Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Pilgrims BBQ

The Western Way Pilgrims group held their summer BBQ recently at the TRAC Centre in Malswick. The group were able to play on the new TRAC Centre assault course and then enjoy a BBQ cooked by Peter Newman. Afterwards, John Frith provided a selection of instruments for the group to play along with some choruses. Pilgrims starts again in September.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

John Frith, Western Way Chapel

John Frith

Western Way Chapel is pleased to announce John Frith has been asked to join the Chapel Leaders. John and his wife, Pam have been active in the Chapel for a while now and their music talents are greatly appreciated.

John has supplied his 'bio' below for those who've not had the chance to meet him yet.

John Frith grew up in Portsmouth and Newbury and developed a passion for music which was nurtured through singing with Anglican Church choirs and by playing the clarinet and the cornet in school bands during the 1960’s.

John then began his professional training as a French horn player and composer at Dartington College of Arts south Devon. He continued his musical education at the Guildhall School of Music, studying with Anthony Halstead (horn) and Edmund Rubbra (composition), winning the Brass and School Composition prizes in 1970 and 1971. Here he met Pamela (studying oboe) and they were married in 1971.

After a short career in orchestral horn playing John concentrated on writing music, teaching brass, conducting choir’s orchestras and bands at Abingdon School and later for Northampton Music Schools. By now composing had become an absorbing hobby as the need to earn money in order to support his wife Pam and their first daughter Tessa (1975) took president.

A bible-based American Church of Christ (not latter-day saints) campaign in Northampton targeted John and Pam’s district of Far Cotton in the Spring of 1980 resulting in their new life in Jesus which came about through the study of God’s word followed by confession and believer’s baptism, which took place in a fridge-freezer (no ice - only water) located in a hotel room in central Northampton….heady days!

Teaching in Oundle School (Nr. Peterborough) was followed by a move to beautiful Worcestershire which had captivated the couple since their first ‘Elgar pilgrimage’ (1978) which, subsequently, became an annual event up until they moved into their own home in Barnard’s Green, Great Malvern (1988).

During this period the Frith family became actively involved in Christian work in Malvern and Tessa was baptised in 1990. Their daughter Lydia was born in the same year as the direct result of God’s divine intervention. Pam had been unable to conceive for 15 years due to ‘endometriosis. She received a wonderful healing at a Christian meeting of the Zoe Faith Church where we were members. Ten years later the family relocated to Ledbury finding good fellowship at the Apostolic Church. Following the closure of the church they joined Ledbury Baptist Church where John became a deacon and Pam ran the ladies prayer group and both were involved in the church music group.

In 2001 John co-wrote a ‘Passion Play’ for Ledbury community Arts which was performed by approximately 200 singers, actors and instrumentalists for 3 nights in the parish church of St. Michael and all angels. In 2006 came the sequel -‘It’s a Mystery!’ - a mystery play involving even more local Christians and friends from the community which ran for 5 nights to full houses and is still spoken of in the community. The whole family got involved: Pam and Tessa played in the orchestra; Lydia acted and John conducted.

From 2006 -14 John provided the music at Newent Christian Fellowship. It was during this time that Pam studied for her Fine Art degree at Hereford Art College; Lydia was stricken with Anorexia nervosa and Tessa, having gained a music degree, developed bipolar disorder….not the best period for the Frith household!

Now at Western Way Chapel they are happy to report that both daughters are doing much better and able to get on with their lives thank the Lord. Both John and Pam are keen to see souls won for Jesus and to be involved in all the church’s activities which include youth work and playing piano for the worship services.

Until his retirement in December 2007, John worked for Worcestershire Youth Music, as brass teacher and ‘composer in residence’ in county primary schools, developing creative music projects with young children. He continues to compose and now has 57 published pieces with 6 different music publishers including the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music.

The Frith Family

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Garden Share Lunch

Share Lunch in Kempley
Thursday 2nd July 2015 saw our  annual Garden Share Lunch hosted by Vic and Ruth Newman in Kempley and, after the heat of the previous day the conditions were perfect to eat outside. Around 24 people attended to share lunch and afterwards listen to the guest speaker Robbie Hall.

Robbie Hall was the speaker
Vic shared the good news of his 'all clear' from his consultant and thanks all those that prayed for and supported him at this difficult time.

Vic Newman