Historical & Field Society

HISTORICAL & FIELD SOCIETY

Our December meeting was one with a difference. The presentation by our speaker
Andrew Crabtree, an accomplished musician, was entitled “Christmas Songs and Carols”.
Song sheets of Christmas songs and carols were provided and, accompanied by Andrew
on his keyboard, were sung with gusto. Some members were provided with sleigh bells,
which they rang heartily. Our Chairman Ray was given two half coconut shells with which he did an
extremely good impression of a horse and really enjoyed himself. It was a delight to see!
Andrew took some time trying to divide the audience into 12 to sing the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Eventually it was done but some people were still not sure which day they were. When it came to
standing up and singing the appropriate words for the day, confusion reigned. Some sang gustily
and stood up where appropriate – others did not!
Quite a lot of historical background given about the songs and he explained that originally carols
were sung at various seasons, not just Christmas. A carol was originally a dance song and Charles
Dickens regarded them also as being a story. Some carols were written in very hot weather and
some, which seem modern, date back several centuries
Our next meeting at St Saviour’s Church Hall is on Tuesday 6th February 2018 at 8.00pm with
a presentation by Heather Flack entitled “Bewdley under the White Rose”. She will take us on a
journey from 1376 when Bewdley was first recognised as a town to how it became a thriving port
with four gateways. Tickenhall Manor, which became Crown property in the 15th century, was used
by the Tudor dynasty. Visitors are most welcome at all our events – see hhfs.org.uk for details and
contacts.

Jeff Cope
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