Welcome to our March Sound of Music feature by Simon Markland of Thame Music Academy

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Welcome to our March 2020 Sound of Music feature – Happy New Year! Here you will find information on local musical events, upcoming concerts and where to find the best music tuition in the area.

Thame has a variety of fantastic opportunities for budding musicians who wish to join together with other like-minded people. From bands to choirs to bell ringing! We also host a huge variety of annual musical events.

Sunfest – Ickfords own Music Festival

This year The Rising Sun pub in Ickford along with Simon Markland from Thame Music Academy are proud to announce that Sunfest 2020 will be taking place on Saturday 27th June 2020!

Now in it’s fourth year this fantastic family friendly mini music festival has grown from strength to strength and is a fantastic day out for everyone! The main event takes place in the large beer garden at the rear of the pub with a marquee for live performances, a sheltered area for children and adults to get out of the sun, an array of play equipment including a playground and a fantastic selection of food and drink available at the outside bar and BBQ! Alongside this there will be family friendly stalls and activities for both children and adults alike to enjoy! Entry to the festival is free.

This year the live music will be kicking off from 2:00pm with a whole host of wonderful performances from local acoustic guitarists/singers/duos taking us all the way to 7:00pm. During the evening there will be three bands performing late into the early hours!

Updates and further information can be found via the ‘Sunfest’ Facebook page and The Rising Sun Ickford’s website.

If you would like further information please contact The Rising Sun, Ickford via:
Tel: 01844 339238  
Web: www.risingsunickford.co.uk    Facebook: Search ‘Sunfest Ickford

Village Voices, Towersey
Village Voices is a community singing group. They sing songs from many genres from all over the world including; traditional, folk, pop, ballads, gospel, jazz and blues. They practise the songs using ‘listening and copying’ techniques, simple rounds and chants to glorious harmony singing!

Sarah Westcott, the music director, also leads ‘Sounds Fun!’ community choir in Oxford and believes everyone can sing. All are welcome to join and the choir has singers of all ages and both male and female, though they could do with some more men! They have been running since 2009 and do perform at local events including; Towersey Festival, Towersey Fete and Christmas events in Oxford and Chinnor.

If you are interested in joining this fantastic local group they meet every Wednesday evening at Towersey Memorial Hall between 7:30pm – 9:30pm. The charge is £5.00 per week, £1.00 for students, and your first visit is free! The choir does take some breaks over the summer, Christmas, New Year and Easter.

For further information please contact the group via this e-mail address:
Email:
Villagevoices.towersey@gmail.com
or via their website:
www.villagevoicestowersey.com

Chinnor Folk Group

A monthly folk session started in Chinnor in April 2017 and has grown from strength to strength! The group meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month, Chinnor Methodist Church, Station Road, Chinnor, OX39 4PZ from 2:00pm – 4:00pm – Cost is £4.00 per session/per person and includes refreshments!

Following a discussion with those who were interested, Paul Hardy’s tune book was chosen as a starting point because it can be displayed on the screen in the church or can be used on tablets or I-pads, for more information please contact the group.

A list of tunes to be played is circulated monthly to all members and there is time to choose tunes on the day.

Everyone is welcome – whatever level they play at! The group consists of people who enjoy and want to find out more about folk music, and also to improve their playing. Some people come to listen rather than play. Some come regularly and others occasionally.

Contact Liz Thorpe via 01844 351565 for more information.

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Pure strength ❣️Josh Powell, husband of Zoe, 29, and father to Phoebe, 8, Simeon, 6, Amelia 4, and Penny, 18 months, has today released a tribute following last week’s tragic road traffic collision on the A40 in which Zoe, Phoebe, Simeon and Amelia died.

Please read tribute below ⬇️

"My Family"

“Before the adventure of starting a family, nobody truly knows what to expect. All of life’s preconceptions and what we see in the world around us meant that life as a family man was so much better than I expected it to be.

“I had been blessed with four wonderful children, whose thirst for life and hunger of adventure kept me busy but in the best possible way.

“As I look to an uncertain future, I reflect on the fun that we had as a family, with feelings of sadness that it was cut so short.

“Phoebe was my first daughter, and was the model of her mother but with a thirst to always know more. Regularly we would adventure and explore the world together. She was clever and able to make great jumps of imagination - her great creations in Lego are testament to this.

“Simeon was just like his father, with a mischievous sense of humour and desire to know more of the world. A keen sportsman, he had been due to play in first football match this week.

“He shared the kind heart of his sisters and wouldn’t be happier than when he knew that everyone was ok.

“Amelia was kind and spirited. Her tenderness and thoughtfulness much more advanced than her years.

“Her ability to dance and express herself was a true blessing, with an abundance of self-confidence. Tied down by no element of practicality she had the most vivid dreams imagination.

“Myself and Zoe were as different as we were alike. Despite the frequent tensions this would bring, it was of immense benefit having such differing world views.

“Our children benefited from this in having adventures but also the quiet to talk. Zoe was a dreamer; with a head spinning of new things to do or tales to tell. More than anything, we made a great partnership to raise a family.

“I want to thank everyone who has rushed to put their arms around to us to support me and Penny.

“As a family that have always preferred understated calm and brevity, it has been a revelation the benefit of the deep wider relationships now I’ve lost my immediate nuclear family.

“There are many battles to come, and I thank everyone who has stood by me and Penny thus far.

“We are well supported and know to ask if anything is needed.

“Now we have the time to readjust and grieve, this is the challenge of the abundance of loss we feel as a family.

“Thank you to those who have respected our space and supported us thus far, and given us the time and space to do this.”
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Condolences - taken from Chinnor Parish Council Facebook page.....

“As a close Chinnor community, we are all so saddened and shocked to hear about the tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers to everyone.
St Andrew's Church is open every day between 11am and 5pm for private prayer, lighting a candle and a book of condolence.

The Chinnor Community Church on the High Street has created a space for flowers to be laid for the family. CCC has a cross outside to lay flowers under. The chapel will be open for private prayer, reflection, and a book of condolence for the next 2 weeks on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10.00 am - noon; also, Fridays from 2.00 - 4.00 pm.

On Monday the 19th October from 7pm the Scout Troop and their leaders will be walking through the village on their way to hold a candle lit vigil for Josh and his baby daughter.

At 8pm we will be holding a 1 minute silence in remembrance of Zoe, Phoebe, Simeon and Amelia.
We are hoping that the residents of Chinnor would also light a candle and hold a 1 minutes silence at 8pm either on your doorstep or in your house to help guide them on to the next part of their journey and to hold Josh and his baby daughter in your hearts and thoughts. Turn Chinnor Green for the Powell family.

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