The Fel­las come to Went­worth


On the 53rd an­niver­sary of the open­ing of the present build­ing of the Went­worth United Church, a spe­cial ser­vice was held and fea­tured the tal­ented singing group, The Fel­las, com­ing from Amherst.

The an­niver­sary is cel­e­brated ev­ery year and, as usual, a meal of salad, ham, and an­niver­sary cake with ice cream was served at 5 p.m. with an open in­vi­ta­tion to ev­ery­one posted. At this time, the min­is­ter, Rev. Jean Ward, was at­tend­ing the Mar­itime Con­fer­ence of the United Church in Sackville, N.B. Mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion or­ga­nized the cel­e­bra­tion.

The cel­e­bra­tion be­gan in the down­stairs church hall and, af­ter the meal of friend­ship and good­will, the ser­vice moved up­stairs to the sanc­tu­ary for a ser­vice fea­tur­ing The Fel­las, who sang, a cap­pella in beau­ti­ful har­mony, in a spir­ited and sin­cere style, many favourite hymns and songs. Their re­sult­ing en­thu­si­asm made all present feel glad the church had been built and had served the com­mu­nity all th­ese years.

The names of The Fel­las as fol­lows: Peter Hebb, Bill Thom­son, Bill Dig­don, Richard Lo­gan, Jim Mac­Don­ald, An­gus Cameron, Kim DeLong and Glen White.

Of the 13 hymns and songs which The Fel­las sang, I will take space to list a few: “Soon and Very Soon,” I Saw the Light,” “Turn Your Ra­dio On,” “Just a Closer Walk With You,” “Shall We Gather at the River,” “Pre­cious Lord,” “Our Fa­ther,” and “Let’s Go Down to the River.”

The di­rec­tor of The Fel­las, Glen White, said that they are happy to sing at any gath­er­ing, es­pe­cially small church groups, and may be reached at his phone num­ber 902-667-9133 or by e-mail at glen.white@bel­ As well, Bill Thom­son can be con­tacted at his e-mail: bandpthom­

This year, the women of the con­gre­ga­tion serv­ing the meal made a pledge to all dress in skirts as a memory of past times.

The Fel­las from Amherst sang a won­der­ful con­cert a cap­pella at a cel­e­bra­tion at the Went­worth United Church.

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