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Covid-19 Update

While we are all self-isolating the Singing group is meeting every Tuesday morning between 10.00 and 11.00 via the power of Zoom. The internet is not the perfect way to have a sing- along and we're finding it very difficult to keep together as we sing. But we're getting better and if nothing else it makes us all smile.

If anyone else would like to join us for any of these sessions just click on the Bluebird symbol and I'll send you the link for the meeting.

Keep smiling, keep safe and keep singing

Anne-Marie

Singing

The singing group meet from 9.45-11.45 on the first and third Tuesday of the month at the 'Tin Tabernacle' in Sole Street.

We are an informal group who enjoy singing together. We like to challenge ourselves and keep adding new songs to our repertoire.

As well as our regular meetings we also enjoy performing for local groups and are always willing to consider new requests.

If anyone wishes to join, then please click the Bluebird symbol  to e-mail Anne-Marie, our group contact.

2019-20 Season

 

January 2020

Happy New Year

We are refreshing our repertoire of songs and preparing some special songs for the 75th anniversay of VE Day. You should have the following lyricss in your folders:
Black hill of Dakota, Sunrise Sunset, Musical Medley, Tonight, Red feathers, Edelweiss, Food glorious food

The final list of WWII songs has yet to be finalised but so far you should have 'Be like a Kettle and sing' and 'When the lights go on again', 'Berkley Square'.

We will be having our post Christmas Meal at The Cricketers, Meopham after the meeting on February 4th. If you intend coming and have not already spoken to Sheryl please let her know as soon as possible.

Subs to cover the hire of the Tin Tabernacle are due. Let Sheryl have your £5 if you have not already paid.





November 2019

It was a larger group that met to sing for the Parkinsons group on 25th November. We performed two sets for them. The first contained new material and musical numbers then after a very welcome break for tea and cake we sang some well known Christmas songs. Yet again it was a most enjoyable afternoon enhanced by the fact that some members were quite lucky in the raffle 🙂.

Small in number but no less enthusiastic we met on 18th November to sing for the Monday Club at the Tin Tabernacle in Sole street. Again we were made very welcome and after singing a selection of new material and songs from musicals we enjoyed a lovely tea and chat with members of the club.

 

Welcome back to all those members who have chosen to rejoin us for another year and a very warm welcome to our new members. At the moment we are focossing on a few new songs to increase our repertoire but it won't be long before we turn our attention to the Christmas so if you have any new seasonal songs you would like us to include this year bring them along to our meetings.

If you need copies of any of the lyrics for songs we are singing please contact Anne Marie Medhurst

Dates for your Diaries:

  • Monday 18th November, 2,00 pm, Monday Club, Tin Tabernacle, Sole Street
  • Monday 25th November, 2.00 pm Parkinson Group, Chalk.
  • Tuesday 3rd December, 11.00 am, Alzheimer Group, St John's Church, Meopham

Please note that we will meet at the Tin Tabernacle for a short rehearsal prior to singing for the Alzheimer group.

 

 

2018-19 Season

We kicked off our 2019 season with a visit to the Chestnuts in Meopham. We had a lovely reception from staff and residents many of whom joined in with our songs.

After our meeting on Tuesday 5th March we'll be going for our postponed Christmas Lunch to the See Ho in Shorne.For more details contact Anne-Marie

Current Practise Songs

  • I'd like to teach the world to sing
  • Scarlett Ribbons
  • Big Spender
  • Consider yourself
  • Whistle a happy tune
  • Shall we dance
  • Happy talk
  • Downtown
  • If I were a rich man
  • Cant buy me love
  • Hey Mambo

If anyone needs copies of the words please email Anne Marie Medhurst

As before, we are all women, a very friendly and informal group, but would enthusiastically welcome any male members who might feel they could be interested.

We still enjoy singing popular songs, old and not-so-old, and we have also attracted the interest of the guitar group, with whom we have performed on a few occasions. We sang at several venues prior to Christmas at various care homes and memory groups, also the Parkinson's Group in Chalk. We are sometimes (although not always) offered refreshments, which are much appreciated. This week we sang again for the Monday Club at Sole Street, and were again rewarded with tea, cakes and biscuits

At long last we have the possibility of a pianist, which has yet to be discussed.

Hello, I said Hello....

Yes we are still open, Its about time for a change of attitude.... Things will be a long time getting back to the old normal so let's get busy being positive and planning for our continuing Meopham U3A future.
Group contacts have been emailed by Heather and me, (Gus) asking for information about your groups and your website page and if not much has happened PLEASE be courteous and at least reply  as it all helps us to understand how our U3A is coping.
Face to face meetings of any type are going to be difficult as we all have our own "Bubbles" to feel safe in but online group quizes, coffee mornings or just a phone call can be helpful for many who miss personal contact. 
Help is available and dont be scared to ask / email someone on committee who will point you in the right direction and for many try asking grandchildren for help, I do!!
As you can see from this list many of the groups are keeping the members informed of what is going on.

Amblers:   have done one distanced outdoor walk
Art Appreciation:   meeting fortnightly via Zoom - temporary members welcome
Bee Watch:   email bee sightings
Book Club 1/2/3:   all meeting via Zoom
Bridge:   hoping to organise meetings in gardens in groups of 4
Canasta:   weekly newsletter to keep in touch
Current Affairs1:   meeting fortnightly via Zoom
Cycling/For Softies:   have held one outdoor ride
French Advanced:   meet on Tuesday via Zoom
Improvers 1:   meeting via Zoom
Improvers 2:   meet via Zoom / WhatsApp
Intermediate:   Zoom on Tuesday evening
Genealogy:   Zoom meeting planned for July - new members welcome
German:   meeting twice monthly via Zoom
Guitar:   fortnightly Zoom / WhatsApp contact
History1:   fortnightly Zoom meetings
Italian Beginners:   have met in gardens.
Italian Intermediate:
  Reviewing the situation ready for re-start in September
Meditation:   using WhatsApp for guided meditations
Music for Pleasure:   monthly Zoom - have honorary members
Needlecraft:   all active on WhatsApp
Painting/Drawing:   using WhatsApp to share and discuss work
Patchwork:   garden meetings planned
Petanque:  Awaiting goverment advice as to when restart is possible

Photography:   meet on Cluster to post photos
Quilting:   using WhatsApp to share work
Singing- ladies:   meet weekly on Tuesday morning via Zoom
Singing - men:   fortnightly Zoom meetings
Spanish:   fortnightly Zoom meetings
Wine Appreciation 1:   Zoom meeting on usual Thursday
2:   Zoom meet on Wednesday / WhatsApp group
3:   weekly Zoom meeting

Gus.