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TWO of the Rame Peninsula Male Voice Choir’s most loyal servants stood down from the Committee at the choristers’ annual meeting in January. Between them, David Rosson and Barry Rundle had logged almost 30 years’ service, contributing enormously to recent successes, but feel they need a break.
David Rosson has served four stints as Secretary totalling a prodigious 19 years while Barry Rundle completed a straight eight as Treasurer. Both second tenors are regular soloists.
Barry acted as choir rep at the Cornish Federation, where he did much to enthuse other choirs who supported Rame’s fund-raising efforts for Derriford oncology. Barry was also a regular compere at concerts.
He is succeeded as Treasurer by award-winning Mendennick farmer Dave Turner while Tim Hensman steps up as Secretary. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin Walsh continues as Chairman, with Dave Clarke and Graham Hoare remaining Concert Secretary and Webmaster respectively.
The choir’s charitable ethos was reinforced over the festive period with a raft of activities. These included the Christmas Fayre at Mt Edgcumbe, and within hours, a further performance at Antony Business Centre’s Craft Fayre. There was an emotional appearance before dementia patients at Bodmin Hospital with some
patients up dancing – reportedly engaging with carers for the first time in months.
There were charity events at Thankes Park and Fort Picklecombe, plus spectacular concerts with Torpoint Ladies in St James’s Church and The Singsanders in Kingsand.
In Torpoint the beneficiary was a children’s cancer charity, while the joint concert with The Singsanders in a packed Kingsand Community Hall raised a remarkable £500 which will help provide new disabled toilet facilities.
We thank our community which proved as generous as ever at our December coffee morning where £500 was raised towards our annual costs.
Very sad news. Our choir recently had the sad privilege of singing farewell to our oldest member, Fred Luckraft, who has died at the age of 93. For his obituary, please see here.
The Choir continued to break new ground. On 12th October 2018, a “Musicals Night” was presented in Torpoint, along with the Keltique ladies’ choir. Then, on Saturday 10th November, the Choir played a full part in a moving commemoration of the end of World War One.
Summer 2018 – QAVS
The Choir was honoured to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS – the MBE for volunteer groups).
The Award was presented to the Choir at a special, free concert held at St James Church, Torpoint on Friday 24 August 2018. See pictures.
Check out our special QAVS page.
Our thanks go to the whole community and the supportive men’s and ladies’ choirs from all over Cornwall whose generosity helped us win the Queen’s Award.
We’re the first men’s choir in the UK to win it, and this was Cornwall’s only winner in 2018.
By early 2020 when our Derriford Oncology equipment appeal was finalised, it had raised in excess of £22,000. We could not have done it without you. For us, this honour embraces our whole community.
ON TOUR IN FRANCE 18-24 April 2018
The Choir toured Normandy and Brittany, and made many new friends with their inspired performances. Pictures below (courtesy Nick Harris).
On December 16th 2017, SIX months of intensive fund-raising paid off at the choir concert in Kingsand Community Hall when a cheque for £10,000 was handed over to Derriford Hospital molecular biologist Dr Jo Farrugia.
During the fund-raising period, choir members and many willing helpers put body and soul into promoting a series of concerts, coffee mornings, and folk and sea shanty ensemble appearances. Our wonderful community responded, putting their hands into their pockets time and again. We cannot thank them enough.
Back-to-back concerts on successive nights, with Torpoint Lady Singers, and then in Kingsand, raised more than £1000, and the overall total from a small community astonished Dr Farrugia. No stone was left unturned. A traditional lobster pot, made by Last Fisherman Malcolm Baker, raised £110 at auction.
Further contributions were made by other choirs who hosted activities of their own after Rame Peninsula Male Voice Choir drew the funding issue to the attention of the Cornish Federation of MVCs.
The money is being spent on upgrading diagnostic molecular testing equipment for Derriford Oncology department, to ensure optimum use. The cheque was handed over by Choir Chairman Clive Brinkmann who described it as an interim payment. There were several more outstanding events in 2018 and 2019 before the Choir reverted to supporting their traditional causes.
There were only five of the diagnostic machines in the UK, the nearest being in Bristol. Potentially fatal delays in treatment should now be far fewer.
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2016 : Our 40th Anniversary year
Founder members David May & Raymond Hancock cutting the cakes: photograph from our dinner party below.
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Presidents Plate Award.
Pictured below:- Rame Choir awarded the President’s Plate for promotion of music and work within the community by the Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs. Proudly accepted & shown by choir member Fred Luckraft.
The photo below shows a presentation in January to to the Revd. Jill Murray, towards the Cawsand Congregational Church following a concert in our Practice Hall with a “packed out” audience. Thank you everyone. Just one of the worthy causes which we supported in the past few months.
You are most welcome to come and see us practice on a Wednesday night at the Village Hall, Kingsand from 7.30-9.30pm. Free tea & biscuits while you see the pains we go through!!
We are part of the heritage of “Cornwall’s Forgotten Corner“: The South East Cornwall Tourist Association (SECTA) made a podcast about the area (and the Choir). To listen just click on this link. Hear the SECTA Podcast then scroll down the page to Rame Peninsula and click the Play button – Enjoy! Our Choir is on this podcast singing Minnadhu Breaks.