MILITARY WAGS CHOIR CALL OUT FOR NEW MEMBERS
The Catterick Garrison-based Military WAGS Choir has issued an appeal for new members after numbers declined due to the Covid pandemic. The choir has been welcoming ladies with a military connection since April 2010. The name WAGS comes from the ladies who they reach out to in our community, in and around Catterick Garrison, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire.
The choir meet each Thursday, during school term time, at the Garrison Memorial Church (St. Martins and St. Oswalds in Church Road) around 17:30 – they start singing at 18:00. They pride themselves on giving everyone a warm welcome and an instant support network! You can find out more here.
As a school and college, we have been involved in a number of musical projects with the WAGS Choir and Dr Scott, who taught at Richmond School for five years and is now a careers’ adviser within the Areté Learning Trust, is a member. Dr Scott joined the choir in 2012, as a soprano one, when she was working for the Army as an instructor and then a manager for Army Education.
Member Pauline Kavanagh said: “It has been such a fantastic experience for me since I have joined. The women in the choir are great, friendships are made and we are a support network for each other and especially for those who have no family nearby or whose husbands/partners are deployed.
“We are a charity and we support other military charities when we sing at a concert. We are currently supporting Veterans at Ease who help ex-military and serving military personnel and their families deal with post-traumatic stress.”