I haven’t been online much over the last few months; my mother had been on end of life care for over a year and she passed away peacefully three weeks ago. It’s been a difficult time, both for her and for all the family.
55+? Moving PIctures Easter Parade, Plus Lunch And A Dance Workshop on January 25th At The Courtyard Hereford!
We are putting on a Moving Pictures event for people aged 55+ at the Courtyard.
Winter is upon us once again. I wonder what the next few months have in store for us weather-wise?
It has been a tad chilly these last few days and nights after our mostly mild December.
As many of you know, I belong to Helen Vereker Singers, Hereford Pop Choir.
This picture was taken after our car journey – they were deciding what to cook ☺️
Antony Peebles.Photo reproduced with permission.
Ex-Trinity College Cambridge student and experienced performer and teacher, Antony Peebles, gave a splendid piano recital as part of the King’s School Ely Concert Series in the Hayward Theatre on Thursday.
Review of ‘The Railway Children’ By King’s Ely Junior School In The Hayward Theatre On Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Photo copyright Max Openshaw
The Kings School is known for its high standard of productions and the Junior School’s presentation of ‘The Railway Children’ was as delightful as expected.
Review Of The Czech National Symphony Orchestra In Cambridge Corn Exchange On Tuesday 15th November 2016
The concert given by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in Cambridge Corn Exchange on Tuesday was splendid.
Britten Sinfonia Orchestra Photo copyright Harry Rankin
Elgar’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ in Ely Cathedral on Saturday was magnificent.
I thought you'd like a little remembrance story, it's a true one.
Review Of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted By Alexander Shelley With Violin Soloist Carolin Widmann At Cambridge Corn Exchange On Saturday 28th October 2016
Photo taken and reproduced with permission from Lennard Ruehle
After a fascinating talk by James Williams, Managing Director of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the orchestra gave a splendid concert in Cambridge Corn Exchange on Saturday.
Review Of The Concert Given By Ely Sinfonia And Martin Roscoe Concert In Ely Cathedral On Saturday 22nd October 2016
Ely Sinfonia members, under the directorship of Steve Bingham, were excellent on Saturday when they performed works by Bernstein, Gershwin and Aaron Copland in Ely Cathedral.
Review Of Chatteris Music Society’s Concert: The Budapest Café Orchestra In The Church Of St. Peter And St. Paul Chatteris On Saturday 8th October 2016
There is a very good reason why Chatteris Music Society is becoming more and more successful: it is providing fantastic concerts.
Once your own children have grown up, moved out and built lives of their own, you are left to enjoy years of doing things for yourself again.
The Sisters’ Challenge Including Eating Sushi, A Train Journey To Ludlow, Climbing To A Great Height, Singing In A Choir With Helen Vereker Singers And Meeting New Authors!
My sister Jan (AKA the Queen of Oapschat) and I are spending some time together right now and we decided to liven things up a bit by setting each other a few challenges. Everyone is scared of something, so we thought we would set about confronting some of our biggest fears.
Review Of Cambridge Voices; Bach To The Bard In The Lady Chapel Of Ely Cathedral On Monday 29th August 2016
Ian de Massini, Cambridge Voices and The Orchestra of the Age of Reason are rare musicians of undoubted talent and exceptional perception.
Me, Margaret and Sheila
Recently, I was giving someone the elevator speech for my new novel—the two minute summary every writer has ready in case they bump into an agent or Hollywood producer in the elevator—and she smiled and said ‘more sisters, I see.’
Review of ‘The Building of Ely Cantata Eliensis’ in The Lady Chapel Ely Cathedral on Sunday 26 June 2016
The Cantata Eliensis tells the story of the building of Ely Cathedral.
Lesley Garrett and Sarah Macdonald
‘A Summer Celebration’ in Ely Cathedral last Saturday must be one of the major highlights of the year and it certainly celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir magnificently.
Photo copyright Mark Cooney from Spotted in Ely
Viva’s production of ‘Sweeney Todd’ at the Brook in Soham was a fine production.
I have been given permission to publish this article written by Frank Shenton. Makes interesting reading!
I am delighted to be taking part in this concert at The Courtyard in Hereford on 27th and 28th May 2016.
Big changes are happening in Little G's world. She has now gone from being only child to big sister as You must be mad gave birth to Little GS last week, and we are all watching carefully to see if our extensive baby pre-prep has paid off.
