Cobweb News

We still have plenty more to be getting involved with in the last few weeks of term, and we’ll announce plans for the Spring Term next week.

In this week’s Cobweb News:

–  Words from the new Chairman
–  Cobweb Virtual Concert Party
–  ‘What Happened when Elsie Stepped Over the Toadstools’ by Jenny Messenger








Words from the new Chairman, Mike Cave
It is a privilege to take over as chair of the Cobweb Orchestra Trustees. On your behalf, I thank John
Bond for his leadership in the chair over the past 2 years, served with great care for the welfare and
sustainability of our organisation. Thanks also to outgoing trustees, Philip Wherry and Christine Ball,
who have diligently monitored and managed our finances over the past few years, and welcome to
our new trustees, Richard Stamp and Emma Pearson, who are already taking on work with
enthusiasm and intent.

For those who do not know me, I joined the Dipton group about 19 years ago. I played in orchestras
in my teens, but life got in the way and my flute sat on the shelf for 20 years. I was welcomed into
the Cobweb family with no need to audition, no need to commit to a rehearsal schedule, and no
need to play to an expected standard. No other group then, or now, could offer such an opportunity
to a lapsed musician to renew a love of playing music with friends. I know many of you have the
same story. This “music for all” ethos is at the heart of Cobwebs, and my job, and that of our
Trustees, is, above all, to preserve and protect it.

This is a difficult time for us, and we are so grateful to Andy and Lorna for conjuring up ways for us to
share the joy, and health benefits, of making music together online. I will work with them and your
Trustees to restart live events and groups as soon as it is safe to do so, but in the meantime please
continue to give your support by signing up to online events, and giving donations if you can.
Mike Cave


Cobweb Orchestra Virtual Concert Party
Saturday 12th December, 7pm
The performers’ slots are now filled, so we’re now inviting you to book your ticket to the final concert part of the year which is not to be missed! We’re seeing this concert party as a celebration of all of our efforts surrounding online activities, and you’re all invited. To register to be part of the audience, please enrol here


What Happened when Elsie Stepped Over the Toadstools’ by Jenny Messenger Jenny Messenger (clarinet, Tyneside) has written, and got published, a wonderful story for children (guidance aged 8-11 years) called ‘What Happened when Elsie Stepped Over the Toadstools’ and is selling copies with the profit entirely being donated to Cobwebs.

The price of the book is £8, but of course, you may wish to donate more than that! Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee them for Christmas (and it may well be into the New Year) as she is only receiving the copies in the week of the 15th December, but she will post them out as soon as possible.

To order one of these really special books, please complete an order form here

Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

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