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.
LITTLEHAMPTON TOWN SHOW AND FAMILY FUN DAY - 9th September 2017
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.
JAMES AND CHRIS' GARDEN PARTY - 12th August 2017
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 !
CHOIR BIRTHDAY DINNER - 28th July 2017
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:-
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.
RUSTINGTON STREET FAYRE - 17th June 2017
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.
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 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.
LITTLEHAMPTON BONFIRE NIGHT CELEBRATION - 29th October 2016
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.