Hi everyone,

Well things are hotting up in the run up to Christmas, I even have half of my Christmas shopping done, however that is not to say that the other half is going to get done. Most of our globe trotting members are back safe and sound on N.Z. soil and all the school children and grandchildren are back in school or at home with their parents. The weather is doing its usual Spring thing, wet, wild and woolly with brilliant sunshine in between. But it is nice to go to choir in the daylight thanks to daylight saving. Congratulations to Sing Waiheke for a great performance of Carmina Burina, I can’t believe it was seven years ago that we did it. Last Tango in Little Oneroa is coming together very well and we are about to start movement. The one act play is doing well and they have their scripts are “down.” I don’t feel quite so comfortable with the lyrics, my folder feels like a security blanket and I don’t want to let go of it. We will have a costume call in a week or two just to make sure that everyone is happy with their dress .Jill Tetley has managed to procure three fur stoles which we can use. Artworks is slowly returning to normal so we should be O.K. for the show and we are waiting for confirmation of a performance at Rocky Bay. We will be having our Christmas break-up at Onetangi Hall on December 6th. Most people indicated that they would prefer that .So it will be Bring a plate suitable for dinner and B.Y.O.A nonsense present, nothing over three dollars, unless you have an unwanted gift you wish to quietly dispose of. We always entertain ourselves so one item please .The evening will start at 6pm. and we will eat at 6.30pm, finish at 9pm. Most important, Partners and friends are very welcome.

We will be having a Christmas performance of carols at St. Peters Church on Sunday Dec 4th. at 7pm. We are hoping to join with Sing Waiheke and Sister Shout. Owing. to a very busy schedule the choir will not be taking part officially in the Carols by Candlelight weekend, and so .December 4th will be our last commitment for the year. We can all look forward to our annual bash and the long Christmas break and a well earned rest. It takes place just over a month from Last Tango, so the holidays will be very inviting.

We have been asked to sing at the over 40’s on Wednesday 26th of October at Ostend Memorial Hall at 2pm. Not everyone can be available so don’t worry if you can’t make it. We will be singing some of the songs in current rehearsal and it will be a good opportunity to advertise our show.I would like names as soon as possible please.

Thankyou to Philip who looked after the Treasurer’s job while Mark was away. He kept a very tight hold of the money and managed to bank some as well.

Welcome back to Mark and Kit from their travels. Both have been catching up with family and friends for three months and have enjoyed themselves, but it is lovely to have you back. Also Eileen and Alan Boghurst, and Ron and Sylvia Jamieson have returned from a very busy trip to Australia.

A very happy birthday to Meya for last month I missed it in the last newsletter but the cake was lovely, and happy birthday to George Hudson for October, George is the Patron of the choir and is very supportive of us. Have a great time on your special day.

Special Dates.

Over 40’s Wed. Oct. 26th. 2pm. at Ostend.

Last Tango in Little Oneroa, Nov.11th. 12th. 13th. at Artworks

Carols Sunday 4th. Dec. 7pm. at St. Peters.

Christmas break-up Tues. Dec. 6th. 6pm. at Onetangi Hall.

Somewhere in there we will be singing at the Seaside Sanctuary and also the Retirement Village

We do have a web site which Mark James set up and to go to it www.geocities.com/waihekechoral

It has lots of information on it including the newsletters.

Just a reminder that next year the choir will be celebrating thirty years of being together continuously; and we would like to do something special to mark it, so get on your thinking caps and let us have your ideas. (going out and spending all our money is not one of them) But let’s make it really special. By the way, a few years ago we published a small book on the history of the choir and there are still some around, I’ll try and find out where they are so you can see me if you are interested.

Well that’s it for now

Jeanne Mellamphy

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