Social Events

One of the many benefits of joining a choir are the social events and the Edwin James Festival Choir are excellent ambassadors in organising an eclectic mix!

We pride ourselves in not only taking care of our members, but make sure they have a good time on and off the performance stage as can be seen below in our Social Events report.

Events over the last 12 months


The choir set up a stall at the Show, displaying choir information and details of our next performance plus great bargains to purchase and a "prize every time" tombla. The day also included excellent family entertainment, superb performances on the stage and other high quality stalls.


The amount raised was £240. Many thanks to everyone helping on the stall and to the public who supported us. 


The annual garden party, hosted by our President and Treasurer, took place on a gorgeous day where approximately 65 choir members and patron's were truely spoilt with a selection of lovely food throughout the day and evening, Thank you for a great party !


The choir celebrated their 19th year with a meal at The Vardar Restaurant, welcoming all choir members, patrons and their partners. It was a chance to meet socially and celebrate all that is good in our choir family as well as presenting cheques to representatives from our chosen charities for money raised during 2016/2017.


The event was attended by nearly 60 people including Sue Pegrum and Chris Jay representing 'Enable Me', Alison Lewis-Smith representing 'CancerWise' and Joseph O'Neil travelling from London to represent 'The Mission to Seafarers'. Unfortunately Macmillan Nurses were unable to attend but have since sent a letter of thanks.


We presented 3 awards to the people that our choir voted for as having given that extra something:-

  • The Myrtle Allen Award for Best Newcomer to the choir - presented by Chris Allen and awarded to David Bathurst.
  • The Janet Martin Award for Best Supporting member outside of the Committee - presented by Eric Griffiths and awarded to Sandy Shiner.
  • The Edwin James Award for Annual Achievement by any member of 3 years or more - presented by James Rushman and awarded to Noel Capelin.


Cheques for £400 each were presented to Cancerwise, Enable Me Project, Mission to Seafarers and MacMillan Nurses who gave wonderful heartfelt and grateful responses.


An entertaining evening was had by all, including the now traditional sing-song, which included our own versions of Grace, Sussex By The Sea, Bella Notte, Flash,Bang Wallop (what a Picture) finishing the evening with a patriotic rendition of Jerusalem.


Please enjoy the photo's below. 



The choir took part in the RUSTINGTON STREET FAYRE organised by Littlehampton District Lions Club together with Rustington Chamber of Trade and Commerce. They sang a selection of Abba, Beatles and Carpenters songs from their upcoming concert on July 8th. They also ran a stall and enjoyed other entertainment and an Arts and Craft Event in the church. This event was in support of the Sussex Snowdrop Trust. More photos can be found in the Photo Gallery, in our Members' Section and on our Facebook page. We raised £163.10!

SUMMER FAYRE - 3rd June 2017


The Choir held their Summer Fayre in the garden of Littlehampton United Church on a beautiful summers afternoon, attended by the new Littlehampton Mayor, William Blanchard-Cooper and the choir's mascot, Hampton the Hedgehog. The event was very well supported with the bottle stall selling out within half an hour!  We raised £1500 for choir funds to purchase music etc for forthcoming concerts, which in turn raises funds for our chosen charities. Massive thanks to the Mayor, everyone who helped organise the event or run a stall and everyone who came.

PANCAKE OLYMPICS - 25th February 2017


Well done to the Choir for coming 2nd overall in the Pancake Olympics, winning £50 for our Charity St Barnabas House.

Littlehampton Christmas Lights Switch-on


November and December 2016

Once again, it was an exceptionally busy time for the choir, who were in great demand! Performing Carols together with Christmas songs from their show (16th/17th December), the choir had a fun time singing at the following events and establishments:-

  • Littlehampton Christmas Lights Switch-on Ceremony on 25th November. A wonderful annual event for the town with the Mayor in attendance, wonderful stalls selling their wares and beautiful lights.
  • Littlehampton Carnival Association Christmas Fun Day on 10th December. Sadly this was the last event the Carnival Association will hold but it was a great day with lots of entertainment and also attended by the Mayor and Hampton the Hedgehog.

  • Morrisons store in Wick on 10th December.  A small group of choir members had fun singing and collected nearly £200 in 50 minutes from the generous shoppers for Chestnut Tree House Childrens' Hospice. 

  • The choir also received some private event bookings, including a popular hotel & spa establishment in Clymping to entertain the hotel guests.

TRIP TO NORFOLK- 17th to 20th November 2016


Some members of the choir and our Patrons went on a 4 day break to Norfolk, visiting the Thursford Spectacular.



The choir took part in the procession with collecting buckets, dressed as Cowboys and Indians with Bar Girls. We collected £803 and have been awarded 3rd place in the Collecting Challenge, winning The Henry Shine Memorial Cup plus £25 to our nominated charity (St Barnabas House).                                                                                                     We had a brilliant time and would like to thank everyone who supported the event.



The choir ran a stall at the Littlehampton Street Market and raised £155 for choir music.


Thanks to everyone who took a turn in manning the stall and to the lovely people who came and bought goodies.

JUMBLE SALE - 24th September 2016

The choir held a GIANT jumble sale at St James Church Hall, East Ham Road, Littlehampton. We raised £300 towards choir travelling expenses! Thanks to everyone for their support.


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