Choir Social Events & Committee
Hey everyone, Paul here. This page is dedicated to the social side of choir. Choir has always been about singing and learning songs, but I know for many people (like me), the social aspect is every bit as important. Some of my favourite times at choir have been parties, lunches, walks or random outings. This has been where I've properly gotten to know many of you and where I've seen friendships form and strengthen.
Often at choir people ask me if they can help with anything when I'm busy setting up. The answer is generally no. This might seem like I'm a stubborn mule with too much pride to ask for help. However, I will now do my best to dispel that theory... When it comes to social events: I'd LOVE your help. In fact: PLEEEEASE HELP! I BEG YOU!!! (*Please imagine me shouting this with tears in my eyes whilst setting off SOS flares).
I'm so excited at the idea of lots of little events. I think it'll be wonderful and I'd love to get creative with you to make things happen!
If you're interested in running your own event or assisting others, just get in touch. It can be as simple as a group walk or picnic... or as elaborate as a mini-break or holiday. There are ideas and a FAQs below to help you get started and always feel free to chat with me after choir if you have any ideas. I can help you and we have a little team available to assist too, should you need.
Throughout the year we'll have a variety of events, so that there's something for everyone in choir. Not every event will be completely inclusive. For example, some events like wine-tasting won't appeal to those who don't drink wine! However over the course of the year, the aim will be to have a lovely variety so that everyone can be involved at some point. This inclusivity will also cover cost. Some events might be more elaborate and expensive, like theatre trips or mini-breaks... but others will aim to cost little, to nothing.
Here are some ideas which you might wish to consider if you want to organise your own event...
Art / Crafts Class
Mini Break / Weekend Away
National Trust Trips
Wine and cheese tasting
Q & A
Q. I have an idea for an event. What do I do next?
A. Run the idea by Paul and he'll give you the all clear and support you in organising it.
Q. If I want to run an elaborate event which takes a lot of time an energy to organise, can I charge a small fee for organising it?
A. Potentially. Ideally the social committee will be completely volunteer lead. However I do understand if you're running something elaborate it could take a huge amount of planning. We can always chat and see what's possible, before you give up weeks of your time!!
Q. If I want to run an event, but not be involved in the social committee after that, can I still do it?
A. Yes. Anyone who wants to host an event is always welcome.
Q. Do I need insurance or risk assessments?
A. Most venues and activities have their own insurance so in general you should be fine (For example if you go bowling and someone drops the ball on their foot, you are not responsible!). Paul and the team will support you so this isn't something you need to worry about.
Q. Can I run my own event and charge for it?
A. Yes. If you have a skill that people will pay for (for example if you're a professional dance teacher), then feel free to charge for your event. That said, if you're open to doing your event for charity then that would be even more wonderful.
Q. Can I cap numbers at an event I organise so it doesn't get too big?
A. Absolutely. You can cap attendees at whatever you'd like. Not every event has to be for everyone. Do remember though you have a team on hand to help you if you do want to be ambitious!
Q. If I need payment in advance for a booking how can I get that?
A. The easiest way is generally to ask attendees for cash in advance at choir. Or if you're happy giving people your bank details for people to do a bank transfer we can do that too.
Q. How do I contact attendees for my event? Do I need to collect emails?
A. For now all attendees will be contacted via Paul and the usual mailing lists. (This may change over time).
Bowling: April 2023 - Organised by Lina and Team
Ice Skating: October 2023 - Organised by Charlie & Jordon
Whisky Tasting: November 2023 - Organised by Geoff
Xmas Lunch: December 2023 - Organised by Julie