|Time||10.45 - 12.00|
|Location||Unitarian Chapel, Kendal|
We are a happy informal group - singing for fun, not as a choir. We choose about 8 items to sing each time, from a large repertoire including old favourites, songs from the musicals, a few originals, and sing-a-longs.
We have a mixed membership of sopranos, altos, tenors and baritones, and a lovely pianist who takes us through our scales at the beginning of each session. Members do not have to be able to read music, although some do.
When Dr Ruth Gordon came to Kendal from South Africa she made sure she could belong to and take part in as much as possible of the social life of the town. She joined the U3A, several interest groups welcomed her into their circle, and members often had the chance to enjoy her lively illustrated talks at our Monthly Meetings.
So it began. She set up our Singing for Fun group in her home, and by Jove it was fun with a capital F. We were introduced to many different songs, some of which we liked more than others, and many original pieces. For these Ruth wrote the words to music written by her friend Doris Fenn, who came over from South Africa and was present at our first concert for U3A members in 1999.
Ruth died on 11 January 2002, aged 91. When a celebration of her life took place at the Unitarian Chapel we were privileged to sing for her, and later, with the blessing of her family, to rename our group in her memory.
And so we continue, as we know Ruth wished us to . . .
Next Meetings - 4 & 18 September 2 & 16 & 30 October 13 & 27 November 11 December
As we welcomed Diana and David to our ‘family’ we also mourned the loss of Enid who brought so much to our mornings together.
Numbers remain steady at around 30 each time and recently Siobhan, a young lady related to Jackie, came to do breathing exercises and introduced us to songs from other countries which we sang with her. We hope she will return some time.
Our Summer Social is planned for Wednesday 15 August at the Unitarian Chapel and I hope to welcome many members and guests on that occasion.
It was with great delight that we resumed our get-togethers after Christmas – only to be prevented from meeting on 6 February by the threat of slippery pavements in the snow.
Safety first being the motto of the day! During the winter the numbers are always down but still average attendance of around 30. Margaret is introducing us to some different songs – with a Tyneside and Northumberland connection – fun with the dialects!
We welcomed two new ladies recently and continue to enjoy our mornings together. Some of us sang Happy Birthday to U3A at the Open Morning in September – a very happy occasion. 33 ladies and 10 gentlemen is the current membership – including Margaret who plays piano for us. On the minus side, a long waiting list is still looming. But on balance - one day it will be ‘your’ turn.