Station Singers’ spring concert raises £1,400 for charity

Carol Gedye with Heather Ritchie of Rug Aid and Rev Andrew Cromarty, of St Cuthbert’s Community Hall, Colburn.

The Station Singers’ recent spring concert raised more than £1,400 for two charities.

The event, led by Carol Gedye, assisted by Kay Bromhead and accompanied by Brett Overin, was held to support St Cuthbert’s Community Hall, Colburn, and Rug Aid.

The concert was themed Songs of the Sea and the three community choirs performed a
wide range of music from sea shanties to folk tunes, to songs from the shows, to individual

The evening began with Wade in the Water and ended with a rousing rendition of South Pacific.

The audience also participated to join the choirs in singing some well-known sea songs.

Heather Ritchie explained that Rug Aid teaches the making of rugs to some of the poorest people in Africa.

The workshop is based in a school for the blind in Kanifing, The Gambia, and all money raised go directly to the visually impaired.

Reverend Andrew Cromarty described the importance of St Cuthbert’s Community Hall in Colburn for all its people.

He said the hall has “risen like a phoenix” and is now a busy, thriving community hub.

The money raised will be put towards the work on a new roof for the centre.

The Station Singers were delighted to have the invited guests Mayor Stuart Parsons, Mayoress Lyn Glover, chair of Richmond District Council, Angie Dale and Deputy Mayor of Colburn and NYCC, Helen Grant in attendance.

The Station Singers, audience and charity representatives ended the evening by enjoying delicious refreshments in St Mary’s Church. A lovely evening was had by all.