Nick Prater’s Memorial Celebration – This Saturday 4.1.

Email excerpt from Nick’s daughter Susie
[NOTE – There is more info, pictures, links and map not present here.  Anyone who wants the full info, email and I will forward the original email. – Eleanor]

Dearest Friends, this is an invitation for all of you who knew and loved Nick.

As most of you have probably heard my wonderful father peacefully left his body on Christmas eve. Incredibly we’ve had a very beautiful and magical Christmas time, praying and singing with dad. We laid his body to rest on Saturday – a day full of rainbows and celebration. It seems he is holding open the doors of Heaven to bathe us all in light and blessings.

We would love you all to join us in a memorial celebration THIS SATURDAY 4th Jan at St. John’s Church, Bridgetown, Totnes.
We’re welcoming people at 2.30pm. A held sharing of offerings for Nick will begin shortly after everyone has arrived and had a cup of tea – running from 3pm to 5.30pm approx.
After the ceremony we will share food together (please bring your favourite dish) – probably around 6pm.
After food, celebrations will continue with informal sharing, singing and stories – don’t forget your Nick Prater song books and musical instruments! We will be finishing at around 10pm.

Please forward this email to anyone who you think might like to come and celebrate Nick.
So much thanks to you all for all of the love and support that has been pouring in.
See you on Saturday!
Love from The Prater Family
Inspiring the world to sing together


News from Sandra Thibault

Items which did not make the January newsletter:

Harmonise Natural Voice Choir led by Sandra Thibault
New term starts 9th January 2014
Thursdays 1.30 to 3.00pm term time.
At Ritchie Hall, Hursley Road, Chandlers Ford SO53 2FT
Cost: £4.00 per session
Seeking new members, even those who think they can’t sing! No auditions. Just bring your voice and sense of fun!  Entry on Natural Voice website: Contact: Sandra Thibault 02380-268617 or

Velmore Voices led by Sandra Thibault and Louisa White
Starts Wednesday 8 January 2014 then continues on first Wednesday of every month.
Time: 2.00-3.00pm
At The Velmore Centre, Falkland Road, Eastleigh.
Cost: £3.00 including refreshments.
This is a new community singing group which will focus on improving health, building confidence and having fun with music and singing.
For more information contact GillianTowler on 023 8068 4493 or

Pilands Can Sing led by Sandra Thibault and Louisa White
Starts Friday 31st January 2014 then last Friday of every month.
Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm
At Pilands Wood Community Centre, Chamberlayne Rd, Southampton.
Cost: £3.00 including refreshments.

This is a new community singing group which will focus on improving health, building confidence and having fun with music and singing. For more information contact GillianTowler on 023 8068 4493 or

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“Big Christmas Sing” 7.12. 7pm

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Saturday 7th December 7 pm
new Oasis Academy Lordshill, Redbridge Lane SO16 0XN

The idea, started by Christian Aid, is to get people singing together in aid of charity.  Christian Aid works in some of the world’s poorest countries – we’re performing for free in order to support their work. Please contact us if you would like to get involved in any way.

This year we will have with us the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Ivan White, Parkewood School of Dance, Highfield Dance Club, the Central Hall Community Gospel Choir and young singers from across Southampton.
Join us on for some joyful carol singing, a cracking dance show and refreshments – it’s gonna be a great evening!
Tickets available on the door and in advance from Christian Aid – suggested donation £5 per adult (children under 16 free).

For further details please e-mail me ( or contact: Christian Aid t:023 8070 6969 or: m:07786 447045.

Festive Pop-up Choir with Fiona Funnell

Learn festive songs, perform in an informal fundraising concert to raise money for the Phillipines disaster. Led by Fiona Funnell.
Songs to include The Boarshead Carol, a Georgian Drinking Song and Cold Winter’s Night (by Fiona Funnell).
No auditions. Passion for singing essential!

Singing rehearsals:

Thursdays 28th, November, 5th, 12th      7.30pm – 9.30pm
St Mark’s Church Hall, Archers Road, Southampton SO15 2LU  (venue fully accessible)
Cost: £30, £24 concessions

Fundraising Performance: Thursday 19th December, 7.30pm
St Mark’s Church Hall

How to book:
Visit Scroll down to the paypal button. You do not need a paypal account.
BACS transfer. Email Fiona for her bank details.
CHEQUE/CASH Bring cash or a cheque payable to Fiona Funnell