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News for Members

News for Members

Jean Cantrell

We are very sad to have to report the death on 22 March of Jean Cantrell, beloved wife of choir top tenor Brian Cantrell, and a tireless choir supporter, renowned for her culinary spreads at choir socials and other choir occasions.  The choir extends its profound sympathy to Brian and their family.  

Dick Jones wins choir prize

This year’s winner of the choir’s Alan Shield is second tenor Dick Jones.

Dick is presented with the Alan Shield by Kim at choir dinner

Dick, who was presented with the shield at the choir dinner on 16 January, was given the award for his help to the choir in a number of ways listed by choir chair Kim Ormond.

Most recently, Dick organised the wonderful concerts given locally by the Ukraine choir the Boyan Ensemble.  The CMVC gave its backing to these concerts and won both good-will and publicity by doing so.

Dick has also run the summer après rehearsal sessions, and arranged for a choir training workshop which took place in 2011 and was conducted by Stephen Brown.    In addition, he recruited several new members from the Croydon Philharmonic Choir.  Making the presentation, Kim thanked Dick for his dedication to the choir.

Dick, who joined CMVC some fifteen years ago, said that he was “surprised and delighted” to have won the award.  He pointed out to the choir that the success of the two Boyan concerts resulted from the efforts of a number of other people, not only himself.  “I am very pleased to accept the honour jointly with all who helped to make my task easier.”

Dick and Kim with shield at Sandilands (photo JWT) 

The Alan Shield is awarded every year to choir members judged by the committee to have made an important contribution to the choir’s activities.  Last year’s winner was concert organiser Stewart Robinson.  The full name of the award is the Alan Robertshaw Shield and it is named after a former choir president who set up the award when he left the choir in the 1990s.

Dorothy Evans (1947-2015)

Jon and Dorothy on tour with the choir at Canons Ashby in May 2013

With great sadness, we report the death of Dorothy Evans.  Dorothy, wife of choir bass Jon, died at Croydon University Hospital on Thursday, 22 October. She was 68 and had suffered from a return of cancer which first affected her in 2008.  Dorothy and Jon were married for 46 years and have two sons, Nick and Laurence.  Dorothy was widely popular for her sociable and ebullient character and she was a frequent presence at choir events.  The choir offers its profound sympathy to Jon and his family.  

THE NEW CHOIR PHOTOS

JWT has delivered the new choir group photos that were taken to mark our fortieth anniversary.    Printed copies are now on sale from JWT.

Names, left to right, from back:

Ernest Williams, Nick Hewitt, Jon Evans, Peter L Gillman, Roger Parkinson, Matthew Wood, Dave Bannister, Ken Chesson, Ralph Osborne, John Hills

Steve Kelly, Dick Jones, Bulla Robinson, Jeff Burtt, Neil Pontin, Tom Jones, Gerry Upjohn, Neville Clark, John Giffen, Bob Mackay

Brian Cantrell, George Young, Keith Sandland, Rob Newall, Paul Binge, Chris Beckley, Martin Perkins, Mark Hughes, Steve Lloyd, Michael Rowe

Octavio Lopez-Garcia, George Stevens, Alex Callender, Vic Wallace, Michael Pardon, John Marshall, Dave Brooker, Bernard Maguire, Ian Martin, Andrew Dadley, Hugh Evans

Phil Blewett, Peter Gillman, Ben Kennedy, Stewart Robinson, John Ward Turner, Frances Ringer, Richard Hoyle, Darren Wilkins, Roger Lee, Tim Ramskill, Tony Keel, Trevor Watkins  

Also members: Kimball Ormond, John Aitkenhead, Ted Mouat, Dick Diplock, Phil Talmage, Jay Rastall, Mike Lane, John Dale, Phil Lewis, Keith Meredith, Peter Smith, Dave Berry

 

 

Names, left to right, from back:

Ernest Williams, Nick Hewitt, Jon Evans, Peter L Gillman, Roger Parkinson, Matthew Wood, Dave Bannister, Ken Chesson, Ralph Osborne, John Hills

Steve Kelly, Dick Jones, Bulla Robinson, Jeff Burtt, Neil Pontin, Tom Jones, Gerry Upjohn, Neville Clark, John Giffen, Bob Mackay

Brian Cantrell, George Young, Keith Sandland, Rob Newall, Paul Binge, Chris Beckley, Martin Perkins, Mark Hughes, Steve Lloyd, Michael Rowe, Brian Cousins

Octavio Lopez-Garcia, George Stevens, Alex Callender, Vic Wallace, Michael Pardon, John Marshall, Dave Brooker, Bernard Maguire, Ian Martin, Andrew Dadley, Hugh Evans

Phil Blewett, Peter Gillman, Ben Kennedy, Stewart Robinson, John Ward Turner, Frances Ringer, Richard Hoyle, Darren Wilkins, Roger Lee, Tim Ramskill, Tony Keel, Trevor Watkins 

Also members: Kimball Ormond, John Aitkenhead, Ted Mouat, Dick Diplock, Phil Talmage, Jay Rastall, Mike Lane, John Dale, Phil Lewis, Keith Meredith, Peter Smith, Dave Berry

PS One member appears in this photo but not the one at the top.  Can you spot him?

