Music group stalwart gets award for her pandemic work

Ursula Lightford, the secretary at the Three Towns Society, has received the Margaret Dakin Trophy for dedication and exceptional service.
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Ursula Lightford

The pandemic has been a tough time for choirs and stage groups but Ursula rose to the challenge, setting up weekly rehearsals on Zoom to ensure performers could stay connected.

She also ensured everyone had the correct music and produced a weekly bulletin encouraging members to send news and containing web links, items of interest and a virtual birthday cake for anyone celebrating in lockdown.

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Three Towns chair Ann Batchelor, who presented Ursula with her trophy, said: “Her dedication, energy and enthusiasm for keeping the society members together is amazing. ”

Ursula, who also won the award back in 2016, said: “I feel very honoured and surprised that I have won the award again. It was so important to keep all members in touch regularly.”

Ursula has been a Three Towns member for 29 years and has served on the committee for nine years.

Currently she is the secretary, music librarian, music researcher and a member of the concert selection panel for the society.

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Ursula was a language teacher at Bedford High School in Leigh for 30 years and enthusiastically introduced French and Spanish language assistants to the society to enjoy the experience singing in a choir and performing on stage.

The Three Towns Society usually performs a musical every year in May and concerts in the autumn at St Joseph’s Hall in Leigh.

Its programme has been disrupted by Covid but the group is now rehearsing for a concert extravaganza planned for two days in mid-November including a number of toe-tapping audience favourites.

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