13/11/2017 Well just a few weeks to go to the concert now and I am delighted to tell you that the children are going to be absolutely sensational. Welcome to all our new junior members. All the dates and any information you need is now on the website plus parking arrangements etc if known. Our Christmas engagement list has grown - the diary is now full! Adults Main choir Tuesday as normal Men's group tonight at 7.30pm - if you have not had a sound file or have had the wrong one please let me know Friday Teens as normal 8pm
Extra help with solos etc If you would like to go through your part on a one to one basis or just have another opportunity to sing it through, please arrange to see Mary by contacting her by email or phone - firstname.lastname@example.org Please do not ask to do this at the end of the rehearsal as both Mary and Louise need to get home. Please remember your item for the Christmas Tree - please give it to Gill in a named bag so she can return it to you Children Outfits for the concert Children can choose whether they wear a fairy outfit or a Frozen costume depending on their preference / what you have in the dressing up box - not Mason! We will provide a wand each so everyone has the same. Please arrive at 3.30pm next Sunday if you wish to take part in 30 minutes of craft - please bring your template stuck on to a piece of card.. Singing will start at 4 pm - 5 pm If you have any jingle bells, please could you bring them along although for the concert we are hoping to borrow some. On Friday 1st December, the children will meet at 6 pm at The Barn, Waterloo Road to practice in the venue and on the stage. This will last approximately 30 minutes. Please arrive at or before 6.45pm for a warm-up just before the concert. During the concert, children are the responsibility of their parents and will return to sit with parents or a nominated adult arranged by parents after their singing is over. They are welcome to stay until the end but can leave at the interval if they wish. Some of the little ones do get very tired. All medals etc will be given out before the interval. A professional video is made of the concert and will be on sale in the new year for approximately £2.50. We look forward to seeing the children, if you wish, at our diary date events where traditional carols are sung The only exception is Ragley Hall. Out and about Please wrap up warmly and bring a torch to outdoor events https://bidfordareacommunitychoir.weebly.com/diary-dates.html Please check the website for last minute changes etc Concert Tickets are now on sale from Helen - £7.50 each including refreshments - under 16's free.
08/11/2017 Please find below a link to the Thousand Years song Mary says this is a good version to singalong to. https://youtu.be/PiDZzrrVNfU Please check choir news and diary dates for anything you might have missed Gill will be collecting your inspirational Christmas Tree pieces next week If you put a loop on even better These are for the Bidford St Laurence Christmas Tree Festival where we will also be singing - see diary dates The design should reflect something about you - maybe you are a secret knitter, knife thrower or campanologist in your spare time Enjoy! 06/11/2017 Welcome new members of our children's choir The first rehearsal went well and we are looking forward to hearing you at the concert. This week: Monday Mary's men Tuesday Choir Friday Teen Harmony group Sunday Junior Choir Please see diary dates for all our Christmas events We hope you will all be able to join us. The children are welcome at all of the events stated if accompanied by an adult. 30.10.2017 We had a lovely evening at The Balti Hut A different social event will be arranged for the next concert run and don't forget the choir bring and share on the 5th December at The Methodist Church - normal time It is all out now for the last push towards the concert. Don't forget Tonight 7 30 pm Mary's men Sunday 4 pm Children - 4 - 11 years at the Methodist Church - 1-hour rehearsal cake provided! Please keep checking the diary dates page of the website for additional events etc https://bidfordareacommunitychoir.weebly.com/diary-dates.html You will see that we have two additional dates - Carol singing at Broom Village Hall and the date for the summer 2018 concert! We have tried as far as possible to secure dates to help with diary planning next year - hope it doesn't clash with anything important to you Provisional rehearsal dates are on the website as well as the new membership form (attached) Rehearsals will begin again on Tuesday 6th March 2018 with the brief AGM and first sing! We will be asking for forms and fees in advance, please so that music folders can be prepared ready for the first rehearsal. Fees can be paid anytime between Monday 4th December 2017 and Monday 6th February to ensure you have a