Good Evening All
Fireworks in Wellington last Saturday were not all dull bangs as the Hadley Orpheus Male Voice Choir put on a concert to raise funds for SSBB. The choir formed in 1901 and has been performing continuously through two world wars and has won the Welsh National Eisteddfod on 4 occasions (then they banned English choirs!).
Resplendent in their Blue blazers they were joined by two guests, Jayne Carpenter who gave the audience a real treat of solo items and the whole evening was compered by Jim Hawkins of BBC Radio Shropshire. It was Jim who set SSBB off on the 22nd January this year at RAF Cosford Museum. The audience were entertained to an display of musical fireworks busting with harmonic colour and tunes.
During a break in the Concert Chris P (SSBB Chairman) showed pictures of the work of SSBB and Brian S made a brief guest appearance as a “sample” Blood Biker.
Our efforts had been recognised by The Rotary Club of the Wrekin and Immediate Past President Malcolm Hallewell had chosen the charity for his presidential award. Malcolm had taken a personal interest in SSBB and the new service in preparation for the Severn Hospice. This will need Sat Navs on the bikes and Malcolm was able to present SSBB with a cheque for £1,000 to fund this equipment.
Mark Ireland, the Vicar of the concert venue, All Saints Parish Church, brought the whole evening together referring to his own time as a biker and remembering those volunteers on duty.
At the choir rehearsal on Monday night, Chris P was surprised to be given a further cheque for £150 from 3 choristers who had been in a golf competition and donated their winnings. With a few late bits and pieces the final total raised from the concert will now be over £600.
Everyone at SSBB would like to thank all those involved in making this such a special and memorable event, it really does mean a great deal to us to have your support – THANK YOU!