HAG Rocks! Choir and our talented HAG actors and crew are really missing The Christmas Show, which should have been this week, 4th & 5th Dec. Our annual event, which is so popular with us, and our audiences, sadly cannot take place. But we promise to be back next year, bigger and better than ever, to start off everyone’s Christmas celebrations with a joyous evening of music and laughter!
It’s such a long time since I’ve sent out an email to you and it seems an eternity since we were last together at choir rehearsal on a Monday night. I know how much everyone has been missing our regular get-togethers, meeting one another & singing the music that we love so much. It has felt strange not to be working on new songs for you and we miss doing that too.
It’s such a tragedy that so much has been taken away by this ghastly virus & depriving us of such good times.
I hope you & your families have all managed to avoid coronavirus infection and if not, avoided complications. It’s clear that we won’t be able to start choir again until we’ve been vaccinated, so let’s hope that’s not going to be too far away. Obviously, we’ll get going as soon as we possibly can and it’s safe for everyone.
Do have as good a Christmas as you can in the circumstances, it’s all going to be very different this year but we have to stay safe until those vaccinations have been given.
Doris, Amanda & Charlie send you their love & very best wishes for Christmas & a much brighter & more normal 2021. We look forward to seeing you some time in the Spring & getting those vocal chords going again!
Next June we visit Maplin’s Holidy Camp, to see what your favourite TV characters have been up to! Ted, Spike, Jeffery, Gladys, Yvonne and Barry Sturt-Hargreaves, the yellow coats and not forgetting Peggy the chalet maid, are among the great fun parts to audition for. So, If you’re re booking your holidays for next year and you want to be involved, note our show dates above and make sure you’re available!
HAG ROCKS! CHOIR
In these sadly uncertain times starting in September does not seem likely, so we are pinning our hopes on January 11th 2021. Fingers crossed ! Everyone tells us how much they are missing our Monday evenings, meeting up with friends and reaping the health benefits that singing brings us. We are continually receiving enquiries from folks wanting to join us, and we will be back – watch this space!
We now have a cast for our radio play, Welcome To Our Village, Please invade Carefully. This play is a comedy, where the Buckinghamshire village of Cresdon Green has been invaded by an alien race called the Geonin. The village has been cut off from the outside world. Most of the village are actually quite happy to have the aliens around, who are being very friendly and polite and making sure that the village has everything it needs. The only person who isn’t happy is Katrina, who was visiting her parents when the invasion happened and is now trapped. Rehearsals will be starting next week. Please keep an eye out for further details on how to listen to the show.
Liz Sinclair – minion, old person, villager, printer
At the very last minute, that the route has been changed, and will now be going around the cricket green, passed the golf club and along the High Street ( A30 ) towards Basingstoke. Therefore I think it’s necessary for us to move down to the other end of the green, by the roundabout where we have our show banners, so we see it go by along the A30. HAG and HAG Rocks! members will be gathering at around 9.30am on the 10th July to say farewell to our friend Lesley Parish, so please join us if you would like to.
The family have asked for no black to be worn at the service, so I’m thinking that HAG polo shirts, and our choir red tops and bright colours will be therefore be appropriate.
An update for you all on Lesley Parish’s funeral, please see below information which Lesley’s daughter Nella recently posted on Facebook:
FUNERAL SERVICE Mum’s funeral is going to be held at Basingstoke crematorium on Friday 10th July. For obvious reasons numbers are limited but we intend to hold a huge party in celebration of her life when all this Covid19 and social distancing stuff is over. However, if you would like to pay your respects on the day, we have arranged with the funeral directors for mums coffin to be driven from the family home, up through St John’s Road, past the allotments and down the fleet road (past St John’s church and the green space on the common) before heading off to the crematorium, that way everyone who knew mum can stand by the roadside to say their goodbyes as she passes. We will leave the family home at 09:30.
DONATIONS Although mum loved flowers, we would like to ask that instead of sending flowers, donations are made to either the Woodland Trust or St Michael’s Hospice. It was one of mum’s missions to plant several trees this year and we feel a donation to the woodland trust would go some way to honouring her intentions. We also want to thank St Michael’s Hospice for all the love and care they gave mum in her final days. The funeral directors have created an online donation page for mum on their website. To use this facility please visit the Holmes Funeral Service website at: http://www.holmesfunerals.com and click the donate button. You will then be asked to enter Lesley Parish’s name in order to gain access to her unique donation page. Please feel free to donate as much or as little as you like (or maybe not at all) to either charity.
Thank you once again for all your kind and lovely comments, I’m sure mum, aka Mrs P, would have felt very special to know how much she meant to you all (I know we, her family) do. Nella, Charlie, Josh, Kate and Mike (dad) It was suggested at the AGM that perhaps HAG and Choir members may feel they would like to gather together on the common, as the hearse is to be driven down and through the village that morning. Choir ladies might like to wear their red tops, and if others have HAG logo polo shirts they might like to wear those, so we can join together to say our final goodbyes.
