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CONSTRUCTION-  Exhibition Exploring the notion of construction in Fashion,image creation and persona.The pulling together of garments and paintings from the Dress  and Textiles collection of the Gallery.

11 November 2017 -                    10 November 2018

Cosume Gallery,          Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend.

Tues - Sat, 10.00 17.00 Free Admission

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British composer Benjamin Britten was the founder President of the Southend Boys’ Choir from 1970 until his death in 1976.  In 2013 the Boys’ Choir, with the Southend Girls’ Choir, promoted a tour of his opera “Noye’s Fludde” in Essex and London to celebrate the centenary of his birth.  This Christmas the choirs will again perform one of Britten’s most popular and accessible works, his “Ceremony of Carols”.  Britten wrote his cantata, A Ceremony of Carols, during World War II while he was crossing the Atlantic in 1942 aboard a cargo ship. Since then, the choral work has become a classical music staple during the Christmas season.  X


Concert to celebrate Christmas in December

A unique recycling scheme that recycles the metal from orthopaedic implants following cremations has helped the Council to raise £5,000 for Winston’s Wish, a charity for bereaved children. This money will fund their Freephone National Helpline number for a year, supporting over 4,500 callers.

  The Councils Bereavement Services team got involved in the recycled metals scheme run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) to help raise money and be environmentally friendly. Over the last three years the service has raised £15,000 for their nominated charities including Make-A-Wish and SANDS.

Following a cremation the remains may contain metals from orthopaedic implants such as hip or knee replacements. These metals are recycled through a specialised company contracted by the ICCM with the proceeds shared between a host of charities and organisations, associated with bereavement and bereavement support. The Council submitted a nomination on behalf of Winston’s Wish to the ICCM for consideration.

Winston’s Wish was the UK’s first childhood bereavement charity establish by Julies Stokes OBE in 1992. The charity provides specialist support for children bereaved of a parent or sibling, including programmes for children affected by deaths related to murder, manslaughter, suicide or the military community.

  The ICCM initiative has been running since 2006 in partnership with a family run Dutch company called Ortho Metals.

  Cllr Andrew Moring, Executive Councillor for Corporate & Community Support, said: “Making a donation to Winston’s Wish, to help give support to a child facing the most significant loss in their life is both profound and heart-warming.

  “The Winston’s Wish team help children to move forward and support them through their emotional journey to a brighter future.  The council is very happy to support charities that reflect our ethos to make a difference to the community and make the least impact on the environment.

  “I would like to thank the families and friends of the deceased who allow us to participate in this scheme and I hope they can find some comfort in the gift their passing has given to another and that it will not be forgotten.”

Corinne, from the In Memory Team at Winston's Wish said: "The support of the Southend-on-Sea Crematorium and all the bereaved families who have made this donation possible means so much to Winston's Wish.

“This amazing gift could fund our Freephone National Helpline number for a year. Last year our helpline provided vital immediate support for more than 4,500 callers."

For more information about Winston’s Wish or to donate please visit their website:

Donation to help bereaved children



A Gift of Song” – Saturday 16th December 2017 – St James the less Church, Hadleigh

On Saturday 16th December a group of young singers, aged 16 – 27, will be performing their own Christmas Concert for the Friends of St James Church.  The singers comprise Chorus Sirenum, and the Southend Young Men’s Chorus.  All the singers are former or current members of the Southend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs who are now performing in their own chamber choir groups.  The programme will include audience carols and popular Christmas music, with carols by John Rutter, Adolphe Adam,  Britten, Bob Chilcott, and much more with well known carols such as “O Holy Night”, “De Virgin Mary” and many other much loved festive pieces.  The young singers are no strangers to local and London audiences, and all of them over the years have performed in London’s major concert halls and Churches.  The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets, which include mulled wine and minced pies, can be ordered from 01702 553263 or 01268 771779.  

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A Gift of Song  Chorus Sirenum, and the Southend Young Men’s Chorus.  

Originally written for boys’ treble voices,  the work is a favourite work for the Southend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs to perform.   The work is accompanied by harp, and the choirs will be performing this with professional harpist Meriel Barclay.   The concert takes place on Friday 15th December, 8pm at Holy Trinity Church, Southchurch Boulevard.  In addition to the “Ceremony of Carols”, the choirs will be performing other popular Christmas music, including works by John Rutter and Bob Chilcott,  and the evening will include audience carols for all to enjoy.  Tickets priced £6 (£5 concessions) can be ordered from 01702 465460.

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Carols at Porters

The weather was windt and wet on Wednesday, but inside Porters, the mayor's parlour in Southend, it was warm,bright and full of song. The Southend Blind Welfare Organisation held their carols at Christmas event. Elderly people from the area who are sight impared listened with appreciation and sang with enthusiasm along with the choir of girls from Westcliff High School for Girls.

In attendance was the Deputy Mayor Derek Jarvis and his wife Val along with members and supporters