Charities Supported

Each year choir members select one or more charities to benefit from funds raised at our charity concerts. Over the past 6 years we have raised over £13,000 and benefited 9 local charities.

 

Our Chosen Charity for 2018 was the Helping Hands Community Project.

The funds raised from our concerts in 2017 supported 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts and Bloodwise.

 

Londonderry Trip April 2019

Friday 12th to Monday 15th April a number of the choir visited Londonderry. During their stay they were joined by Thornhill Chamber Choir and Colmcille Ladies Choir in concert on Saturday 13th April at the First Derry Presbyterian Church where £820 was raised in aid of The North West Cancer Centre.

The choir also attended and sang at the First Derry Presbyterian Church Service on Sunday 14th April officiated by the Reverend David Latimer the church minister.

We are so grateful that David McGuckin, the superb church organist, was able to accompany the choirs and congregation, on piano and organ, at both the concert and Sunday service.

The visit to Derry was masterminded by our musical director, Trevor Barr; and during our stay he introduced us the architecture, history and culture of his home city, as well as finding time to rehearse and conduct the choir. Our grateful thanks go to Trevor and all who helped to organise our very successful and enjoyable time in Northern Ireland.

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Spring Concert April 2019

On Saturday 6th April Village Voices combined with the Coventry Male Voice Choir presented a concert at Dale Street Methodist Church, Leamington Spa which raised over £1,300 for the Royal National Lifeboat Association.
 
Village Voices directed by Trevor Barr with Roger Haygreen accompanist. We were delighted to be joined by two very special guests:

Ellie Aitchison – Violinist

Imogen Parsley – Soprano

 

13 December 2018

Singing at the Guild Chapel, Stratford upon Avon. Readings and Carols in support of Springfield Mind. This was followed by refreshments in Stratford Town Hall.

Baubles and Bows 2018

Our main Christmas Concert “Baubles and Bows” on Saturday 1st December 2018 at Warwick Methodist Church raised £1,300 for the Helping Hands Community Project. The concert was directed by Trevor Barr with Julie Edwards accompanist. The choir was delighted to be joined by some very special guests, accompanied on piano by Trevor Barr:

Belinda Morley – Mezzo Soprano

Terry Street – Alto Saxophone


 

2nd Warwick Sea Scouts

2nd Warwick Sea Scouts2nd Warwick Sea Scouts was one of two charities supported by Village Voices in 2017. It has 160 members who come from Warwick, Leamington and the surrounding area. The Group is committed to providing equal opportunities in scouting for girls, who make up 50% of their number, consisting of Beavers (6 – 8 years), Cubs (8 – 10), Scouts (10 – 14) and Explorers (14 – 18 years).

They are recognised by the Admiralty for their proficiency in water based skills, leadership, training and provision of a full range of scouting activities plus sailing, canoeing, rowing etc. They also carry out community service and support local charities.

Demand to join is high, they have over 100 on their waiting list. They want to train new leaders and provide extra training for existing leaders so they can open another Beaver section and Cubs section and enlarge their Scout and Explorer sections.

On 8th February 2018, cheques for £1,250 were presented to Nick George for the Sea Scouts – the sum raised at our Christmas concert.

2nd Warwick Sea Scouts receiving their cheques

For more about 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts see their website, on Facebook or Twitter.

Bloodwise

BloodwiseSandra Hayward (Soprano) proposed the Heart of England Branch of Bloodwise, which is a charity dedicated to fighting all forms of blood cancer, as a charity supported by Village Voices in 2017. Her good friend, Anne Oliver, is the chair of the Heart of England Branch of Bloodwise. Anne and her husband, Jack, lost their younger daughter, Sophie, to Leukaemia about 20 years ago when Sophie was just 7 years old. Since then, Anne has worked tirelessly to support the Leukaemia Research Fund which later became known as Bloodwise, they are a small group of local voluntary supporters whose lives have been touched by blood cancer. They operate mainly in Leamington, Kenilworth, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon, holding street collections and fund raising events.

They will support our events by selling tickets, providing static displays and talking to an audience.

Village Voices raised £1750 for Bloodwise at its concert in June 2017 at Northgate Methodist Church. Sandra Hayward & Claire Darlington present the cheque to Anne Oliver for Bloodwise.
Bloodwise Cheque July 2017

See more about Bloodwise on their website or via Facebook.

