Saturday, 5 April 2008

Eileen Hall

Eileen Hall was one of the most wonderful women I’ve ever met.

British born, Eileen was a G.I. bride. I met her at St. Christopher’s Church in Chicopee, MA when I was Vicar there between 1980 and 1984.

Eileen would produce the most outrageous (and sometime risqué) shows to benefit St. Christopher’s Church.

In one of them I sang the “Lumberjack” song from “Monty Python”. It called for me to produce a bra’ at the end of the show. The props person forgot to bring a bra’, so Eileen removed hers for me to use.

I would boast that I was the only member of St. Christopher’s who had ever worn one of Eileen’s bras.

We met last on Boxing Day 2006 when she was visiting her son Nick in Tampa, FL. She wanted to have lunch at the “Olive Garden”, and so there we went.

Eileen died in 2007.

She was a member of a Northampton, MA based Chorus known as “Young at Heart”: a radical Chorus of seniors.

British Airways sponsored, and Fox released a wonderful Documentary about “Young at Heart”.

It’s been shown on T.V. Channel IV in Great Britain.

It made its American Debut in Northampton, MA on Friday, 4th April 2008.

And it showed today in Sarasota FL (5th April 2008) as part of the Sarasota Film Festival.

Of course I was there, teary eyed as ever at the memories of my dearest Eileen.

This wonderful documentary/movie is scheduled for general release in these United States on 18th April 2008. It has already been released in the U.K.

You may see a “Trailer” at

(If this link does not work, do a Google search for “Young at Heart”.)

And make it worthwhile to see the movie when it is shewn in your area. (probably at Burns Court for Sarasota Residents).

With gratitude for Eileen,



  1. i just saw the young at heart film at the florida fim festival...
    i was so touched!
    and eileen made such an impression upon me!
    i wish that i could have met her!
    what a wonderful woman im sure she was!

    -justin nunez
    orlando, florida

  2. I saw a trailer for that at "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day" last week. What fun! I'll look forward to seeing it.

  3. I just saw this movie last week. Wow - incredible and amazing. I immediately bought a copy. Very touching movie and so inspirational. Everyone should view this, it's great.

  4. Just watched the movie and it was Brilliant. As a native Englishman I loved Eileen and her fantastic wit. God bless you and may your memory live on. I will look for you in the Rainbows my dear.