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A busy 2018

At the start of February we were out in the wet and cold to support a Keep Our NHS Public demonstration in central Nottingham.

Later that month we were singing again at Nottingham's Light Night. It was a cold and damp night, and fortunately we had an indoor spot in St Peter's church.

In March we were part of a concert in support of refugees, and later in the month we were asked to perform at a music and beer festival in the Bunkers Hill pub in Hockley - which put us in front of a very different audience.

In May we joined and performed at Nottingham's annual Trades Council May Day demonstration and celebration - this year in Beeston. We joined the march, entertained people along the way, and sang on the main stage.

Later in May we sang at an event organised by the Nottingham Palestine Solidarity Campaign to welcome and showcase the Hawiyya Dabke dance group from London.

Right at the end of May we supported and performed at Three Acres and a Cow - A history of land rights and protest in folk song and story. The show told the story of the people's history of England, connecting the Norman Conquest and Peasants Revolt with fracking, the housing crisis and Brexit, via the enclosures and and industrial revolution.

In June, as part of Refugee Week, we organised a singing workshop for Justice for Refugees in the Nottingham Friends Meeting House. In the morning we were joined by about 50 people to learn some songs in support of refugees and asylum seekers. We then shared lunch together, and marched into the centre of Nottingham. At Nottingham's 'speakers corner, beside the Brian Clough statue, we joined together to sing the songs that we had learned in the morning.

After a break for the summer, in September we sang at the annual white poppy peace and commemoration event in Chesterfield.

In November we sang at Nottingham's Radical Book Fair, organised by the Five Leaves bookshop.

As well as performing to a captive audience in the book fair itself, we joined Lotte Reimer from the Campaign Choirs Network in a workshop where she presented the newly published book about political and campaigning choirs - Singing for our Lives: Stories from the Street Choirs - and we sang a couple of songs in support.

In December we serenaded shoppers in Bulwell Market, as a part of Unite the Union's community campaigning against the imposition and roll out of Universal Credit.

We sang from a songbook of alternative christmas carols put together by Unite as a part of the campaign.

On a miserably cold and wet Saturday lunchtime we managed to bring at least a few smiles and comments of support from the bedraggled passers by.

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