2014 Archive

Once again our Annual concert was a tremendous success with tickets sold out well before the evening at St Julian’s Methodist Church on 22nd November 2014. Our guests were the eminent Dorset Police Choir who hosted the choir on our visit to Poole earlier this year.

We are fortunate this year to have the support and sponsorship of the Police Commissioner Mr. Ian Johnston who attended with his wife Janet and other dignitaries, including Deputy Commissioner Paul Harris and his wife Lesley, Former Chief Constable John Over, his wife June and a host of others representing local councils and the Lord Lieutenant.

Our guests conducted by Jane Oakland, opened the programme with the well known Soldier’s Chorus from Faust followed by Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, then lovely renditions of Anthem, Danny Boy and a rousing Song of the Jolly Roger.

Not to be outdone our conductor Rodger Appleby led the choir with the emotive Do You Hear the People Sing from Les Miserables, Deus Salutis and a lively version of Alexander’s Ragtime Band. In contrast, unaccompanied, the spiritual Little Innocent Lamb and a moving rendition of Gounod’s By Babylon’s Wave, a stirring and dramatic piece.

It was then the turn of Dorset choir’s musical director Jane Oakland to delight everyone with her beautiful voice to sing ‘Wishing you were somehow Here Again’ from Phantom of the Opera and the Song of the Nightclub Proprietress. The audience were enthralled.

Led by our Deputy conductor Alyson Jones, the combined choir’s rendition of Morte Christe brought the first half to a fitting end.

Dorset choir opened the second half with an energetic selection from the musical Oliver, following this with Bring Him Home (Les Miserables) and the foot tapping Rhythm of Life from Sweet Charity.

Gwent choir returned with the lively Swinging with the Saints, followed by the haunting Prayer of the Children and their first performance of This Nearly was Mine from South Pacific. Concluding with a very well received All for the Best from Godspell and Cwm Rhondda.

Our own Alyson Jones donned her soloist’s hat to sing Eponines’s song ‘On my Own’ from Les Miserables and in total contrast she wowed everyone with her cockney accent as she sang ‘Just you Wait’ from My Fair Lady.

To complete the entertainment both choirs combined to sing Softly as I Leave You and American Trilogy, a delighted audience gave them a standing ovation.

Chairman Phil Humphreys thanked everyone who took part including the accompanists Nicola Coker (Gwent) and Lisa Timbs (Dorset) both accomplished musicians in their own right. Our compere for the evening was Dave Green, Phil also mentioned Mike Gough who unable to assume his position as compere due to ill health was in the audience for the first half. We wish Mike all the best.

To all the people who would have liked to have been there but couldn’t get tickets, make a note in you diaries and look out for publicity posters for next years concerts.

Submitted by Ann Sykes 10thDecember 2014

A great time was had by all who attended the annual dinner dance, once again organised by our Vice Chairman Stuart Ashdown and his lovely wife Gill, the evening was a spectacular success, good food , nice wine and convivial company and entertainment as shown by the photos. See pictures, click here

Submitted by Jean Comfort 10thDecember 2014

We welcome John Brunning to our top tenor section.

SUPER CONCERT

Brighouse in Yorkshire, what a super weekend for the choir, travelling by coach on Friday 26th September, good weather but the traffic!! However arriving early evening and settling into rooms meant a quick dash to the nearest restaurant either in the hotel or a nearby Wetherspoons, both very enjoyable then the hardier choristers had a great sing-a-long in the hotel bar.

Saturday morning, bright and clear, some of the choir and wives took advantage of the coach drive to Castle Howard others to wander around the quaint town or meander along the canal path conveniently beside the hotel.

The concert in the Central Methodist Church was a joy, to a packed audience both the bands and choir excelled.

Programme

Members of the band served very generous refreshments for all, followed by the raffle in the interval all were made very welcome. Returning to the hotel accompanied by some of the band and there family and friends a rousing afterglow rounded off an outstanding evening.

Take a look at some of the photos.

Submitted by Jean Comfort 14thOctober 2014


The Millenium Hall at Garndiffaith was packed on the night of September 13th, when Gwent Police Choir combined with the well known ladies choir The Linden Singers and a splendid soloist Ben Powell gathered to raise funds for the Mother Janet Primary School in Uganda.

