Welcome to The Owls Of Pill
Owls President Pat Derrick:
It is with great sadness that we report that Pat our President passed away late Sunday the 29th November 2020. Pat was the leader for many years and it was his guidance that made the ‘Owls’ what they are today and is so sadly missed.
The Owls Of Pill are a group of all-male singers, garbed in Dickensian costume of top hats, fancy weskits and flowing cloaks, who carol their way through an 20-night action-packed programme in Bristol and North Somerset. More than £300,000 has been raised by the Owls singing carols to the benefit of a variety of charities.
2020 – Performances
This year due to the restrictions associated with Covid 19 the Owls will not be taking part in any indoor performances and other such functions.
We will be continuing the unbroken 101 years of carol singing within the streets of Pill but so as to limit any risk of causing groups to gather which would exceed the current social distancing controls these will be spontaneous and not advertised.
The Owls Advent Calendar 2020
Abiding by the current restrictions and guidelines, we are not able to bring our traditional flavour of Christmas entertainment to the pubs and events in the local area.
However after the documentary film we had made for our centenary last year, we have some previously ‘unseen’ clips of the Owls. We hope you enjoy our contribution to Christmas this year and it brings some of the spirit of this season to your home.
Please supply your own chocolate treats when opening the windows of this calendar.
Due to the current and expected controls covering gatherings we reluctantly have had to make the decision not to perform as we would traditionally have done. The Owls will miss the usual month of performing which ticks so many boxes as it brings enjoyment and raises much needed funds for our charitable activities which are now in greater financial need due to the dramatic reduction in charitable fundraising activities.
Last year we raised and distributed over £24,000 which provided so much help to so many
We plan to continue the unbroken 101 years of carol singing within the streets of Pill but so as to limit any risk of causing groups to gather which would exceed the current/expected social distancing controls these will be spontaneous and not advertised.
If you would like to support the Owls charities (the Owls pride themselves on 100% of funds raised going to charity) we have two ways this can be done:
1: Via Virgin Money Giving which will allow for the additional funds to be raised by gift aid from that nice man the chancellor of the exchequerVia the internet go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com Type in the support box ‘Pill Owls’, Under Charities Click on ‘The Owls of Pill’, Click on ‘Make a donation’ and follow the instructions.
2: By sending cheques made out to ‘The Owls of Pill Carol Party’ C/O Holly House, 2 Lodway Gardens, Lodway, Pill, Bristol BS20 0DL.
Tain't Christmas' til
yu'v heard the Owls"