Possibly one of the top Male Voice Choirs in West Yorkshire, England. Website: www.honleymvc.co.uk

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Online AGM

Who would have thought that we would be holding our second AGM online and after 61 weeks of online rehearsals we are still connected and looking forward to being back together. We are rehearsing in groups of 6 at our venue and streaming to the rest of the choir, it’s not perfect, but we are doing our best! Next week we also get to meet some of our new members face to face for the first time! So, if like them you are tempted to join a choir, now is the time. Singing really is good for you…..if only everyone realised it!


Please Nominate us!

Your nomination really counts. £1,000 could make a real difference in enabling the
choir to meet its overall charitable aims and objectives of extending its community involvement,
thereby benefitting the wider local community. We teach choral singing to develop our community
involvement, as singing is a pleasurable activity which reduces anxiety and can lessen feelings of
depression or loneliness. Your nomination could be the one that helps us win. Any award would be
used towards the costs of putting on a FREE ‘social freedom release’ concert to our community,
when government guidelines allow us to do so.

Click
https://movementforgood.com/index.php?cn=1158453&ct=community and enter your details.

Thanks for your support!

The more nominations we get, the greater our chance of winning, so please spread the word.


Come and join us!

We have kept our choir together online for over 12 months now, but as we move closer to restrictions being relaxed we are planning to return to live rehearsals in the not too distant future.

If you want to swap singing to yourself at home for singing with a choir and enjoying some wonderful harmonies and singing is something you have always wanted to try.

Why not make this year, the year that it happens. We would love to hear from both experienced and inexperienced singers alike. So if you think you would like to try – get in touch.

Email us at joinus@honleymvc.co.uk or ring Richard Wade on 01484 548758 or text him on 07981 900192 it’s that simple.


Thanks to our corporate sponsors!

Binns & Sons (Greetland) Ltd

DK Digital Print – http://www.dkprint.co.uk

Grappolo Italian Ristorante – http://www.grappolorestaurant.co.uk

Radcliffe Funeral Service – http://www.radcliffefuneralservice.co.uk

Reliance Precision – http://www.reliance.co.uk

West Riding PFS Ltd – http://www.wrpfs.com


Easyfundraising

We’ve been paid £81.20 by @easyuk Thanks to everyone who’s helped make a BIG difference during this difficult time by raising donations for us. If you’re not supporting Honley Male Voice Choir yet, please sign up now. It takes 2 minutes & 4,500+ shops will donate to us for free every time you shop with them!

Visit: easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/honmalevoicechoir/payments/60537b0af62fd200266cbd30/


Choir benefit from from One Community’s Thornton Family Fund

Honley Male Voice Choir are delighted to announce multiyear funding of £1,000 for the next three years from the Thornton Family Fund, distributed by One Community to help towards our ongoing running costs.

Meirion Lewis – Chairman said “We are delighted to receive this generous award from One Community’s Thornton Family Fund. Like many ‘not-for-profit’ organisations, we have limited resources and are experiencing a severe impact on our usual income streams due to the current Covid-19 crisis.

At a time when funds for community groups and charitable organisations are becoming more difficult to access, we are incredibly grateful for this opportunity to make a real difference in Huddersfield and its environs.

This award will not only provide valuable support to the Choir, by contributing to the wellbeing, health and social life of the singing membership, but will also ensure ‘We Rise Again’ as lockdown restrictions are eased and we return to live rehearsals and performances.

Please continue to stay safe and take great care of yourselves and your loved ones”.

Thank You!


Co-op Community Fund

Thank you to the Co-op Local Community Fund and all of our supporters who have helped to raise £409.51 for the choir.

Check out our #Lockdown #Reflections virtual video to hear what the choir means to our members!


Get the Jab!

After 12 months of not being able to meet face to face, we want to be back singing as soon as possible!

But we will do it safely and following all the relevant guidance. Members are happy to be receiving the opportunity to be vaccinated and wanted to sing about it!

Check out our latest virtual video here: https://youtu.be/HpzGL4YLb-I


easyfundraising!

