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Tsunami Benefit Concert|
St John’s Parish Hall, Saturday 15th January 2005
Over 120 people, mostly from the Spring Grove area, came along to enjoy this event, which was arranged at very short notice to raise money for the Tsunami Appeal. Entry was by donation and every penny raised will go to the appeal. We had a great line up of performers, some local and some from further a-field, who volunteered their services free of charge as soon as they heard about the evening.
It was now time for the raffle. Since hearing about the planned event (only just over a week ago) Julie Bishop has been seeking out donations of prizes, and the table was groaning under the weight of a number of very generous contributions. In addition, our master of ceremonies for the evening (Keith - a friend of Mike from Plan B) was able to lay his hands on a crate of champagne which was auctioned. Between them the raffle and auction raised £350 to add to our total for the evening, so massive thanks to Julie, Keith, all those who donated prizes and of course all those who bought tickets or bid.
Despite being arranged at short notice many others gave time and great enthusiasm to make the evening possible. A delicious hot meal (thai chicken and / or spicy vegetarian, with rice) was made by Barbara Higham, Pam Vaughan and Jane Chapman, who also acted as dinner ladies, ably supported by Alice Fowles and Julia Becker. Freddie Vaughan and Ben Higham were our bar stewards for the evening. “Fletch” and Barbara Greenway manned (and womaned) the door, Nigel Duffin did a great job lighting each act in a way which was sympathetic to the music, and Martha’s friend Martin worked hard at the mixing desk, ensuring really good sound quality all evening.
So, thanks to all those mentioned above and to others who I may have forgotten. Most importantly, though, thank you to all of you who came and supported the event and donated money to the appeal. (We have also received donations from others who were unable to come but wanted to contribute, and also from collections at St John’s Church.) The total raised, which will be sent to the Disasters Emergency Committee Fund this week, is
Phil Chapman (Plan B), 17/1/05