Individual members reflections from Lockdown

Shared by Jill, Haywards Heath WiF

“We had planned to celebrate our Golden Wedding with our three sons and their families. The lockdown solution: one family brought and erected a bird table in our garden while we watched from indoors; another couple brought us a painting of our favourite Lake District view and a takeaway Chinese meal for two; the third family joined us on Zoom.  Our big celebration was planned for late June with a marquee in our garden booked for an extra day to accommodate the WiF summer lunch. We are now looking forward to both these events at the same time next year. 

One of the best lockdown experiences has been teaching our eight year old grandson to play the keyboard via FaceTime. From scratch he has learnt to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and has been experimenting with chords. We have also been working through English comprehension papers together.  

Another positive outcome has been that after 50 years we feel closer than ever. Rather than each of us going out and doing our own thing, we have remained at home together enjoying one anothers company, working in the garden and even accomplishing a long overdue clear-out of the garage. 

 Achievements: learnt to record myself making contributions to our church on-line services; caught up with old friends on the telephone; grown vegetables in a new raised bed; kept positive. 

 Failures: tried unsuccessfully to teach myself to play our sons clarinet; read much less than I intended. 

 Lockdown or not, there are never enough hours in the day! “

Shared by Claire, Haywards Heath WiF

All through lockdown every Monday – Friday from 5.30 – 6.00pm I sang with thousands of others in the Great British Home Chorus led by the amazing Gareth Malone. It was a truly wonderful experience. Highlights for me were a warm up from the musical director of the hit musical Hamilton -which I found it very difficult indeed, and on the day of the VE celebrations a sing a long of The White Cliffs of Dover,  Well Meet Again and A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square. I managed to learn and record four songs and send them in to Decca along with thousands of others to be merged together with some amazing technical wizardry to make the CD Gareth Malones  Great British Home Chorus. At the time of writing choirs still cant meet only virtually so this was such a fantastic thing to do.‘