|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 . . .
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.
As we continue to enjoy our mornings singing together at Unitarian, we recently sadly lost Betty who was my deputy since 2002 and I shall miss her support. At her memorial service in the Chapel we sang for her ‘There is a Place I Call My Own’ at her request. Although numbers are less recently, no doubt due to holidays etc. we still have 32 ladies and 10 gentlemen in the group.
A very big ‘Thank You’ to Margaret, our new pianist, who stepped into the breach following Joy’s departure. As in a song from ‘The King & I’ we are ‘Getting to Know You’.
Unfortunately, there is still a long waiting list which I shall be looking at soon and perhaps be welcoming new members.
Recently we welcomed some new friends bringing our membership to the grand total of 32 ladies and 10 gentlemen. However, on a sad note, our lovely Joy, who has played piano for us since we moved to Unitarian in 2002, has decided to move away from the area. We are in need of someone who would be prepared to come regularly to play for us on a Tuesday morning fortnightly and join with the fun we always have.
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