We continued our Summer Tour with a very successful trip to Winchester recently. We left St. Thomas Green Haverfordwest at 11am on Thursday 9th June and were greeted at the Newbury Hilton Hotel where we enjoyed afternoon tea upon our arrival. Thursday evening we dined at the hotel and gathered later for a social get together. On Friday we made our way to Portsmouth where we enjoyed a few hours exploring at Gunwharf Quays, before moving on to Portchester where we performed at St. Mary’s Church which is set in the grounds of Portchester Castle. The concert at St. Mary’s was in aid of Canine Partners a charity which trains dogs to aid people with injuries and disabilities, the dogs are trained to an amazing standard and transform the lives of people who are unable to carry out everyday tasks. The concert raised over £1.000 to help the charity continue it’s amazing work .
Saturday we spent the morning in Winchester. As we were leaving the bus which had stopped outside the Guild Hall a young bride was walking with her bridesmaids to her wedding, so never missing an opportunity to sing we performed ‘Chapel of Love’ which was truly appreciated by the bride who was dressed in white the bridesmaids in red which just happen to be the colours of our casual uniform. Following that impromptu performance we made our way to Winchester Cathedral. The afternoon was spent performing at Flowerdown Care Home where the residents joined in the singing and toe tapping whilst we sang. Flowerdown is part of the Brighterkind Activities where people are encouraged to take part in various activities to keep them active and agile.
Saturday evening we again dined at the hotel, some of us having made use of the leisure facilities. Following the evening meal we all gathered in the lounge and enjoyed an evening of exchanging stories and entertaining the other guests with an assortment of songs.
Sunday morning we made our way back to Wales stopping off for a visit at St. Fagons, then to Cardiff Bay for a few hours before making our way back to Haverfordwest. During the time we were away Musical Director Dr. Nancy Mann and Choir Secretary Janice Goodwin received a number of emails thanking us for the performances with compliments on the inspiring and uplifting programme, coupled with comments on the professionalism of the choir. They have also received invitations to perform again at both venues.