"Lechlade Fund Raising Concert

The Wessex Male Choir, who have recently returned from the International Male Choir Competition in Cornwall where 60 International choirs participated, are to give a concert in St Lawrence's Church, Lechlade at 7.30pm on Saturday 14th October 2017 to aid fundraising for the Lechlade Memorial Hall. The choir performed in Lechlade over 2 years ago when the concert was a sell out so the Fund Raising Committee are hoping the same will happen again as it is for such a good cause. Tickets will be on sale at Lechlade Post Office from September. Adults £15 and children under 16yrs £5. Tickets will include a glass of wine or soft drink."

Colourful show planned on banks of the Thames

Lechlade Flower and Produce Show, The Trout Inn, Saturday 2nd September

In Lechlade and surrounding areas people are already hard at work preparing their entries for the annual Lechlade Flower and Produce Show.

Entry forms must be in by Tuesday 29th August, so gardeners are growing fruit, vegetables and flowers, bakers are honing up on their cooking skills, others are making jams, wines, beers and ciders, planning flower arrangements, doing crafts such as jewellery making, crochet, woodwork and cards, and taking photos for the photography section.

The ‘how to take part’ guide is available from Lechlade Post Office, Library and local businesses, and on the Lechlade Gardening

Club’s website.

So if want to join the 200 or so people who enter this fun and colourful event, now’s the time to be planning your entry. And if you’re looking to keep children or grandchildren occupied during the summer holidays why not encourage them to enter too. Whether it is making a mask, doing a painting or making a Lego model, there is plenty to inspire youngsters in the special Children’s Section.

The show will be held in marquees in the attractive grounds of the Trout Inn, St John’s Lock, Lechlade on Saturday 2nd September.

There is plenty of parking and the show will be open to the public from 2.00pm onwards. Exhibitors must display their entries between 9.30 - 11.00am after which judging begins.

This is a colourful and interesting event for all the family, on the banks of the River Thames so do come along and see what local people have produced for this year’s Show, or better still, take part. There are over 100 classes you could enter and we have 16 classes just for children, so there really is something for everyone.

For information call 07768 250065

(Pictures taken at last years show).

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DIARY section entries:

Tuesday 29th August: Closing date for entering the Lechlade Flower and Produce Show. Entry forms available from Lechlade Post Office, local businesses and online at http://www.lechladegardeningclub.org.uk/Show2017.htm

For information call 07768 250065

Saturday 2nd September: Lechlade Flower and Produce Show, The Trout Inn, Lechlade

Show open to the public from 2.00pm onwards. Plenty of parking available. Exhibitors must display their entries between 9.30-11.00am after which judging begins. This is a colourful and interesting event for all the family, on the banks of the River Thames so do come along and see what local people have produced for this year’s Show.

For information call 07768 250065


Catherine White, harpist, has enjoyed a wide-ranging career on both sides of the Atlantic.  After winning several prestigious awards in her native USA, she toured widely, presenting hundreds of solo and chamber recitals, including Carnegie Recital Hall, as well as concertos in the UK with the Birmingham Chamber Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra.  She has performed at many festivals, including Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Belfast, Buxton, Chipping Campden, Bury St Edmunds and the BBC Proms.  

Catherine has performed with many outstanding colleagues including flautist Philippa Davies of the Nash Ensemble, violinist Lesley Hatfield, leader of the National Orchestra of Wales, violist Robin Ireland, formerly of the Lindsay String Quartet, the Gaudier Ensemble, and the Cotswold Flute and Harp Duo with Diane Clark, as well as presenting concerts for the National Trust.  Her broadcasts include live solo and chamber music for the BBC, Czech Television and National Public Radio (USA), where she was also featured as a composer.


As an orchestral harpist, Catherine has performed at home and abroad with many of this country’s finest ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English National Opera, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, and with such distinguished conductors as Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Bernard Haitink.  Less formally, she has entertained notables ranging from Frank Sinatra to the Prince of Wales, and has been honoured to play for British and foreign Royalty on many occasions. For nearly 11 years Catherine held a residency at Le Meridien Hotel in London’s Piccadilly and very much enjoys performing and arranging light music.

Catherine has served on the Board of Directors of the World Harp Congress, and has performed several times at these leading world events of the harp community (Copenhagen 1993, Prague 1999 and Amsterdam 2008).


She is Professor of Harp at the Royal Academy of Music, for which she was awarded an Honorary ARAM, and formerly led harp studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire, as well conducting master classes throughout the UK and abroad.

Her former students hold orchestral and teaching positions around the world.  She has released a solo CD, Bouquet for Harp.

Catherine White Harp Recital

Friday 13th October at 12 Noon

St Lawrence Church, Lechlade


Catherine will play Fauré, Debussy, Salzedo and more

Catherine is an award winning, highly talented, international harpist who has enjoyed a wide-ranging career on both sides of the Atlantic, performing in prestigious venues with the finest ensembles under the baton of famous conductors including Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Bernard Haitink.  We are delighted that she is playing for us as part of our popular Serenade and Sandwiches series.  Catherine will join the audience for a light buffet lunch after the recital.

Donations sought for the recital, lunch and drinks in aid of the Church Restoration and Maintenance Appeal

For more information including car parking visit: www.stlawrencelechlade.org.uk or contact:

Chairman of the Church Appeal

Helen F S Jones

01367 252402




"Save these dates.

14th October 2017. An Autumn Concert at 7.30pm at St Lawrence Church, Lechlade in aid of Lechlade Memorial Hall fund and featuring the internationally acclaimed Wessex Male Choir with guests Tom Graff - piano and TATT (Tunes at the Trout) - instrumentalists. Tickets from Lechlade Post Office from September.

17th March 2018. A St Patrick's day Dinner and Dance at Wrag Barn Golf and Country Club in aid of the Lechlade Memorial Hall fund. This is the third such dance which has grown in popularity so early booking will be essential. Look out for details towards the end of the year.

Lechlade Memorial Hall Fundraising Committee."

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An Autumn concert with Wessex Male Choir

The award-winning Wessex Male Choir will be performing in St Lawrence Church, Lechlade at 7.30pm Saturday 14th October 2017 together with local pianist Thomas Graff from Faringdon and a group known locally as TATT (Tunes at The Trout). The choirs Chamber group will also perform.

Wessex Male Choir have special permission to perform Giorgio Susanna’s emotional work ‘Io Resto Qui’, The concert also includes a range of gorgeous new songs and arrangements.   The Programme is sure to get the feet tapping and audiences clapping!

Tom Graff has been appointed Principal Accompanist to Wessex Male Choir. This will be his first public appearance with the choir in Lechlade and will be playing several Piano pieces. Tom is a Licentiate of the Royal School of Music and has played at a range of venues including the Welsh Millennium Centre.

TATT is a group of musicians who meet informally at The Trout in Lechlade, think of them as a “pop up” band. Their musical style is predominantly instrumental traditional folk but they encompass composers ranging from Playford 16th century to more modern artists and feature Fiddle, Accordion, Flute, Recorder, Guitar, Mandolin and Percussion.

Wessex Choir’s Musical Director, Rhiannon Williams-Hale, says; ‘This is a fabulous opportunity for the Lechlade audience to hear the choir and gives local talent an opportunity to perform with them. Wessex has a lively performance with fabulous lighting and stagecraft that helps bring the music to life – Wessex is not your average male choir!’

Tickets are on sale from Lechlade Post Office from September at £15. Under 16 years £5.

All proceeds will go to the Lechlade Memorial Hall Fund Charity 1056163

  The photo shows the choir at the Eden Project   this year whilst they participated in the   International Male Choir competition.