Monthly Archives: June 2021

Choristers Receive Long Service Awards. Choir sings together again.

It has been nearly 15 months since Caldicot Male Voice Choir has been allowed to sing as a whole but it was thrilled to be able to sing together on 28th June outside its Choir Hall in Caldicot.

It has been a tradition in the past 12 years to present long serving choristers with a unique commemorative badge and certificate to recognise the achievement of more than 25 or 50 years’ continuous service.  Until yesterday there have been 36 recipients of the completion of 25 years and 3 recipients of 50 year awards.

It was with great delight that this list was added to with the presentation after much delay, of a 25 year award to bass chorister Wyn Goodwin and of 50 year awards to bass chorister Bill Nash and baritone Peter Heslop.  The presentations were made by Jessica Morden MP, John Griffiths SM and Musical Director Siȃn Hatton.  Also in attendance was long standing supporter and a Vice President, the Mayor of Caldicot, Jim Higginson.  Chairman John Nicholson accomplished a magnificent job as Master of Ceremonies in difficult circumstances.

The presentations not only recognise the dedication and loyalty of recipients but also demonstrate that singing in a Choir is a wonderful hobby, learning new skills and sharing common experiences, memories and friendships that can last a lifetime.

Following the ceremonies about 45 choristers gathered together outside the hall and conducted by Siȃn Hatton and accompanied by Stephen Berry the assembled Choir presented the appreciative audience with ‘Cwm Rhondda’, ‘Ar Hyd y Nos’ and ‘African Prayer’.

All participants were then invited to partake of an outdoor complimentary drink to commemorate being able to meet up after so long. A wonderfully enjoyable evening and thank goodness the rain kept away, but it was a bit chilly.

John Griffiths MS said: “It was great to see the choir back together again and doing what they do best. It’s been a difficult time during the pandemic – but the return to practice is hopefully a sign of a return to some normality. Music brings communities together – and this is very much the case with the Caldicot Male Voice Choir whose melodies are a joy to behold.”

Jessica Morden MP said: “It was fantastic to hear the choir again. They were on fine form singing together outside the Choir Hall (the envy of many choirs in South Wales) for the first time in 16 months and honour the long service and commitment of choristers Bill, Peter and Wyn who combined are celebrating 125 years of singing with the choir.”

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Sponsored walk to raise funds for Welsh Air Ambulance

Very pleased that The South Wales Argus Grassroots section published my short article yesterday about Caldicot Male Voice Choir’s organised sponsored walk on June 12th from Chepstow Castle to Magor to raise funds for its nominated charity The Welsh Air Ambulance. Thanks to chorister Tony Griffiths for organising.

Caldicot Male Voice Choir is very grateful to the Argus for its support during these difficult times.

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The Birdie Boys Glorious Day Out at Wernddu Golf Course

Although Covid-19 restrictions have been eased allowing Caldicot Male Voice Choir to begin limited practices in the Choir Hall, the choristers still cannot fully get back together again.

A major part of being a member of the choir is its social life so the Choir’s associated Golf society, ‘The Birdie Boys’, captained by chorister David Gould have been out and about playing golf this time to picturesque Wernddu Golf course. This 18-hole course near Abergavenny is framed by the nearby Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons and 11 choristers took advantage of a gloriously sunny June 5th June to compete in a Texas Scramble tournament amongst themselves.

The winners of a friendly, enjoyable tournament were a team consisting of choristers Tony Griffiths, David Hennesey, Steve Davies and guest player Andy Yearsley. The ‘Nearest the pin’ prize was won by Tony Griffiths.

Other choristers taking part were organiser David Gould, Leon Jones, John Nicholson, Maurice Penny, Andy McDonnell, Ron Powell and guest Carl Powell.

As well as providing a chance for choristers to get together, ‘The Birdie Boys’ also play to raise money for local and National Charities. This year they are hosting a tournament at the Llanwern Golf club to raise funds for the Welsh Air Ambulance.

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