Summer School 1st - 3rd August
Over three days, there was a mixture of singing and craft activities, plus a lot of fun and laughter, hats and outfits clearly adding to the atmosphere.
We made up new words for 'The day we went to Bangor', fashioned kites and shell boxes, even created pictures using templates, photographic paper and sunshine! (Luckily, there was some sun.)
Seaton Delaval Hall - 23rd July
Despite the very damp weather, a good number of singers turned up to sing - thankfully, indoors, in the salon. It was a good day for wearing our hoodies to keep warm, but it was a lovely place to sing.
Whitley Women Summer Sing - 7th July
We gathered at The Exhange in North Shields to sing everything we have been practising since Christmas. A good audience came to listen and some songs even got a thumbs-up from Gilly.
The raffle had some amazing prizes (some donated by local businesses Boda Home, Elder & Wolf and Sanctuary House) and brought our Summer term contribution to Shine North East up to £941.50. The cheque was presented at the concert. Over the whole year, we raised an amazing £4156.50!
Our gifts to Gilly for all she does for us elicited the response: "Thanks for the lovely gifts, especially the DVD" followed by what looks like a 'tears of joy' emoji.
Whitley Bay Carnival - May 27th
We sang on the Piazza in the sunshine and enjoyed the other choirs.
It was great to get everyone together for the 'Big Sing'. The Carnival Parade was colourful and noisy and arrived on the seafront while we still had sunshine.
Western Evening - March 31st 2017
Many Whitley Women turned up for an evening of fun themed around the American 'wild west', which raised over £700 for Shine North East. Some women from the charity came along to share the evening with us and thank us for the difference we make. The total since September is an amazing £3129.47 and we still have one more term to collect more.
The Hall was decorated specially and there were some stylish outfits on show.
The exciting prize (beans and sausages), however, went to a horse!
The quiz had most of us puzzled, displaying a distinct lack of knowledge about Country music and actors in Hollywood westerns.
Hot dogs were served with a smile - and onions.
Singing was, of course, involved - from the very familiar for us all to sing together to the more unusual and witty songs, sung by Shrinking Violets in disguise as Reckless Gilly and the Rawhide Roses.
Line dancing was the special feature of the evening. As you can see from the photos, we spent a lot of time looking at our feet - which were sometimes doing the right thing.
Good start, this year. The Carol Choir sang at Central Station on a very cold night.
Despite noisy trains and important station announcements, we had a great time and raised money for Health Poverty Action at the same time. We even earned a few words of praise from Gilly! Well done to all concerned.
This was part of an effort across the UK over 17 days. Altogether, £19,573.56 was raised - we were a small, but important part of that and Jessica, from the charity sent her warmest thanks.
Our main concert was sold out! Mind you, there were so many choir members singing that we may still have outnumbered the audience, at least one of whom was seen trying to count us.
Singing in Whitley Bay Library was also well attended. Raffles and singing out have, so far, raised £1013 for Shine North East, to which another £410 has been added by donations from Shrinking Violets events and miscellaneous stuff.