Frances Kelly, BCAa



Frances Kelly BCAa receiving her Medal from Adrian Russell, Group Deputy Chairman, Pall-Ex

Frances (or Frankie as she is known) aims to engage as many people singing as possible, and is continuously working to start and promote Community Choirs in and around her locality. As well as creating social hubs for individuals to meet and chat, the Choirs provide a platform for people to express themselves in a way that they may never have considered before.

One recruit to the Community Choir stated: “As a widow of one year, I was feeling increasingly withdrawn after moving home, especially as I was afraid to venture out in the evenings. I saw the choir advertised and was persuaded to bite the bullet. I fell under Frankie’s spell and cannot wait until each Tuesday evening. Instead of sitting on my own, feeling isolated and depressed, I am sharing such an uplifting experience”.

Frankie leads with energy and humour and encourages others to ‘Jump in and have a go’. The emphasis is always on having fun.

“Frankie has, without exaggeration, changed lives for the better for so many people, and has transformed communities across Lincolnshire”.

The Community Choirs are rapidly growing as word spreads in the communities accentuated by the increased socialisation in the villages and towns between participants who were not known to each other before the Community Choirs. The Choirs bring people together, reducing isolation and loneliness. Performances are given to local communities, be it in Market Places, Village or Church Halls, Museums as well as the Lincolnshire County Show.
Nominated by: Sylvia Knight