Two of Doncaster’s long-lived groups celebrate 20th anniversary

Quirky Choir was privileged to join with Doncaster Conversation Club on  June 22 for an evening celebration of Refugee Week at the Quaker Meeting House in Doncaster
Quirky Choir was privileged to join with Doncaster Conversation Club on June 22 for an evening celebration of Refugee Week at the Quaker Meeting House in Doncaster

It was a double celebration when Doncaster’s Quirky Choir joined the town’s Conversation Club for a joint 20th anniversary bash and Refugee Week recognition event.

The event at the Quaker Meeting House in Doncaster began with Lillian Hollidge’s presentation about recent fund-raising activities of the Conversation Club.

And thanks to generous support from retailer Mountain Warehouse the Conversation Club managed to purchase a supply of sleeping bags for donation to the refugees of Moria camp, Mytillini, at Lesvos Island in Greece.

Pat Cassidy, of Quirky Choir, said: “The remainder of the evening was a joyous celebration of community, solidarity, singing and laughter. The welcome and hospitality of the Conversation Club was matched only by their enthusiastic participation with the Quirky Choir as they sang their way through a diverse international repertoire, including material from Hawaii and Africa.

“The Doncaster Conversation Club is run entirely by volunteers and is all about providing a warm welcome to asylum seekers and refugees. It meets every Thursday afternoon noon to 4pm at the Quaker Meeting House to share friendship, and to offer practical support and advice. For more information phone 0750 585 4115.

“Quirky Choir has gone from strength to strength since it was started 20 years ago by darts (Doncaster Community Arts). The continued support of darts, together with the generous funding provided by Arts Council England in 2018 means that Quirky Choir’s 20th anniversary year will be one of creativity and performance. If you are interested in the Quirky Choir “Popping Up” at your event and venue this year then please contact Quirky Choir leader Janet Wood by telephone on 01302 558051 or e mail jwood@thepoint.org.uk.

“If you enjoy singing consider joining the Quirky Choir every Wednesday during term time 6.45pm -8.45pm at The Point, South Parade, call 01302 341662.”