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Thriplow Daffodil Weekend

New Melbourn Singers

The Thriplow Daffodil Weekend is a traditional village fête-come flower festival, with open gardens, craft and home-produce stalls, music and rural entertainments and much, much more! Who would have believed in 1969 that opening a few gardens and making visitors cups of tea, would have grown to be the much loved family event that it has truly become. Our visitors come from all over the United Kingdom to visit this lovely rural South Cambridgeshire village. Visitors are unaware they are on a ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ the ‘Magic’ being the warm and friendly atmosphere of the event; the ‘Mystery’ being which daffodils will be out ‘Early Brides’, ‘Charlton‘, ‘Verger’ or ‘Burma’ (to name but a few of the varieties that have been planted over the years), and the ‘Tour’ is the journey you take as a visitor as you step back in time for a few ‘celebrity-free’ hours meandering around the beautiful traffic-free lanes, open gardens; craft barns; stalls and demonstrations. If there was a Thriplow soundtrack think: Ralph Vaughan Williams (Traditional Folk Songs & Lark Ascending) and George Butterworth’s (On the Banks of Green Willow) and you are immediately transported. Come and visit us, see what a village can do when it works as a team and experience the Thriplow ‘Magic’ for yourself. Our external charity for 2009 will be Cam-Mind. Cam-Mind is Cambridge’s oldest mental health charity, providing support to people with mental health problems since 1908. It is estimated that 1 in 4 will suffer from some sort of mental health condition at some point in their life. Cam-Mind will be on the ‘Green’ on Daffodil Weekend to give information, help and advice. This year’s festival includes displays and entertainment for all ages with birds of prey, working sheep dogs, heavy horse rides, may pole dancing and a whole range of live music. The arts marquee will allow families to do their bit for the village environment over the weekend by designing and printing their own festival cotton bag to keep, all covered by their entry price, with prizes for the best creations. On Saturday children can enjoy a free Academy Theatre taster and on Sunday PANIC steel band will be performing by popular demand. We hope to see you there! Thriplow Daffodil Festival is on 28th- 29th March 11am -5pm Adults: £5.50 Children: £2.50 (under school age free). For more details see www.

Summer Concert Sunday May 17th By the time you read this the New Melbourn Singers will have sung with the Cambridge Choral Society in a concert at the West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge, performing Mendelssohn’s St Paul. The Summer Concert now beckons, when once again we will be joining the C.C.S. to sing ‘Songs from the Silver Screen’. This year the concert is being held on at Comberton Village College on Sunday May 17th at 3.00pm. Andrew Parnell will be our conductor, and in the past this has been a very happy occasion. We look forward to local support for this concert as the music will be familiar to many of you. Patricia Vince President. Adrian Jacobs Conductor

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2009 Melbourn Magazine 57