1 Woodfield Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire. HG1 4LN

Two Awesome Experiences

1:    Where do I begin? August 2019 – on a damp Saturday evening our humble church building was transformed, by the use of judicious lighting and a re-arrangement of the furniture, into a very welcoming concert hall.  

We certainly hope she did feel welcomed – our very own Cardiff singer Amanda Henderson who gave up her time to royally entertain us with songs from famous and well-known shows.  

It was a real treat to hear her compelling voice ringing out numbers from The Little Mermaid (Part of your World)  Cabaret, the Abba hit – Mama Mia, Cats (Memories), Guys & Dolls,  Les Misérables (I Dreamed a Dream) Oliver (As Long As He Needs Me),  Tell Me It’s Not True Blood Brothers, Mary Poppins and The Greatest Showman (This is Me), and ending with Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz.

After singing for over half an hour we broke for refreshments in the Hall. Thank you to all who provided the tasty home-baked cakes etc.   There was also a raffle with 20 prizes.  Following that Amanda told us a little about herself, her musical training and some of the acting parts she has taken on over the years. Then she sang some more.

Amanda sang about Lilies but definitely gave Bluebells a miss!  One thing she had to put up with was the strange man who, several times, jumped up onto the “stage” area in order to compere the evening …. but who was also desperate to sing. In the end she allowed him to help out with “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and the two of them gave a great performance which ended with sustained and loud applause.

It was quite lovely to have members of Amanda’s extended family in the audience as well as folk who had come over from Knaresborough and the usual suspects from our own congregation.  My own granddaughters (both budding choir sopranos) were utterly amazed, (as was I) at the power of Amanda’s voice and the feeling she put into each emotional rendition.

We loved it Amanda – thank you so much for coming to entertain us.

2: Later in the week, on the Tuesday, the Fellowship had its annual outing.  Amidst all the wet days we certainly chose the best one – the sun shone all day!    

We followed the pattern of our successful tour last year, using the same coach company and driver and eating lunch at the same venue – the New Bridge Inn at Pateley. The outward journey took us on a different route through several of the villages in the outer parts Harrogate. However, we could not find a coffee morning going on anywhere so went into Masham for a short break to stretch our legs and get a drink.

We drove along winding lanes (passing lots of tractors) going up and down hills and getting the most spectacular views of the wonderful countryside.  Lots of animals about – mainly sheep (even on the roads), cattle, horses and donkeys, chickens, pheasants and other birdlife.  Following the recent heavy rains, the rivers and brooks are all running freely and the reservoirs very full.  There was little sign of flood damage but many of the small streets and hillsides would certainly suffer in substantial rains.

Our meal was very pleasant – good food and nice company.  We saw lots more countryside and arrived home at about 4:00pm. Many thanks to Anne Skinner who arranged the day.

Jo Turnbull

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