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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 had a fantastic time at LABBS convention in Harrogate 28th to 30th October 2016. It was a great convention, celebrating 40 years of LABBS and The Belles are so proud to have been a part of it!
2016 has been a fantastic year for The Belles, with the fun of convention being the cherry on top. There has been a lot of hard work and preparation leading up to LABBS 2016, with our fantastic coaches Cindy Hansen and Mark Hale providing us with great help, inspiration and guidance.
Our fabulous MD and her assistants, along with our fantastic and hard working music team, provided us with guidance, support and energy building on our fabulous coaching. We were delighted to get it put it all into place on Saturday morning and share our package with the rest of LABBS.
LABBS competition this year saw 68 Belles on stage including 9 first timers, making us the second 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 for the second year in a row!
Every Belle enjoyed the weekend, loving the performance and the emotional roller coaster that is competing and we’re already looking forward to LABBS 2017 in Bournemouth, which will also be the European convention!
A Gift To Lift was set up by 22 year old local girl Alex Hopwood in 2013 after she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Alex started by creating and selling handmade gifts that were designed to give a little lift to anyone in need of one. Sadly, in December 2014, Alex lost her battle with the disease but the charity has been carried on by her mother Jacky and close friends and family. All money rasied is to help and support blood cancer sufferers and fund research for the disease. The charity is currently operating an initiative called ‘One Step Closer’. The object of the scheme is for 100 individuals, organisations or businesses to raise £1000 before July 2017 to help fund a holiday home for patients and their family to enjoy.
Galliford Try became involved just in time to join this scheme and has held several fundraisers since. By February 2017 they had reached £923.81, tantalisingly close to their £1000 target.
On 6th April 2017, Galliford Try put on a charity concert at Bedworth Art Centre. The Belles are very proud to have taken part in their concert and thoroughly enjoyed the event and sharing the stage with other local talents. Our very own Francesca Simmons who organised the concert on behalf of Galliford Try performed the opening for the show. She was followed by magician Elizabeth Rogan. In the second half Rory Dulku entertained the audience followed by a closing performance by The Belles.
Galliford Try are delighted to have smashed their target, raising £532.30 at the concert by ticket sales and cake sales, and an overall total of £1426.11!
The Belles are proud and delighted to have started off our summer winning first place in our division at Nuneaton Music Festival.
We received a score of 88 (Distinction)and had amazing feedback from the judge including “good blend and balance of vocal sound”, “strong bass line -
Coventry’s second annual celebration event for International Nurses’ Day and International Day of the Midwife at Coventry Cathedral was held on 12th May 2017.
Coventry marked Nurses and midwives from, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and student nurses and midwives from Coventry University, attending the event.
Coventry and Warwickshire Nurses and Midwives took part in a procession through Coventry City Centre and on to the Cathedral. Following the procession, a ceremony was held at Coventry Cathedral as a thank you for the efforts of nurse and midwives from the region and further afield. The Belles are proud and delighted to have been part of the celebrations.
The Belles would like to thank all of the fantastic nurses and midwives of Coventry and Warwickshire and the UK, we are so grateful for all of your wonderful hard work and care!
The Belles had a fantastic show on Wednesday 27th September and were delighted to host Grand Central Chorus who put on a fantastic performance for us, delighting us with their variety of songs and cheeky performances.
For The Belles it was an important point in our calendar as it was our dress rehearsal for convention and the first outing of our new dresses which will be revealed to anyone not at the show at convention 2017 in Bournemoth. We had a great night and it was great preparation for Convention.
Thanks to everyone who came and supported us on the night, we could not do it all without your support!