folder. Please pay by BACS 30-98-26 31594860 or cheque to Helen made payable to Bidford Area Community Choir The membership forms need to be completed and returned to Judith - we must have up to date contact details for Health and Safety purposes. Committee We will be looking for new people to join the choir committee, please In order for the choir to continue, we do need new volunteers to step forward. Please contact me if you might be interested. Subscriptions The fees for the choir will increase by £2.50 in the spring.to £37.50 We have not had an increase for several years but we need to keep pace with the expenses that we have including purchasing new music, rehearsal room hire and.the greatly valued leadership of our professionals, Mary and Louise. There will be 15 rehearsals next spring, making each rehearsal only cost about £2.50 We hope you still feel this is excellent value for money. If anyone is finding paying the fees an issue, we do have a choir bursary fund. Please let us know in complete confidence if you need any sort of financial aid. We do not want to lose people The more patrons and returning patrons we have the more we can keep our fees down. Charitable donations We pride ourselves on being able to give to the local community. It is proposed that the village carol singing will be in aid of Bidford Christmas Lights We are hoping to give a sizeable donation to Lifespace at the concert. The more tickets we sell the more we will be able to give. Tickets are now on sale. One of our patrons kindly donated two tickets for the committee to use. We have therefore invited Lorraine and a guest. We very much hope she will be able to join us though we realize she is at the mercy of transport volunteers. Concert promotion Posters If you are able to sign for and take a poster please can you do this as soon as possible. A list of places has been identified. Please let Gill know if you think of any more Local magazines So far we hope to appear in the church magazine, Connections, and other parish newsletters. If you have contact with a school or local organization please could you share the poster with them for their newsletter etc Copy attached Radio Can we ask you to do this for us Lindsey. please? Social media Please share and keep sharing the poster via facebook etc We need as much publicity as possible. Raffle - think about prizes, please Helena will be sorting these out on the Friday evening before the concert
21.10.2017 Parking for Ragley Hall event - choir members Please park at the carpark in front of Saker Solutions. Continue past the kiosk and take the first turn right. You will see the parking area directly ahead of you.
This is just adjacent to our main carpark but should we have 100 cars, staff will be in the staff car park and the second carpark (slightly closer) will be open
19.10.2017 Looking forward to seeing you at the Balti Hut at 7.30pm on Monday if you have booked for this event Just a reminder that there is no choir on Tuesday as it is half term but the committee will be meeting that evening. Please email any comments/ issues that you wish us to address asap. The diary is filling up. Diary dates to add Altos - tonight at Mary's 7 30 pm Teens - tomorrow at Mary's 8 pm Children's choir - we need more children - please try and get this message out there too - 5th November 4 pm - only 1 hour - detail attached Please could you sign us for the Carers lunch in Stratford We need about 12 people for this So far I have Mary, Sue, Jenny and Julie so we are in need of a few more, please Times etc are on the website There will be a sign-up sheet when we return but you can also let me know by email if that is easier There will be Carol Singing around Bidford on the 12th December as this was a great hit last year. Please let me know if you wish to be part of this so we can see how many groups are needed. We are looking for nominations for a local charity. Last year we supported Shakespeare Hospice. They ideally need to provide us with collecting tins, please. Outfits For all of the external,events you can wear what you wish - a Christmas theme is welcomed or a bit of tinsel to add to the feel if you don't want to wear your Christmas jumper!. Plea for help As the concert approaches, please can you ask friends / relatives if they are able to help us We need: Door - 2 people needed to take money / tickets on the door - must be able to arrive at 6.30pm to liaise with Helen re-float etc Stage builders and dismantlers- please can I ask you to give names to Graham He needs to know who can be around to assist as soon as possible, please This is a big job - the more volunteers the easier it is Please contact Grahamgraham_n_smith@btinternet.com The poster The fabulous poster is ready Please share with your family/ friends/ schools/ clubs/ societies/ local groups etc and on social media.