The Linden Singers opened the evening with Love Changes Everything, Kyrie and This is my Song, their final two songs were the foot tapping spiritual Ride the Chariot and Fly Me to the Moon, a song played during the Apollo Ten Mission being one of the first songs played in outer space.

Soloist Ben Powell paying tribute his grandmother, persuaded the audience to join him in singing Happy Birthday. He then proceeded to delight the audience with a lovely religious song How Lovely are The Dwellings, in complete contrast The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomand and the show stopping song from Les Miserables ‘Stars’

Gwent Police Choir conducted by Roger Appleby and deputy accompanist Ceri Gifford-Berry began their set with Do You Hear the People Sing also from Les Miserables, followed by the breezy Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Deus Salutis, Little Innocent Lamb and American Trilogy recorded by Elvis but made famous by the choir!!! concluded the first half.

During the interval a talk and slide show were given showing photographs of the work carried out by the ALLHIM charity in Uganda.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Chatanooga Choo Choo from The Linden Singers got the second half off to a swinging start, four more numbers charmed the audience particularly Another Day, a heart warming song written to help all going through troubled times.

Ben returned to great applause opening with Empty Chairs and Empty Tables followed by If I Loved You from Carousel. His final rendering of Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera drew a standing ovation from an appreciative audience.

The final set from the Police Choir began with Prayer of the Children reminding us of the horrors of war. Followed by Swinging with the Saints and one of their signature renderings All for the Best from Godspell.

Concluding with the traditional Cwm Rhondda and the Welsh National Anthem brought an enjoyable evening to a close.

Altogether a joyful occasion and a true feast of music.

Submitted by Ann Sykes September 24th 2014

Latest news from Gwent Police Choir.

After their well earned summer break, the choir return to practise nights on
Monday 1st September.

2014 has been a very busy year, apart from frequent local concerts we have travelled to a number of venues in other parts of the country always for deserving charities.

On September 13th we join with a popular Torfaen ladies choir, The Linden Singers, for a concert at The Millennium Hall Garndiffaith in aid of the ALLHIM charity.

Then on the 27th an exciting three day visit to Yorkshire as guests of the prestigious Clifton and Lightcliffe Band.

Next a local concert on the 11th October at St John the Baptist Church in Oakfield Road in aid of the Handpost Community Library Association.

Our favourite night of the year is our visit to St.Julian’s Methodist Church on Caerleon Road, Newport for our Annual Concert. This year on 22nd November we will be giving a warm welcome to the Dorset Police choir as our guests.

Also in November a dinner dance is held where wives and friends can put on their glad rags and dance the night away.

The last concert of the year will be at St. Patrick’s Church, Cromwell Road Newport on 6th December when we combine with the well known Allegra Choir for their Annual Concert.

In 2015 the choir have already many events organised, a few dates are vacant if you wish to book them. Please contact Howard Hicks the Concert Secretary 01633 862529.

New choristers are always welcome, no audition or experience necessary we practise at Police Headquarters, Croesyceiliog on Monday nights. Come along and give it a try. Ring Ron Comfort 01633 667899.


Concert in Kidderminster Town Hall, Saturday 19th July 2014

This was a memorial concert to celebrate the life of Pam Cunningham (nee Appleby) - my sister - who passed away in January of this year. She was the founder conductor of the Kidderminster Valentines, a choir which started with less than a dozen ladies; the ladies were wives and girlfriends of members of the Kidderminster Male Voice Choir, and there ambitions were simple - they wanted to contribute a few songs to the post-concert afterglow, the time when the choristers relax (usually with some alcoholic lubrication) and sing informally…..

The group quickly grew into a choir with a regular weekly rehearsal, and its own separate identity. KidderminsterAs the Kidderminster Valentines, they gave concerts all over the country and abroad, enjoying a reputation for excellence; over the 25 years of its existence the membership rose to more than 70 singers and Sir Tim Rice became the choir’s patron.

This, then, was the reason for the concert. The Valentines wanted to show their love and gratitude to Pam, and the Gwent Police Choir and Kidderminster Male Choir were delighted to be invited to join with them. The evening was, of course, a sellout - in fact some members of the audience stood throughout! Each choir made its own unique contribution to the evening as well as singing in combination. The two male choirs combined for ‘Morte Christe’ and ‘Softly as I Leave You’, with all three choirs joining together for ‘Speed Your Journey’. One of many highlights was the performance of a piece I composed for Pam called ‘Autumn’. This was written originally as a piano solo, but Morfydd Sinclair, the Valentine’s accompanist, asked permission to write lyrics to the piece. This she did, and the choir sang it beautifully; I had the great pleasure of accompanying the performance.

