The ladies of Champagne Cornwall Chorus are still enjoying each other's company over our Zoom Meetings on a Tuesday evening (now every second week) and also meeting up to "Walk for Health". Some members are not quite up with modern times with mobile phones or computers but we still keep in contact by telephone to keep them up to date and check all well. Dropping shopping or cooking if required.
Respecting current guidelines we are not meeting up to sing at present but have formed an official "Champagne Cornwall Walking Group". For those who can manage these walks it is not only great to meet up but being out in the fresh air and doing some exercise too is welcome. It's a real morale boost lifting spirits no end. (Lovely to have fair weather when walking but yes we" Carry On Walking in the Rain & Wind" too!!!).
Ladies who are at home for one reason and another and cannot join us are not forgotten as the group have two budding photographers who take snaps all the way around each route and then put on our What's App messaging system or our Facebook page for our members who can to view and enjoy the countryside.
Research has been carried out of walking groups and respecting government guidelines for this type of group activity we meet up at designated venues, keeping off road as much as possible on the various local trails. There is a designated leader and back walker in high vis vests, a first aid kit is carried and there are risk assessments written for each individual walk. A register of walkers is taken at the start of each walk and checked off at the end. Members carry their own water, wet weather gear, etc., but if there is a coffee stop on route where it is possible to socially distance outside in groups of six, the odd bits of chit chat are very welcome, good for the morale too!
Our walk on Tuesday 13th October was for the Countryfile Children in Need Appeal and raised over £80 on the day. Since then donations are coming in from members and already stands at £205 with MORE to collect! A splendid effort of support from our "Champagne Family".
With the news of another National lockdown to begin on Thursday 5/1120 our walk on Tuesday will be the last until such time as guidelines allow.
We are all so very much looking forward to the time when we can get together to sing as we used to. That day will come and in the meantime we are making the most of what we can do!
If there are any ladies out there who like to sing and wish to join our "4 part harmony Accapella Family" once we are able to meet up please contact us through our website or Facebook pages, we would love to hear from you. Contact telephone numbers and email details on there.