Singing for Fun

December 2019 Newsletter

Due to a technology “glitch”, (nothing to do with Celia), we missed the September Newsletter. A great pity, since we wished to bid farewell to Elizabeth who has been our “Elizabeth of all trades”, undertaking a number of roles, since we began. Our sincere thanks go to her belatedly as she embarks on new ventures. Drawing on her experience, a number of volunteers have come forward in the spirit of U3A to keep us singing, by sharing the duties: organising a register, collecting fees and liaising with Karen at the church. In the meantime our “Choir mistress”, Margaret, drilled us up to standard for our “gig” at the Group Fair which, by all accounts, was well received. The foyer was a much better location. We are now in Christmas mode, “belting out” well known standards. Come and join us and release some endorphins! – 4th Thursday of the month at B.M.C., 10.00 to 11.30.

– * – * – * – “We Wish You A Merry Christmas, We Wish You A Merry Christmas” – * – * – * –

Haydn Boothroyd

June 2019 Newsletter

We sorely missed our “Fun Singalong” in April when Margaret was unwell. We all wished her a speedy recovery and were pleased to see her at the A.G.M. in May. You can’t keep a good woman down!

Since the last bulletin, Margaret has arranged for “Fernando” and “Hernando” to meet up in his “Hideaway”. Meanwhile, before “Delilah’s” dramatic demise, she has been enjoying “What a Beautiful Morning” before “Singing in the Rain”. Some of us enjoy a “ Walk Down Lambeth Way” whilst others dream on a ”Yellow Bird high up in ba- nana tree” or muse on “The tax man’s taken all my dough” on a “Sunny Afternoon”. Recently we’ve gone up beat and had a lot of fun trying to grasp the beats/rhythms of ABBA’s “Waterloo” and “Dancing Queen”. As Wilfred (Pickles) used to say “Come and have a Go!” – 4th Thursday of the month, 10.00 to 11.30 at B.M.C.

Haydn Boothroyd

March 2019 Newsletter

Our Group enjoyed the “Christmas Do”, especially sharing the platform with the Ukulele Group. We understand that the “gig” was much appreciated. Having got that one under our belt, Margaret has started preparing “The Carnival is Over”, “Dancing Queen”, “Fernando”, “Till There Was You”, and “True Love Ways” for us to go alongside our ‘standards’ such as “Yellow Bird”,” Hernando’s Hideaway”,” Let It Be” and “Amazing Grace”. Come along and have some fun with us – there is plenty of laughter, especially from the ladies in “Delilah” ! “Your Group Needs You”, especially the chaps. We are greatly outnumbered by the “chapesses”.

We meet monthly on the 4th Thursday in the Church Hall, 10 – 11.30.

Haydn Boothroyd

March 2018 Newsletter

The singers got together with the ukulele group for the Christmas Open Meeting, singing favourites such as When the Red, Red Robin, Go Tell it on the Mountain, Calypso Carol and Jingle Bell Rock. We also sang Silver Bells and the beautiful O Holy Night. Our efforts received warm applause and the final We Wish You a Merry Christmas also had audience participation.

All are welcome to join us in 2018.

Eilleen Parr

March 2017 Newsletter

The Singing for Fun group made a successful first public appearance at the Christmas meeting. We sang While Shepherds Watched and were ably supported by the Ukele group in Jingle Bell Rock, Calypso Carol and Winter Wonderland. We rounded off our performance encouraging the audience to join in with We Wish You a Merry Christmas. We’re looking forward to our next public performance at the Group Fair in March.

Contact Elizabeth Le Marchant Brock for more information.

December 2016 Newsletter

Our recent sessions have included practising for the Christmas concert which will see our first public performance. We will be ably supported on the day by the Ukulele Group and we enjoyed the chance to sing with them in September. With each session, we’re becoming more confident and adventurous in what we do encouraged, as always, by Margaret.

Contact Elizabeth Le Marchant Brock for more information.


September 2016 Newsletter

We’re now becoming used to singing together and adding more numbers to our repertoire. Particularly we’ve enjoyed singing Amazing Grace and other songs which allow us to have a go at harmonies, since we have some good male and deeper female voices. The men also contribute some excellent whistling during Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. In addition, we’re discovering the inner Latin in us with Hernando’s Hideaway. We do have a waiting list but we’d love you to join us and enjoy the fun.

Contact Elizabeth Le Marchant Brock for more information.


June 2016 Newsletter

SF1Our first meeting was on 26th May and the group will meet monthly. Since our set up meeting in April, we’ve attracted 50 members keen to sing and have decided to close the group at this number. We have a waiting list so if you’d like to join us in the future do contact Elizabeth Le Marchant Brock (

We’re singing such goodies as: Oh What a Beautiful Morning, The Wonder of You, On Ilkley Moor Baht ‘At, When the Saints go Marching in, Amazing Grace, Hernando’s Hideaway, and There is a U3A in Town (written by me to an old familiar tune). We were snapped getting into the mood to sing.


A start up meeting took place on Wednesday 6 April.

The first of the regular monthly meetings will take place on Thursday 26 May 2016 in the Guild Room at Chilwell Road Methodist Church at 10.00 am.

Future meetings will be on the 4th Thursday every month.

For more information please contact Margaret –


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