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Jayne’s Quiz Night Poses Questions

A great Quiz night at Caldicot Choir Hall on 16th November organised by Jayne and Robert Stallard. Lots of questions to stump the 80 odd participants with music and general knowledge questions from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Not to mention the Baby Quiz to identify choristers from their baby photos set up by Darren Lloyd and Tony Griffiths.

£230 was raised for the choir including the raffle and Paul Carlson’s team won the £30 prize. We’re also grateful to an unknown lady all the way from Cornwall who bought the quiz questions for £15. Many thanks. This is now turning into an Annual event to raise funds for Caldicot Male Voice Choir to help it continue to carry out its concert performances and charity appeals. Many thanks to all who turned up to support it as well as the bar staff of David Kirton, Chris Nolan and Paul Thomas and to the choristers who helped set up the hall and clean up afterwards.

Photographs were taken by Colleen Gauntlett.

Cycling Oxford Choir Meet us in Chepstow

Photos by Colleen Gauntlett  Left click on the images to enlarge.

We all know that singing in a choir has major health benefits but to add to this several choirs. including Caldicot Male Voice Choir have formed cycling clubs to improve their fitness levels. Caldicot was therefore delighted to accept Oxford Welsh Male Choir’s cyclists and choristers invitation to join them as they took a break from their charity ride from Oxford to South Wales as they rested up on Friday 28th September at the Beaufort Hotel in Chepstow.   As part of their 90 year anniversary celebrations, the Oxford cycle ride and concert tour was in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Oxford and Caldicot Male Voice Choirs were also joined by members of Chepstow Male Choir for the get together.

Conducted by Musical Directors Helen Swift of Oxford and Siân Hatton of Caldicot and baritone chorister of Caldicot, David Gould the group of about 50 choristers and supporters were treated to an enthusiastic mixture of songs including ‘Rachie’, ‘Let it be me’ to ‘My Grandfather’s clock’ and ‘Stout Hearted Men’ as a medley of ‘afterglow’ singing thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Following on, Oxford travelled to Penarth on Saturday 29th September to meet up for a joint concert with Risca Male Choir. The city of Oxford has a long standing association with Risca in that the city supported a march by 1000 miners from Newport to Oxford in 1928 as part of fund raising efforts in the city to aid the stricken South Wales coalfield population. Later in 1929 the city adopted Risca as its main recipient of its relief efforts. The city also found work for several hundred men and boys of the South Wales coalfield during this turbulent time.

Choir Sings for Severn View Garden

 

A selection of photographs taken by Colleen Gauntlett
Caldicot Male Voice Choir is proud of its long history of raising funds for good causes and on Saturday 21st July it saw the culmination of its main 2017 Fund Raising project, suggested by chorister Alyn Dawe to help build a Sensory Garden at the Severn View Residential Home in Mounton Road, Chepstow.
 
To quote Project Leader Maureen Jenkins.
 
“At Severn View Residential Home in Chepstow we care for, and support 32 people; most of whom are living with dementia. Whilst dementia can be a cruel disease, we do know that it is possible to live well with this disease. An important part of this is having free, safe and open access to outside spaces to be busy gardening, spend time alone or with friends and feel the sun and wind on your face. In a world of confusion, sometimes fear and often sadness a garden specially designed for those suffering with dementia can be a healing place that promotes well-being. We would like to be able to “open the doors” and see our residents faces when they go out to a safe, secure and beautiful garden.”
 
“Among the many contributors to help create the garden were Chepstow Lions, Chepstow Masons, Tesco (Chepstow),Tesco Bags of Help, Caldicot Male Voice Choir, Gwent Constabulary, Community Sponsorship, Chepstow Town council, Chepstow Townswomen’s Guild, Steve Bushell and Quest Construction, The families of the residents past and present who have helped and those who continue to do so. Tribute must be paid in particular to Rachael Davies for her tireless, devoted work to create the garden supported by Rob Campbell, Anne Masters and recently Andy Herbert.”
 
Through various events throughout 2017, Caldicot Male Voice Choir and its associated cycle club, golf society and supporters raised over £4500 to enable a magnificent Summer House and other structures around the garden to be built. Events included a St. David’s Day concert, a Quiz Night, a Table top sale, the now annual Redwick Cycle Challenge and a sponsored long distance cycle ride from Hay on Wye to Caldicot in pouring rain. The Choir’s Golf Society raised about £1000 with a golf tournament at the St Pierre Golf Club.
 