13.10.2017 What a wonderful morning we had at The Dementia Cafe - thank you to all who were able to come along.There are some photos in the community section of the website
Thank you to those of you that have signed up for Ragley Hall The sheets will be out again this week - it should be a lovely event
Please also sign up for the theatre trips - please speak to Gill if you require any more information The teens met tonight and have got off to a great start We need more children please for the younger choir - please share the poster and information Diary dates Monday - Mary's men 7.30pm Thursday - altos at Mary's Thursday 7.30pm
Village notices Bidford Christmas Lights The Charity shop is open at the Old Post Office in Bidford High Street tomorrow (Saturday 14th) from 10-1 and next week Monday - Friday 10-4 and Saturday 10-1. Libby and Christmas Lights Committee have organised this, funds raised are going towards the Bidford Christmas Lights. It's just a pop up shop so we've only got it till end of next week (Saturday 21st). If anyone has any really good quality donations of books/clothes/bric a brac, please could they pop along and perhaps they might even be tempted to buy a thing or two!! Thank you, ; Bidford Charity Big Breakfast Tomorrow am Crawford Hall
Charity concert for Gaga-UK (Ann Smith for more info) Simon Kemp R&B Orchestra and Choir Gospel Show Crawford Hall 7pm Sunday 10th December Tickets from Ann or the Hardware Store £8 / children £5
9.10.2017 Thank you to all who were able to come along to the Dementia Cafe today If you would like to join in some carol singing with a brass band you are welcome to go along at 10 45 am on Monday 18th December. Please contact Wendy at the Dementia Cafe if you would like lunch.
8.10.2017 ALTO BOOSTER Thursday 19th Oct at 7.30pm Dementia Cafe tomorrow 10 45am Mary men 7 30pm 6.10.2017 Christmas Tree Festival St Laurence Bidford 3pm Choir to sing
2.10.2017 Save the date Choir singing at Ragley Hall Sunday 3rd December 4.30pm - 7pm in bursts of 15 - 20 minutes Refreshments provided 1.10.2017 MEN'S MONDAY as usual.at Mary's 7.30pm Dementia Cafe Monday October 9th at 10.45. Westholme Court , Bidford approx an hour SOP 2 BOOSTER SESSION THURSDAY OCT 12th 7.30pm at Mary's , all welcome. Shakespeare hospice , Shottery, Carols and Christmas songs.WEDNESDAY December 20th at 1pm. . Volunteers needed please for Carers Cafe Thursday 21st December at Lifeways and Carers Cafe 30, Albany Road in Stratford. (CV37 6PG) . Perform at 2.30 pm Up to 12 singers please In addition we will have: Bidford Lights Switch on Icknield Court St Laurence Christmas Tree Festival Please could everyone share the information for the children's choir After concert social - Tuesday after the concert bring and share The RSC have a Wassailing Day on Saturday 6th January 2018 Unfortunately, Mary is unable to lead this on the day as she is committed as are other choir members, to panto,but is very kindly prepared to teach people the songs on Tuesday 12th December for the event Choirs of up to 30 need to register soon - if you are desperate to go to this please email by return The closing date is Friday To take part there needs to be a big enough group who are committed There is no charge for the event Twelfth Night Wassail 6 Jan 2018 11am – 12.30pm Paul Sartin leads open rehearsal for the choirs/ workshop attenders. Free but ticketed 12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch break 2.00pm Choirs singing at various locations around Stratford-upon-Avon 4.00pm Choirs and singers converge under the Oak Tree in Avonbank Gardens Four new arrangements are sung by the massed choirs, with Faustus/RSCmusicians Massed singing with public – 12 Days of Christmas 5.15pm Choirs process to TOP, singing
29.12.2017 Shakespeare hospice , Shottery, Carols and Christmas songs. WEDNESDAY December 20th at 1pm. .
27.09.2017 Carers Cafe - volunteers needed please Thursday 21st December at Lifeways and Carers Cafe 30, Albany Road in Stratford. (CV37 6PG) . Perform at 2.30 pm Up to 12 singers please Mary will be playing the piano
25.09.2017 The next concert will be in aid of Lifespace The summer concert proceeds will be split between Working World and Garage Art - we also hope through Angela Spiers to secure match funding for the amount raised.for these two charities. Gill Squires (sops) is soon off to Kenya She is hoping to make enough money to buy shoes for the girls resident at The Divinity Foundation I am sure she would be grateful for any donation you may wish to give to help either in person or online https://www.goldengiving.com/fundraising/RescueCentreSchoolShoes Diary dates Monday October 9th at 10.45. Westholme Court , Bidford. Monday 25th September 7.30pm Mary's men as normal Please try and get the children's choir information out to friends and family - we need a few more!