Finally, as mentioned above, the family have requested donations in lieu of flowers to the Woodland Trust or St Michael’s Hospice and have provided details on how to do this.
I want to share with you some very devastating and upsetting news. For those of you who haven’t heard, our dear friend Lesley Parish lost her battle with cancer at St Michael’s Hospice on June 17th.
Lesley was a founder member of HAG 45 years ago, and since then her contribution to the group, her enthusiasm and her energy have been immeasurable. She has sat on the Committee several times, acted on stage, directed, ran our Youngstars Group and made so many beautiful costumes that we have a store room bulging with them. Over the years and especially of late she has been instrumental in our fundraising activities. She spent many hours working on securing multiple grants to help us pay for our much needed technical upgrades. We now have brand new lighting and sound equipment which will benefit the group for many years to come. None of this would have been possible without her hard work and determination.
She was also a prominent member of our HAG Rocks! Choir, in the front row of the Altos, and I find it hard to imagine standing conducting the Choir without her being in front of me. Over the 17 years I have been a member of HAG we have worked on numerous shows together. I cannot put into words how grateful I am personally to her for all the help and support she has given me over this time.
I would not, I think, be overstating anything if I said that she was a village “icon”. So very many people from all the various activities she was associated with over the years will feel her loss.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to her husband Mike and all her family at this very sad time.
We at HAG, the group she loved so much, will consider how we can honour her memory.
With Very Best Wishes, Lesley Nicholls Chair: Hartley Arts Group.
Well, times are still worrying and difficult and none of us know when life will be normal again. I do hope that everyone is keeping safe, well, sane(!) and perhaps managing to get out and about a little bit more now.
During this challenging time, your committee has not been totally idol, sharing our thoughts via email and phone, and now planning our future meetings via Zoom. We have given much thought to the upcoming AGM which we will be holding on the 23rd June. However of course, it will not be the social evening that we would normally have. We will be emailing you, our paid-up Members and our Associate Members, with the necessary paperwork, reports etc, and voting forms for the committee. So please look out for them. Please note however that Associate Members are unable to vote.
Although the group cannot run as we would like too, we still have some bills to pay and we have lost a large income from both the choir and cancelled shows this year, so your support is vital.
As regards to our current plans, we cannot rely on social distancing measures allowing us to fill the Victoria Hall with an audience for the October show. The best we can hope for, at this time, is to start rehearsals for our planned February slot in Sept/Oct 2020.
As to when HAG Rocks Choir! can return is sadly still in the air at the moment. Oh how we are all missing our weekly get together, chatting and reaping the physical and mental rewards that a good sing song gives! We will be starting back as soon as possible that’s for sure.
However, we have had one good idea! How about a radio play that we can put together online? This will be a new departure for HAG, and it will have its advantages, no script to learn for a start! Please contact us if you are interested in taking part.
With best wishes and love to all. Lesley Chair: Hartley Arts Group
As you will have seen
on the news, it is clear that the effects of the Coronavirus situation are
likely to continue for many weeks to come. We have therefore taken the
difficult decision to postpone Hi-de-Hi which was due to be performed in June.
The current plan is to move this production into our October slot but we will
of course keep you updated.
We have also decided to cancel our HAG Rocks Choir charity concert in July due
to the ongoing suspension of choir rehearsals.
So like the rest of the country HAG is bunkering down and shutting up shop for
a bit. Our next planned activity is the AGM in June, we will of course provide
an update on this nearer the time.
We hope you all stay safe and well during this very difficult time and we will
be in touch again soon.
AUTUMN 2020 SHOW – PLAY
The play read throughs that were planned for Wednesday 18th March and Tuesday
24th March have been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.
We have decided to postpone this show and move it to the October show slot.
HAG 45TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
Sadly we have had to cancel the birthday party we had planned for Friday 3rd
HAG ROCKS CHOIR
The usual Monday evening rehearsals for the choir have been suspended until
further notice. This suspension will be reviewed on a regular basis and updates
will be provided in due course as to when rehearsals will resume.
HAG ROCKS CHOIR – CHARITY
Sadly we have had to cancel this concert due to the suspension of choir
Auditions are next, Tuesday evening at 8.00pm in the Jubilee Hall. All our welcome to come along. So – there’s still time to get involved! If you can’t make it, please get in touch. e-mail: email@example.com
PERFORMANCE DATES ARE 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th & 20th JUNE 2020
I very much regret that, for the time being, due to the current situation with rapid spread of coronavirus, choir on Monday nights is to be discontinued.
Although there is no compulsion to cancel at the time of writing, there are many factors which lead us to believe that this is the right thing to do, in particular due to the high number of members, most of us in the higher age range, in close proximity together. Many have medical conditions that could result in increased risk should they become infected.
I have no idea how long this will last and indeed whether we will be able to do our charity summer concert. Only time will tell and we will be guided by the experts.
I sincerely hope you all weather this storm as best you can. I will keep you informed of any future arrangements.