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Choristers for the day
Evensong in the cathedral
WELLS Cathedral has hosted a free “behind the scenes” day, where children were able to experience the life of a cathedral chorister. A total of 41 girls and boys, aged between seven and ten, came from schools across Somerset and beyond for the annual event where they met the cathedral choristers and participated in singing workshops. The day culminated in singing choral evensong in the Quire of the Cathedral with the award-winning and world-renowned choir when the children performed the Anthem Love Divine by Howard Goodall, helped the choir lead the two hymns in the service and learnt to process in and out.
Panto time in Compton Martin
THE Sword of the Valley is a new pantomime being performed by Compton Martin Players. It’s been written by Drew Forsyth, while Paul and Rachel Branston have written much of the music. Both families live in Compton Martin. The Players say they are very excited to have a truly locally produced pantomime, which has a baddy who is mean, a very funny dame, a hero who’s a girl - and a talking duck! It promises to be great fun for all the family. The pantomime is being performed in the Compton Martin village hall on Thursday November 23rd and Friday November 24th, with two shows on the Saturday. Tickets can be obtained from the post office.
Silver service for farmers
THE Inner Wheel Club of Frome celebrated their 25th year of their farmers harvest Thanksgiving Service and Auction with a record attendance at Standerwick Conference Centre. The service was taken by Father Clive Fairclough, the market chaplain, and rotarian Kim Hyde accompanied the hymns. The chosen charity to benefit this year was Fairfield Farm College for Special Needs in Dilton Marsh. Debbie Hughes, the charity’s fundraising manager, gave an insight into the activities of the college and how they were fundraising for a new £150,000 equestrian centre.
Legacy of culture bid discussed
John Glen (fourth from left) with members of the bid teams
MEMBERS of the team behind the City of Culture bid in Wells have met with the government to discuss the possible legacies of the application. Along with representatives from the cities of Hereford, St David’s and Perth, they held talks with John Glen, the Minister for Culture and Tourism. Andy Webb, from the Wells team, said: “The minister had been struck by the ambition of the four smaller cities entering the City of Culture 2021 Competition and invited us to discuss how our ideas might be progressed, even though none of these cities had been shortlisted for the next phase of the competition. “Phil Redmond, the chair of the UK City of Culture Independent Advisory Panel, also joined the round-table discussion and he and the minister were clearly struck by the fact that the proposals from these four cities were attempting to address similar challenges and needs within their communities. “John Glen is MP for Salisbury, with a personal understanding of the character of a cathedral city in a rural setting, and undertook to consider the ideas presented and to continue the discussion with another meeting towards the end of the year.” The Cultural Forum in Wells is to regroup later this year to discuss how initiatives can be progressed. The forum remains keen to hear from anyone with ideas about the way forward: firstname.lastname@example.org
A NEW, two classroom teaching block has been opened at St Mary’s C of E Primary School in Writhlington. The classrooms were required to enable the school to meet the growing demand for places in the area. It has expanded from 140 to 210 places. Councillor Cherry Beath, chair of Bath and North East Somerset Council, and the Hon. Andrew Jolliffe performed a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a tour of the new facilities. A dance performed by pupils of the school’s dance club, singing and a cream tea added to the celebrations. Staff and children moved into the new £700,000 classroom block at the start of the autumn term. Lord Hylton, owner of part of the school site, kindly gifted a piece of land to allow the new classroom block to be built. The project was funded by B&NES.
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