LSG March 2013

The Ladies Support Group pictured after one of their meetings in 2013.

The Carlton MVC Ladies Support Group was formed on 28 November 1990.  The choir were planning a return visit to Canada, to sing with the Robert Wood Singers, after having hosted a very successful visit here in the summer of that year.  Sheelagh Carney was the instigator of the Group, suggesting that any ladies interested in helping the choir with fund raising for the forthcoming visit meet to discuss ways to do this.  There was an excellent turnout at the first meeting, and the Ladies Support Group was set up.  A committee was formed, the first Chairlady being Betty Mottram, and the group went straight into fund-raising.  They held a jumble sale and had so many good items left that they could have opened a shop – so they held another jumble sale!  They then held a flea market stall and raised even more money.  This was followed by a Barn Dance in a real barn and a Garden Party.  The group was able to offer a good subsidy to every singing member of the choir, and everyone had a wonderful time in Canada.

The Ladies Support Group decided to continue with fundraising after the visit to Canada, and the first of the very popular BBQs and Cream Teas took place. Over the years the group has held dances, probably the most memorable being a Queen’s Birthday Ball, held to celebrate Her Majesty’s 80th birthday, when we received a letter from Her Majesty wishing us “a memorable and enjoyable occasion”!  Other popular events have been Floral and Patchwork demonstrations, Cake Decorating, Cosmetic/Make-Up evenings, Quizzes, a talk on Old Nottingham, and a visit to the Houses of Parliament, where we were met by Vernon Coaker, our local MP and a Vice President of the choir, who arranged for us to be shown round.

The group has gone from strength to strength, and over the years has raised many thousands of pounds to help the choir with their charitable works, pay for new uniforms and other items, and assist with financial help for visits both overseas and within the UK.

The group now consists of 19 ladies, including a number of founder members, who meet regularly to arrange forthcoming events.  Working as a team, fund raising has brought many highlights and lasting memories of good times for everyone involved.

The success of the group has been made possible by the hard work and dedication of all its members, past and present, and also by the wonderful support of the ladies’ menfolk, who help out in so many ways.

Some members of the LSG supporting a recent concert

Please look at the Calendar of Events to see the next fundraising activity organised by the LSG.