NES Newsletter – 25 October, 2014
In this week’s Newsletter:
Change of venue for Monday, 27 October
You may realise that it is school half term next week which means that we can’t use Strodes for our rehearsal. We normally move to the Literary Institute on these occasions but this time that venue is not now available to us. Instead we will rehearse at the United Church which is a little way further along Egham High St on the same side (Egham Choral normally rehearse there but they are having a week off).
See you all at the United Church on Monday.
The choir is keen to have appoint somebody as our regular concert compere and it occurred to the committee that some of you may have partners, spouses, friends, lovers, relatives or neighbours who might be happy (or coercible) to take on this role. The main attribute required is an ability to stand in front of a microphone and speak clearly. It would be good to keep the role ‘in the family’ and this will allow one follower to be part of the choir without having to sing. The role is unpaid but the compere does get to hear our concerts without buying a ticket. If you know of (or can convince) somebody who would fulfil this role please let David Evans know.
There will be a short EGM of the choir on Monday 27th October for the purpose of formally approving our accounts for the year 2013-14. A copy of the accounts will be available in the members area of the web site before the meeting.
Please could everyone who has signed up for the Christmas Meal give Chloe (or Enid, who will be taking care of the meal arrangements this Monday) your menu choices and payment (for their guests as well). You can do this at rehearsal or click this link: http://www.neweghamsingers.org/social-christmas-meal.html and fill out the form. The cost is £25.95 each. There will be a number of tables seating about 10 people on each. There will be table plans at rehearsal for you to fill out so you can choose with whom you want to sit.
Important Information about GiftAid
Did you know that it is possible to sign up for GiftAid to be applied to your choir subs?
However, not everyone is eligible to do so. In order to qualify for GiftAid to be applied to your subs, you have to be a UK tax payer during the tax year in question. (April to March)
• Tax deducted by the PAYE system from your salary or pension.
• Tax paid following the submission of a Self Assessment form by the self employed/sole traders etc.
• Tax paid on unearned income, e.g. from rent received on the letting of a property
• OR – unusually- Capital Gains tax on the sale of a property or Inheritance Tax.
If you fall into just one of these categories, then by filling out the form, you can increase the amount received from your normal subs payment to NES by 25% at no cost to yourself. Janice will have copies of the form you need to fill out. Please take one and do so if you are eligible. Please fill out all of the fields as they are necessary in order for the HMRC to process our claim. Particularly Post Code and Title are very important.
If you have a change of circumstances at any time, and you no longer pay tax, please let either Janice Crook or Enid Richardson know. Depending on the time of year the change takes place, you may no longer be able to participate and we would need to know this.
Thank you for helping choir funds to grow, which in turn helps NES to improve the quality of our venues and concerts in the future.
NES is always on the lookout for new charities to support. We prefer our charities to be local to our community. This includes the community that you as a member live in – not just Egham and Staines. And they must be non-denominational and non-political. If you have a charity that you would like put forward for consideration, please contact our chairman, David Evans, either at rehearsal or at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are implementing a new process to hopefully make our newsletters even more wonderful and error-free. To this end, it is more important than ever that copy reaches the secretary no later than Wednesday evening. To submit an item to the NES weekly newsletter, please e-mail email@example.com with your article no later than Wednesday evening. Please include a contact e-mail address which can be included in your posting. If you would like your item repeated, please let the secretary know on a weekly basis. Only items directly related to NES can be published. Other notices can be posted on our notice board which is displayed every week at rehearsal.