It was a truly memorable evening and a fitting tribute to Pam; the audience (and all who took part) had a night to remember - not least for the very humid weather conditions too! Pam’s families were there in strength and were very moved by the evening and the very clear demonstration of the affection and regard everyone has for her.

Submitted by Rodger Appleby, August 20th 2014

Another rousing skittle night organised by Stewart and Alf was enjoyed by all who attended, luckily a number of choristers from Cwmbran male choir joined us and we were able to make up enough teams for an enjoyable evening. Of course there was much bantering and rivalry from both choirs and the lady supporters, but a good social evening rounded off with sandwiches and of course a few pints.

Enjoy the pics. Click Here

Write-up Concert by Mary Barnett Grassroots, South Wales Argus.

On 21st June Gwent Police Choir held a concert at St. Hilda’s Church Griffithstown organised by nurses working for The Lymphodema Service Fund and Stewart & Gill Ashdown. The Church has recently been refurbished and provided a delightful setting for the concert.

The choir under the baton of Rodger Appleby opened with a rousing rendition of ‘Do you hear the people sing’ and ‘Bring him Home’ from Les Miserables. Followed by Deus Salutis.

Guest artist Mackenzie Paget an amazing musician thrilled the audience with a superb performance at the piano of Bach’s 2nd Prelude and Fugue in C Minor.

The choir closed the 1st half with an exhilarating version of ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’ a charming gospel piece ‘Little Innocent Lamb’ and ‘Morte Christe’

Taking the floor again for the second half the choir began with a well known Elvis song ‘American Trilogy’ a mention must be made of the choir’s accompanist Nicola Coker, her stirring playing adding and extra zest to the music. A complete contrast was the moving ‘Prayer for the Children’ written by Kurt Besner inspired by the suffering of children in the Balkan War.

Mackenzie Paget reappeared and delighted the audience with ‘Chopin’s Polonnaise in C minor, this talented young man performs faultlessly without music.

The gentleman of the choir continued the evening’s entertainment with a lively rendition called ‘Swingin with the Saints’ followed by a great fun version of ‘All for the Best’ from ‘Godspell’

Rodger relinquished his baton and performed two of his own compositions ‘Provence’ inspired by idyllic holidays in France and ‘Autumn’ dedicated to his late sister.

Two more lovely pieces closed the evenings entertainment beautifully, ‘Softly as I leave You’ and the stirring Cwm Rhondda.


Write-up of concert by David Hando published in Grassroots.
South Wales Argus.

There was another splendid evening’s entertainment at St Julian’s Church provided by the excellent Gwent Police Choir in aid of the Church, Night Shelter and Street Pastors. The audience were very appreciative of a varied programme of show songs, spirituals and hymns. Particularly poignant was ‘The Prayer for the Children’

The audience was also delighted with the performance of three very talented youngsters from St. Alban’s RC High School under the school’s Head of Music, Paul Cook. Briana Paine beautifully sang four songs from the shows, while Emily Lussana-Harwood and Rebecca Freeman were brilliant violinists.

The compere was the inimitable Mike Gough.

The three charities were grateful to the choir and the young artists for giving their time and talent and providing a splendid evening’s entertainment while raising much needed funds.


The choir are sad to announce the death of a popular and valued member
Mervyn Richards

Mervyn

Mervyn was born and raised in the Welsh speaking village of Brongest in Cardiganshire.

After attending Llandysul Grammar School he went on to university at Aberystwyth where he studied mathematics. After completing his National Service with the RAF in Germany, he obtained a position in the laboratory at Panteg Steelworks rising to become Works Manager a post he held until his retirement in 1990.

I first met him in The Terrace Inn (our local pub - and a scruffy one it was too, but we loved it) where we quickly became firm friends, a friendship which lasted for over forty years. During this time we and our wives spent many happy holidays together both in this country and abroad.

Mervyn became a member of Cwmbran Male Choir in 1978/9 and encouraged me to join him in 1980. Here we sang next to each other until we left in 1993. During that time Mervyn was Choir chairman for 8 years and led the Choir on two tours og Germany and one to California. He would also carry out duties of Deputy Conductor whenever required and was always happy conducting the after-concert sing-alongs.

