Monthly Newsletter December 2018

MONTHLY NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2017

Following requests from parents, we have decided to re-introduce our monthly hard-copy Newsletter to give up-to-date information on coming events, dates and other details. These will be issued to members on the rehearsal nearest to the first of each calendar month and the information will also be duplicated on the Concord website (www.concord.org.uk) and general Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ConcordYM). Any emergency or short-notice information will continue to be circulated via SMS text.

CHRISTMAS SHUTDOWN DATES
Concord AllStars
Final rehearsal Saturday 23rd December (includes Christmas Party – parents’ food donations please) Resume Saturday 6th January.
Concord Senior Ensemble
Final rehearsal Thursday 7th December. Resume Sunday 7th January

CHRISTMAS CONCERT ARRGTS / SHOWBRIEF
Saturday 9th December 7.30 pm St Timothy’s Church, Slinn Street, Crookes,
S10 1NZ. Tickets £5.00 – please buy early.
1.00 pm Load van & move kit to site (help needed)
2.00 pm Move in and set up
3.30 pm Concord Seniors rehearsal
5.00 pm Tin Soldiers rehearsal (+ joint items)
6.00 pm Concord AllStars rehearsal
6.30 pm Joint rehearsal (3 groups)
6.45 pm Clear & re-set
7.00 pm Doors open
10.00 pm Load kit & return to C.H. (help needed)

THE SANTA TOUR
Our annual fundraising campaign – playing Christmas music in supermarkets – help needed to hold collection buckets. Weekdays 6-8pm Weekend 2-4 pm
Thurs 14th ASDA Chaucer Road Thu 21st Tesco Infirmary Rd
Sat 16th Fox Valley Retail Friday 22nd Sainsbury’s Wadsley Bridge
Sun 17th Waitrose, Ecclesall Rd Sat 23rd Waitrose, Ecclesall Rd
Wed 20th Tesco Abbeydale Rd Sun 24th Sainsbury’s Archer Rd (10-1)
PLEASE support this – it keeps your subs at a low level.

INDOOR MUSIC GAMES 2018
As part of the 2018 IMG circuit , CONCORD will sponsor our own event - IMG South Yorkshire at Ecclesfield School on Saturday 28th April. Further details to follow.

ALLSTARS PROVISIONAL CALENDAR 2018
The full list of all rehearsals and performance dates will be published in early January 2018. Winter rehearsals will continue at Croft House with outdoor rehearsals (after Easter) at either King Edward VII or Tapton Schools.

ALLSTARS CONTEST SCHEDULE 2018
Details are still awaited for all the contests in 2018. As soon as they are available we will publish the dates and locations of our contest programme for 2018. As it stands at present, we may be looking to enter 3 BYBA contests and 3 DCUK contests – including both Finals events.

SUBSCRIPTION RATES FOR 2018
It is many years since subscriptions were increased and we want to keep Concord financially accessible to all but have decided to amend our rates. From 1st January 2018 Membership subscriptions will be £10 per calendar month. This will apply to AllStars and the Senior Ensemble. If a Member is in both groups there is no additional subscription. This represents great value as it includes use of all the equipment, tuition by talented volunteers, costumes and the annual AllStars’ T-shirt. Many of you already pay by standing order and we would ask that you make the necessary adjustments with your bank. It is preferable that standing order be used (forms can be obtained at rehearsal) but we will still accept cash at rehearsals if you really insist. Payment is due even if a rehearsal is missed. Concord and your children can benefit further if you are a UK tax payer and are prepared to “Gift Aid” your £10 per month. It costs you no more but the taxman will refund the tax you have paid on those £10’s to Concord. If these arrangements cause any problems please speak to Roger Steele in confidence.

CONCORD PARENTS’ MEETING
There will be a general meeting of all parents of both Concord AllStars and the Senior Ensemble at Croft House on Saturday 3rd February at 10.30 am. The aim is to look at the forthcoming activities for the Concord organisation and to look at areas where parents can offer help and assistance to the organisation.

FUNDRAISING EVENT
We have a provisional date for another of our famous “Race Nights” at Croft House on Saturday 17th March 2018 (to be confirmed).

Telephone : 0114 2491460 Email : rcs@concord.org.uk

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