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Crownhill Topsoil donates material for Choir Hall extension build

The new extension at the Caldicot Choir Hall is now underway and is thankful to Griffiths Civil Construction for starting it off by digging out the foundation trench and filling it with concrete. As soon as they have the resources the firm will build the blockwork up to DPC level and lay the base flooring,

In addition the Choir is grateful to Simon Stone at Crownhill Topsoil and Aggregates based at Caerwent who, after discussions with vice chairman Leon Jones donated and delivered 3 tons of sand to the hall on Monday 17th August.

The Choir is a registered charity which in normal years raises thousands of pounds for charities and good causes locally and nationally but the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 virus means that this year our events programme has not been possible.

The closure of the hall has also imposed many issues financially and although able to maintain the Hall the choir is not able to raise sufficient funds to progress the building work as quickly as we would like.

The Choir would welcome any donation or contribution to this project whether by labour or material donation. Please get in touch if you can.

PS The Leisure centre has let us have 2 parking spaces and Griffiths Civil Construction has supplied fencing and supports. Signage to follow. Thanks Leon Jones for organising.

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Choristers work together to clean up slabs

Caldicot Male Voice choristers have not remained idle during this pandemic lockdown. Just like the other 8000 male voice choristers in Wales who are frustrated by not being allowed to sing together they are finding other things to do.Caldicot MVC has its own Choir Hall which while closed still needs to be maintained and cared for.

To this end a few choristers got together on Sunday 16th August to clean up some paving slabs ready for re-laying after the extension is built, do some weeding and clear the spider wildlife from inside. A small team of Leon Jones, Lyn Gauntlett, Chris Richards, Grahame Morton, Dai Gould, Russ Woodward, Colleen Gauntlett and one other willing volunteer busied themselves for a couple of hours to achieve their goal before getting together at a social distance inside to enjoy Dai Gould’s home made rock cakes and a welcome cup of coffee made by Grahame.

The Choir would like to thank all those who have contributed materials and work to getting the extension started.

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Choir Hall Kitchen gets total refit during lock down

One of the few benefits of the shutdown at the Choir Hall is that a long awaited major upgrade of the kitchen facilities could be accomplished.
The Choir was fortunate in that a few days before the lockdown, Howden’s Kitchens of Chepstow donated sufficient cupboards and fittings to completely refurbish the out of date and worn out kitchen as part of its charitable service contribution to the local community.


However, lock down and social isolation due to Covid 19 came into force before work could be started. Fortunately chorister Leon Jones stepped in and volunteered to isolate himself at the hall, firstly to strip out the old kitchen, arrange for a new floor and final fitting as well as disposal of the waste.


With further contributions from Rhys Maidment of Klassic Floors and carpenter Andrew Little a new floor was laid and the units fitted.
The finishing touches, including complete tiling of the kitchen and plumbing in the services was then done by Leon himself, again isolating himself at the hall. The skip to dispose of the waste was donated by choir vice president Irwyn Williams of Woodstock Skip Hire. The paint was obtained from B & Q Newport.

A fabulous job done by all in very difficult isolation circumstances and the Choir members are extremely grateful for all who contributed materials, time and labour.

The final photos were taken by Leon who is quoted as saying ‘it was one way of dealing with the lock down’.

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