Monthly Archives: September 2021

Sad passing of Bass Chorister Wyn Goodwin

The Choristers of Caldicot Male Voice Choir were deeply saddened to hear of the death at home of its much loved Chorister, Wyndham Goodwin after a short illness on 18th September.Born in Newport on 21st February 1946 he joined British Railways at the age of 15 and served as a driver through the last days of steam until his retirement at the age of 64. Wyn was the last of the trio of bass singing railwaymen in the Choir consisted of himself, Roy Evans and John Wyson.

Wyn joined the Choir as a Bass in 1995 and served continuously for over 25 years. This achievement was recognised by the presentation made jointly by Musical Director Siȃn Hatton, Jessica Morden MP and John Griffiths SM of a commemorative lapel badge and certificate at a special presentation outside the hall at the end of June this year. Sadly this was to be Wyn’s last appearance with Choir. Because of Covid restrictions, Wyn’s last concert was at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh, Northern Ireland on March 9th 2020.

Wyn was a loyal and hard-working chorister who not only sang at many concerts over his long service but over many years was an active and committed committee member, probably best known for the long hours spent behind the bar with his fellow choristers Dave Kirton and Roger Francis.Wyn had a powerful voice and when the basses were told by the conductor to tone it down a bit, we all knew to whom it referred, but that’s part of being in a choir and often raised a laugh.

He was deeply fond and proud of the Choir and was often the first to welcome new visitors to the hall, making them feel at home and welcome. He was also extremely helpful to new choristers, helping them to blend in and feel comfortable in their new roles.Apart from the Choir,

Wyn was also an active member of the local Bowls Club and over the years, with his wife Dianne fostered many children. He leaves behind not only his wife Dianne but his son James, daughter in law, Joanne and grandson, Lewis.

The Choir offers its sincere condolences and sympathy at the sad loss of one of its most much loved chorister’s in Wyn Goodwin. Rest in Peace old friend.

The funeral will take place at Langstone Vale Crematorium on 29th September at 4-30pm. All will be welcome at the Caldicot Choir Hall in Mill Lane NP44 5DD from 5-30pm.

A selection of the many photographs taken of Wyn during the past ten years are attached. I hope they bring back fond memories of a real character. He will be missed but long remembered.

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Birdie Boys tee off for Welsh Air Ambulance Service

During the pandemic restrictions Caldicot Male Voice Choir has been unable to help charities fund raise through its concerts. However, it also raises money through its Golf Society, the Birdie Boys and its Cycle Club, Cor Meibion Caldicot Cycle Club which between them have contributed over £48000 for national and local charities in the past 9 years.

Events have included cycle rides, half marathons, golf days, walks and virtual events.

The Birdie Boys last event was on the 18th September at Llanwern Golf club to raise funds for the Welsh Air Ambulance, the Choir’s nominated charity for 2020/2021. 30 choristers and supporters took part and with sponsorship and a raffle raised £379 on the day, making the total for the charity though a range of events to £2375.A magnificent effort considering the restrictions imposed by lockdowns.

Many thanks to all who have taken part in the events and particularly baritone chorister Anthony Griffiths for organising most of the events.

The attached photos were taken on the day by chorister Leon Jones which explains why he’s not in any.

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The Choir invites you to join

Caldicot Male Voice Choir is now after the pandemic restrictions have been eased, in a position to invite men over the age of 18 to join in a wonderful hobby by singing together with over 60 other choristers in the Choir.

In the next few weeks you may see this flyer appearing over the town. Please take the time to read it. Members of the Choir will also be making appearances at the special Saturday markets in the Town Centre when you will have the opportunity to talk to choristers about what it means to be in one of Wales’ leading Choirs, right on your doorstep.

Why not just pop along to the Choir Hall in Mill Lane on any Monday or Thursday evening from 7-00pm to see and hear us? Bring your wives or partners as well. They will be very welcome. The choir hopes to see you there.

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