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Grand Central's PS1,000 gift to Overgate choir.

A HOSPICE choir is to stage a celebratory concert after receiving cash from a train operator.

ensemble in the area, performing four times a year and raising nearly PS278,000 for the Hospice since its inception.

chance to win funding for an upcoming project by nominating themselves and explaining how the money would be spent.

Overgate Hospice Choir has been awarded PS1,000 by Grand Central Rail as part of its Grand Gestures 2016 scheme.

Richard McClean, managing director at Grand Central, which operates services to London, said: "It was not easy to select the winning entries, as we had received a high number of very strong applications.

Overgate Hospice provides specialist palliative and end of life care for adults suffering from progressive, life-limiting illnesses. It costs PS3.5 million to run each year and the choir helps generate the PS6,800 needed each day to meet the costs.

The choir had bid for a portion of the PS3,000 fund to cover the costs of the soloists, conductor and accompanist at its Silver Jubilee concert in October. All proceeds from the ticket sales are donated to the Elland hospice.

"I would like to congratulate Overgate Hospice Choir on winning this year's Grand Gesture and look forward to hearing about their progress."

Since opening, Overgate Hospice has cared for more than 7,000 patients and their families.

The choir will be performing The Creation by Haydn. The choir was founded as part of the National Voices for Hospices movement and has become an established Grand Gestures 2016 offered local organisations, including charities, community groups, schools and small businesses along its West Riding and North East routes the " The concert financed with the help of the PS1,000 donation takes place on Saturday, October 8, at 7pm at All Saints Church, Elland

Mark of quality at Probus HISTORIAN David Allen told members of Elland (Men's) Probus Club about the history of silver hallmarking at a meeting in the refurbished concert room of Elland Working Men's Club.

Dr Allen said silver items were not marked until 1300 when it was decided that before something could be sold as silver, it must be authenticated. The task was given to the Company of Goldsmiths.

The process took place in Goldsmiths Hall, hence the expression hallmarked, a term adopted as an indication of quality.

He displayed a large number of items from his 30 years as a silver collector, the oldest being a spoon made in 1698.

He added that the UK had the highest standard in the world.

The next meeting, held later today, will hear about the life story of Agatha Christie.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 21, 2016
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