The Community Singing Group from St Paul’s Church, Hasland, visited Hasland Ladies Circle last week. They arrived dressed in ‘Olde Tyme Music Hall’ outfits to sing songs from the shows.
Before starting their singing, Patricia Bell gave a short introduction into how the group started – it was part of the church’s Mission Action Plan to improve various aspects of church life.
One of the areas was ‘community involvement’ so the singing group was established with the aim of encouraging people who are not in a choir to go along and enjoy singing with others. The group began by holding singing sessions after church services on a Sunday morning, open to anyone who was interested. This grew into making regular visits to the Saturday coffee mornings at Hasland Methodist Church. They were also invited to sing at Chesterfield Library as part of a musical appreciation day, and again this summer singing at Hasland war memorial during the Eastwood Park Centenary Celebrations.
The songs presented by the singers included items from ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Sweet Charity’, ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘My Fair Lady’.
Members of the Ladies Circle were given copies of the songs and joined in with the singing. Thanks go to Jane Pemberton for playing the keyboard and for leading the unaccompanied singing, and for Pam Cooke for assisting Jane.
The evening closed with refreshments served by Val Featherstone and Janet Gibson.