Events (April to June 2014)
Saturday 5th April 2014: Appeal Stall, Vine Mews Market
A chilly day but a lovely atmosphere, and great opportunity for networking with the Vine Mews Traders who are very supportive of the Bell Tower Appeal. As Lisa Whelan of the Vintage Tea Shop said: “After all we are virtually neighbours!” Many thanks also to Patrick and Mary Brotherton for helping out with the stall.
Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th April 2014: EODS Concert, Evesham Arts Centre
The EODS production of Showstoppers was a tremendous performance, playing for 3 nights to a pretty packed house each night. The Bell Tower Appeal was selected to benefit from The President’s Retiring Collection (thanks to Joyce Doyle for nominating the Appeal). A fantastic show. Total raised: £177.02.
Saturday 12th April 2014: Giant Easter Egg Draw
Congratulations to Michelle for buying the winning ticket for the Giant Chocolate Easter Egg. Total raised: £227.
Saturday 12th April 2014: Travel Talk ‘Antarctica: Voyage of a lifetime’
A talk by Sue Ablett, with sit down meal, organised by the Friends of Evesham Parish Church & Bell Tower, with all proceeds to the Bell Tower Appeal. A great event, much enjoyed by all who attended. Total raised: £815.
“Some fabulous photos, and a really interesting story. Learnt a lot.”
Sunday 13th April 2014: London Marathon
Congratulations to Evesham Vale Running Club member, Paula Smith, who successfully completed the Marathon in 5.36.44. She found it a great experience, and hopes that sponsorship raised will be in the region of £250.
Friday 18th April 2014: Coffee Morning
A big thank you to Sue Chambers and residents of Broadway-Leedons Park. The April Coffee Morning raised funds for the Bell Tower Appeal. Sue Ablett attended to talk about the Appeal, judge the Easter bonnets and receive the donation. Total raised: £225.
“It is always a real pleasure to come out and meet folk who work hard to raise funds for the Appeal, and to update on progress.” (Sue Ablett)
Easter Monday, 2014: Easter Events at Raphael’s Café
There were Giant Easter Eggs and lots of games including Find the Golden Egg, ‘Pluck a Duck’, an Easter Egg Competition plus a Charity Stall (with lots of great handbags on offer!) Total raised: c.£200.
Chadbury Farm Shop raised £26 from their “Guess the Weight of the Giant Easter Egg” competition!
Friday 25th April 2014: ‘Ceilidh’ in All Saints with The Whole Caboodle
With the pews pushed aside, All Saints provided a perfect venue for a Ceilidh, much enjoyed by all. Total raised: £375. “A great evening, haven’t stripped the willow quite so energetically for years!”
Sunday 27th April 2014: Bell Tower Appeal stall at Tesco Boot Sale
A cold and damp morning but managed to sell quite a few donated items. Total raised: £58.
4th to 5th May 2014: VE Vintage Festival
A great occasion, and very lucrative for the Bell Tower Appeal stall. Thank to Emma Haynes for manning the stall, with sales of merchandise, including some exciting new lines, and collecting tins. Total raised: £177.78.
May 2014: Donation from the Vale of Evesham Historical Society (VEHS)
A wonderful donation and much appreciated. The VEHS, founded in 1951, is the honorary curator of the Almonry Museum and actively supports historical projects throughout the town and Vale. In the Riverside Centre the VEHS display sits alongside the display for the Appeal. In addition to this donation, the Society is also actively supporting the Appeal through archive research and its volunteer network. John Kyte, chairman of the VEHS, said:
“The Bell Tower is the iconic landmark of Evesham and the Vale; and the Society is pleased to be able to support this important local cause.”
May 2014: Vintage Car Rally
The Vintage Car Rally started from Croome Court. When Andrew Tarring was organising the annual rally of The Humber Register, he decided that the Bell Tower Appeal jute bags would make a perfect gift for all participants. 34 cars took part, coming from as far afield as Scotland, Kent, Norfolk and Yorkshire. Pictured below Eleanor and Jonathan Tarring, with the Bell Tower Appeal bags, in front of a 1908 10-12 Humber, just restored by their grandfather, and a 9/28 1929 Humber.
Friday 2nd May 2014: Fundraising auction (Evesham New Jersey)
Friends in Evesham NJ organised a fundraiser for the Bell Tower Appeal, including auctioning a winter Bell Tower picture and a beautiful handmade quilt by Tracey Birnbohm. It was a great evening, much enjoyed by all. Total raised: £385.
Friday 9th May 2014: Northern Soul Night in Evesham Town Hall
Many congratulations to Jayne Homer and her band of helpers for putting on what was reportedly a fantastic night. 150 people present; with many requests for a repeat. Total raised: £595.
Sunday 11th May 2014: Tesco Store Collection
We are very grateful to Tesco for allowing us to have a collection and particularly to all those who took part in the collection rota. Total raised: £156.
Monday 12th May 2014: End of Mayoral year for Cllr Mark Goodge
The Bell Tower Appeal had been one of his three chosen charities and a cheque for £1,559.05 was handed over at the Mayor Making ceremony. The Mayor and Mayoress were great supporters throughout the past year and we wish them well in retirement from office.
Thursday 15th May 2014: Donation of a fantastic hamper by The Co-operative Funeralcare
This will be a main prize in the raffle at the Pipe Brass and Drums Concert on 30th May.
Friday 30th May 2014: Brass, Pipes & Drums – Concert by Avonbank Brass Band at Evesham Arts Centre, 7.30pm.
This event proudly sponsored by Taylor Wimpey (you can read their press release here). The Avonbank Brass Band was absolutely superb; the music excellent and stirring. The first prize in the printed raffle was won by our treasurer, Stan Brotherton, much to his genuine shock and surprise. Afterwards he happily decided to make a matching donation to the Appeal; but with gift-aid added on!
