ROCKITS MESSENGER - READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE
Welcome to the Rockits online magazine. At times, what’s coming can be much better than what’s gone. It’s like getting your very favourite dessert after a terrible main course. I do though want to start by offering my wholehearted sympathies to anyone who lost someone close to them, through covid (or otherwise), during 2020. I hope this year brings you better fortune. My very best wishes to those of you and yours who have been unwell; please take lots of time to rest and get better. I genuinely welcome this new year with loads of positivity and hope it won’t be long before we are all together once again. 2020 was stressful and worrying and although we aren’t yet out of woods, I can see happier times not too far ahead. Somebody once told me that today is called the present, because that is exactly what it is…a present, a gift. That may sound a bit naff, but I am starting to realise that it’s true.
I am sat writing this from my very tiny studio at home. I have spent SO many hours here over the last ten months, arranging music, mixing songs, ordering groceries from Tesco and keeping us going the best I can. When I first heard of the dangers of Covid, I immediately shut the choirs down, long before many others did. The thought of anyone becoming unwell at singing, was just too awful and today, I am still very glad I made that decision and kept everyone safe. I did worry about you all, as I know many would miss our weekly get-togethers, myself included! I tried to keep those of you that needed occupying busy learning songs and recording them, but this wasn’t everyones cup of tea.
Some singers are shy, some are technically challenged and some were busy baking countless loaves of bread. The thing is, that the Rockits are such a lovely, sociable bunch and that is a huge part of why we all enjoy it so much when we get together. It’s brilliant to sing along to ‘Angels,’ with a mate on either side and a glass of Prosecco in your hand, isn’t it? I get to see all the smily faces doing this too. Magic! The Rockits performance Choir (now called the Heart of Kent Show Choir) DID work right through lockdown, having tiny rehearsals when we were allowed, or recording from home when we weren’t. I am immensely proud of the choirs achievements over the last year. Not only did we continue raising lots of money for our charities, but we also played an important role within our community. My little video team worked all the hours under the sun and yes, it was hard work, but it also brought so much fun into all our lives.
Finally, and most importantly, I want to thank you lovely lot for your continuing support, every single day. I hear from many of you and am always so happy to do so, even when it’s to ask how to use WhatsApp haha. I wish you a healthy and happy new year. No matter what’s in store for us this year, we will do it together. For now, please stay home and stay safe (and get vaccinated as soon as you can). This term we have started a little cookery challenge club for to keep us going, so hope to see some of your baking efforts, haha. Much love always, Max xxxx
TRACTORFEST - AUGUST 21st & 22nd
Yee Haw! We can now look forward, with growing confidence, to this summer's Rockit highlight - Biddenden Tractorfest
Dust off your cowboy hat and watch this space - it shouldnt be too long now before we can all sing together again
"I am SO pleased that I am in Butsys family group – we count as one household. With the new baby due, I’ll be taking over the care of Amigo II when required – and fingers crossed that Baby Whatman II will arrive via a more direct route than his/her brother! Today, we baked basic sugar cookies.. . . "
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