At the Garden party to celebrate the opening of the Garden, the Choir together with entertainers, the extremely talented and humorous ‘The Pashy Pops’ duo singing popular songs from the Forties and Fifties, and the amazing Severn Tunnel Band. The Choir, conducted by Siân Hatton and accompanied by John Nicholson assembled in front of the Summer House to entertain the residents and guests to a range of songs including Rachie, Llef, Somewhere out there and rousing Stout Hearted Men much to the delight of everyone involved.
 
To see the beautiful garden in all its Summer glory and to see the smiles of delight on the residents guaranteed that all the Choir’s and other supporters to create the wonderful garden was time and effort well spent.
 

Choir meets up with Whitland MVC

About 850 choristers from 49 male voice choirs are travelling to London to take part in the Festival of Male Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday evening May 19th.

 
Caldicot Male Voice Choir is the largest single contingent with over 60 making the trip but many of its choristers and their wives took time out yesterday, 13th May to join up with Whitland and District Male Voice Choir at the Old Ferry Inn at Beachley near Chepstow.
 
The Whitland choristers have been cycling around Wales visiting every choir that is taking part in the Festival of Massed Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall. The aim of the cycle ride was to raise £3,000 for Prostate Cymru which is the nominated charity of the Welsh Association of Male Choirs who are the organisers of the event in the Royal Albert Hall. The latest news is that nearly £5000 has been raised so far.
 
The choristers will end their cycle ride at the steps of the Royal Albert Hall on Friday, May 18 and will present a cheque for their donation to representatives of Prostate Cymru.
 
On their final journey from Pembrokeshire to London they stopped off at the Old Ferry Inn after cycling 126 miles in a day before continuing on Thursday to meet up with Oxford Male Voice Choir at Cowley.
 
Caldicot Male Voice were pleased to welcome them on their penultimate leg and provided their guests with an evening of afterglow singing led by chorister Dave Gould and was later delighted to present Gareth Edwards of Whitland Choir cyclists with £140 collected by bucket contributions. In a similar vein Caldicot Choir is proud to have raised £8500 in 2015 for Prostate Cymru with a wide range of events throughout the year.

Giant Screen Rugby is coming back to the Hall

Giant Screen Rugby is coming back to Caldicot Choir Hall with the screening of all of Wales’ Autumn Internationals beginning with the Australia match on November 11th. Will Gatland’s new look Welsh team finally beat the Aussies? Let’s hope so. The poster says it all.

With a giant 3 metre screen, superb sound, refreshments, flags and lighting effects it will be a great atmosphere.
This screening will be followed up with the games against Georgia (18th November), New Zealand (25th November and South Africa (2nd December) and perhaps others.

The 6 Nations showings were a huge success last February and March and this will be just a good.

 

Choir to Hold a Quiz Night for Charity

As the poster says, as part of its effort to raise funds for the Severn View Without Doors project, Jayne Stallard, wife of chorister Rob Stallard is hosting a Quiz Night on October 20th at the Choir Hall.  The charity is the choir’s nominated charity for this year and already a large amount has been raised by the Cycle club and Golf Society.  The aim is to pride sufficient money to pay for three outbuildings, including a gazebo and potting shed for a sensory garden in Chepstow to help sufferers of dementia and related illnesses.  Please pass the word around and get as many teams to come as possible.

Twistin’ the Night Away

beatles

 

What a great evening at the Choir Hall on Saturday, 15th November.

About a hundred and fifty people flocked to the hall to watch the local group ‘The Beat Goes On’ getting the room rocking with their array of Beatles hits. They were all there, from ‘Love Me Do’ to ‘Yellow Submarine’, a splendid time was had by all. For a few moments, a number of the choristers were transported back in time to the sixties when joining the band on-stage for the chorus of ‘Hey Jude’.

The dance floor was packed all night, never before have you seen so many choristers pulling some shapes. Congratulation must also go to the people who turned up in sixties gear, they certainly made a major contribution to the atmosphere of the evening.

Not only was there the excitement of the band and the dancing, the Annual Draw was made by Choir Chairman Mark Stocker, and three people walked away with valuable cash prizes just in time for Christmas.

A big well done to the Choir’s Entertainment Manager Ron Powell and his helpers for organising the event, I am sure there will be more to come.

 

 

Choir Cycle Club Quiz Night

Photos by Coll. Left click to enlarge

 

 

Friday 1st November saw the first ever Quiz Night at the Choir Hall. This was organised by the Choir’s cycle club (Côr Meibion Caldicot Cycle Club) as a thank you to all the choristers who supported it on its fund raising activities for the Victims of Chernobyl Childrens’  Trust earlier this year.

