Representatives of the choir attended the funeral today (11th February 2019) of Lilian Crockett, wife of long standing life long member Dennis Crockett. She died very suddenly and quite unexpectedly and will be missed by all her family. She originally hailed from Leytonstone in Essex before being evacuated to Somerset during WWII. She was to stay here meeting Dennis who she married in 1948. She worked for STC and later was to work for Brixham College until her retirement. She loved her family but at the same time had an active social life and was a very worthy supporter of the choir. The service, conducted by Mr Peter Haywood reflected her life so well, being attended by family, friends, neighbours, former ‘Paras’ and choir members. In recognition of her strong choir links, Ron in his capacity as organist played a number of melodies so well known to the choir. We all wish Dennis and his family well at this sad time.
The choir has also received news that Gwen Andrews, wife of choir member Clem Andrews died recently. She moved away from Brixham to be nearer her family a few years ago. However, she will be remembered for her love of the choir and the kind and gentle person that she was.
The choir’s Annual Dinner for 2019 was held in the Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton on Friday 8th February. As usual the hotel staff played their part in providing an excellent meal and were also very attentive with outstanding service to us on the night. Attended by just over 70 guests, slightly down on the original numbers due to seasonal flu etc, a good evening was had by all. As coffee was served some of the lads joined together to provide some entertainment. Singing a very well known sea shanty, ‘A Drop of Nelsons Blood’, they gave a rousing rendition, engendering some much appreciated audience participation in each chorus. These social occasions are an important part of choir life and enable choir members and their partners to enjoy some time together. A very full raffle of 43 prizes was held, raising a good amount for choir funds. Thanks of course must go to all those who played their part in organising the evening being first class from beginning to end. Alasdair Anderson, Chairman BOMVC
Ray Jago The Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir wishes to pass on its condolences to all the family of Ray Jago who passed away on Thursday 10 January 2019. We understand that he passed away peacefully after a long illness and period of ill health surrounded by his family. Ray was a long serving BOMVC member holding many offices including that of Secretary, a post that has since been divided into three different roles of Secretary, Concert Secretary and Archivist because of the huge workload involved. His enthusiasm and commitment to the choir are very much remembered to this day. A thanksgiving service is being held at Fore Street Methodist Church on Thursday 24 January at 2.00pm. All enquiries to Stockman & Loram Funeral Directors – 01803 882385.
Margaret Valerie Lewis The choir also paid tribute yesterday to one of its more recent loyal followers, Margaret Valerie Lewis. Mother of BOMVC member, David Lewis, some choir members attended her funeral in Chepstow Methodist Church to pay tribute to this lovely lady.
Alasdair Anderson, Chairman, BOMVC – 19 January 2019
Last Saturday two choirs joined together in Fore Street Methodist Church, Brixham to ‘Sing Christmas’. This has become the Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir’s celebration for Christmas and this year’s guestchoir were ‘The Riviera Singers’ Ladies Choir. The carol concert also saw local violin soloist Sharon Hubbocks perform to huge applause of the concert goers. Accompanied by piano, Sharon was light of finger as she plucked and played her violin bringing the magic of her music to all those who were present. The evening was a reminder that Brixham plays host to any number of Christmas carol services and events during December, all in support of so many good local causes and reminds of the generosity and good spirit of the town. The concert raised £900.00 for Childrens Hospice SouthWest and another good result for both choirs and the town.