Winter Wonders!

Our first event of the Christmas season was Pinfold Christmas Fair on 11th December at Scarisbrick Village Hall, where we sang carols to entertain the local people who had come to show their support for the school and buy a few Christmas presents. An enthusiastic audience joined in with the carols, and the choir’s efforts were rewarded when their raffle-phobic conductor won an enormous hamper of beautiful Christmas food and treats!
Earlier in the year at the AGM of the West Lancs Council for Volunteer Services, Sarah and Sarah met Emma from the Stroke Association, who was also presenting information about her organisation. She made contact after the event, and as a result, a small group of the choir found themselves at Burscough Wharf on a cold damp December 13th morning, singing carols for the group who meet there, many of whom had had strokes in the past. The therapeutic benefit of music and singing for people that have suffered strokes is widely documented, but more importantly we had a wonderful time joining together raising our voices. Practising carols from October onwards can leave the choir slightly immune to them by the time December comes, but the choir all agreed that the warm welcome we received, and the shared experience had really left us all feeling very Christmass-y! It was also wonderful to make contact with a group meeting on our doorstep, and I feel sure that we will be working with them again the very near future.
Finally the main event arrived- Celebrate at St Elizabeth’s on 15th December. You can read a review of the event, and the subsequent concert at Henshaw’s here. And so ended the busiest year yet for ReSound Community Choir!

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