During life’s journey you meet special people who stand out. You know that they will be good and supportive friends. Raymond Bartley is such a person.
Raymond Bartley’s nomination for choir Vice President at our AGM received total support.
True friend of Denbigh Choir
Raymond has been a true friend and loyal supporter of the choir. His appointment as a Vice-President is just recognition of that support and loyalty.
Born and bred in Denbigh, a ‘Denbighite’ through and through. He has long connections with choir personnel. He, and our President, Gwyn Dryhurst-Dodd, grew up together in Love Lane. Gwyn’s mother, Phyllis Dryhurst Dodd, became the founder Musical Director of the choir.
Raymond and Gwyn asked Mrs Dodd if they could become members of the choir. Even though Raymond says he can’t sing a note! Needless to say neither of them ever became choristers.
Raymond attended Caledfryn School in Denbigh. He jests saying that Gwyn had more brains than him and went to the Grammar School.
Raymond Bartley went on to work at the North Wales Hospital in Denbigh. He was a work colleague of many of the choristers that formed Denbigh & District Male Voice Choir.
Raymond Bartley Public Service
Raymond Bartley has been a Town Councillor for over 30 years. He has been Mayor of Denbigh on four previous occasions. He is currently Deputy Mayor. This means that he will hold the office of Denbigh’s First Citizen for a record fifth time in 2015.
Whilst Mayor of Denbigh he attended one of our choir practices for a sneak preview of our new uniform. The Denbigh Town Council grant was a great help to the choir.
Also he has been a Denbighshire County Councillor for many years. Appointed Chairman in 2008/2009 and again in 2013/2014.
It was in that capacity that he attended our 25th Anniversary Concert as a Guest of Honour last November.
Raymond Bartley Choir Vice President
Raymond is more than familiar with taking part in debates and public speaking. But he was dumbstruck when informed of the invitation to become Choir Vice President.
His response was, “That is a real honour, I’m lost for words!”
He went on to say that the choir has been an Ambassador for the town of Denbigh. Wherever we have travelled.
He claimed that the choir is always ready to help. Whether local or national charities, the elderly, or the most vulnerable in our society.
He gratefully accepted the invitation and now we can look forward to many happy years of even closer association.
Behind every successful man is a supportive woman. Raymond Bartley is in that position.
Dorothy has been his rock, supporting him in all his duties. I have no doubt that she will be just as supportive of him in his new role.
A true friend indeed.