One of my undying memories is of Mervyn - after rugby matches of course! - standing in the doorway between the bar and lounge at our local pub conducting the singing in both rooms at the same time.

Mervyn joined Gwent Police Choir in 1995 and proved to be a great asset, not only to the 2nd bass section, but to the Choir in general with his musical knowledge and fluency in Welsh. He was a brilliant chorister and could put anyone right in his section with a nudge, a word or a look if you happened to stray off the note.

As everone knows we were always together and as someone said "joined at the hip" Mervyn was a big part of my life and I miss him greatly.

Jim Angel


Latest News from Gwent Police Choir

The choir are well into this year’s very busy programme. A recent highlight was an invitation to be guests at a concert arranged by Newport Rotary, this was a free concert held at Christchurch Centre Malpas. Despite heavy rain, over five hundred people enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of song, brass band music and a folk group.

The following weekend was an excellent evening in Poole combining with The Dorset Police Choir; this was held in a beautiful Church where the acoustics added to a great sound. The host choir laid on a splendid buffet, and a great party atmosphere which continued back at the hotel, rounded off a very successful weekend.

June is particularly hectic with concerts at Basseleg School Thursday19th, then to St Hilda’s Church in Griffithstown on Saturday 21st for a charity concert in aid of the Lymphodema Cancer Service. Finally on Saturday back to St Julian’s Church Caerleon Road Newport on 28th to sing in aid of Newport Churches.

The rest of the year is fully booked with visits to Kidderminster, Yorkshire and Hereford and of course our annual on the 22nd November.

There are still a few vacant dates available in 2015 so if you are raising funds for charity ring Howard on 01633 862529.

New members are always welcome, we rehearse on Monday evenings at Police Headquarters Croesyceiliog, no need to be in the force and no audition, just come along and see for yourself. For more information ring Ron Comfort on 01633 667899.

Submitted by Jean Comfort, June 2014

Christchurch

The choir held two prestigious concerts on consecutive Saturdays, the first one being in the Christchurch Centre, Newport where they shared the stage with Rogerstone Brass Band and Chwarae Teg Folk Group. The hall, which seats more than 400 people, was full for this concert which was presented by the Rotary Club of Newport and sponsored by Newport City Homes.

The Police choir began in their usual way with Do you Hear the People Sing from Les Miserables and Vita & Shaper’s arrangement of Softly as I Leave You.

It was a delight to welcome the young people of the Folk group who entertained so beautifully with a succession of reels and jigs, which left many feet tapping along in time.

Their spot was followed by the Rogerstone Brass Band who played the hymn tune Ellacombe [known as the hymn The Day of Resurrection]. This was followed by a march called Praise, then Pastorale with a beautiful cornet solo by Peter Keen. Their final piece was the popular song ‘And the Band Played On’ played in a variety of styles which brought a smile to many a face.

The police choir then concluded the first half with Rodger Appleby’s arrangement of The Lord’s Prayer and Alexander’s Ragtime Band [another foot-tapper] and incidentally Irving Berlin’s first hit in 1911.

After the interval the choir recommenced with An American Trilogy and the spiritual Little Innocent Lamb.

It was the turn of the folk group once again, whose name translates as Fair Folk, with a selection of Welsh Reels, The Star of the County Down with vocals by Aiden, and a further group of reels from the USA. This group, supported by Gwent Music Support, received, rightly, great applause for their expertise on their various instruments and I for one hope to see and hear them again in the not too distant future.

The band then followed with a variety of pieces which began with the Cortege from Mlada by Rimsky-Korsakov, a Manx folk song called Little Red Bird, Tina Turner’s Proud Mary and to conclude, the lovely song from The Student Prince, I’ll Walk with God.

To draw the afternoon to a close the choir chose All for the Best from Godspell and the ever-popular Cwm Rhondda.

Following presentations to musical directors and accompanists the band concluded the afternoon with Speed Your Journey.

We were delighted to welcome Emma Dawson, daughter of Steve Rowland [one of the choir choristers] as conductor during the absence of the musical director Rodger Appleby, and Ceri Gifford-Berry as accompanist [and playing superbly] in place of Nicola Coker, the choir’s usual accompanist, who is recovering from surgery.

