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As part of our celebrations for our 25th anniversary year we held a special show on Saturday 26th April 2014 at Blue Coat Theatre, Coventry.
We were joined on stage by some of our closest friends and supporters The Sounds of Three Spires who had a role in the very beginnings of the Belles, Bowled Over and Q Music.
As well as this we again shared the stage with the fabulous ‘One Step Closer’ performing their single ‘Someone’ which was produced to raise money for the neonatal unit of Walsgrave hospital.
As well as all the music as always there was refreshments including our legendary cake sale and a special anniversary cake and a very special raffle with great prizes, including a signed English cricket shirt, an overnight stay at Coombe Abbey, four hours driving lessons with a Mercedes Benz driving instructor, a manicure and a wash, cut and blow dry.
We were so pleased to see so many of our friends and families there celebrating with us, it really was a great success!
The Belles have had a fantastic year so far!
April saw them present their 25th anniversary extravaganza show, in May they hosted their celebratory 25th anniversary dinner, in June they sang on P&O’s cruise ship the Aurora as part of their fabulous MD Lucy’s hen do and in July they took part in the celebration of her marriage!
In between all this normal routine has continued with rehearsals, performances and coaching, by none other than Sally McLean and Doug Harrington, in preparation for convention in Harrogate in October.
Following on from our show we hosted a special annual dinner to celebrate our 25th anniversary, not only were the current Belles invited but we welcomed back past Belles and were joined by many of our close friends and supporters. We had a wonderful dinner, with plenty of fun, laughter and singing and we were also treated by one of our members to a magic show by her award winning god-
Queens of The Belles -
Carol is the only founding member remaining -
Irene has been a member for over 20 years and has attenevded ery convention The Belles have ever competed in!
Our Queens really embody the spirit of The Belles!
The Belles are over the moon to have been ranked 8th at LABBS convention in Harrogate 31st October to 2nd November 2014.
2014 has been a fantastic year for The Belles, with this result the cherry on top of our 25th anniversary celebrations. There has been a lot of hard work and preparation leading up to LABBS 2014, with many fantastic coaches, Jo Braham, Nicky Salt, Sally McLean, Liz Garnett and Doug Harrington, all helping our dedicated MD Lucy Guess in bringing the best out of us and focusing us on our goal of increasing our scores from our award winning year in 2013. We did this and made it into the top 10, having gone up 10 places in the rankings in the last two years from 18th to 8th!
LABBS competition this year saw 54 Belles on stage including 6 first timers! We increased our scores and went up 4 places in the rankings! Every Belle enjoyed every second of the weekend, loving the performance and the emotional roller coaster that is competing and we’re already looking forward to Bournemouth 2015.
The Belles are over the moon to have been ranked 7th at LABBS convention in Bournemouth 30th October to 1st November 2015.
2015 has been a fantastic year for The Belles, with this result the cherry on top. There has been a lot of hard work and preparation leading up to LABBS 2015, with many fantastic coaches Nicky Salt, Cindy Hansen and Delyth Knight providing us with great help, inspiration and guidance.
On top of this our Assistant MDs were fantastic holding down the fort and continuing our progress while our MD Lucy Guess was on maternity leave, providing us with our greatest ever mascot, baby Belle Sophie Jayne. Our MDs, along with our fantastic and hard working music team, provided us with guidance, support and energy to bring out the best out of us and help us to focus on our goal of increasing our scores to over 70%.
Not only did we beat our goal of 70%, we surpassed this and achieved a score of 72.3% and increased our rankings for the third year in a row to 7th!
LABBS competition this year saw 69 Belles on stage including 15 first timers, making us the largest chorus competing this year! We are so proud of how hard all of our first timers worked and how well they have fitted in with the rest of the Belles, we couldn’t imagine being there without them.
To top it all off we’re so proud of the hard work of our members April and Lesley who created our beautiful yearbook and came away with the Pitchpipers Trophy for the best Yearbook!
Every Belle enjoyed every second of the weekend, loving the performance and the emotional roller coaster that is competing and we’re already looking forward to LABBS 2016 in Harrogate, which will be LABBS 40th anniversary.
The Belles of Three Spires presented an evening of musical entertainment to raise vital funds for The Guide Dogs on 1st July.
Grosvenor Casinos provided the venue for the night and The Belles were joined by Lydian, Just Peachy and The Moonlighters. It was a fantastic evening of music in a relaxing and welcoming venue and just for the occasion, Lydian treated everyone of their version of Hound Dog!
The evening was a great success with a fabulous total of £842 raised for The Guide Dogs. The funds raised will go towards sponsoring a puppy named Belle as part of the Godiva Puppy Appeal.
The Belles had a fantastic training day on 23rd July, working hard on our 2016 convention package. We love our songs and are enjoying learning our new choreo.
We then got to share our new package including choreo with our friends and family. It was our first show in our new home and was great to see so many familiar faces supporting us.
The Belles were honoured and proud to take part for the second time in a community funded Mindfulness event at Coventry Cathedral on 24th September.
This year’s event entitled Mindfulness and Personal Transformation was the fourth successive mindfulness event which aimed to build on the resounding success of the previous three events, mindfulness at Coventry Cathedral in 2013, mindfulness & compassion at Coventry Cathedral in 2014 and Mindfulness and neuroscience in 2015 which was attended by 700 individuals.
This year’s event focused on personal transformation through mindfulness meditation and looked at the contra-
The event included expert speaker Dr. Miguel Farias who specialises in the study of spiritual practices and beliefs and Dav Panesar, one of the pioneers of mindfulness based intervention in health and personal development. In addition the event included real life case studies sharing their transformational experiences, challenges and discovering solutions.
The event was truly inspirational and The Belles were honoured to be a part of it.
The Belles had a fantastic dress rehearsal on 1st October 2016 at Central Hall. We spent the morning working on our convention package before being joined by friends and family to run through our packages along with some repertoire songs for them. Always great to have a chance to put on our dresses and perform for our friends and family and really adds to the buzz and excitement in the build up to Convention. Thanks so much to everyone who supports us along the way to Convention, we really couldn’t do it with you!
The Belles had a fantastic weekend away at Ashorne House on 3rd and 4th September, when we held our retreat with a lot of intensive work preparing for Convention. As well as a lot of hard work there was of course time to have some fun and entertain the staff. Everyone had a fantastic time and is really excited and looking forward to Convention.