7 December 2017

Singing at Guild Chapel, Stratford upon Avon. Readings and Carols in support of Springfield Mind This was following by refreshments in Stratford Town Hall.

 

17 December 2016

Deck the Halls, Village Voices Christmas Charity Concert, took place at The Dale Street Methodist Church, Leamington Spa on Saturday 17th December 2016. It was in support of the
Salvation Army Way Ahead Project.

28 October 2016

Guild Chapel in Stratford for the Springfield Mind charity. This was for a small group of singers from the choir to sing Christmas Carols with readings from supporters of the charity.

21 May 2016

Musicals & More. The choir performed a concert to a packed house at St Nicholas Church, Warwick, in aid of the Salvation Army ‘Way Ahead’ project.

18 December 2015

Village Voices were invited by Springfield Mind to sing at The Guild Chapel on the corner of Chapel Lane and Church Street, Stratford upon Avon.

12 December 2015

A sell-out Christmas Cracker concert at St Nicholas Church in aid of Springfield Mind. Village Voices were joined by Omnium Gatherum, who were originally formed in 2001 but broke up later. In 2013 the group reformed and, since then, the choir have put on a number of concerts locally and have also performed at a wedding. Like Village Voices their aim has always been to enjoy the music first and to share the efforts of their practice with an audience from time to time. We are delighted to give them an opportunity.

6 June 2015

Songs for a Summer Evening in aid of Springfield Mind in Stratford on Avon.

28 March 2015

The choir performed a concert ‘Spring into Song’ at St Nicholas Church, Warwick in aid of Springfield Mind.

6 December 2014

‘Stuff the Turkey’, a Christmas Concert at St Nicolas Church, Warwick in aid of SW Heart. With Coventry Male Voice Choir.
Refreshments – mince pies & wine – courtesy of Aldi.

24 October 2014

A concert at St Margaret’s Church Whitnash in aid of the Whitnash Charitable Trust.

14 December 2013

The choir joined other local music groups at Warwick DC Chairman, Richard Davies, Christmas concert at Leamington Town Hall in aid of Dogs for the Disabled, the Heart of England Community Foundation and the Royal Regiment Of Fusiliers Aid Society.

13 July 2013

A concert Songs for a Summer Evening at St Nicholas, Warwick in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Village Voices presented a new repertoire and many old favourites.

8 December 2012

‘Baubles & Berries’. A Seasonal Concert at St Nicholas Church, Warwick. We shared the event with The Spa Strummers ukulele band and supporting The Leamington Homeless Action Project.

1 December 2012

Warwick District Council Chairman’s Christmas Charity Concert at Leamington Town Hall in aid of Castel Froma (incorporating the Helen Ley Care Centre) and Myton Hospice.

19 May 2012

A concert to raise fund towards St John the Baptist Church, Wappenbury.

11 May 2012

‘Frolic’; a concert at Long Itchington Church helped to raise £400 towards church restoration.

24 March 2012

Songs and music with a ‘Watery’ theme were the basis of a concert in support of Water Aid at St Nicholas Church Warwick.

27 November 2011

The choir entertained Christmas shoppers on the steps of Leamington Town Hall in support of the ‘Save the Children’ fund fund who organised a craft fair in the Town Hall. The event raised £5,000 for the charity.

2 July 2011

On a pleasant summers day the Skellingthorpe Choir from Lincoln enjoyed a guided tour round Leamington. After a joint rehearsal and refreshments, the two choirs joined forces to entertain the audience in Weston-under-Wetherley Village Hall. Proceeds from the concert go to the Warwickshire Northamptonshire Air Amulance.

11 June 2011

Our concert on 11 June at Galanos House, Southam, the Royal British Legion Poppy Home for ex-service people and their dependents, raised £570 towards the Galanos House Amenities Fund which enables residents to have trips out and short holidays.

23 December 2010

The choir helped liven the pre-Christmas spirit at the ‘Cricketers’ pub in Archery Road, Warwick and collected money for Myton Hospice and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

30 October 2010

The Choir sang at Cubbington Village Hall and helped to raise £600 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.