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New group on song thanks to ERPF funding

Published Friday, 12 December 2014

Today local councillors visited a new singing group which has gone from strength to strength after receiving £4,000 of Enfield Residents Priority Fund (ERPF) money from Enfield Council, which is calling for new members.

Clay Hill singers ERPF

The ‘Clay Hill Singers’ based in St Luke’s Church, Browning Road, Enfield, was started by local residents Valerie Budd and Elaine Plumb from the local Mothers Union who said they felt inspired to start the group after realising how singing could improve people’s wellbeing.

Miss Budd said “I admit we were influenced by Gareth Malone’s TV programmes about choirs, and realised that the health and social benefits of singing would meet the Mothers’ Union aim of serving and supporting the local community. Singing together relieves stress and also helps people to get to know their neighbours.

“We were very fortunate to obtain the services of Claire Stogden of Four Hills Music, who is an inspirational choir leader."

The group meets on Friday mornings in term time, from 10.30am till 12.00 noon, and each session starts with some warm-up exercises, and the group sings familiar tunes, such as I Could Have Danced All Night, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, and Somewhere over the Rainbow.

Cllr Yasemin Brett, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Organisations said “I was so glad that Enfield Council could support this wonderful group, which gets all members of the community singing and meeting their neighbours.

“People tell us they really enjoy the sessions, and say they have not enjoyed themselves so much in ages and how it leaves them feeling good about themselves. I do hope more people join up”

Cllr Nick Dines, Conservative Ward Councillor for Chase Ward said “‘Community groups are integral to our society in Enfield, and I am delighted that we have been able to support the Clay Hill Singers”

Cllr Vicki Pite, Labour Ward Councillor for Chase Ward said “I’m very happy that ERPF funding has helped support and encourage such a successful and worthwhile community project.

“The songs are popular ones that most people know, so everyone can join in, and no previous experience of singing or music is necessary, just turn up and enjoy the atmosphere and lovely music.”

The group meets on Friday mornings in term-time, from 10.30am until 12 noon, in St Luke’s Church, Browning Road, Enfield, opposite Hilly Fields.
For more information call Valerie Budd on 020 8366 2258

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