21.09.2017 Match funding - thank you Lloyds and Angela for organising
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18.09.2017 Bring me sunshine DVDs These are now ready thanks to John Shrimpton He will have some available tomorrow at a cost of £3 each Orders can also be placed directly with John Mary's men Tonight at 7.30pm Ladies - please let Mary know if you need a booster session at any point Charity Voting will take place tomorrow The three nominations are (in alphabetical order) All members have a vote Garage Art https://sites.google.com/a/garageartgroup.com/garage-art-group/ Lifespace http://www.lifespace.org.uk/ WorkingWorldhttp://workingworld.org.uk/ You will be asked to tick your name to say that you have voted but the vote is confidential You will be given a token to post into a box as they do in supermarkets If you cannot attend tomorrow but still wish to vote please send your vote by email by midnight tomorrow so that it can be included
12.9.2017 Jolly Teapot - change of date- Thursday 7th December 10am
8.9.2017 News email What a great start we have made to the new season You will shortly be getting a whole pile of sound recordings. Don't feel overwhelmed. Please create a file to save and store the ones that you need or feel you will use If you do not sing that part, please delete - it is just easier for me to send to all and for those of you that are not sure which part you are most comfortable with, you can try it out at home.
If you have any issues or concerns, please let us know Booster sessions The first of these is Monday 7.30 Mary's men for one hour This is optional for those who would like to sing their parts through a bit more in a small group 6 Elliott Close, Bidford, B50 4QF Tel. 07967 059157 email@example.com The same opportunity is offered to all, so please ask if you would like extra support and Mary will do her best to accommodate you Children Please share the attached poster around to friends and family More details are on the choir website Charity Thank you to those of you who have submitted charity nominations so far - deadline is Tuesday 12th September Voting will take place on Tuesday 19th September The three organisations so far are: Lifespace http://www.lifespace.org.uk/ Working World http://workingworld.org.uk/ Garage Art https://sites.google.com/a/garageartgroup.com/garage-art-group/ If you cannot be there on the 19th and wish to vote please do so by email firstname.lastname@example.org News Choir news is posted on the news page of the website Please keep an eye on it in case there are any last minute changes http://bidfordareacommunitychoir.weebly.com/news.html The concert video - Bring me sunshine John Shrimpton is taking names / numbers for anyone who would like to buy one These are £2.50 each please Curry night - this will be Monday 23rd October 7.30pm at The Balti Hut Please let Sue Clarke know if you wish to attend by emailing email@example.com Choir members only, please. Payment must be made in advance at an approximate cost of £13 per head to include pre selected main course, drink and starter Concert dress We ladies will start off in the jackets - please speak to Helen if you need to borrow one - men in matching bow ties - also available from Helen on loan In the second half, we hope to have a red scarf / bow tie Helen will be handing these out and collecting them back in at the end of the concert If there are not enough jackets to go round, we may wear the new scarves throughout Catering Libby and Pat will be taking charge of this for the next concert - thank you so much to them for offering Risk assessments Thank you to Rose for taking this on for us
7.9.2017 Charity nominations so far: Lifespace http://www.lifespace.org.uk/ Working World http://workingworld.org.uk/ Garage Art https://sites.google.com/a/garageartgroup.com/garage-art-group/
6.9.2017 What a brilliant first rehearsal for the new season Welcome to all our members Watch this space for news and updates Mary's men - Monday 11th September 7pm - beer and singing!
If your section would like a booster session just ask
Next community event - Jolly Teapot Thursday 28th September
Know any children who would like to join us?
16/08/2017 Thank you to all the choir members who came to the funeral today
14/08/2017 Just wanted to say a huge thank you to such lovely friends in BACC who so kindly gave of their time and talent to sing for Lucy and Matthew's wedding on Thursday. A fantastic turnout as I know many were on hols. You really did add to the occasion, filling the church with joyous musicality. Thank you. We had the most perfect day. Thank you again. Love Sue xxx
11/08/2017 Thank you to everyone who supported the wedding in Sherborne yesterday A beautiful day
17.7.2017 Diary dates - community singing Monday 9th October Dementia cafe 11am - 12noon
17.7.2017 Thank you Pete for some great photos
15.7.2017 HUGE WELL DONE AND THANKS To BACC today at Shakespeare hospice summer fete. Thanks for the amazing turn out ,singing was fab as usual!!! 🎶🎶🎶 special thanks to the lovely Louise Burdett. What an honour it is to support this incredible charity , BACC you did yourselves proud today. 🎼🎹🎼🎹🎼
6.07.2017 Shakespeare Hospice Saturday 15th July We will need to be ready to sing 1pm prompt.
Arrive no later than 12.45 . Allow for car parking and walking to fete. Perform for around 30 -40 minutes. Wear cool summer clothing . We have a shaded area in the garden, Access to their piano and power sorted. Chairs will be available for anyone who needs. Please bring own bottle of cold water.
