ANNUAL DINNER - CANCELLED
Sadly the 2022 Annual Dinner had to be cancelled due to an unforeseen problem with the catering team's diary. Although a second date was arranged at short notice in order to avoid cancellation, it was to no avail as the number of Old Choristers able to attend meant that the event would not have been viable.
It is the first time in the Association's history that the dinner has had to be cancelled in such circumstances. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, this meant there have now been three years without an Annual Dinner.
WCOCA QUESTIONNAIRE 2022
During the summer months, the Committee thought it would good to find out the views of Old Choristers regarding the Association and its direction. Many thanks must be given to Luke Marsh-Muir and Reuben Vasey-Saunders for their work not only in setting the up the questionnaire but also for their analysis which was shared with fellow Old Choristers at the Association's AGM.
In the September 2022 newsletter, Luke thanked everyone for their responses:
“We were delighted to have so many interesting responses! Having now held our committee meeting, I would like to share with you our findings and how we intend to use these going forwards.
From these responses, it is clear that as OCs it is very important for you to have the opportunity to sing at WCOCA events. It also indicated that a less formal event would be of interest. Many of you also suggested that events would be easier to attend at different timings, so we are looking at organising events at different times of year and different days of the week. We shall also endeavour to help you connect with OCs from your time in the choir so that attending an event will enable you to meet old friends.
We will continue to run our Facebook group and we hope to broaden our use of it so that those of you who have moved away from the area can still feel involved.
We have some big ideas about events we plan to run next year, and we hope you will be as excited for these as we are. We shall be discussing this further at our AGM on Tuesday 8th November. At this meeting we shall also discuss how best to run the Association for you. It would be great to see as many of you there as possible to share your thoughts. If anyone has anything they’d like to share in the meeting but can’t attend, feel free to get in touch.”
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Tuesday, 8th November 2022
The meeting was held on Zoom and allowed Old Choristers from around the country to attend from the comfort of their own homes. The Dean was unable to be present so the meeting was chaired by the Precentor. Following the election of offiers and the committee, a presentation featuring the findings of the Old Choristers' Questionnaire was led by Luke Marsh-Muir. There were also contributions from James, Bowstead, the Assistant Director of Music and tow choristers who spoke about their life as choristers in 2022. It was a very interesting meeting.
At the meeting, John North explained that he did not wish to stand for re-election. Luke Marsh-Muir was elected in his place. Below is the letter he sent out to Old Choristers:
For those Old Choristers not present at the AGM of the Association onTuesday evening, I thought I ought to inform you that I have been able to step down from my role as Chair. I am very pleased to inform you that Luke Marsh-Muir has taken my place. I am sure the Association will be in safe hands. As well as being a member of the Committee, Luke has been very active in setting up the Association's Facebook page and, along with Reuben Vasey-Saunders, creating the recent questionnaire followed by an analysis of the results. I hope you will give Luke the support you have given me as the Association moves forward.
I shall continue to serve on the Committee. Having been on the Committee since 1986, I have held the position of Secretary for ten years and been Chair on two occasions, previously for five years and until Tuesday for the last ten years. I thoroughly enjoyed the roles I have held and the support and friendship you have given me and look forward to continue meeting you all at future events.
Chair: Luke Marsh-Muir
Minuting Secretary: Neil Hopwood
Treasurer: Andrew Revans
Rob Barraclough, Rachel Bennett, David Dean, Steve Gledhill, James Holt, John North and Reuben Vasey-Saunders
Clergy Representative: Canon Dr Jayson Rhodes
Ex-Officio: Dr Ed Jones and James Bowstead
THE ASSOCIATION'S FIRST MEETING
ABOVE: The first meeting of the Association, held in the Chapter House in 1966. Standing: Nicholas Webb (Precentor) and Canon Norris Pare (Provost) Front Row from the left: Dr Percy Saunders (Organist & Choirmaster), John Holt and Bill Brotherton (both great supporters of the Assoication).