 

The Quiz, hosted by quiz master Lyn Gauntlett (wearing a bright red fez with no intention of emulating Tommy Cooper and who had never done this before), consisted of eight rounds of 10 questions per round compiled and designed by Lyn to test the participants knowledge to the limit.  Many would say beyond but if they were made too easy then everyone would win. Questions, interspersed with jokes and informative remarks, ranged from General knowledge, Films and TV, People, Geography and places, Science and technology Sport and Music. About 100 people turned up to form 14 teams ranging in number from four to eight.  Each table was appreciatively supplied with complimentary bottles of wine, courtesy of the Cycle Club and Choir.

 

Scores were kept by Tony Griffiths and First Prize of £60 was won by a team of local Caldicot regular quiz goers (Strictly Come Tweeking who said they were really challenged and that it was the best quiz they’d been to for a long time) with a score of 77%, followed in second place by choir group ‘It’s Only a Quiz’ with 63% and in third place another choir team ‘The Music Nomads’ who wandered in closely with 61%.  The scores reflected the testing nature of the quiz but many were complimentary on the nature and level of the questions.  Battlestar Taftacica need to come down to earth more often after scoring only 28%, but well done and thanks for landing to take part.

 

A raffle was organised by chorister Ron Powell and this contributed well over £100 to the grand total of about £280 raised for the choir on the night.

 

Most agreed that they had a really good night and strongly suggested that it should be repeated on a regular basis.  Watch this space.

 

Thanks to Tony Griffiths, Ron Powell, Leon Jones, Grahame Morton and Nick Powell for organising and contributing so much to the success of the evening.

 

Many thanks again to Dave Kirton, Roger Francis and Wyn Goodwin for their sterling work behind the bar.

New Year in with a Swing

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Those of you who couldn’t get here or couldn’t get a ticket, look at the photos and see what you missed!  Shame I can’t reproduce the sound on the site.

 

Following the success of the last time Barry Hammett’s Swingshift Band appeared at the Choir Hall in May, we were delighted and thrilled that Mark Stocker arranged for them to appear again, not only to welcome in 2013 but also to kick start the celebrations of the Choir’s 50th Anniversary!  What a way to start!  To a packed house of over 160, young and not so young, the Band opened with ‘Fly me to the moon’ and later invited us to ‘Wait till the Midnight Hour’.  The choir hall rocked, rolled and swung to a fantastic mix of music right through to the early hours with a mix of ‘Mambo Number 5’, Michael Bublé’s ‘Just haven’t met you yet’, ‘Have you met Miss Jones’, to Bill Hayley’s ‘Rock around the Clock’ and ‘See you later alligator’, ‘Crazy little thing called love’, and Georgie Fame’s ‘Yeah, yeah!’  There was something for everybody during their three headline performances.  Particularly special was their trademark Blues Brothers’ welcome to New York including fabulous audience participation.  Faithful to the sights and sounds of “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues, the band gave a riveting mix of soul blended with rock and jazz in true Blues Brothers styles of ‘Everybody needs somebody to Love” ‘Gimme Some o’ lovin’, ‘Shake it baby’, ‘Hold On’, ‘Minnie the Moocher’ ‘Jailhouse Rock, ‘Soul Man’ and ‘Papa’s gotta brand new bag’ among others.  No wonder this Band is arguably one of the finest function bands in the country.  If you want to learn more about the band then please click on http://www.swing-shift.co.uk/

 

After time for a few drinks, piles of sausage rolls, sarnies and Pringles and more chat while listening to music from the sixties (remember them, lads) and between the performances, the audience was treated to a selection of music chosen by our own chairman, Leon Jones, who is not considering a change of career as a result.  The raffle was expertly organised and conducted by Mark and volunteers with a large number of donated prizes.  Surprise, surprise, but no entry ticket had a number printed on the back, so the £500 prize went unclaimed.

