The group carried out its annual carol singing around a selection of streets in Salisbury on Monday. The actual carols were sung by the excellent Farrant Singers who split into two groups. Because of Covid we could not enter the host’s house for soup and cheese which in previous years has been an enjoyable end to the evening. We are grateful as ever for the support of the Farrants and the residents many of whom gave generously to Amnesty. We are also grateful to group member Chantal for providing the hospitality.
Last evening we went carol signing in Albany and Belle View Roads in Salisbury with a group of singers from the Farrants. It was a bit touch and go whether we would do it this year and we certainly had to scale things down. The singers had to observe distance rules and of course we could not go close to doorways. We were delighted with the response though and several family groups stood in their doorways to enjoy carols sung by a choir of dedicated singers. With thanks to the Farrants, group members Jonathan, Joanna and Lesley for helping. This is around the 15th year we have sung carols in this area of Salisbury.
We would like to wish all our supporters and followers, a Happy Christmas and a safe New Year.
19 December 2021
List of forthcoming events being organised by the Salisbury Group
We have a fairly active programme of events and they are gathered here for convenience. If you live in the Salisbury or even South Wilts area you would be welcome to come to any one of them. If you are thinking of joining, then make yourself known to one of the group. You would be very welcome.
• Refugee Vigil – to be re-arranged. We did have a date but unfortunately it clashed with the fair in the Market Square so it has been postponed
• Citizenship Day – 26th October. Where go into schools in the area and discuss human rights issues with pupils. Despite several requests, the UTC has not responded
• Christmas Tree Festival – 3rd – 10th December. This is in St Thomas’s Church in the centre of Salisbury and we will be displaying a tree there. It will focus on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
• Human Rights Day Speaker – 10th December. We are delighted to welcome Daniel Trilling who is an author and journalist and who will be speaking at the Methodist Church at 7pm. This is a FREE event but we ask for a parting collection to help cover our costs
• Exhibition of Refugee Photographs – January 2019 – Some
details to be worked out but these are the photos we displayed in the Library (pictured) and we are pleased that the Methodist Church has agreed to host them during the month.
• Arts Centre Film – 8th March 2019. We host a film once and sometimes twice a year in the Arts Centre. Details nearer the time.
• Market Stall (pictured) – 8th June 2019. Fund raising stall we hold in the Market Square once a year
Carol singing. With the aid of the Farrant Singers, we travel around the Victoria Road, College Street areas singing carols. This will be in December and details to be announced.
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Once again, we joined forces with the Farrant Singers and toured some streets in Salisbury singing carols. We were blessed with dry weather. We collected money for our funds and it was a very successful evening. Thanks to the Farrants, to the collectors and our hosts for the evening, Michael and Chantal who provided the vittles both before and after. An enjoyable evening and many residents came out and listened to the singing.
Farrant Singers sing carols in Salisbury
Once again, the Farrant Singers entertained some of the residents in Salisbury with some beautifully sung carols on Monday 19 December. They sang in and around Marlborough Rd; College St; Victoria Road; Albany and Belle Vue Rds. Afterwards we enjoyed soup and cheese generously provided by Michael and Chantal washed down with vin chaud.
A successful evening and many residents came out to enjoy the singing.
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If you are reading this in the Salisbury area and are thinking of joining Amnesty there are several ways of doing so. You can join Amnesty International itself for which there is a joining fee and you will receive their magazine. Or you can just join our group which is free. The level of your involvement is of course up to you. Help with our campaigns in the street is always welcome or on the stall we run once a year. You can come to the annual film we do in conjunction with the Arts Centre and stay on to help with the signing afterwards. If you have a particular topic of interest – which might be a country you know about – then making that a focus of your activity is a possibility. The best way is to come to one of our events which you will see here or on Twitter or Facebook (salisburyai), and make yourself known.
We are pleased to attach the minutes of the December meeting thanks to group member Lesley for preparing them.
Last night the Salisbury group went carol singing around several streets in the city. The singing was done by members of the
Farrant Singers which meant residents were treated to high quality singing from one of the finest choirs in Salisbury. To fortify us, we started the evening with a glass of vin chaud kindly provided by Michael and Chantal and afterwards, we all repaired to their house for home made soup, cheese and mince pies. A most successful evening and thanks to Michael and Chantal for their hospitality, Jonathan and Thomas for leafleting the houses the evening before and to the Farrant Singers themselves. Also to other group members who played a supporting role.
A happy Christmas to all our readers and followers around the world.