Other well known guests included MP Jessica Morden, the Police Commissioner Ian Johnston, the Mayor and Mayoress of Newport along with other councillors.

Everyone went home filled with delight at the variety and loveliness of the music they had heard.

Submitted by Ann Sykes, June 2014

Poole

The following Saturday found the choir in Poole where they were the guests of the Dorset Police choir, the programme rightly called Singing the Blues and Twos.

The compere this evening was Martin Underhill, President of Parkstone Rotary Club, since the concert had been arranged by Parkstone Rotary. The two charities to benefit the concert were Turn Your Back UK, a charity which began as a Facebook group and which now raises awareness of knife crime and the heartbreak it can cause to families both of the victims and perpetrators. The other charity is LV-Streetwise and is an indoor life-size village with a range of town and country scenes where young people can be taught about stranger danger, give children a head start in safety education and supporting parents and children for the skills they need for life.

The church was full as Dorset police choir began with A Roman War Song, Malotte’s well-known version of The Lord’s Prayer and the foot-tapping spiritual Give me that Old Time Religion.

It was the turn of Gwent Police then and they began with Do You Hear the People Sing?, Alexander’s Ragtime Band and Deus Salutis arranged by Mansel Thomas.

The soloist for this half was Jane Oakland, musical director of Dorset Police choir, who sang ‘They call me Mimi’ from La Boheme. Her superb voice rang through the church and brought tremendous applause from the audience. She was a joy to listen to!

Then both choirs joined together to sing Gwahoddiad [partly in English with the Gwent choristers singing the second verse in Welsh], and Cwm Rhondda.

Following the interval the Gwent police took the stage to sing the heart-rending Prayer of the Children, written for the innocent victims of conflict. They followed this with All for the Best and Swinging with the Saints.

It was the turn of Rodger Appleby, musical director, to play the piano and this he did superbly, playing two of his own compositions, the first called Provence, inspired by holidays spent there, and the second called Autumn. It is always a joy to listen to Rodger – his interpretation is beautiful and everyone enjoyed his music as much as I did.

Dorset Police choir took to the stage again to sing The Song of the Jolly Roger [a song which stirred up many memories for me] then My Heart will Go On from ‘Titanic’ and finally ‘There is Nothing Like a Dame’ the resounding men’s chorus from South Pacific.

To bring the evening to a close both choirs took the stage to sing Softly as I Leave You and An American Trilogy.

As with the Newport concert many of the Poole and District councillors and dignitaries were present, and judging by the comments I heard from members of the audience, both choirs could be proud of such a successful performance. We look forward to November when the Dorset Police Choir will be the guests at the Gwent Police choir’s annual concert.

Submitted by Ann Sykes, June 2014

Clifton & Lightcliffe Band from Yorkshire, 29th March 2014

St. Patrick’s Church Hall Newport was the venue for a feast of music and song on 29th March when the choir welcomed the Clifton & Lightcliffe Band from Yorkshire as the guest artists at their concert.

Clifton Lightcliffe Band

It is thought that the band was formed in 1838 when many inhabitants of the local villages were employed in agriculture or coal mining and getting together to play instruments and eventually join together as a band was a way of escaping the harsh conditions of the time. As the 20th century came the band competed and won prizes at the Crystal Palace in London then, as the 20th century gave way to the 21st, the band qualified for the national championships on 4 occasions, being promoted to the first section in 2013. As well as the senior band there is a B Band made up of players who, over time, can progress to the senior band and in addition a number of ladies got together to form the Clifton Ladies Band who also perform at smaller venues.

As hosts, the Police Choir got off to a rousing start with Do you Hear the People Sing, from Les Miserables, following it with Bring him Home from the same show. Deus Salutis completed their first set.

The band opened with a rousing march in which we could hear snippets of familiar tunes such as Ilkley Moor, Farmer’s Boy and Old Macdonald. This was followed by what the compere called ‘A Right Good Blow’ as their conductor John Clay led them into a stirring rendition of Rossini’s William Tell Overture. To conclude their first set they delighted everyone with the song that proved to be the best song of 1941, made famous by the Andrews Sisters and recorded by many artists since – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.

The police choir then took to the stage for Alexander’s Ragtime Band and, in complete contrast the delightful Little Innocent Lamb, finishing with the descriptive By Babylon’s Wave.

