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Holbeach Victoria Training Band
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CHRISTMAS ENGAGEMENTS 2015
We were delighted to be invited back to play at the Donington Christmas Fayre again. We played on the stage in the hall of the Thomas Cowley School. We had a varied audience - the hall was also used for the sale of refreshments so we had a fluctuating audience, but we ewere well received.
We were due to start at 12.00 but they were running late and we didn't get started until 12.45. We were due to restart at 2.00pm but, again, they were running late.
First Saturday in December see's us playing carols! We were playing outside Sainsbury's in Spalding. It was very windy but we were fairly sheltered. Lots of nice comments from the public.
We treated our bingo-players to some carols for the December bingo session. We had a good turnout for only playing for 15 minutes. Bingo players sang along with enthusiasm.
Our annual visit to the Holbeach St. Nicholas fayre.The Fayre took place inside the All Saints Church, Holbeach. We followed a series of choirs from local schools, and were the last item before the closing Christingle Service. We played Christmas Concert pieces for about 45 minutes.
Following the St Nicholas Fayre, we went straight on to Holbeach Hospital. The Hospital held their 'Christmas cakes and craft' afternoon and we were pleased to play some carols to close the afternoon. We had nearly a full band at the Church and most went to the hospital. It was a bit of a surprise for the hospital, who were concerned at the noise of a full band, but we were apply to play quietly to the enjoyment of the patients.
A small(ish) group played a few carols for the St Godric Lodge following their usual meeting.
This was our second time helping Holbeach Rotary Club with the Santa collection. We provided Santa (thanks Mike) and group of 12 band members and family/friends followed Santa's Sleigh around the streets of Holbeach. We walked about 7 miles in two and a half hours going from door to door.
A return visit to Donington Church of St Mary and the Holy Rood. The heating broke down last year and we played in our winter coats. The heating worked this year, but it was still quite chilly!
Wr played a concert of Christmas pieces mixed with carols. It was a good concert and the audience enjoyed it.
This was our first time playing carols in Holland Market rather than playing at a supermarket. And it was cold and wet and windy! Fortunatley there was a covered walkway which we used for shelter so we were able to keep reasonably dry although the wind blew the rain at us! Due to the weather, there were not many eople around.
A small(ish) group played a few carols for the Welland Lodge following their usual meeting.
Another thoroughly enjoyable concert. We were made very welcome at St Mary's Church. It's a small church and we knew it would be a tight fit, but they had removed a couple of fixed pews to give us more room.
The concert went very well, with many good comments from the audience. A choice of soup at the half-time interval was a nice change.
The audience were the best we have had at singing this year. They even snag descants to some of the carols - very impressive.
Back to Holland Park shopping centre for the last Saturday.The weather was unseasonably mild. Band members who wore jumpers under their winter coats got a bit hot under the collar!
We had a visit from the shopping centre manager who had not been told of our pre-aaranged visit. We then had a visit from the Spalding Community Church choir who had heard us playing and asked if they could sing with us. Thta caused the centre manager more consternation! But it worked quite well.
Another visit to All Saints Church, Holbeach. We provided the carols for sining around the Christmas Tree outide the Church. It started so well! Pleasant weather, quite warm. We played for half an hour or so then there was a drop of rain followed by an absolute deluge! We got very wet in the time it took to move into the Church for the last carol.
We had our Christmas Party instead of band Pracitce. It was at the Services Club in Holbeach where there was a licensed bar.Around 50 band members and families came and provided the food for a buffet supper. There was a quiz (thanks, Jess) and games of Bingo and Beetle Drive. And a good time was had by all.
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