Handwashers’ Newsletter 27th December 2020

NEW REGULATIONS ABOUT FRONOUNCIATION Over Christmas you may have missed the lanest covid regulations. Ginny, always up with the news, ufdanes us:


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Sue and I have been involved in a number of memorable events over the Christmas period so I thought I would give you a taste of some of them.

The Guildhall

We sang every year in a Christmas concert for the “great and the good” of the City of London in the Guildhall comprising the 9 lessons and carols. The readers were always well-known actors and actresses, there was a brass band and the choir. It was always a special occasion and there was nothing better than singing carols with a brass band to accompany.

Hillary Davan Wetton

Another favourite was to be in a concert in the Queen Elizabeth Hall; “Carols for Choir and Audience” in candlelight.  Our conductor was Hillary Davan Wetton and he certainly knew how to communicate with the audience. One of the carols the choir sang was Silent Night (in German).  We couldn’t sing all the verses without music copies. In the third verse they decided to gradually dim the lights to the point where we could no longer read the words so the choir just hummed instead.


The effect was spellbinding to everyone including the choir.

We were asked to sing for an hour in front of the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square. As you know this is quite special for everyone. It was a bitterly cold evening and we sang from about 5.30pm for an hour. At the end we were all very cold so went to a local pub just off the Square to have a brandy etc.


A choir, having enjoyed a workshop with John Rutter, then bravely sang a spoof Rutter carol in his presence. You can watch his reaction here:



The winners of the 2020 Best Christmas Cracker Jokes Competition were:

  1. What is Dominic Cummings’ favourite Christmas song? Driving Home for Christmas” was chosen as the top cracker joke of the year.
  2. Did you hear that production was down at Santa’s workshop? Many of his workers have had to Elf isolate!
  3. Why didn’t Mary and Joseph make it to Bethlehem? All Virgin flights were cancelled.
  4. Why are Santa’s reindeer allowed to travel on Christmas Eve? They have herd immunity.
  5. Why did the pirates have to go into lockdown? Because the “Arrrr!” rate had risen.
  6. Why is it best to think of 2020 like a panto? Because eventually, it’s behind you.
  7. Why couldn’t Mary and Joseph join their work conference call? Because there was no Zoom at the inn.
  8. Why can’t Boris Johnson make his Christmas cake until the last minute? He doesn’t know how many tiers it should have.

(Heaven knows what the worst ones were like!!)

and here’s something just a little bit more musical from Alan Norris: