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Thursday 17th June 2004
BBC Bus Grimsby
Sheila Harrop
Sheila Harrop on the BBC Bus in Grimsby
The BBC bus is in fine voice on its latest visit to one of Grimsby's larger supermarkets.

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Rhubarb leaves, ink cartridges and Tobermory were just a few of the things visitors to the BBC bus wanted to talk about.

Sheila Harrop's topic of conversation was singing though as she's the co-ordinator of the Lincolnshire North Singing Circle.

The singers are all adult members of the Guide Association. They first got together for a Guiding service at Lincoln Cathedral about ten years ago. Sheila told us, "we were having such fun singing some people said can we carry on. So we did".

The Singing Circle has performed at a number of venues including Grimsby Town Hall and church halls in Scartho and Stallingborough. The singers have also returned to Lincoln Cathedral for another service.

Sheila tries to ensure everyone in the circle enjoys the experience and told us,"I'm always told if it's not fun, they won't come. But it's companionship as well. People get on well together. We're going to someone's house next month for a social evening instead of practising".

Guiding is the largest world-wide movement for girls and women and many of the songs in the repertoire reflect the cultures of other countries.

Through Guiding Sheila's visited many countries, including Mexico, Switzerland, Canada and India. When a group of 18 adults from Lincolnshire North visited the World Centre in India they were asked if they would consider making a recording of songs sung there by local Guides and visitors. This has now been produced and is selling well. The profits go to the World Centre in India.

The Singing Circle members meet once a month in either Grimsby or Scunthorpe. You can get further details from Peggy Gregory on 01472-312963.

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