Well, there was clearly going to be no Privett church concert this year but in spite of this the choir determined to sing throughout, mainly on Zoom, and recently in a redundant windy and open-ended cowshed – that’s keenness for you. And as there was to be no singing in church it was decided to have a mini concert and picnic in the churchyard, just for our friends and families.
What a revelation and what a setting! A group of volunteers have over the past year cleared Privett churchyard, restoring graves, felling unwanted trees, and providing a wonderful open space and vista of the countryside for all to enjoy. Everything combined to make this a special event. The weather for a start was glorious; the setting perfect, and we all enjoyed our picnics. I also like to think that the choir sang quite well – some jolly ditties with a couple of short more serious pieces; about twenty minutes in all.
Rob Hollis gave a stirring talk, telling the story of the Great Endeavour; how he and Ian Hughes gathered volunteers, funds, experts – and awards! I am sure they would wish me to say that work is still in progress, so volunteer helpers and funds will continue to be welcome.
A magical evening indeed.