Where were  the Geese?

Christmas was coming. The geese were getting fat. But that was no excuse for a no show on the highlight of the Christmas Season.

The theme this year was “the twelve days of Christmas” and all the others were there : a partridge and a pear tree, turtle doves, French hens, calling birds(!), gold rings, milk maids, swans a swimming, lords, ladies, a solitary piper and drummers. But no geese. Their loss and if they ended up on the table as Christmas dinner they have only themselves to blame.

Those who did turn up, who included the High Sheriff of Clwyd, were treated to a unique blend of the sacred and the profane: community carols and Christmas songs from the Choir, “L’homme arme” from Karl Jenkins’ Armed Man with trumpet accompaniment from RLPO trumpeter Richard Cowen, performances from Plant Dewi Sant and Contraband, traditional Christmas readings and a series of letters written by John Julius Norwich on the theme, a salutary lesson on the dangers of excess. How fitting for the Christmas season!

The whole was served with a huge measure of seasonal goodwill and celebration. In fancy dress.

There were more carols afterwards, in the Raven and more goodwill to all men and women well into the night.

Christmas has many facets but above all it is a time of thanksgiving for the many blessings which we all receive. Our thanks on this occasion go to all concerned in organising this annual extravaganza and in particular to Rev Chew and St. Garmons Church,  Ruth Evans our MD, Suzanne Deary assistant MD and programmer and our accompanists Corey Jones and Mari Roberts. Also to our families and friends without whose support none of this would be possible.

Next year we reconvene on 1st December when our theme will be: “the Nativity”.

Richard Martindale 


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