD Singers performed their 2010 Christmas Concert to an audience of over 160 people.
The cantata 'Born a King' by John W.Peterson took up the first half, with a selection of traditional carols and Christmas songs filling the second half, including two songs composed by our Musical Director and Conductor, John Fellows. Mince pies and mulled wine were served in the interval.
Proceeds of the event were for the choir's chosen charity for 2009/2010, The Midlands Air Ambulance.
Thanks go to all those who helped in anyway to ensure that the concert ran smoothly.

A 90th Birthday...
At the rehearsal on Wednesday 20th October 2010, Ann Hawkins, a member of our choir for many years, celebrated her 90th birthday. She was presented with a special birthday card, in which was the musical score for a unique version of 'Congratulations', specially composed for Ann by our Musical Director, John Fellows. The choir sang this to Ann, this performance being recorded on the choir's new Zoom recorder. The audio file will be available for download shortly. Many, many congratulations, Ann.

We win 'Grassroots' grant...
At the last rehearsal on Wednesday 22nd September 2010, our Chairman, Alan Hickman announced that he had been successful in gaining a grant of £2100 from the Staffordshire Community Foundation under the 'Grassroots Grants' scheme. This will be used for a professional audio recorder to be used in practices and concerts, together with kitting the choir with a uniform. The design has been decided and includes a red jacket for the ladies, worn with a black camisole and the CHAD Singer's scarf, whilst the men now have red ties and bows, which will worn with diner suits for special occassions.

  New Sponsorship for 2010
We are extremely grateful to the Dudley Building Society who have agreed to sponsor the choir for a further 12 months. This sponsorship helps us to defray some of the choir's running costs, so that more funds can be dedicated to our chosen charity.

'Summer Serenade' Concert... another success !!!
Yet another tremendous performance ! Well done to all Choir members for a successful Concert and thanks to Chris Lyon and all her helpers for a well organised event.
The amount made for our charity, the Midlands Air Ambulance will be in the region of £860.
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.

plus...
Christmas 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.
plus...
Carols at Claverley
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.
Total of £1223 raised...
The result of these three Christmas events meant that the choir had raised £1223 for the Midlands Air Ambulance.

Cheque Presentation for RDA...
On 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 horses.


  New Sponsorship for 2009
We are extremely grateful to the Dudley Building Society who have agreed to sponsor the choir for 12 months. This sponsorship helps us to defray some of the choir's running costs, so that more funds can be dedicated to our chosen charity.

Two St George's Concerts...
Brewood on 18th April...
Our first St George's Concert this year, was held in St Mary's and St Chad's Church in Brewood on Saturday 18th April 2009.
We had been requested to perform this concert to help raise money for their Organ Appeal.

The Church was full and the audience enjoyed a first half which consisted of four songs form 'Merrie England', together with the ladies singing a specially arranged version of 'In an English Country Garden'. After a reading of a poignant poem by Joan Fellows, the men performed a medley of World War 1 songs... a popular item in the repertoire.Thanks go to all those who were involved in this concert.
...followed by Pattingham
on 25th April
The Choir performed the same concert on Saturday 25th April, but this time in the Pattingham Village Hall.

Mike Richards was again our Master of Ceremonies and did an excellent job, informing the audience of some of the background to the songs being performed, all with a subtle touch of humour.

After the interval, during which a Cheese and Wine Supper was served, the 'Last Night of the Proms' finale was performed with lots of audience participation, waving their flags whilst singing to the stirring patriotic music.

Over £1000 was raised for this year's charity from the sales of tickets, the raffle, programmes and song sheets plus the bar, and we thank everyone for their kind generosity and all their help in staging these successful fund-raising concerts.
Cheque presentation...

After the interval, Matt Ward (centre), the Marketing Manager of the Dudley Building Society, presented a cheque for £500 to John Fellows, our Musical Director (left) and Alan Hickman, our Chairman (right). This is for a sponsorship of the choir for a year and will help to offset some of the running costs of the choir, such as hire of the rehearsal room each fortnight and some of the new music sheets.

We are extremely grateful to the Society for their kind generosity and will promote their name at all choir performances.

 

About RDA, our charity for 2008/9...

After the interval, Sylvia gave an insight of what the RDA does for the handicapped. She gave a moving account of how the association benefitted a local child and explained afterwards that she could have recalled countless similar stories that would have taken most of the evening to tell. Thank you Sylvia.

To find out more about the Association, visit their webiste at www.riding-for-disabled.org.uk


'Sing-along' Concert at Pattingham Club
On Saturday 28th February 2009, the choir performed a concert for the members at the Pattingham WM Club of music from the Shows, popular songs and an audience 'Sing-along'.

Thirty six members of the choir performed the Concert to an audience of around 60 and a generous sum was raised for the choir's fund. It's likely that this event will be repeated in the future.


A Christmas Concert for 2008

Our Christmas 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 event.
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.

Christmas 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 Association.
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.



Rutter by Rutter Concert - Our visit to Symphony Hall 

On Saturday 7th June 2008, a group of around 40 of the Chad Singers attended the 'Rutter by Rutter' Concert held at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

'Last Night of the Proms' Concert - Another £1000 raised...

What a night !!! Saturday 26th April 2008 saw another spectacularly successful CHAD Singers Concert on a 'Last Night of the Proms' theme.


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 Wood.

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 handicapped.
We would like to thank sincerely all of those who helped in any way to make this event most enjoyable and successful.
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 Our charity for 2009

Our chosen charity for 2009 is RDA, The Riding for the Disabled Association (Tettenhall Group) who provide opportunities for people with disabilities to enjoy a safe, healthy, therapeutic and recreational sport, using horses.

Cheque Presentation to Wolverhampton Multi-Care
On 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 received from the Chairman of Wolverhamton Multi-Handicap Care and Relief Service.


'Last Night of the Proms' Concert - Another £1000 raised...

What a night !!! Saturday 26th April 2008 saw another spectacularly successful CHAD Singers Concert on a 'Last Night of the Proms' theme.


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 Wood.

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 handicapped.
We would like to thank sincerely all of those who helped in any way to make this event most enjoyable and successful.

Order your DVD video disk...
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 evening.
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 Christmas 2007... £725 raised

Our 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 successful event.
Our sponsors were...
Muras Baker Jones Chartered Accountants, Asda, Pickwick Ovens and Waitrose.


On 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'.

A Special Occasion...
The 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.