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GMVC Newsletter June 2017

Vol. 10    No.6

Chairman’s Notes, contributed by Geoff Hampson

Hello and welcome to our June Newsletter

June is upon us already and let’s hope the lovely weather we have been having through May continues on into the holiday season.

First of all on a personal note I would like to thank the choir for putting on a splendid performance at Our Lady of Lords Catholic Church in my home town of Ashby over the Arts Festival Weekend. Obviously it’s equally important that we give of our best whenever we sing but never the less at home I was proud to be a member of our choir and people are still talking about how much they enjoyed the evening.

June is very busy this year and we have two more concerts coming up very quickly, the first one at St Mary Stretton who are having a summer season of concerts for the first time. Kim asked us a long time ago if we would sing at the opening concert. 

Later in the month we will be singing at St Chad’s Church in Burton, an almost Cathedral type building surrounded by terraced town houses. Both churches have a lovely acoustic though.

Fortunately, things then slowdown a little through July and August. However this then becomes a vital time to push on with our new music; so little rest on the singing front!

There is no doubt in my mind that it is this hard working approach, engrained in our choir DNA right from its conception in 1904  that has taken us to where we are today and we are very fortunate indeed to have the support of our musical team and the wider communities unwavering support to help us keep focused on our goal, to perform in concert to the absolute best of our ability.

This shouldn't put anyone off from joining us though as we do have a laugh, even though working hard. The rewards when we do get it right are a feeling of overwhelming satisfaction.

Finally I would like to welcome a new accompanist to the choir Alex Lamb. Unfortunately Clive is having problems with his eyesight and needs to undergo a couple of cornea transplants over the next year which will prevent him from playing the piano or at least reading music from time to time so to have an extra pianist will be great for both Clive and ourselves.

I know how much Clive loves playing the piano so I am sure this will be a worrying time for him until he has passed this tricky period and we all wish him well.

SPC Report, contributed by Mick Robey

What excellent concerts we are experiencing at the moment. Last month saw us at Emmanuel Church, Swadlincote with our guests, the talented Rolls Royce Ladies Choir. A full audience with a lot of new faces were very appreciative of an enjoyable evening’s entertainment. We look forward with anticipation to a return visit next year. This was followed by our first appearance at the Ashby Festival where we sang in the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Ashby De La Zouch.  A magnificent building to sing in, another almost capacity, new and very appreciative audience, we eagerly await a further invitation!

This month we commence with the opening concert of the month-long Stretton Festival. 

We return to St. Mary’s Church, Stretton on Saturday 3rd June, commencing at 7.15 p.m. Tickets are available from our agent Ralph or on line priced at £8.

On Saturday 17thJune we shall be performing in St. Mary’s Church, Wirksworth in the Derbyshire Peak District commencing at 7.30 p.m. The choir has hired a private coach for this venue and there are seats available for supporters and friends to join us if they wish. Details of pick-ups and timings are:- Ashby de la Zouch at 4.45 p.m; Swadlincote Bus Station at 5 p.m. and St. Mary’s Church, Stretton at 5.20 p.m. The return from Wirksworth will be at 11 p.m. As we have to inform the concert organisers of our numbers, we need to know in advance the number of supporters travelling either by coach or by private transport in order that tickets will be available when we arrive. The cost of admission is £8 and is payable on collection of the ticket at the door. The cost of coach transport is £5 for everyone.

Our third concert this month (busy period) is a return to St. Chads, Thornley Street, Burton on Saturday 24th June commencing at 7.30 p.m.

A very happy note to finish on - we have a very special relationship with the ladies of Mavoro who continually support us by preparing and serving food on many occasions during the year when the SPC organise special events. The Secretary and my liaison contact is Thea King who celebrated a very special BIG birthday on 31st May and I would never disclose a lady’s age. To Thea, we extend the very best wishes from all at GMVC for a very Happy Birthday and now you are on the next ten count-down! Love and best wishes from all.

Reminder – Next Committee Meeting is on Monday 12th June.

MAVORO Ladies Club, contributed by Maureen Hickman

Friends and family are most welcome to join us for our social occasions.

If you would like any more information about our ladies’ evenings or events, please contact any of the numbers below.

Hilda Oates - 01283 536144 Maureen Hickman     - 01283 703218

Jan Masterman - 01283 814553 Thea King          - 01283 561352

Marian Cooper   - 01283 212890 Josie Ivens        - 01283 212914

Mavoro Programme 2017

June 2nd   Goose Grease & Brown Paper Kath Reynolds

July 7th Monologues Patricia Wilson

July 22nd, MAVORO ladies social evening

Saturday 22nd July, 6-30pm at Emmanuel Church, Swadlincote.

Buffet including entertainment. Please bring own drinks.

Tickets £7 each. Available from any committee members.