Saturday 31st May to Sunday 1st June 2014: Evesham Asparafest
Asparafest, held at Ashdown Farm, helped support the Bell Tower Appeal. For more information see www.asparafest.co.uk. The weather stayed fair, and the sun even shone on the Sunday. What a fabulous event. Congratulations to Nigel and Tash.
Saturday 7th June 2014: Lecture ‘Hundred Days: The End of the Great War’
Sadly cancelled due to illness of Dr Nick Lloyd.
Sunday 8th June 2014: Store Collection, Morrisons
Thanks to our band of ‘bucketeers’ – Laura, Ashley and Scott; Derek, Brian, Janet and Stan – for giving up their time to collect for us. Total collected: £248.
Sunday 8th June 2014: The Lygonian Singers & Guests presented ‘American Medley: An Evening of Popular Music and Song’
Around 100 attended this fantastic concert in the lovely surroundings of St Lawrence’s Church. A great programme with something for everyone. As one attender said “Its wonderful that you are doing so well with all this fundraising, but its wonderful too that you are putting on such marvellous events that we can all enjoy.”
Wednesday 11th June 2014: Meeting BBC Hereford & Worcester
An opportunity for Sue Ablett and members of the Bell Tower Appeal Committee to play host to BBC Hereford and Worcester breakfast presenter, Howard Bentham, at the end of the third day of his Walk the Week. Greeting Howard as he approached the New Bridge, Sue escorted him to the Bell Tower – the bells were ringing for him – where Lisa Whelan of Vintage Tea Rooms had laid on a lovely afternoon tea in the Ringing Chamber. It really does make a stunning tea room! Then the lower Ringing Chamber was transformed by the addition of a massage couch for Jane Hopwood of Avalon Holistics to massage Howard’s weary legs. He still has two more days and 40 more miles to walk. Lets hope his visit to Evesham set him up for what is to follow.
Saturday 14th June 2014: ‘Songs from the Shows’ by the wonderful EODS
A special concert by EODS (Evesham Operatic and Dramatic Society) in the fine setting of All Saints Church. This was a magical evening – a packed programme of some of the best known songs from the shows, and all performed to such an incredibly high standard. The sound and lighting effects all added to make for a very special evening. A massive thank you to Alison Roberts, Musical Director, and all the singers – Evesham should be very proud of its talent. Total raised: £1,338.
Saturday 14th June 2014: School reunion
Many thanks to Richard Eames and other ex-Evesham High School pupils from 1987, plus past teachers, who decided to combine their school reunion with some fundraising for the Appeal. Amount raised: £70.
Thursday 19th June 2014: Bredon Bash
Organised by Evesham Vale Running Club, with profits donated to the Bell Tower Appeal, this is 6 mile run from Elmley Castle Cricket Club to the summit of Bredon Hill and back. Something for the more energetic reader! Total raised: £90.
Saturday 21st June 2014: National Youth Folklore Troupe of England (NYFTE)
Back in Evesham by popular demand, and over the same weekend as the National Morris Weekend, NYFTE (pronounced ‘Nifty’) provided an absolutely wonderful evening’s entertainment. The energy and enthusiasm of these young people was staggering. The standard, whether dancing, singing or musicianship was incredible. This really was a fantastic evening. Total raised £179.
Thursday 19th June to Sunday 22nd June 2014: Pop-up shop in Bridge Street
A pop-up shop occupied this site for four days selling a wide range of bric-and-brac as well as selected Appeal merchandise. Many thanks to Gillian Nicholls and Michael Elliman for managing the shop. Total raised £256.
Sunday 22nd June 2014: Bell Tower Appeal Stall at Vale First Food Festival
On a glorious summer’s day the Bell Tower Appeal stall did particularly well, with lots of interest, and lots of good sales from our expanding range of merchandise. Total taken: £138.
Sunday 22nd June 2014: Sponsored Walk by 9 year old Ashley Gibson
On a baking hot June day, 9 year old Ashley, with his dog Buddy, friend Will, older brother Scott, mum Laura, dad Evan, family friend Amanda and her dog Murphy, were joined by Sue Ablett for a 7 mile walk from Salford Priors to the Bell Tower. It was a great way to spend an afternoon and the walk was enjoyed by all, particularly at the end as the Bell Tower came into sight. Ashley very proudly led Buddy through the crowds attending the Food Festival to reach the Bell Tower for a final photoshoot. The total raised reached the fantastic sum of £320.64.
Wednesday 25th June 2014: Midsummer Ramble
On a glorious summer’s evening a group of 10 walkers set out from Stanton Village Car Park for a walk through stunning Cotswold scenery. The weather was absolutely perfect, we had a hot air balloon in the sky, lambs in the fields, and orchids along the path. And then of course a great drop of ale at The Mount – the end of our walk! Many thanks to John Webster for sorting the route and leading us safely home. Total raised: £57.50.
Thursday 26th June 2014: Swan Lane School Disco – sale of cakes and biscuits
Thanks to Laura Van Toller for facilitating the sale of cakes and biscuits in aid of the Appeal. Total raised: £97.90.
Friday 27th June 2014: Display
A refreshed display in the Riverside Shopping Centre. More images, more items, more details of future events: lots more to read and enjoy!
Friday 27th June 2014: Bell Tower Awards
The Bell Tower Appeal Committee was keen to recognise the fantastic support of individuals and groups/clubs/societies etc and has devised awards to be made to those who have made a significant contribution to the Appeal. Only 50 awards will be made. The first four were awarded to: Avonbank Brass Band, The Lygonian Singers, EODS and Tom the Barber.