 

The final session started with ‘Burn, baby burn’, ‘I don’t feel like dancing’ (most did), ‘Johnny be Good’ and finally climaxed with Amy Whitehouse’s ‘Valerie’ just before midnight.  During a short break in the band’s incredible performance and the reveler’s enthusiastic dancing, the New Year was welcomed in by a cascade of balloons set high in the ceiling and a chorus of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ sung with traditional fervour and swaying until the bar re-opened at 12-10am with complimentary drinks for all.  With continuous gyrotic dancing to ‘Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours’, the Beegee’s ‘I should be dancing’, appropriately ‘Give me just a little more time ‘ as the bar closed at 12-30, ‘Burning love’ , ‘Play that funky Music’, ‘Ride Sally Ride’, ‘Down to New Orleans’ and with the echoes of Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York, New York’ echoing in their ears, everyone left in the early hours of 2013 knowing (or perhaps not at the time) that they had truly enjoyed a night to remember.  The Band played for an exhausting two and a quarter hours and went through an incredible 34 different songs during the evening.

 

Without a doubt, this was the most enjoyable and entertaining New Year’s Eve at the Choir Hall for many years.  It was heartening to see a full house so thoroughly enjoying themselves and it sets the standard for the future.  Barry Hammett’s Swingshift Band will be a hard act to follow. The scene has been set – watch out for our other 50th Anniversary concerts and events!

 

Not only an appreciation of Barry Hammett’s Swingshift Band for an awesome evening’s entertainment, but once again, many, many thanks to the bar staff, Dave Kirton, Wyn Goodwin, Sian Hatton, Dave Gould, Phil and his wife and to all those unsung volunteers who turned up on Tuesday morning to clear up the debris and get the hall ready for practice on Thursday.  Tribute and thanks must also go to Kirsten and Steve of Inanda Events, Magor for giving up their time and efforts to decorate the hall so wonderfully for us.  The deluge of balloons at midnight ensured the New Year was brought in with several bangs!  Last but not least, most of all our applause and thanks must go to Mark for organising a truly fabulous night, well worth all the stress suffered, time and hard work that he put in.

 

More to follow as the information and feedback come in.  Keep posted.  I’m sorry if you didn’t get your photo taken, but if you weren’t there, I couldn’t take it.

 

 

Lyn

You Can Keep Your Hat On

 

Making a special trip from playing Vegas to come home to Wales, Caldicot was really excited and thrilled that organiser Mark Stocker had arranged for Tom Jones to perform for us on Saturday 22nd September.  Leather clad Tom Jones (alias John Prescott – no not two jags, this one’s from Colwyn Bay) opened up with the appeal to Keep Your Hat On while everyone there hoped everything else would stay on as well – fortunately it did.  No split trousers either, and definitely no knickers thrown on stage!  Tom announced that he’d gone back to his original colour and had stoppped dying his hair grey.  Believe that, believe anything!

 

Tom reminisced about his love life in the old days in Ponty by singing – I’ll never fall in love again – not after the trouble you got into, boyo and then the audience of about 120 really warmed up to Tom belting out old favourites Green, Green Grass of Home, Delilah (not quite the way the choir sings it), She’s a Lady, Kiss (remember the Listerine advert?), Man from La Mancha, All those Funny, Familiar, Forgotten Feelings (more reminiscent of a past love life), Old Black Betty (bam-a-lam), What’s New Pussycat?, Mama told me not to come (good advice son,) Sex Bomb and unforgettably singing a duet (triplet) with the girls from the Coach and Horses, Chepstow (who invited them?) who replaced Cerys Matthews in Baby it’s Cold Outside!  Hold, back, Sheila! This is family entertainment!

 

John (or Tom) showed his versatility firstly by impersonating his Prescott namesake and following up by emulating his neighbour in Vegas, Robbie Williams (name dropper – or what!) by belting out ‘Angels’ which got everyone (almost) onto the floor to dance what looked like the Hokey, Cokey in slow motion. Brilliant!

 

Richie Llewellyn found the New Year hats and threatened to fine anyone not wearing one, so we had to keep our hats on throughout the second half and also in his own faultless, inimitable style (yeah, yeah!)  conducted the raffle where most of the prizes seemed to be bottles of wine – but that’s what we came for, wasn’t it?  Lucky all the winning tickets were green or Richie would have been well confused. Mark helped with the difficult numbers.

 

The evening came to a close with some smoochy numbers and at coming on for midnight everyone left having had a fabulous, fun night proving once again that our Choir Hall Social Nights are highly successful, entertaining evenings.  A final comment from Sheila of the Coach and Horses “I didn’t know this place existed – it was fantastic and we’ll come again”.  Look out for our next evening which will be on New Year’s Eve when we welcome back the fabulous Barry Hammett Swingshift Band.  Book Early! Bound to be a sellout! Keep looking at our web-site.

 

 

Photos by Lyn and Coll

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