Vicar sets up a community choir to help bring his village together

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:00 10 February 2014

Rev Martin Hartley of teh Tas Valley benefice.

Rev Martin Hartley of teh Tas Valley benefice.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2013

A community choir has been set up by a vicar in a South Norfolk village in a bid to bring its residents closer together.

The sound of music can now be heard from the New Rectory in Tasburgh every fortnight as the group brought together by the Reverend Martin Hartley begins to meet for regular practices.

Mr Hartley issued an appeal for residents in Tasburgh and the surrounding area to join a new singing group last month, saying it would help foster community spirit.

After an initial meeting to gauge interest, eight people so far have come forward to say they would like to be part of the group.

“People have been really keen,” said Mr Hartley, who joined the Tas Valley benefice last year.

“They appreciate what a choir has to offer in terms of people getting together, singing and offering each other support. The response has been really encouraging.”

The choir now plans to meet fortnightly at the New Rectory, Tasburgh on Sundays at 3pm for practices. The first took place last Sunday.

Members will be able to suggest songs they would like the group to sing, with the choir setting its sights on performing at the Tasburgh church fete later this year.

“It is really just giving us something to work towards,” said Mr Hartley.

“Our group of people just enjoy coming together and singing.”

Mr Hartley added that a choir could have many benefits.

“I think singing can be very therapeutic,” he said.

“People do enjoy singing but don’t want to sing by themselves.

“This will give them a bit of confidence and give people the opportunity or reason to be together.

“It’s an idea that’s come from me to try and bring people together.

“We’re trying to bring people together in the community who don’t necessarily meet each other.”

Anyone interested in joining the choir should contact Mr Hartley on 01508 471474 or email

Are you organising a new community project? Tell EDP reporter Andrew Papworth by calling 01379 651153 or emailing

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