The Pennymoor Singaround began informally in the early 1970’s, at the ancient inn called the Cruwys Arms in Pennymoor Devon, a village just off the B3137 Tiverton to Witheridge road. It became a formal Club a few years later. When the Cruwys Arms closed for a while, the Club moved to the nearby Black Dog Inn where it has been meeting regularly on the third Wednesday of the month ever since. In 2005 it returned to the Cruwys Arms. (Details of which can be found from Home Page). Everyone is invited to participate whether they be expert or beginner.
Members of the Club appear all over the West Country, and in France and Ireland and being strictly amateur, continue to raise considerable sums for local charities, especially the Devon Air Ambulance. In addition, they perform a number of ‘Devon Evenings’ in aid of local charities, including the very popular annual Jan Stewer evening.
Apart from during their more formal appearances, the Club welcomes singers and musicians of all kinds to join in with them, and over the years this policy has created a pool of around 30 accomplished Club members who meet regularly and pass their sense of fun and jollity on to those they meet.
The Club books no guests, but about twice a year a guest artist is invited to give an evening’s performance in the home of one of the Club’s members. These have proved to be very popular and interesting sessions.
Annual events include the Song & Ale weekend in early June, and ‘After the Fair’ weekend held after the famous Bampton Fair which is always on the last Thursday of October.
Feel free to come and join us at any of our regular monthly sessions without obligation. Membership is open (at a very modest fee) to anyone who is interested in singing, playing an instrument or just enjoying a good lighthearted evening’s entertainment. Additional benefits available to members include private concerts, garden parties and access to a small library of song books and music.
At the AGM held on the 31st August 2000, a new formal constitution was adopted and a committee was elected. The constitution put into writing the aims and objectives of the Singaround without changing the character or the activities of the club. These moves mean that the Club can apply for funding from various bodies and so increase the scope of its activities.