Do You Remember The Launch Of the Russian Made Sekonda Watch With the Beware Of Expensive Imitations Advertising Campaign In 1975?
I was always notorious for breaking watches. They very rarely lasted more than a week, my record being one whole morning.
I recently stayed with our daughter and her family in the UK. Eddie is now six and his younger sister is 2 ¾ years old. They made me laugh and brought me back to the simple things in life in an instant.
A Review Of Dame Evelyn Glennie (percussion) In Conversation With Libby Purves And Accompanied By Philip Smith (piano) On Tuesday 26th April 2016 At The Corn Exchange In Cambridge
Dame Evelyn Glennie. Photo copyright Jim Callaghan
As part of the Cambridge Classical Concert Series, renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie entertained an enthralled audience in the Corn Exchange in Cambridge on Tuesday 26th April 2016.
Mum and big sister
Dear Little Boy
I am writing to you a couple of days before you are due to be born. You are going to enter the world and our lives and it is as if everything is 'on hold' awaiting your birth.
South African Gospel Choir Are Appearing At The Courtyard Hereford On Saturday 14 May At 7.30pm. A Free Workshop Will Be Held 4pm-5.30pm For Ticket Holders.
The majestic voices of the South African Gospel Choir will be performing at The Courtyard, Hereford on Saturday 14 May at 7.30pm.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Grandma in possession of a small child must be in want of practically nothing. Except advice. Lots and lots of advice.
I am a massive fan of Ralph Mctell as many of you know. He is appearing at The Royal Albert Hall on May 12th and I shall be going.
After an early marriage and divorce, I put all my energies into my work. I’m sure there are many single older women who did the same, and like me wonder when they retire if there is still time to find another partner.
Review of KD Theatre Production’s ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ In The Maltings, Ely on Saturday 2nd April 2016
Daniel Bell. Photo reproduced with permission from Andrew Burton
What a wonderful night’s entertainment! This familiar tale was retold with all that you need: excellent cast, lively up-dated music, amazing dancing and those corny gags so familiar to pantomime.
Review Of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's Concert Featuring Conductor Charles Dutoit And 'Cello Soloist Gautier Capuçon In The Cambridge Corn Exchange 1st April 2016
Gautier Capuçon Photo reproduced with permission from Andrew Burton
This 'Cambridge Live' first birthday celebration concert can be summarized in two words: 'positively exquisite'.
The Picture - Childhood Memories From 1960, Remembering My Uncle's Skills In Restoration, Woodwork And Art
Days before my fifteenth birthday, I sat with my Uncle Al on the sofa in our lounge in the thin winter sunlight, as he taught me the principles of parallel and angular perspective, drawing elegant diagrams on a sketch pad.
As Little G and I continue our adventures together, I am becoming aware of a slight problem.
Review Of A Concert In The Cambridge Bachfest 2016 In St Columba’s United Reformed Church On Saturday 26th March 2016
Photo reproduced with permission from Andrew Burton
Ian de Massini and the Cambridge Voices are well known to Ely Cathedral for when they come their concert is quickly a sell-out and it is easy to see why. There is no doubt that Ian is a musical genius and it was he who inspired the Cambridge Bachfest last weekend.
For the last week Little G has been focused on Easter. Sadly, the religious significance of the death of Christ, the empty tomb and the Resurrection has proved to be a tad outside her mental remit.
How many times have you admired a ‘common,’ ‘green’ or formal ‘square’ in your life? Plenty, I’ll bet. Even amid many an urban sprawl of crowded houses, seemingly gasping for space, there appears a modest patch of green: a welcome, sometimes desperate lung, amidst the brick-work.
The day before we take Ma home, we decide to poke around a cavernous bric a brac shop close to where we live.
Mid 1980s - Rudloe Manor, Wiltshire - In the office of the criminal investigators working for the RAF Special Investigation Branch Southern Region Headquarters, my desk was up against one wall next to that of a colleague’s and together we shared a single telephone.
Little G has a new buggy. It's is one of those easy-peasy drop down ones that you can get on and off buses and trains without having to haul it up and down steps or do life-changing damage to your shoulders. It folds down at a touch. It can be stowed on luggage racks.
Little G is not one of nature's sharers when it comes to her snacks, treats or toys. The number of times I've asked her for a bite of something, to be told : 'No, MY croissant.' Annoyingly though, she is brilliant at sharing stuff you'd rather she didn't.
Why does the story of the Titanic still have the power to move us, even though it happened more than a hundred years ago?