Totnes Christmas Night Market sing 2016.
What a wonderful evening we had of singing and fellowship with our 47 refugee visitors from Plymouth. The choir sung with great enthusiasm and all our hard work payed off on the night.
Our unique brand of singing and musical accompaniment , with Rose on guitar, Lizzie and Serge on Djembes and (eventually) Steve on keyboards, was well received by a sizeable audience, who readily joined in at every opportunity.
Our refugee visitors, all 47 of them, had a marvellous evening to remember. Devon and Cornwall Refugee Service (DCRS) funded the transport by train from Plymouth to Totnes, a scary venture considering 11 children came.
We welcomed them at the Totnes Natural Health Centre with homemade soups- Syrian carrot and tomato and organic home grown pumpkin. Presents were given to all 47 visitors and in addition all children received a £7 gift voucher for Solago gift shop. Further small gifts were provided by choir member Bridget. A large box of toiletries was collected by choir supporter Sheila, through her village shop in Harberton Ford. These were gratefully received.
Several choir members and supporters not only made soup, wrapped presents and donated cash, but also helped to provide a warm welcome with banners, smiles and handshakes all round.
After meandering up through a very busy and festive crowd, many of our guests arrived at the Market square to watch and join in with the singing.
The evening finished with cups of hot chocolate provided by Lemon Jelly and funded by Jo Sweet of Firefly. All 47 made it back to the Health Centre on time for their train home to Plymouth.
A final thank you must go to choir members who donated £130 Devonly Voices choir, who donated £46 and a further £80 collected on the night.
Such a successful evening for everyone concerned, let's hope we can all do this again sometime soon.