We kicked off the Autumn term with an excellent fish and chip lunch – plus some favourite songs from our back catalogue and a beautiful new one suggested by Elaine – ‘Only Love’ by John Prine.
FIsh and Chip Feast at Akeman Street, 6 September 2013
Next, Friday 20th September was CELEBRATION TIME as we visited St Martin’s Day Centre to help mark the 100th Birthday of one of their regular visitors, Beth.
Yvonne congratulates Beth on her 100th birthday
After a lovely sandwich lunch, we served up some of our most upbeat songs and also listened to the St Martin’s singers performing some of their favourites. We especially enjoyed ‘Moon River’.
Pre-Performance interlude at St Martin’s
We had learned a couple of new songs especially for the occasion, including the birthday girl’s favourite, 70’s hit ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon’. We all commented that Centenarian Beth was an inspiration to us all, she gave the impression of someone of much younger years. She seemed to be hugely enjoying herself and thanked us for our musical efforts.
Street Voices gather to congratulate Beth on her 100th Birthday
If September seemed busy, October has definitely been busier!
On Friday 4th we were ON THE ROAD AGAIN… this time travelling by mini bus to Little Downham Village Hall for the St Leonards Church Harvest Supper.
Yvonne, Elaine, Linda, Kay and Mally – with a fenland winter sunset stage backdrop
Our evening in Little Downham had all the key ingredients for success – fantastic home made food – bangers and mash, and desserts to die for – followed by a heartfelt musical set from Street Voices, only surpassed by the participation of the lovely, enthusiastic audience. St Martin’s, your singing and percussion skills are truly impressive! It also has to be said that the musical quality of our set was very much enhanced by the skilful sound engineering of Calvin Monk. Thanks Calvin! You’re a star.
AND FINALLY – we have one more BIG EVENT to look forward to this month. It’s an open concert, so DO COME AND JOIN US!
We are going to be performing at Our Lady and the English Martyrs Church on Hills Road (The big Roman Catholic Church) on Friday 25th October at 7.30 pm. We’ll be in the Hall (known as the Parish Centre) at the back of the church, rather than the church itself.
The idea is to have an inspirational concert to help launch OLEM’s involvement in the Cambridge Churches’ initiative to help accommodate rough sleepers over the winter months. The Friday after our concert, the church will open it’s doors to the homeless for the first time. The project is being supported by other homeless service providers. Five churches are taking people in, and other churches are helping with funding, laundry, meals etc.
The Concert is FREE, but donations are invited, to be divided between the Churches Winter Homeless Project and Street Voices. Do come and join us. The evening will be informal, fun – and very worthwhile. For more information, contact Kay on 07871 529348 or Richard (The Centre Manager) on 01223 224865.