Thank you to all our supporters for raising FREE donations by shopping online via easyfundraising. The funds that have been raised have made such a difference to us during these challenging times. If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s easy and completely FREE. 4,500 shops and sites will donate to us when you use easyfundraising to do your everyday online shopping – at no extra cost to you! You can find our easyfundraising page at:

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/honleymalevoicechoir/

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HMG Lottery Community Fund – Thank You #CommunitiesCan

Thanks to the Coronvirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, for their award of £3,000 towards our operating costs over the last 6 months. This has helped keep the choir together (virtually) during the Covid-19 pandemic and also meet our wider community/charitable objectives. During this period, we also raised just under £10,000 in donations for 3 charities via two ambitious virtual fundraising events. Thank You.


Help us raise more money in free donations!

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Easyfundraising

Please remember to use easyfundraising every time you shop online. Over 4,400 shops and sites will donate to HMVC. Our easyfundraising page is here: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/honmalevoicechoir/?utmcampaign=raise-more&utmmedium=email&utmcontent=rm-rbd21-e1 THANK YOU!


Do you want to sing?

Ever thought of joining a choir? We’ve continued rehearsing online every week throughout lockdown. Why not give it a try? Come & join us on Zoom from 7.30pm on Tuesdays. Just message us for the link joinus@honleymvc.co.uk

We will soon (hopefully) be able to meet for real – so why not get yourself ready to join in!


Charity Donation

Thanks to our generous members and supporters who kindly donated for their messages in the Christmas edition of the choir’s newsletter, the Honley Mail. A total of £230 has been donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care.


Please Donate and Thank you!

Any donation is a wonderful way to pass on your love of male choral music to future generations, whilst also enabling the Choir to meet its overall charitable aims and objectives. If you would like to make a donation or just learn about what the choir has been up to since Lockdown began, please visit our JustGiving Page here – Sustaining a proud male choral tradition for today and tomorrow. – JustGiving


Have you always wanted to Sing?

If you have always wanted to try out for a choir, now is the best time. Come along to one of our online rehearsals on a Tuesday evening and join in….and the best thing is you can’t be heard. Sing in the comfort of your own home, be guided by our Musical Director and just sing along and see what you think. No pressure, no-ones listening, just try it on for size. We are a friendly choir and have been meeting weekly online and keeping our voices in trim. If you think this might be for you, get in touch with us for more information. You have nothing to lose! See you online. Rehearsals take place every Tuesday between 7.30 – 9.00 pm email: joinus@honleymvc.co.uk


Fundraising! Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Match it! Fundraising Appeal
in support of the various fundraising ideas over the last three months. As
a result of your generosity, an incredible £4,064 has been raised for the
choir (taking into account JustGiving’s fees and Gift Aid).
In addition, One Community’s Match it! programme will provide ‘Match
Funding’ of £3,000.

We could not have done it without you!


‘SLIM TO WIN’ SPONSORED WEIGHT LOSS

Thank you to our four volunteers Carole Hepworth, Roger Wild, Chris Rogers and Chris Flanagan for taking part in our ‘Slim to Win’ sponsored diet fundraiser. The group lost an impressive combined total of 49lbs over an 11-week period! Thanks to everyone who has already donated. Your generosity has helped raise £280! For those who still wish to donate, you can do so via our JustGiving Campaign Page (please see below) which will remain open until midnight on 31 January 2021. Individuals may be sponsored at either £1 per pound (up to a maximum of 14lbs) or a fixed amount.

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/matchit2020


We are Back!

Happy New Year everyone! It was great to be back in rehearsal again this week and it was so good to see everyone. We certainly didn’t think we would still be online by now, but we are and we are still learning. It’s important we keep our voices in trim for when we get back to face to face rehearsals. We are really looking forward to seeing our audiences again and with some of our members already receiving the vaccine, hopefully it won’t be too long. We have just started a piece we first sang in 1995, so for some it is nice to revisit it, but for many it is a completely new piece. We can’t wait to share what we have been doing with you too. Finally, there is still time to donate to our choir Just Giving page, so do check it out. The deadline to receive matched funding is the end of January.

Here is the link https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/matchit2020

Thank You!


Happy New Year

Thank you to everyone who has donated via our JustGiving Campaign Page
in support of the various fundraising ideas.

Remember One Community will match our online fundraising efforts from 1
November 2020 to 31 January 2021 up to a capped amount of £3,000. In
order to qualify for Match Funding, all donations should be made via our
JustGiving Campaign Page. A link to which can be found below:

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/matchit2020

As always, thank you for your ongoing support. It is greatly appreciated and if you wish to donate, then please do! Thank you!


