Worcester Victorian Fayre carols – thank you!
|Thank you to everyone for their hard work and dedication making the Deaf Direct performances at the Victorian Fayre a success! Nearly 40 people gave their time and energy to this event helping Deaf Direct to not only raise awareness, but also money. We collected £250.27 and £15 in DVD sales; making an impressive total of £265.27 from two performances, compared to last year’s £249.32 from three performances. Well done! |
Why not join us on Thursday 18th December at ASDA? Volunteers are needed to help staff the information stand in the foyer between 10am – 3pm.
There will also be three signed carol performances at 11:45am, 12:30pm and 1:15pm.
For more information email Victoria Rees at email@example.com.
Saturday 8th November – Signed Christmas Carols rehearsal
By Lou Reeves, Volunteer
Signed Christmas Carol time again; memories from last year came rushing back!
I arrived early to secure a parking space; I was not the only one with the same idea but others had walked or caught the bus in to town. Donna let us in the Centre out of the rain.
The laptop and projector equipment was refusing to get up and running but we couldn’t tell as the staff seemed to have it all under control.
I went into my hard of hearing group volunteer role, advising people how to sign in, where to find toilets and fire exits, and making the drinks.
I chatted to people to find out why they were here? They were all very keen indeed and it was nice to see the youngsters with us once again. Some people were students learning BSL Levels 1 and 2; some children were learning BSL at their school; the youngest person had been watching someone sign on a TV programme. One of the ladies said her friend was involved with last year’s carols and even though it was very cold, it was well worth it.
Christine and Donna were teaching us the carols. They were very good at teaching us the correct placement, hand shapes and facial expressions etc. If their faces were anything to go by, we were all doing well and they were very pleased. No tears from Christine this year! One of the carols usually makes her emotional.
I can’t wait till the Victorian Fayre now; I shall be practising at home!
Saturday 22nd November – Signed Christmas Carols home practice
By Lou Reeves, Volunteer
At home I really enjoyed my practice time signing Christmas Carols. Some of the slow songs that I thought would be easier I actually found a little more challenging.
‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman’ from the Disney film Frozen, was getting easier to sign the more I practiced it. For those of us who had not seen the film, during rehearsals we were told what the film was about and what part of the story this song related to. This helped a lot whilst practicing, as that part of the story was quite sad.
Practice at home finished now, time to meet up again for a practice together on the morning of the Victorian Fayre. It is a lot better practicing as a group as you feel more like a choir, especially out the corner of my eye seeing the youngsters at the front giving it their all.
Saturday 28th November – Signed Christmas Carols performance
By Lou Reeves, Volunteer
The day of the Victorian Fayre had arrived. After a quick rehearsal with a final run-through, we were off!
The first venue this year was outside Marks & Spencer in The Shambles. Even though The Shambles was outside, last year inside the Crowngate Centre I felt we were in the way of people shopping, but The Shambles was easier. While we stood waiting for our pitch to be free, we got a feel of how busy the Victorian Fayre was.
Donna did a quick introduction of who we were and why we were there. We signed our hearts out for the crowd. Their faces were a picture as they watched us and even the odd tissue to wipe a tear or two. I know how they felt as the signing of ‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman’ was emotional. Christine managed to hold back her tears but the expression on her face said it all.
During a short break, I found a seat next to two ladies from Wales who arrived by coach and visited the Fayre most years. I explained about our signing choir and they were very interested to watch.
At the Guildhall we were joined by The Lord Mayor who was happy to have his picture taken with our choir. After a quick introduction we started our next performance. I could see people coming forward to put money in the buckets. One person tried to walk right through the middle of our choir but was stopped and found another way around. I could see some of the crowd and The Lord Mayor joining in with some of our signs which was good to see.
Donna and Christine led the group well, letting us knowing what song was next and reminding us to smile, which isn’t easy when you’re concentrating!
The weather was really kind and although it was a bit chilly, we had lovely sunshine.
I really can’t wait for the ASDA performance on the 18th December as I was not able to join in last year. It must be good for the shoppers to take away some of the stress of Christmas shopping either when entering or exiting ASDA, and to see something different at Christmas time.