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music and encouraging choir members to give of their best. The meaning
and the sincerity of what was sung was what mattered most.
Recently, after much soul searching, Sybil has felt it necessary to pass on
her baton. She hopes to remain part of the choir at services whenever she
can and will always be a good friend to all members.
A very big thank you, Sybil, for your years of outstanding Christian service.
We are fortunate indeed that Linda Saunders has agreed to take over as
Choir Mistress from Sybil. Linda’s early years centred around the Methodist
Chapel she attended with her parents. She played the piano for the Sunday
School and eventually the chapel organist persuaded her father to let her
have organ lessons. By the time she was 14, she was appointed organist
and, shortly after, became Choir Mistress.
Linda trained at the Royal Manchester College of Music, with organ and
singing her main subjects, leading to her career as a school music teacher.
After many years in the secondary sector, Linda retired, but was persuaded
to work two days a week at the Middle School. During her ten years at what
is now the Academy, Linda became involved in the setting up of Foundation
and that led to her helping out at services when Mary and Jonathan were
unavailable and to helping Edwin at St Paul’s.
In recent years Linda has helped Sybil with the Parish Church Choir as it
became more difficult for Sybil to predict when she would be available. In
following in Sybil’s footsteps, Linda hopes she will be worthy of Sybil’s
confidence in her as she hands over the reins.
A very big thank you, Sybil, for your years of outstanding Christian service,
and also a big welcome and thank you, Linda, for taking on this challenge.

                 THANK YOU TEA PARTY
                   To say thank you to Sybil Collins
                   for her many years of service
                   there will be a tea party at
                   3. o’clock on Saturday 27th May
                   in the Parish Church Hall

                    Everybody welcome!

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