The band then returned to conclude the first half by playing Nights in White Satin, and then a piece simply called Aria with euphonium solo by one of the band members, Graham, and finally the foot tapping Singing in the Rain.

Following the interval it was the turn of the band once again, and this time they delighted everyone with two pieces they had played in the stage production of ‘Brassed Off’, where seven performances were given in Bradford.

These pieces were the March called Death or Glory followed by another total contrast – The Floral Dance written for the 1911 Helston Furry Dance. Their final piece in this set was the piece of music heard when the Union flag was lowered in Hong Kong at the handover – a very haunting piece [and one of my firm favourites] called Highland Cathedral.

The choir took to the stage then and sang the equally haunting Prayer of the Children, following this with the so-called Tesco 3 for 1 offer, An American Trilogy.

The band then struck up their instruments for their final [almost] contribution to what had been a wonderful evening. Their first piece was a Salvation Army March in which we could hear familiar hymn tunes such as Onward Christian Soldiers and I’ll go in the Strength of the Lord. They followed this with the lovely song from Sigmund Romberg’s operetta The Student Prince called I’ll Walk with God. Their final piece in this group was the song made popular some years ago – YMCA, with many of the audience following the actions of the song. They rightly received a standing ovation for their wonderful artistry on some very difficult instruments.

The Police Choir then resumed the stage for their final set in which they sang the delightful Swinging with the Saints, following it with All for the Best, a duet from Godspell in which the characters playing Judas and Jesus give the opposing defintions to ‘It’s all for the Best’ either down here on earth or afterwards in Heaven. They then concluded with the usual piece with which they end their programme – Cwm Rhondda.

But this was not the end as Rodger Appleby [musical director of the choir] conducted both the band and the choir in playing and singing Speed your Journey. This too drew a standing ovation for the sheer artistry, and the delight of the audience was obvious.

Chairman of the choir, Phil Humphreys, presented special ties to two members who had achieved 25 years with the choir – Bob Daniels and Bill Taylor. Bill has been ill for quite some time but has now resumed practice, hoping to be on stage again in the near future. Gifts were also exchanged between the leaders of the band and the choir.

The evening concluded with the singing of the two National Anthems and everyone went home knowing their night out had been well worth it.

We look forward to September of this year when the choir will make a journey to Yorkshire as the guests of the band, once again to take the stage with them.

Many thanks to everyone who made the evening so special, but very special thanks must be expressed to Ceri Gifford Berry who accompanied the choir throughout. Her performance throughout the evening was sterling. Ceri has stepped in as accompanist for Nicola Coker who is recovering from an operation, and this was her first concert. Very well done, Ceri and our get well wishes go to Nicola!

View more pictures here!

Submitted by Ann Sykes, April 2014

Bob Daniels

Bob Daniels receiving his 25 years presentation tie.

Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor receiving his 25 years presentation tie.

Ceri Gifford-Berry studied piano and composition at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and graduated with an honours degree. She completed her Post Graduate Certificate of Education at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.

ceri gifford berry

Ceri began her teaching career at Caldicot Comprehensive School before moving to St Cenydd Comprehensive School in Caerphilly where she taught Music and Performing Arts for 12 years.

Currently, Ceri is a freelance musician working on music and performing arts projects with staff and pupils in primary schools along with teaching piano in both primary and secondary schools. Ceri accompanies the Caerphilly Community Chorus and has accompanied the Caerphilly Children’s Choir and Caerphilly Youth Singers.

Sincere thanks to Ceri Gifford-Berry for being our guest pianist for our last two concerts.

Submitted by Jean Comfort, April 2014

Skittles Evening - Held on Wednesday 22ndJanuary 2014

A Social Evening and Skittles Match was organised bt the Gwent Poilce Choir at the Cwmbran Workingmans's Club on Wednesday 22nd January 2014.

It was attended by members of the Choir and their wives, and also we invited members of the Cwmbran Male Voice Choir to join us.

Alan Lewis, Secretary of the Cwmbran Male Voice Choir was delighted to accept out invitation and it was nice to meet their members as well.

We had an excellent buffet, which the Club provided. A raffle was also arranged.

Cwmbran Male Voice Choir, suggested that they might arrange a skittle evening and extend the invitation to Gwent Police Choir for a return match.

Many thanks to all who organised the evening.

Submitted by Gill Ashdown, January 2014

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