So here it is folks, our last evening at the George. ( certainly for the forseeable future) It isn't all bad news though because the 'Exmoor Carolers' consisting of Rupert, Tony, and myself plus Martyn Babb, Geoff Hocking, Anne Piper, Alison Casey, Hilary Bix, Jan Robertson, and Cherie Barnett will 'Hit the road' as from 1st December this year. We have bookings at :-
We have been rehearsing hard and reviving some very old Christmas carols that have quite possibly, not not been sung for many years. There are far too many to learn all at once but we are making really good headway with six or seven of them with Rupert as our brilliant musical director !
On Thursday 26th October, we played at the Instow Yacht club following the annual art exhibition which was was not terribly well supported apparently. However, the concert was a sell out well before the actual event which proved worthwhile for both the R.N.L.I. and ourselves. Each group member was also presented with a letter written, signed, and framed, by their Fundraising and Communications Director, Mr David Brann thanking us for the many years we have been giving our services free in helping to raise funds for the lifeboat.
We also gave a concert at Berry Narbour's Manor Hall last month raising cash to help in make a disabled access to the hall and to the public toilets inside the building itself. A copy of their latest magazine was kindly sent to me thanking us for our efforts and advising their readers that the "new access facility had been completed". I have to say that the event was very well supported and the accoustics were excellent even without a P.A..
Our annual visit to 'The Yetties' club went well although we did have space left on the coach. It was a very late night though, and we eventually arrived back at Fair View car park at 2.00 am !
It always amazes me that we have so many fans down there especially when I consider the wonderful talent displayed by Pete, Mac and Bonny. It was because of our regular visits to Sherborne that we were fortunate enough to have met our dear friends from the Yeovil and Taunton areas and they have been among our most loyal followers.
Bideford Folk Club
I believe that most of you, ( our fans and our followers ) were at the Roundswell Centre, and you will therefore know as much about the evening as I do ! - !t would have been great to get around to speak to everyone individually but that seemed to be impossible. There were so many of you all crammed in together, to enable any one of us to move amongst you to chat even though it would have been good. However, I can still thank you all here in this letter for your excellent support, not only for the concert last Saturday, but for the past years since we've been in existence. It's all because of YOU. and as I have said many times before "If it wasn't for YOU then it would'nt happen".
Our old friend Tony Beard came along to entertain us with his clever wit and repartee. What a great entertainer he is. We've known him for a good many years now and we have always appreciated his great talent for entertaining others, and for his support and contribution on BBC Radio Devon, and for all the support given to us over the years. He even waived his fee in favour of the hospice which meant that that evening was all profit! ( Did he pay to get in though??? ) Only joking!!!
As you know last Saturday evening was held to raise funds for the North Devon Hospice, and I can tell you that we raised £1,850 (approx) on the night which we then made up to £2,000 from our remaining 'Group coffers' which all of you have helped to swell over the past quarter of a century.
Thank you all XXXX XXXX
Apart from the thanks previously mentioned, I must thank all our helpers who were behind the scenes; the ladies in the kitchen who worked hard in presenting the refreshments in such a wonderful way as well as for arranging the flowers for the tables, Also to Gerry Bix for the lighting and Andrew Casey for the P.A., Plus our friends who 'manned' the doors and organized the raffle for us.
I would have much preferred naming everyone involved by name but I can guarantee that I will offend someone by missing them out so let me just say that "On behalf of The North Devon Hospice, Hearts of Oak, and everyone that supported us on that evening by paying out good money to attend this our last charity concert. "THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH" You are the real 'Stars'......
As promised in the last Newsletter I am including a list of Mummers dates for the Christmas season.
Try and get to at least one Mummers performance and enjoy a bit of a sing at the same time.
So here we are, our last night at The George ! - I received a call from Tony Truscott to tell me that he would be coming up for our last evening. He does understand that this particular night will not include floor singers (Sad really!) but then, I have invited him to come down the front and join with us in singing 'Mist over Lundy' and 'Kathleen and May' (both written by him) that's if he would like to. We'll have a session at half time for any musicians I'm sure.
It will be a special audience request evening as far as we possibly can, and as it's the last night we will not be charging you for admission ! - WOW!
So dear friends, 'That's it'
No doubt we will be seeing you again, somewhere, sometime in the near future. Don't write us off yet, There will be times when some, (If not all) of us will get together. The web site will still be operating for a long time to come yet, and I am always on the end of the telephone should you need to talk.
Our very best wishes to you all.
That's John Parker, Tony Piper, Rupert Kirby, Ian Hudson and Gladys Bosence, Kathleen Davey, Alison Casey and Anne Piper.
Hearts of Oak Albums can now be purchased and downloaded from the Internet! The proceeds from this will go to support the work of the RNLI, and the Kathleen and May Trust