A lord of FLINTSHIRE shared his experience of confinement with members of the choir.
The Hawarden Singers, like many choirs across the country, haven’t been able to reunite since early March.
Secretary Richard Steventon said: “To keep everyone in touch we produce a regular newsletter called ‘Choir Wire’.
“It contains member news and photos, articles, quizzes, jokes, etc. which helps bring us together and alleviates the feeling of isolation.”
Lord Barry Jones, chairman of the choir, wrote an article reflecting on his experiences with confinement.
He said: âOur day starts at 6:30 am Janet and I shake ourselves out of bed.
âAt 7:10 am I’m on the road pretending to run. In fact, fifteen minutes of running and walking – the same routine for eleven years and from the same house. We try, even at 83 years old.
âWe also try to leave the house before 9:30 am for the routine daily walk – with the exception of Mondays when Janet turns into a human dynamo.
âIt’s the Hotpoint and the Dyson that work. Its first wash is on the carousel at 8 am usually.
“And then it’s the ironing board at two o’clock and hopefully a black and white TV movie; luckily Fred and Ginger or Bogart or a Cary Grant joke.
Another definite winner had been Orson Welles’ ‘Citizen Kane’.
Classic FM is a constant companion in our household – I can recommend John Suchet’s ‘Beethoven’. He is the expert and the volume is well illustrated.
âWe were so lucky to be able to walk through Hawarden Park and Woods.
âThe leaf burst at the end of April showed the tree canopy with great effect.
Janet pointed out crows, buzzards, kestrels and jays, and the whole woodpecker family – although the green is not so obvious, but noisy.
âWe love the hue of its crest. There seem to be more thrushes and less swallows and swallows. So far we haven’t seen any swifts, the sky sputters.
âThe park and the wood gave us the sight of violets, campions, sorrel and wood anemone. The cuckoo flower likes wet spots.
âOn the highest part of the castle, two Canada geese have taken up post, to the chagrin of the resident jackdaws. We are always delighted with the sight and sound as the Airbus Beluga takes off. There are less now and I keep my fingers crossed for this great industry.
âA nice find from this ‘holiday’ was the Hawarden golf course.
âWhile it was closed, we were able to walk the course early in the morning. It was still peaceful, very green and quiet, but with occasional bird songs.
âOur three young great-grandchildren were due to visit us at Easter. They didn’t. The pandemic caused that long-awaited happy chaos – Janet’s feasts and the commissioning of every type of chair. family we miss.
âThe village greatly appreciates the post office store. It has it all and is brilliantly displayed. And a post office too.
âAt the end of the road, our entrepreneur opened a cafe – that looks good. Social distancing of course. Janet and I miss Sunday mornings at St Deiniol Church but Rector Andrea still does the trick. one way or another.The cemetery displayed numerous primroses and violets for several weeks.
âOur garden border did well with its pom pom flowers and lupines. The big daisies are coming and the two brooms made us proud.
âA single starling has pecked our grass which has turned brown, we see the multicolored goldfinches, the subtle feathered tail and there are a multitude of blackbirds – the males think they are Pavarotti. The local cats alarmed many of our feathered friends. The sparrow families are getting smaller every year.
âOverall, the spring has been bright and relaxing. For three months, neither tie nor suit. No gasoline purchased since March.
“And Janet looks so good – just all her 50s! There will be cause for heartfelt prayer when Rector Andrea opens the doors of his church again.”
Mr Steventon added: “Another way for some of us to continue singing is to join Gareth Malone’s ‘Great British Home Chorus’.
âThroughout the lockdown, thousands of people logged on to his Youtube live page daily at 5:30 pm, learning various songs under his expert tutelage.
“Many are able to sing in a ‘choir’ for the first time in their lives.
âIf you are one of those people and think you would like to join a choir when this is all over, please consider The Hawarden Singers.
“We will welcome you with open arms (socially distanced of course).”
Anyone interested in joining can contact Mr. Steventon at 07498195517.