When we went into lockdown in March 2020, Sydenham Singers continued to meet online using Zoom.

In the late summer of 2020, as the restrictions eased, we took advantage of some glorious weather to sing in a park in groups of 5 singers plus Janna.

In the autumn, when we moved into Tier 2, we were permitted to meet in a Covid-secure venue, but sadly Sydenham Garden was not suitable for socially-distanced singing, which meant we had to find a new venue. We were very fortunate to find one large enough to accommodate us at Holy Trinity Beckenham.

For a few weeks, we enjoyed singing together in person. We all wore masks, and were socially distanced and without cake.

And as the temperature dropped we all had to wear extra layers because, with the windows open to ventilate the hall, it got really cold! But it was worth it!!

Then the next lockdown sent us back to Zoom.

In 2021, we started the term on Zoom with our new leader, Natasha and continued online until the restrictions eased in May.

The next stage of the Government’s Roadmap did not permit more than 6 singers to meet indoors but we were allowed to sing together outdoors in a group of up to 30.

We approached Kent House Leisure Gardens which is a lovely allotment site in Sydenham and they very kindly allowed us to meet there during June and July. We were so grateful to be together again and loved being in beautiful green surroundings, accompanied by the sound of birdsong, humming bees and the occasional strimmer and watched by foxes, cats and plot-holders. Sometimes we sang in blazing heat, sometimes under umbrellas and during one session, there was thunder and lightning around us the whole time but not a drop of rain!

In September with the removal of all Covid restrictions we returned to Holy Trinity Church and enjoyed the amazing acoustics of this lovely space. We are still very mindful of the risk of infection so we avoid close contact with each other and always ensure that the room is well ventilated.

Spring and Summer 2024

Posted on December 6, 2021 Linda Rapley

TERM DATES All sessions will be on Mondays from 3.00-4.30pm. Feb 19th - March 25th April 15th - July 15th or 22nd (End date tbc) Please note that there WILL be a session on May 6th (Early May Bank Holiday) but NO sessions on May 27th or July 8th. EVENTS Details tbc Saturday May 11th Living Well Supporters' Day at…

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