The clock was running out and the drivers would soon be tapping on their wheels, when the bridge across the entrance to Peele Harbour swung open, leaving several of us on the wrong side and not knowing how long we would be stranded!

That is just one of the dozens of humorous incidents on our trip to the Isle of Man this year.

Readers will catch up with any number of them from members of the choir, for we are going to be talking about the 2012 Choir “Jolly” for some time to come. We all had a really good time away.

But among those stories, two will always be there. First will be talk of the stunning concert at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church in Douglas. From Trevor, our compere’s first word inviting the audience to spot the chorister “with the suit-case mix up”, to the final line of “Mae Hen Wlad fy ‘Nhadau”, there was an astonishing rapport with the audience. Throughout, the choir sang to its own satisfaction and pleasure and to that of everyone there: a truly memorable concert.

The other story will be that of how impressed we were and how much we enjoyed being on the Isle of Man, a first for many of us - every prospect pleases. Each of the trips seemed to come with a lovely calm (even from the wrong side of the harbour) as we pointed out yet another lovely scene or view of the Mainland or Ireland in the distance.

It was a great time away with one another and our friends and we are so grateful to Trevor for once again putting it all together and to Ieuan our President and the Revd. Tony Butler for setting it up; but especially to the good people of St Andrew’s Church for their hard work and enthusiastic reception. In a conversation with Tony Butler late on Sunday night we thought that we would have helped St Andrew’s raise enough money for the healing of at least fifty women, men, or children suffering the ravages of leprosy. (at the amazingly small sum of just £15 pounds per person)

Perhaps that young Irishman who had been on the island for just sixth months and who, as a fellow refugee on Peele harbour, chatted to us as we waited said, “There is a civility about this Island”

Yes; that is what has calmed, refreshed and has been a blessing to our company – the civility and the scenery; a gentleness with which we from Montgomeryshire can truly identify.

(Awaiting Translation)