On Sunday afternoon St Mary & St Giles Church band played for the Queen again, a year after the Jubilee Concert. This time the band was celebrating 60 years since the Queen was crowned. A good number of people turned up to listen while they enjoyed cream teas on a lovely summer day.
During the afternoon we presented a pipe sponsorship certificate to three Year 5 pupils from Queen Eleanor Combined School. Earlier this year they were given a tour of the church by Fr Ross and as a result decided to raise some funds for the organ. They organised a talent show for the whole school and raised £45 which was a wonderful total. We decided to mark their donation by dedicating three small pipes to them, all of the note E for Eleanor, so they have a Twelfth, a Fifteenth and a Flageolet pipe named for their school. Jacob played the three notes for them at the concert, then gave a short recital on the organ.
Our programme of music for the afternoon was too long to list here - Lesley had chosen a wide variety of our repetoire and also included some pieces we were performing in public for the first time, such as the Mamma Mia medley and Summer Nights from Grease (both of which were very popular).
The total raised from refreshments at this event was £384.79 which was shared between the organ fund and the church restoration fund. Special thanks to Lesley for organising everything, the band and those who served and provided refreshments.