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Basil Raddy

First tenor Basil has been an active member of the choir's committee for several years, and is the current Librarian. He is shown below with his late wife Glenys.


I was born in Looe Cornwall, the eldest of three boys, and attended the Liskeard Grammar School until at the age of sixteen I left home to come to Chippenham to start an apprentiship in electrical engineering draughtsmanship at Westinghouse Brake and Signal Co.

Coming from a Methodist background, I joined the Monkton Hill Methodist Church in Chippenham. There I met and later married my wife Glenys England in 1960. (Not everyone can claim that they married a former "Miss England").

I left Westinghouse after seven years to join Marley Tiles as a supply and fix representative. Then I joined the builders merchant firm of F.J.Reeves - first as a representative, then as branch manager, and finally as area manager. In 1984 I left the builders merchant trade to become self employed, specializing in fitting kitchens and bathrooms until I finally retired last year!!!!!

I have always loved music from an early age, starting with solo singing at Sunday school anniversaries and later in the chapel choir where I joined my grandfather and uncle. In Chippenham I joined the Monkton Hill Church Choir and also the G & S group (now called MASK). Next came a short time with a re-formed Chippenham mixed choir, and this was followed by CLOGS - both singing and producing scenery.

I joined CMVC in 1991. My father-in-law, Mr Herbert England, was a founder member and was also the conductor at one stage.

Photography - which I probably inherited from my grandfather and my dad's twin brother. They were both professional photographers, and I worked in their shop during school holidays to earn pocket money and to buy my first camera. Gardening and walking are also firm favourites.

I like virtually all types of music but male voice choirs must come top of my list, and wherever Glenys and I go on holiday we always try to find the local choir and attend their pratice or concert evening.

Above all I am a Cornishman, and it gives me great pleasure to organise the choir's bi-annual visit to St Ives in Cornwall to join up with the Praize Hayle Male Choir and the Godrevy Singers for a weekend of singing - both formal and informal. Long may it continue!