VISIT BY CHESTER SOCIETY
We were delighted to welcome colleagues from the Chester Civic Trust, who, as part of their mini-tour of this part of the west country, were welcomed by the Town Cryer and given a guided tour by Siobhan of Wells Walking Tours.
This serenade, held on 29 June 2019 at St Thomas church, was a triple success
Over 100 people enjoyed an evening of diverse music played by enthusiastic, witty and talented musicians. Ticket fees raised funds for the St Thomas’ Church Redevelopment Fund and for Wells in Mosaic, the ambitious project for a six-metre diameter mosaic which will be located in the Wells recreation ground.
Ruth Ames-White is the mosaic artist designing and making the mosaic but her flute playing was her focus for this evening. With her husband, Ian, and friends from as far away as Phoenix Arizona, playing a range of instruments, the ensemble offered serious and humorous renditions of music from Bach to Flanders & Swan – with some of the lyrics adapted to reflect some current issues!
Refreshments during the interval were served by other members of the Wells in Mosaic team, and helped to boost funds, together with some generous donations.
Further fundraising events are planned for the duration of the making and installation of the mosaic and will be publicised on www.wellsinmosaic.org.
L-R: Helen Lunt, Byron Joce, David Cheetham, John Vousden, Ruth Ames-White, Ian Ames-White & Gill Tucker - Director of Music at St. Thomas
(Not in the picture - Matthew Redman also played)
MEMORIAL SEQUOIA TREES
The two Boyne memorial sequoia trees were planted in Palace Fields in 2015 and after a tricky start seem finally to have made secure roots are a developing good canopies. We will continue to monitor their growth and to protect them from nibbling sheep and strangling weeds.
The 2019 event was held for the second year at the Bishops Palace.
All ages and abilities enjoyed an afternoon of arts and crafts, together
with demonstrations by mosaic artist Ruth Ames White.
Good-bye and thanks to the outgoing Mayor: Cllr Celia Wride gave an entertaining resume of her year as Mayor, which had been exhausting,
interesting and enjoyable. She and her mayoress, daughter Sarah, were warmly thanked for all that they had achieved - which was considerable.
The summer event was held in the Bishop's Barn; as well as bubbly and strawberries a-plenty, members were treated to an update from those involved in the planned development of the ancient Barn. A good evening was enjoyed by all despite the cold - yes in June!
Gert and Daisy (alias Clare and Hilary – very active members of the Society’s committee) spent a morning recently cleaning the plaques which commemorate a variety of people, places and events around the City. Some had become virtually illegible over the years, but are now clear and sparkling, thanks to their efforts.