Outlook Issue 15 Winter 2011
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Church Concerts During this year we have hosted eight concerts, including the Woodbridge Chamber Music events in May and June and the continued efforts of our own group led by Kate Threlfall. The remainder of 2011 includes The Kingfisher Sinfonietta on November 12: Woodbridge Choral Society presenting a programme of French music, including the Faure Requiem on November 26, and a concert in aid of NSPCC on December 4. The rest of December will be fairly fully booked with school rehearsals and carol services. 2012 begins for us on the January 22 with St Mary’s Singers presenting a programme of songs from the shows. In March we have the Prometheus Orchestra from Aldeburgh on the 3rd, the Abbot Consort of Voices performing Lent music on the 17th, and Woodbridge Choral Society on the 30th. May 26 marks the return of three Woodbridge Chamber Music concerts, the next two being booked for June 1 and 2. These concerts are of outstanding quality and are becoming quite well known in the area. On June 30 we have the Chris Slatter quartet. We are seeing quite reasonable attendance at these events which continue to make a valuable contribution to funding as well as opening the church to the wider community. Andrew Hester Changing Times No this isn’t another dig at the Murdoch empire but a fond farewell to R&D Branton the Newsagent of Church Street which shut its doors for the last time on October 29. Stoic Ray Branton and his wife gave us old fashioned newsagent service over four decades through rain and shine. They made a virtue of taking our eyes from the tabloids to the Tatler and on to Tales of the Unexpected; from the Church Times to the Catholic Herald via a journey through sport, beauty, home improvement and the rest. The Brantons will be sorely missed but we would like to say a big thank you to them both as we welcome Grange News Ltd, the new management.