We will sing summer hol medley, 13 mins Finish off with Bring me sunshine 3 mins Beyond the sea. 3 mins Les mis if we have enough people 15 mins Rythmn of life 5 mins If needed night and day medley. 5 mins
Parking mayl be difficult . Options are:
Use the St Andrews parish church centre next door. Travel in groups if possible to reduce number of cars There will also be additional hospice Car parking opposite Campbell close back near the Bell pub. Will have balloons and signs to direct cars to field.
3.07.2017 Dementia Cafe, Bidford. Thank you to everyone who came along today. A really lovely event. We all had fun and there were some excellent solos from Ray, Graham, Maurice and Mary and some fantastic dancing. Good to “Spread a Little Happiness” this morning. A very worthwhile event! Both the choir and the audience enjoyed themselves. Thanks
30.6.2017 Stratford Observer June 2017 https://stratfordobserver.co.uk/editions/view/?/Stratford/2017/06/30&040
30.6.2017 Letter from the GP surgery and The Dementia Cafe
Shakespeare Hospice Sing Saturday 15th July Arrive 11 45 for 12 noon start http://www.theshakespearehospice.org.uk/EventEnhanced/40/SummerFete
18 6 2017 What a brilliant concert Choir social event Tuesday 7.30pm
08/06/2017 Men at Mary's Monday 7pm Teens Friday 8pm Children Sunday 4pm
A new logo - thanks Sue
17/05/2017 Superb rehearsal last night - sounding amazing Altos at Mary's on Sunday at 6pm
15/05/2017 Alto session round at Mary's coming soon - watch this space for the date Mary's men tonight 7pm If you do not have anything you need or have anything to discuss please contact Gill on the choir email BACChoir@gmail.com
10/05/2017 Rehearsals going brilliantly well - extra sessions for Mary's men Mondays at 7, altos/ seconds Wednesday at 5pm, children Sundays at 4pm, Teens Fridays at 8pm And we have some amazing soloists
03/05/2017 Thank you Maurice, Jo and Hannah - a great piece in the paper about the choir - https://stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/80-year-old-realises-life-long-ambition/
26/04/2016 The choir will sing at 10am and 11am on Saturday 29/4/2017 at Crawford Hall and at The Dementia Cafe at 10am on Monday 3rd July
1/04/2017 BACC have been asked to represent as a community group at Crawford Hall Parish Council event Saturday April 29th. 9-12am. We should promote the choir as a community group but should also take opportunity to sell tickets / patron places for concert. A table top stand will be prepared. We will sing at 10 am and 11am - just a few numbers so please bring your music. Please try and support. Many thanks .
13/03/2017 Fields of Gold DVDs can now be ordered at a cost of £3
10/03/2017 Men's music sight reading session Monday 13th March 7-8pm at Mary's All men welcome
8/3/2017 Rehearsals have now started for our summer concert in aid of the GP Surgery, Health Centre and Dementia Cafe. It is not too late to join us. Children and teen choirs - please sign up now. The Children will meet on Sundays in the run up to the concert and the teens on Friday evenings.
6/3/2017 Funds raised for Shakespeare Hospice have been match funded by Lloyds Bank Great news
"Shakespeare hospice have sent BACC a thank you note to say they have had the match it from Lloyds bank. So a total of £800 from your carol singing. Well done all, and thanks to Libby and the Lloyds Bidford branch staff for organising this to support a fabulous charity."
A message from Mary
BACC members, you should feel very proud of yourselves. I met Lorraine out and she told me she has her internet connection and a tablet which she is managing to use. She's still very excited and is grateful to you all and to your friends and family for supporting the concert. Let's hope our summer concert raises lots of money for our next charity / cause. One very happy young lady in Broom says a huge thank you .
31 1 2017 Thank you BACC for helping to fund Bidford school's trip to the Young Voices concert in Birmingham tonight. 6500 children singing their hearts out! Amazing!