Family and friendsremembered in musical celebration

Date: Friday 21st December 2012

COMMUNITY members were out in force to attend a moving Light Up A Life event at Dufton.

The village hall was full to the brim with people who generously supported Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland and remembered special friends or family members.

A number of those attending sponsored a light on the tree of reflection which was lit as darkness fell at the end of the afternoon’s celebrations.

Those who donated were given a card in which they could write the name of the person they were remembering and enclose a special message. The cards were collected during a musical interlude and were burned in straw after the lights on the tree were switched on.

Guests drank mulled wine, wine or juice and ate mince pies or Danish cookies as they sat in the hall which was lit up with candles.

The Middle Eden Voices choir, accompanied by Jane Bainbridge, performed an assortment of songs, from an enthralling version of Storms in Africa in which members re-enacted the sound of a storm with their hands, feet and voices, to an uplifting rendition of With a Little Help from my Friends and a reflective piece, One Candle, after the tree had been lit.

Thirteen-year-old Jessica Harper, of High Hesket, a pupil of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith, gave moving performances of The Sound of Music and The Wind Beneath my Wings.

Linda Bainbridge accompanied Joanne Mounsey, Tom Bennett and Laura Day in a flute trio, and a string trio featuring Barbara Gilbertson, Gill Wadeson and Joe Davies played a version of Elbow’s One Day Like This. Poignant readings were given by David Carter and Wendy Swinbank.

In between the entertainment there was a raffle. Guests brought an array of prizes and a vast number of local businesses, particularly independent businesses, donated generous prizes.

Musician, music teacher and choir director Barbara Gilbertson, who organised the event, said: “The whole afternoon was emotional, moving, yet uplifting. I was overwhelmed by the support of musicians, the local community, the village hall committee and the many local businesses which sponsored the event or provided raffle prizes.

“I am very grateful and I am delighted that a small community can raise a total of £1,020 in aid of such a widely cherished and much-needed service.”

The tree of reflection, which stands outside the village hall, will be lit throughout the festive period.