Members of the Choir are rehearsing for one of the busiest times in the Church year.
Last month they helped to lead a very moving Civic Service on Remembrance Sunday, singing a modern anthem by Karl Jenkins, 'For the Fallen', inspired by the last post.
On Advent Sunday the Choir will join with singers from Morriston r
Tabernacle and Cardiff Bach Choirs to perform Handel's Messiah. The
concert is likely to be a sell out and will be the first time this great Oratorio will have been performed at All Saints' with orchestra in many years. We hope that it will be a regular feature of the run up to Christmas.
During Advent the choir will again sing a Mass Setting written by Luke Spencer and based on plainsong melodies. It's one that the congregation can easily join in.
The choir will lead the Bereavement Carol Service on 10th December and the annual Lifeboat Carol Service on the 1 7th. They are also preparing to get into festive mood when they lead the singing at Norton Village Carols on 20th December.
The highlight for the Choir is the joy of singing at the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass. It's always a packed Church and the music is so uplifting.
We continue to welcome new choristers and would love to see some more young singers join us. Choir rehearsals are always a mixture of hard work and great fun.
This month marks the second year that Luke and Hywel have been Director of Music and Organist. Under them the Choir continues to go from strength to strength. We thank them for their music ministry and we also thank the congregation for their support.
The Fellowship met on Tuesday 22nd November 2007. This was to be the last meeting of the year and perhaps this accounted for the Chairman Les welcomed the assembly with characteristic bonhomie and went on to distribute the application forms for the Annual Dinner. As ever, he had to stress the importance of an early response in order to finalise arrangements with the Bristol Channel Yacht Club. This response will, of course, fall upon deaf ears and some members will be denied a place because of their tardiness. Then he introduced the speaker for the night, Mr. Stuart Eley, a retired Prison Governor. Mr. Eley started the evening in surprising fashion. He gave a brief account of his ancestry which had a trail going far back into the history of Mumbles and with its ramifications he could claim connection with just about every old Mumbles family. With this established he then set about the serious business of the evening knowing that he was on a firm footing.
This was a polished and well researched lecture. The history of the early prison system was related and how it progressed to the modern system with its more humane approach to the malefactor.
Mr. Eley described his long and steady ascent up the ladder from the humblest of rank to that of Governor and, it was obvious, that during that climb he never lost his respect for his less fortunate fellow man. He was rewarded with warm applause.The evening finished with a top class buffet enjoyed by one and all.
The next function is the Annual Dinner in January 2018 at the BCYC. I repeat your Chairman's imploration: Please return your dinner application form as soon as possible!!!
Normal Fellowship meetings resume in February 2018:
February 20th. Graham Lewis Esq. A top retired Head Teacher will talk on his professional experiences.
March 20th. Veteran soldier, Bryn Colley Esq. will talk on.. "The Sappers!".
April 17th "Speaker of the Year". Subject to be announced. Volunteers now please!! Remember! Your friends are always welcome at the All Saints Men's Fellowship. On behalf of Chairman Les Harris, and his Committee:
"Merry Christmas to One and All!"
M. E.G. Notes
We had an excellent evening when we welcomed Bill from Air Ambulance, it was a most informative talk, and we were all amazed at the equipment that they carried, so that so many lives can be saved.
We meet next for our lunch during January, venue to be confirmed. Names please to Merlys, Anne or Brenda.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all A Very Happy Christmas, and a Healthy New Year.
Looking forward to seeing you in 2018.