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September 2002 - Newsletter 71

Projects in hand - Christmas CD
About 12 years ago we recorded a Christmas cassette with Sherborne Town Band called 'A Dorset Christmas'. This disappeared a long time ago so for ages people have been asking us to get together a Christmas CD. This we are in the process of doing, with the help of Richard Helson on fiddle and mandolin. Naturally enough we are aiming to get this out around the end of October time. Well, even us Dorset boys recognise that it's no good releasing it in time for Easter.

It's a bit strange rehearsing Christmas material in August but the weather has been quite helpful at times in reminding us how we should feel in December

Songs include: There Are No Lights On Our Christmas Tree; Hope & Joy; Freezy; Gather Round The Family; I'm Going Home For Christmas; Sweet Bells; The Cornish Wassail; The Beasts Carol; The Holly & The Ivy; Child In A Manger; In The Bleak Midwinter; Rejoice & Be Merry; Leaping & Dancing; The Marvelous Toy etc. There will also be readings, poems and music in the usual Yetties style.

The title hasn't definitely been decided on yet but, if you wish to order it, the price will be the same as the other CDs and if you just mention Christmas I will know what you are after.

Along The River Frome Video, Part 1
There are times when you think the fates are against you. Last year the Foot & Mouth stopped us in our tracks and this year, not only has the weather been grotty and grey but we've had to suffer helicopteritis. If you have never come across this it is a severe form of frustration caused by helicopters not being available when we have been assured they will be. On one occasion, it is true, one of them had a bent tail and, I am told, they tend to drill holes in the ground instead of taking off when they have this fault. However, we persevere and once we have the aerial shots done and an interview with a gentleman from the Roman 2nd Augusta Legion under our belts we should be ready for the editing

Naturally enough we are again hoping for a Christmas release. Prices etc. the same as for The Stour videos.

'Children of Fiji' Sponsored Walk
Thank you one and all for your generosity. Your donations meant that I could hand over a total of 638 to this most worthy cause. Cynthia and I went on the walk yesterday and successfully completed the 15 miles down the River Parrett in Somerset with Peter and Margaret Long, (, who run the charity. They really are a very dynamic duo. For them it was a little stroll to complete their four-day walk from one coast to the other (Bridport to Steart Point). Today they are bound for Heathrow with a Transit full of books and other educational material to be shipped out to Fiji while I am at the computer resting my poor old knees.

They are going over themselves in a couple of weeks to teach and help in the schools and will give me a resume of their trip when they return. I'll pass some of this on to you in the January Newsletter.

Old Yetties LPs
My stock of these turns over at a high rate of knots and Halsway Manor Library benefits from the cash raised. If you have any you wish to pass on to good homes or would like to purchase some please ring 01935 814611.

Sherborne Christmas Concerts & New Years Ceilidh
Dates for this year are 13th and 14th of December and, of course, the 31st. All three events are at The Digby Hall, Sherborne and kick off at 8p.m. You can get lost trying to find the hall so if in doubt let me know, via the PO Box or e-mail, and I will send you a map.

We will have the usual candelabra competition at New Year. These get bigger and more exotic every time. Bring your own food but please don't bring drink. Mark & Chris Williams run a very good bar.

Tickets are available from our PO Box; The Abbey Pharmacy, Cheap Street, Sherborne; The Sweeterie, Middle Street, Yeovil or ring 01935 814611. For the concert they cost 6 for adults and 5 for children and senior citizens. Those for New Year are 10. Cheques payable to 'The Yetties' please.

Halsway Manor Weekend 21st/23rd February
There are just a few places left if you wish to participate in this wild weekend on the edge of the Quantock Hills down in Somerset. Halsway is a most delightful small English Manor House. You could not wish for a more beautiful setting to sing and dance the days away. The company is great and the food is superb, right from the welcoming evening meal on the Friday night until the cream tea on Sunday. If you wish to polish up your singing, musicianship or dancing we cater for all and have a right good time doing it. You also have a chance to win one or two 'valuable' trophies such as the Mrs. North Limerick Cup 2003. Ring Halsway and book a place on 01984 618274

New Recording in the Spring
Bob Barratt of Grasmere Music is after another CD in the spring. Are there any titles you would like us to record that we don't have on our current stock? Bear in mind our age and gender when you offer your suggestions please.