Sadly, Guy (who is writing this) has now felt it necessary to relinquish his duties at the Rec House owing to a dispute with the management at St Michael’s. It wouldn’t be appropriate to go into details here.
I would like to thank everyone I’ve been involved with at the Rec House ever since I first joined Community Choir back in the autumn of 2014, and hope the rest of the team will be successful in carrying things forward.
An informal outing for some of the Rec House regulars last night, as Kathie, Chris, Scott, Rachel and Guy all turned up to the Jolly Sailor in Saltford to hear Holly give a fabulous rendition of some timeless jazz standards. The pub was well attended and as usual Holly’s singing was impeccable. If you’ve got any ideas for similar outings in future, just let us know!
It seems a long time since the last one, but our classic Open Mic event returns at 8pm next Thursday, February 9th. The format is unchanged as ever – sign your name on the sheet, and when your turn comes get up and perform up to three songs of your own choice. You can even do more 70s stuff if you like. Bring a bottle, free entry.
Marvellous entertainment last night as Holly staged our 70s Night – she looked the part even if the rest of us didn’t! We sang our way karaoke-style through a string of 70s hits, from Elvis Costello to Olivia Newton-John, and a good time was had by all. A great evening of nostalgia for some of us and a fascinating dip into the archives for the rest. Thanks hugely to Holly and to everyone else who attended.
The next event in our “Rec House Presents” series is our comedy musical panel game All the Right Notes on March 2nd.
There will be a ‘Community Gathering’ between 3pm and 5pm on Thursday 9th February, under the auspices of Joel Mennie, who has now assumed responsibility for the Rec House. Joel writes:
“We want to get better at what we do, and make the Rec House even better than it currently is.
With this in mind I’d love us to meet together for coffee next Thursday (9th) from 3-5, to discuss what some of these changes will look like. We’ll spend some time chatting about what the Rec House means to each of us; the impact it has had on our lives; what’s been good; and what’s not been so good. I’d also like to have a little bit of time for me to outline the vision of the Rec House; the leadership and accountability structures in place; lines of communication; and the operational focus areas moving forward. I’d also like to re-iterate how important I feel community that relates well to one another is, especially when it comes to working together on a shared task. We want to get better at what we do, and make the Rec House even better than it currently is.”
Please turn up, if you can, and make your voice heard. The Rec House wouldn’t be what it is without you.
Tomorrow, Thursday 2nd February between 3pm and 5pm, we’re holding the first of our new “drop-in” sessions where anyone can just turn up and chat. This coincides with a reorganization of the Rec House Committee after Guy’s decision to stand down as secretary with effect from today, so if you’re in any way concerned about how things are going to be run from now on, please come along if you can and give your opinions. For further information about the drop-ins, please contact Mark.
Quite the best-attended choir rehearsal for some time this evening, with thirteen people in attendance – eight women and five men! We were sounding better than ever and starting to tackle some difficult harmonies, so well done to everyone who was there, especially Avril and Roger, who both turned up for the first time. We can only go from strength to strength.
The next rehearsal is next Monday, 6th February at 7pm. Holly won’t be available to lead that one, so your friendly webmaster (that’s Guy in case you hadn’t guessed) will be taking the reins, running through such classics as “Oh Happy Day”, “This Train”, “Yellow Bird” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”. Free to join, no auditions, no sight-reading required – though for those of you who prefer to sight-read, parts can be written out. It’s all part of the service…