Aug 4th Meal

Sept 1st   The Time Travelling Tourist Jo Golby

Oct 6th   Six Great Fictional Detectives Paul Newsham

Nov 3rd     Plant Hunters John Hawkins

Dec 1st     Party Night Victorian Style Christmas Jo Golby

Jan 5th AGM (2018)


Looking back over the last month, the only thing in my mind is the holiday Sandra and I have thoroughly enjoyed and just returned from. We were privileged to spend some time in South Africa and what wonderful memories we have. Our first full day in Chobe National Park began with a 6 a.m. departure from our hotel in a search for the “Big 5”. The 20 minute drive to the National Park was in an open topped safari jeep, and as I closed my eyes to keep out the extremely cold biting wind, (yes, it’s cold and dark in Africa at 6 a.m.) for some reason I thought about the GMVC visit to Scotland a couple of years ago and in particular our trip on Loch Lomond. Remembering how well our rendition of Loch Lomond was received, I decided to burst into song! “Shut up or I will shoot you” was the unexpected retort from our armed guard – not the reply I expected as I chose, what I thought were very apt words from the exciting composition “The Martyrs of the Arena”. The words I chose were “And the tiger and panther in their rage, they come madly bounding along”! For some inexplicable reason he didn’t like it. Was it my voice I wondered? as I was smoking my pipe at the time – no, that couldn’t be the answer as most people say I sing better with my pipe in!  

From Chobe we travelled to Victoria Falls which also included a very pleasant evening cruise on the mighty Zambesi River. For this episode I chose the delightful rendering of “My Heart will go on”, the theme tune from “Titanic”. Unfortunately only the crocodiles and hippos raised their heads above water and showed any interest (in my waistline, not my voice).

Our holiday concluded in Cape Town where I thought “See-ya-hahmb’eh koo-kah- nyeh-nee-kwen kos” from African Trilogy would be well received – nope, I was wrong again. A slow boat to China would have been a god-send, instead I was put on a fast Catamaran to prison on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was interned.  At least they recognised how important I was and gave me the same cell!

When I finally arrived home last Thursday after they released me from prison, I was delighted to visit my allotment where everything had doubled in size due to the good weather. Even my kidney beans which I had only set in boxes the day before we left were 6 inches tall and ready to go out at the canes. So, Friday I spent erecting 55 canes and tying them all together, no mean task, whilst singing “See-ya-hahmb’eh” in great excitement of Friday night’s practice and the Ashby concert. On finishing this task,  after a couple of hours at the other side of the allotment, I returned to the start to set my beans, still resounding  African Trilogy across the allotments but this time I did the African Dance (newly learned) back across the allotment as no-one else was there. Wrong again Mick, I felt a right “plonker” when the chap on the next allotment put his head round the side of his shed and asked “Are you alright Mick”?

Yes, a holiday to remember – by the way, the wild animals and scenery were excellent!

Secretary’s Update – contributed by Derek Bartlett


Please bear in mind there could be further amendments to the list below, extra concerts, 

Uniform colour and start times all subject to change.

Tickets available from 07399 417995 or 01283 569677 

Or online via "We Got Tickets"



Post Code


Sat 3 June

A Summer of Song 

St Mary’s Church, Stretton 7.15 pm Tkts £8

DE13 0HD


Sat 17 June

A Summer’s Evening of Music

at St Mary’s Church West End Wirksworth

In aid of The DRLAA 

and The Nightingale Macmillan Unit at Royal Derby

7.30 pm Tickets £8 inc light refreshments



Sat 24 June

St Chad’s Church

153 Thornley St., Burton 7.30 pm

DE14 2SS


Fri 14 July

UK Tour – Concert at St. Ives Methodist Church

The Waits, St Ives, Cambs.

PE27 5BY


Sat 15 July

UK Tour – Trinity Methodist Church

Short Mead St., Biggleswade 7.30 pm

SG18 0AP


Sat 12 Aug


at St George’s Church, Ticknall 7.15 pm Tickets £8

DE73 7JU


Sun 13 Aug

SDDC Civic Service at St Wystan’s Church

Willington Rd., Repton

DE65 6FH


Sat 2 Sept

The Gt. Meeting Unitarian Chapel, Hinckley 7.30 pm

LE10 1PP


Sat 16 Sept

St Michael & All Angel Church, Church Lane

Appleby Magna

DE12 7BQ.


Sat 18 Nov


With Damian Thantrey Baritone

at Burton Town Hall Tickets £12

DE14 2EB


Sun 26 Nov

Celery/Men’s Sunday 

at Trinity Methodist Linton Heath 3 pm

DE12 6PD


Sat 2 Dec


Swadlincote Town Hall 10 am – 1 pm

DE11 9DG


Sat 16 Dec

Annual Christmas Concert

at St Peter & St Paul Catholic Church 7.15 pm 

Tickets £6 Children Free includes refreshments

DE11 0BD


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Eric Coxon 30th May 2017