We regularly hold social events so that choir members can let their hair down and get to know each other better.
The latest social event was on Friday, June 8th when we arranged to visit Vaughan Williams’ house as our “summer outing”. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/leith-hill-place.
Leaving the Rhododendron Wood car park (National Trust) on Tanhurst Lane, near Leith Hill, members walked through the woods for about 10 minutes (¼ mile) to the house. There are 2001 species of rhododendrons, which we believe were provided by and planted by Charles Darwin’s sister plus giant redwoods, etc.
The house is not extensively furnished, but there are artists working in the house, two pianos you can play (obviously not R V-W’s!) and also portable guides to give you all the information on the house.
After a scenic drive through the Surrey Hills to Brockham we had an enjoyable lunch from the snack menu at The Grumpy Mole. www.thegrumpymole.co.uk/brockham/brockham-snack.pdf
Our “Spring term” social was on Fri 9 February 2018 at the Vera Fletcher Hall in Thames Ditton. This featured a supper concert and quiz. The choir entertained the non-singers with Bob Chilcott’s ” Little Jazz Mass”. Other members provided entertainment in the form of songs, poetry and instrumental numbers. And our very own “Swingle singers” made an appearance……
Our social event on Sun 4 June 2017 was rather special! We celebrated our 60th Anniversary with a party (including a lamb roast!) at the Old Cranleighans Club in Thames Ditton from 1 pm onwards. It was an ideal venue with both indoor and outdoor space, and plenty of seating and parking. The food was fabulous!
We also put together a display of photos, programmes, memorabilia, etc covering the choir’s history.
Photos courtesy Valerie Thompson and Pauline Terry.
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