MEANWHILE IN KESTON....

While the wedding of the year was taking place in Croydon on Sunday 9 August, across in Keston a happy band of members, family and friends gathered for the choir barbecue, graciously hosted by Kimball and Annie Ormond, choir chair and consort respectively.

The 50-strong barbecue-goers ate, drank and sang the afternoon away. The musical highlight was the serenading of baritone Mark and Janine Hughes, who were celebrating their wedding anniversary, with the Anniversary Waltz, conducted by choir stalwart ‘Big’ Nev Clark.

Other features included the presentation of a new urn of Ashes to Aussie Jon Evans, made by Pete Smith with a suitably gloating speech; and failed attempts by Paul Binge (baritone) and Peter Gillman (bass) to walk the log across the Ormonds’ sumptuous swimming pool.   Only Sally Binge made the crossing successfully.

We are pleased to present a selection of photographs taken by John Ward Turner, Keith Sandland and Peter Gillman.

Pete Smith and Aussie Jon see the funny side of England's Ashes win

The choir serenades Mark and Janine Hughes

Members display their culinary skills

Big Nev conducts

Peter Gillman loses his balance and dignity during log-walking test

POLLY'S FAREWELL

Second tenor Martin ‘Polly’ Perkins had a rapturous send-off from choir members at the Royal Standard pub on Saturday March 19.

Martin was retiring after many decades as the Standard guvnor, having concluded that he had served enough pints by then for anyone’s good. Choir chair Kim Ormond presented Martin with a framed drawing of the Standard which was done by JWT.

Kim gives Martin his prezzie

A sizeable contingent of the choir serenaded Martin to his rest with the tried and tested apres repertoire, led with gusto by Nev Clark and Banners Bannister.

There were free drinks and food for choir members for a generous part of the evening. The mega-hot sausages and chicken were firm favourites.

Martin displays JWT's drawing (photo JWT)

Pub regulars would not be drawn on how far they felt Martin had contributed to drunkenness and alcoholism in the central Croydon area. Martin has always emphasised the importance of responsible drinking and has done his best to set an example himself.

So farewell then, Polly Perkins

Martin said afterwards: “The choir members did me proud with their present and their drinking. I think some of them thought I was retiring from the choir too and I am sorry to disappoint them.”

A highlight of the evening was the spectacular fire-stick display performed by the popular new Standard barman, Blake Gillman – a multi-talented young man who takes after his grandfather Peter Gillman.

 

Blake Gillman does his stuff

STEWART AWARDED ALAN SHIELD 

Stewart Robinson was awarded the CMVC Alan Robertshaw Shield at the choir's annual dinner on Saturday January 10. Baritone Stewart was honoured for his outstanding work as the choir's new concert organiser.

Choir chair Kimball Ormond, who presented the shield, praised Stewart for his vital work in his new role.  Kim added that Stewart may not have been fully aware of just how much work it entailed, but it was all the more impressive and valuable for that.

Stewart said afterwards that he was both surprised and delighted to receive the shield.  He added: "This is the most humble day of my life."

Stewart Robinson: "The most humble day of my life". (Photo: JWT)

The Alan Shield is awarded every year to choir members judged by the committee to have made an important contribution to the choir's activities.  Last year's Alan shield winner was the choir's ebullient archivist, Vic Wallace.

The award announcement was a highlight of another successful choir dinner at Shirley Golf Club.  A key aim of the dinner - formerly known as Ladies Night -  is to thank choir wives and partners for their endeavours in assisting and sustaining the choir and its members during the year.

Ladies have fun at choir dinner (Photo: Keith Sandland)

The diners also noted, with regret, the retirement of David Henderson, a popular top tenor and choir stalwart for many years.  Dave is well-known for his work in support of the children's hospice charity, Demelza.  He accepted a cheque for £460 from Kim at the dinner (see Home Page).  The choir  raised the funds through its singing and collecting at the Whitgift Centre before Christmas.

 

 

MORE SOUTHWARK PHOTOS BY MICHAEL PARDON

Just elegant:  JWT and Matthew before the performance

Gerry says Hi during the apres

 

Gloria and Nev enjoy a joke

 

 

MIDLANDS TOUR PHOTOS

Here is a selection of photos from our 2013 Midlands tour

The choir assembles at St Peter's, Wolfhamcote

Banners gives instructions at St Peter's

The choir waits to go on at Rugby

Bulla and Nick at Rugby

The three wise men at Canons Ashby - Ben, John, Dick

Mr and Mrs Evans at Canons Ashby

Mr and Mrs Callender at Canons Ashby

 

JWT taken by surprise at Canons Ashby (photos by Peter Gillman)

And two more by JWT: Jean Cantrell leads the way at Canons Ashby

 

The choir at Canons Ashby

 

 

 

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