Wiltshire weekend 24th/25th/26th October 2008

Following the success of the Choir's visit to Wilts/North Dorset last year, we are returning to sing two concerts of Choir repertoire conducted by Jonathan, details as follows:  

Concert - Mere Methodist Church, North St, Mere
Friday 24th October

This is a small, but airy, original eighteenth century non-conformist church, with a good small organ.  There are disabled facilities and a room for changing.  The concert starts at 7.30pm with a rehearsal from 3 to 5pm.  



Concert  - St James church, St James' Street, Shaftesbury SP7 8HG
Saturday 25th October

This is quite a large church, originally built in 1138 and rebuilt in 1866.  It has a very good organ which has recently been restored and improved. There are disabled facilities.  We will be performing as part of a series of Saturday evening concerts at the church, and as such will be given publicity by the church.  The concert starts at 7.30pm with a rehearsal from 3 to 5pm.


Mere is a small town in rural Wiltshire, close to the Stourhead estate.  It is just off the A303, about 20 miles west of Salisbury, and about 8 miles northwest of Shaftesbury.  It is a very attractive area for walking.



Some people can be accommodated as guests of local residents - details from Roger Watson.  There are plenty of guest houses in the region, but you are advised to book as early as possible.  The Community Hall will be booked, together with a field if required for camping.  There are Travelodges within a ten mile radius of Mere at Warminster and Beckington.  There is also a Travelodge at Amesbury Stonehenge on the A303 within 25 miles striking distance of Mere.

In order to increase flexibility and reduce costs, Choir members are asked to make their own travel arrangements.  Trains from Waterloo stop at local railway stations, Warminster, about 8 miles north of Mere, and at Gillingham, 4 miles south of Mere and 4 miles north west of Shaftesbury.   If there is sufficient demand we may hire a minibus to provide transport around the locality, and between Mere and Shaftesbury on Saturday evening.

A contribution of £25 is being asked to cover the cost of organising these concerts. 

We will be asking for a firm commitment from Choir members in September.

 Roger Watson/Kairen Zonena