The South West region trustee of the U3A Jill Nicholls was surprised when she found herself singing in the choir at a concert in St Bartholomew’s Church. Jill was staying with members of Crewkerne & District U3A Val and Tony Warren, when they asked her to take part in a performance of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace. After a day of rehearsals Jill and Tony joined a 60-strong choir in the evening, for what was a powerful and moving performance, marking the Armistice of the First World War and a fundraiser for the restoration of the West window at the parish church.

Jill Nicholls who is a member of the Truro Choral Society with whom she performs at the cathedral in Cornwall said: “The church was full, everyone sang their hearts out and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.” During her stay in Crewkerne, Jill and Val the representative of the Avalon network of U3As in South Somerset, went to a meeting at Ringwood to see if they could revive the East Dorset network. Val has agreed to organise a series of workshops in the New Year, in response to some of the issues raised by delegates and is hopeful that they have taken the first steps towards getting the East Dorset network up and running again.

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