December 2016 Stars

Ian Van Temperley

for doing stunt training and sword fighting with our Hamlet and Laertes

Michelle

for donating your Smartie tube of 20 pence pieces

You’re all stars!

VML turns out for Aidan’s fundraiser

A group of singers from VML turned out on a cold December night to provide entertainment at a fundraiser for the Olivia Alice Foundation organised by Aidan Jackson.

Supporters turned out and donated for hot food and drinks, mince pies and entertainment, including VML, Spider-Man and Elsa from Frozen. People were also invited to add a wish to a special Christmas tree. Aidan has raised over £100o this Christmas season including the festive singalong, to add to his personal £15,000 fundraising total for the foundation.

VML Awards 2016

The second annual VML Awards were held in the beautiful surroundings of St Marie’s church in Widnes. The awards, which are voted for by the members, are given annually in six categories. The results were (winner in bold) :

Over 18 Male Ryan McDonald    Adam Choat    Reuben Austin
Over 18 Female Terri Taylor    Claire Barker     Helen Jenkinson
Under 18 Male George Rees     Michael Clark     Julian Keith Stewart


Under 18 Female Leah Smith   Kaytie Jones    Amy Jones

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Rising Star   Leah Smith    Reuben Austin    Reece Moss

Most Improved Young Member – Sam Bignall

Richard Bamber Award – awarded for services to the Arts in Halton

Widnes Vikings Community Team


Our highest award is the VML fellowship, awarded to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the aims of the organisation. This year there were three recipients:

Lexi Littler – for contributions to stage management and workshops

Gillian Orrett – for contributions to choreography

Karl Llorca – for contributions to sign language interpreting

 

VML are Bethlehem Bound

Singers from VML took part in a Christmas pagant which was moving in more ways than one! Beginning at the stables at Whatmore’s Yard, Weston, the traditional nativity play was staged as a procession through the village, even being turned away at the Inn (AKA the Royal Oak pub) before finishing up in St John’s church with a beautiful manger.

The event was organised by Churches Together and featured singing, acting, prayers and carols.

VML at Halton Haven Tree Lighting

VML singers supported the Christmas Tree Lighting event at Halton Haven yesterday. Despite the cold and drizzle over 25 singers from the young Vocalise group to the adult VML Music group attended the ceremony to sing carols and Christmas songs as the tree was lit.

Over 100 people gathered to see the tree lit and hear speeches, prayers, and music, and were treated to hot mulled wine, cocoa, and hot dogs.