Wassailers mark outbreak of First World War with charity concerts

Belvoir Wassailers
Belvoir Wassailers

A male voice choir is performing a series of concerts this year to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War and raise money for the Royal British Legion.

The Belvoir Wassailers will sing folk songs and songs from the Great War. The male voice choir is based in Knipton and has raised over £8,500 in the past three years for various charitable orgainisations in the Vale of Belvoir and Grantham areas.

The next concert is on Saturday, May 10, at Grantham Indoor Bowls Club, Trent Road, Grantham, at 7.30pm, followed by a date at Harlaxton Church on Saturday, May 17, at 7.30pm. Admission to the concerts is free with a retiring collection in aid of the Royal British Legion.

Gilbert Ward, chairman of the Wassailers, said: “The Wassailers are looking forward to raising funds for the Royal British Legion and many other worthy causes throughout the Vale of Belvoir and surrounding areas and once again we

would like to thank you for your continued support and encouragement.”

There will be further concerts at Branston Village Church on Saturday, May 31, at Kendrew Barracks (formerly RAF Cottesmore) on Sunday, June 15, at Waltham-on-the-Wolds Church on Saturday, June 21, at St Mary’s Church, Bottesford, on Saturday, July 5 and at St Wulfrums Church, Grantham, on Saturday July 12 at midday.

Mr Ward added: “Since May 2011 the Wassailers have managed to raise £8,573 for various charitable organisations,

mainly village halls and churches throughout the Vale of Belvoir and surrounding areas. We have been particularly pleased with concerts held over these past three years at various village churches which have included, Wymondham, Whissendine, Waltham, Harby, Knipton and Denton, raising funds for their respective church restoration projects.

“The annual Christmas concert in 2013 at Waltham-on-the-Wolds played to a full church and along with our friends from Leicester Male Voice Choir and Waltham Primary School’s choirs, we were able to present to Dove Cottage Day Hospice a cheque for £550, which along with the two previous year’s concert donations, means we have managed to raise £1,610 for Dove Cottage Day Hospice, Stathern.

“During December 2013 the Wassailers were also pleased to forward a cheque for £190 to the Notts/Lincs Air Ambulance Service after wassailing in the Rose & Crown at Hose, Castle Inn at Eaton and Manners Arms at Knipton.

“The Wassailers in the past four years have raised money for Grantham Hospice, Grantham M/S Society, Macmillan Nurses and performed at Stamford Barn Hill Methodist Chapel, and also DeMontfort Hall helping to raise funds for LOROS children’s hospice.

“The Wassailers are now looking forward to the 2014 season, with a music programme to commemorate the anniversary of WWI, with folk songs from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland along with music associated with the Great War, with all proceeds to the Royal British Legion.”