CHRISTMAS

What will Christmas bring 

If we’re not allowed to sing?

Will it just pass away

Like another winter day!

Will we have no Christmas Party

For our group so hale and hearty?

Should we feel sadness in our room

Or have a Virtual Meet on Zoom?

Steven can pick the songs 

And we’ll all party on

But he should make the Zoom Call last a while

So we can do it all in style

“Unmute” say I

Let’s get the spirits high

Sing out and all feel free

It’s Christmas – can’t you see!

Let’s look forward one and all

We could really have a ball

Drinking Prosecco, wine or whisky 

Might just even get us frisky 

We can meet in costume guise

In a virtual paradise

And have lots of fun and share

If we will only dare

We’ve done so much this year

But let’s not shed a tear

About hope and aspirations 

We’ll succeed – no hesitation!

(Thanks to Phil Kirkpatrick)


Thanks and Congratulations!

It was so lovely to welcome everyone to the Ladies Circle Virtual Coffee Morning yesterday. An opportunity to share a moment of Christmas with all of our members and to raise money too! It was such a lovely relaxed and joyous occasion….and with some very nice cakes to be auctioned too. Thanks to Carole and Denise!

We would like to say a massive ‘thank-you’ to all that purchased tickets
for our Lucky Squares Christmas Raffle. The live draw took place and the congratulations to all our winners.

·1st prize – A painting by our resident artist Renee Wild – *121 GRAHAM
Smith*

·2nd prize – A £60 Grappolo Restaurant (Lockwood) Voucher – *43 Brian &
Denise Winterbottom*

·3rd prize – A Christmas Hamper from Taylors Food Store (Honley) – *31
Ceri Davies*

·4th prize – A Bottle of Champagne – *111 Phil Kirkpatrick*

·5th prize – A Bottle of Courvoisier VSOP Cognac – *112 Matt & Jane Greaves*

·6th prize – A £10 Bolster Moor Farm Shop (Golcar) Voucher – *209 Ronnie
Rawlins*

·7th prize – A Copy of Tony Gibson’s ‘Punz & Poemz’ Booklet – *14 David
Harrison*

·8th prize – A £10 Bolster Moor Farm Shop (Golcar) Voucher – *107 Pim Milner*

We can confirm the raffle raised £478 which, once doubled by One
Community’s Match It! Fund (due February 2021) will generate £956 for
the choir! Thank to all our supporters!


Ladies Circle Virtual Coffee Morning

The Ladies Circle Virtual Coffee Morning, for Choir, family, friends and Patrons, is only 2 weeks away.
All monies raised will be the Ladies Circle donation to the Choir for
this year.

We will be using the Choir’s “Just Giving” page for donations which this year due to the ‘Match-It’ fund doubles every penny raised.

We aim to make it a fun, relaxed morning, with a chance to chat with
people we haven’t seen for a long time, hear the premiere of the Choir’s
new virtual recording, bid for cake in the cake auction and test your
knowledge in a Quiz. Also, the winners of the Lucky Squares Christmas Raffle will be announced.

Do join us as it will be lovely to see you all again.
If you are unable to join, but wish to make a donation we would be more
than grateful.

Keep safe and well and, hopefully, see you at the Coffee Morning. For more information mail us at info@honleymvc.co.uk


Choir to benefit from Co-op Local Community Fund

We are delighted to announce that we have been chosen to benefit as a Co-op Local Community Fund.

At a time when funds for community groups and charitable organisations are becoming more difficult to access, we are incredibly grateful for this opportunity to make a real difference in Huddersfield and its environs.

We are raising funds for our post Covid-19 preparations such as extra rehearsals (due to social distancing), a free concert for our community (once permitted to do so) and associated technology requirements.

This award will not only provide valuable support to the Choir, by contributing to physical and mental wellbeing, health and social life of the singing membership, but will also enable the Choir to meet its overall charitable aims and objectives of extending its community involvement, thereby benefitting the wider local community.

To help us raise vital funds, we’ll be relying on Co-op Members. When a member buys selected branded products and services, the Co-op will give a helping hand to local causes like ours. 

Co-op members can select us as their local cause by visiting:

https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/51177

We really hope that people will visit the website and select us as their local cause.