Singing for joy

CHORISTERS from Worle are over the moon now they can rehearse using brand new books. The group, based at St Martin's Church in Church Road, has had £500 worth of copies of Mission Praise and New English Hymnal go missing in the last two years, - so it sta

CHORISTERS from Worle are over the moon now they can rehearse using brand new books.The group, based at St Martin's Church in Church Road, has had £500 worth of copies of Mission Praise and New English Hymnal go missing in the last two years, - so it started an amnesty last month to get them back.Choir treasurer and leadership member at the church, Neil Adams, along with his wife Val, launched the appeal for the books to be returned as they thought there may be some hidden stashes of them in people's homes that had been long forgotten.No copies of Mission Praise or New English Hymnal were returned during the amnesty but the response from the article in the Weston & Somerset Mercury in March led to a surprising but very generous call.Mr Adams, who lives in Gleneagles Close, said: "After I last spoke to the Mercury the world and his wife rang."We had phone calls from other local papers, from radio stations and television stations."The newspaper The Church Times ran an article which led to the publishers of Mission Praise contacting us."They phoned me out of the blue and said they were concerned the choir was short and wanted to make a donation."They offered to give us 11 copies of the hymn books."We are elated that we don't have to share books anymore and we got them in time for the Easter services."The next thing is to run a campaign to get people to join the choir. That will be the knock on effect of receiving the new books.


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