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Walpole Old Chapel
Annual Newsletter 2018
Welcome to the 2018 newsletter from
secretaries Phil and Linda Stevens – their second in the job.
WOC is now fully registered as an
official participant of Heritage Open Days so we can expect more
visitors this September. Talks, music events and group visits were at
the core of our season in 2017.
Our year ended with the popular candle-lit Carols and Readings for
Christmas service which was as usual very well-attended. The grounds of
the chapel continue to be improved thanks to Anne’s continuing good work
with the Community Payback team.
The programme at the chapel is evolving with some success, which our
Treasurer may or may not confirm. Certainly, we have attracted new
audiences, but as the number of activities increases there is increased
pressure on our tiny group of willing volunteers. We welcome the
addition of Lin le Versha, Rob Gildon, Sally MacDonald, Dorothy Casey
and Christopher Leggett to the local group which is a real boost for us.
There is a now a real dilemma between growing the programme and the
capacity of the local group to cope.
I am sure all friends of the chapel will mourn the sad death of
architect Brian Morton, a close friend and active supporter of our work.
The programme continues to grow (see below). The work with the Snape
Malting Concert Hall team continues with a joint performance featuring
Group A and the Cambewell Community Choir in July.
The Snape Festival has also confirmed a residency in July with the early
music group, CHROMA, featuring an early evening concert at the end of
the week. This is a prestigious booking for the chapel and continues the
good work with Snape.
Wonderful Beast, a well-regarded Aldeburgh-base theatre group, has also
booked a residency later in July followed by a performance at tea time
on the Sunday.
A play reading in costume, also in July, by Anne Boileau’s players,
entitled ‘Martin and Katharina,’ based on Anne’s book on the wife of
Martin Luther. Anne will be on hand top sign copies of her book
following the playreading.
The ever-popular William Summers’s LOKI musicians again offer three
concerts this year, while the Waveney Brass Band will hope to repeat
their triumph of last summer. The Café Poets, Helen Rolfe and the
Suffolk Poetry Society all return for 2018. IN addition, we have a
planned visit by the Halesworth U3A Church Crawlers.
Finally we would like to express our huge gratitude for an anonymous
legacy of £1000 and the contribution to chapel funds of £1,134 from
sales at the Linda Holmes Retrospect Exhibition. Legacies such as these
contribute greatly towards the preservation of the chapel for future
2018 – Diary of events
|Thursday 7th – 1.30pm
||Visit by Friends of
|Sunday 24th -3pm
|Saturday 30th- 5pm
||Words and music with Lucy
Hughes Hallett, Julia Blackburn and Rob Gildon
|Monday 2nd – Friday 6th
||Snape Music residency
‘CHROMA’ Combination of ancient and modern music featuring the
international gamba player, Liam Burns, culminating in a concert
on Friday (details tba)
|Saturday 7th - 7.30pm
||Concert with GROUP A and the
CAMBERWELL COMMUNITY CHOIR
|Sunday 8th - 3pm
||Reading of Anne Boileau’s
radio play ‘Martin and Katharina’ followed by signing of her
book, ‘Katharina Luther: Nun, Rebel, Wife’. Costume to be worn
by the cast
|Friday 13th- Sunday 15th -4pm
||Wonderful Beast theatre
Church Crawlers visit
|Sunday 22nd - 3pm
||LOKI concert: Follia perform
music by Francois Couperin (and colleagues) in the 350th
anniversary of his birth
|Sunday 5th - 3pm
||LOKI concert: 'Music from
the Olden Times'. Songs and tunes from the publication of
Elizabethan and folk music in 1858 together with variations on
folk songs from the 17th century. Audience participation in
well-known songs is welcome!
|Sunday 19th- 3pm
||Summer Tea with the Waveney
Brass Band Ensemble
|Sunday 26th – 2.30pm
||Halesworth Cafe Poets –
readings by local poets
|Sunday 2nd - 3 pm
||LOKI concert : 'Francois
Couperin and his legacy'. Yat-Soon Yeo performs harpsichord
music by the greatest performer and composer for the instrument
of his day.
|Friday 8th – 10th
||Heritage Open Weekend
||Suffolk Poetry Society
|Saturday 29th - 10am
||Peace Songs at Walpole led
by Helen Rolfe. Join-in workshops
|Saturday 15th - 3.00pm
|| Carol & Readings for
All events start at 3pm unless
For the Loki Concerts on 22nd July, 5th August and 2nd September:
For online tickets please see www.lokimusic.co.uk/calendar
For programme enquirers contact 07949652315 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To book by cheque please ring 01728660321