Community Choir hits all the right notes for local charities

Community Choir hits all the right notes for local charities
Standing from left: Debbie Albins, Chairman of the Community Choir Steve Davis, Anan Polaine, Jan from the Magpie Centre, Musical Director Simon Bower and Sally Godfrey. Seated: Choir members

Local choir presents four charities with money raised at their concerts throughout the year

There was an end of term buzz at Hunstanton Town Hall on 30th July for the annual presentation of cheques to charities that were chosen by the choir members. £200 each was given to the King's Lynn Greyhound Trust, the Magpie Centre for Riding for the Disabled and St Nicholas' Church, Dersingham. The King’s Lynn Night Shelter received £300.

From the Magpie Centre Jan told members that their £200 would pay of 50 bales of hay and representing the King's Lynn Greyhound Trust Debbie Albins with rescue greyhound Kylie showed choir members one of the three beds that had been purchased with the money that had been donated. She explained that greyhounds loved to lie on a bed raised off the ground and the special fabric was quick drying making it excellent for outdoor use.

Alan Polaine is the Tower Captain at Dersingham Church where the six bells need new bell ropes; the total cost of the works needed is likely to top £1000 and he said that the choir’s donation was much appreciated. The choir sings at the church regularly and Secretary Hazel Denslow said: “We love singing there.”

Two of the choir members, Mr and Mrs Godfrey, volunteer at the King’s Lynn Night Shelter that is open seven days a week during the winter. Sally Godfrey explained that it costs £15 per guest per night to run the shelter and it took one member of staff plus three volunteers to run each of the three daily shifts. She appealed for people to volunteer at the shelter so it can continue its vital work. The choir’s donation will provide accommodation for 20 guest nights.

The choir’s next concert will be at St Edmund’s Church on 16th November. Hazel Denslow said: “We are a happy friendly choir, there are no auditions and you don’t have to be able to read music – just have a love of singing.

“We sing a huge variety of music under the direction of our Musical Director Simon Bower and are very lucky to have a fantastic pianist, Matthew Preston, to accompany us.”

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