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Just Sing! Newark

30 November 2023

Just Sing! is a community choir that was established at the end of 2014 and that meets in the Newark Congregational Church Hall every second Saturday morning from 10.00 – 12.15.

They recently recorded a song called "Dziekuje", which in english means Thank You.

The background is that the Polish Wartime leader General Sikorski was for many years buried in Newark Cemetery. There are still a large number of Polish War Graves there but the General's remains were returned to Poland some years ago.

This summer it was decided that a statue of the General would be installed in the Polish part of the cemetery and a ceremony was held there attended by a number of dignitaries including the Polish Ambassador to the UK.

Later that day a further event was held in the Town Hall with the same dignitaries present and our choir performed this song. It was written by a local composer and is based on the story of Irena Sendler - a Polish hero who saved many Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto in WW2. There is a statue of her in a garden opposite the church.

The jar referenced in the lyrics was where she kept details of all the children she saved with details of their background so that after the war they would know their true identities.

We got a standing ovation!

Hope you like it

Mark Taylor

You can watch the song on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F12fiZgMgAA

Just Sing! Choir