Events (April to December 2015)
Saturday 18th April 2015: Annual Travel Talk and Meal
This has now become a very popular annual event, organised by The Friends. A delicious main course was served by Lisa Whelan of Vintage Tea Rooms in Vine Mews, followed by a fantastic selection of puds. The final part of the evening saw Sue Ablett take her audience on a journey to Guyana, the only English speaking country in South America. Greatly enjoyed by all and raised £394 for the Bell Tower Appeal.
8th March to 25th April 2015: Bell Tower Art Exhibition at the Arts Centre
A big thank you to Kitty Kovacevic for organising this and all who contributed artwork.
Friday 24th April 2015: An evening of Flanders and Swan, plus the poetic wit of Sir John Betjeman
Hosted by Anne Albright at her Wood Norton home, this was a truly wonderful evening – a great venue, great company, great food, and fantastic entertainment by actor, singer and pianist, Michael Lunts. Total raised: £3,223.75.
Sunday 26th April 2015: Virgin London Marathon
Bell Tower Appeal Committee Chair, Sue Ablett, took part in this wonderful event, raising over £1,500 for the Appeal. Pictured here, Sue at the end of the run, proudly wearing her finisher’s medal.
Saturday 2nd May 2015: Aphelion Concert, All Saints’ Church
Featuring ancient and contemporary music from 12th century plainchant to 21st century ambient, with Paula Evans (voice); Chris Long (piano & electronics), and Emma Whitcroft (flute). A very different concert, but hugely enjoyed by all those present. Total raised approximately £200.
Sunday 10th May 2015: Every time a bell rings….
A 112 km ride in aid of the Evesham Abbey Bell Tower Appeal. This ride, which started at 9am, with about 30 riders taking part, was moderately hilly, following a circular bell shaped route. A big thank you to Jim Lee who organised the event. Total raised: £175.
Sunday 31st May 2015: Silent Auction!
We were recently given a number of vouchers for a wide range of activities, including a day at the races, wine tasting, Sunday lunch, pizzas, as well as visits to a number of interesting local attractions. These were all donated to the Appeal for an event which had to be cancelled. So we have decided to hold a Silent Auction, inviting sealed bids. The closing date was Sunday 31st May! Total raised £100.
Saturday 13th June 2015: Soul Night!!!
Calling all 60s Boppers!!! A trip down memory lane – with Tamla Motown, Soul, and Music from the 1960s. This was an evening to re-live the good old days! Evesham Rowing Club, 7.30 pm til midnight. Featuring live music with Boogie Street; a chance to celebrate the sounds of the 60s! This was a brilliant evening at a bargain price of 2/6 (that’s £10 in modern money!). Event jointly supporting Bell Tower Appeal and Pancreatic Cancer and raised a fantastic total of £1,600; that’s £800 to each charity. Well done Lyn Knight and Sandra Francis!
Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th July 2015: Evesham Bell Tower Steam & Vintage Rally
Crown Meadow, Evesham. A huge event to organise but what a wonderful array of steam engines (large and small), tractors, lorries, vintage cars and some interesting stalls. Well done to the organisers!
Saturday 18th July 2015: Celebrate America Concert
A wonderful evening of music and song by Vale Harmony and Vale Connection, with guests The Redditch Orchestra. Sue Ablett went along to a rehearsal of Vale Connection and received a fabulous donation of £400.
July 2014: Generous grant from Rooftop Community Fund! Thank you!
We were most grateful to receive a most generous grant of £5,000 from the Rooftop Community Fund. This wonderful donation brings the Appeal incredibly close to the final target! Thank you for this wonderful support!
In the picture below Sue Ablett receives the cheque from Colin Morris, a member of the Rooftop Customer Panel, and Peter Ashworth, Deputy Director of Housing and Communities.
July 2014: The Appeal hit its target! Thank you!
The Appeal Committee celebrates the end of the Appeal! From the left: Sue Ablett (chair), Diana Raphael, Stan Brotherton (treasurer), and Chris Povey (ringing master). Many, many thanks to everyone who has been involved! Thank you to everyone for the most amazing fund-raising events, and for the many donations received, and for supporting the appeal. Thanks also to the many bodies who have helped with grants. Your help is much appreciated and most welcome! Thank you! There will always be ongoing maintenance costs with a building like the Bell Tower. The Appeal Trust remains open, therefore, to receive any further donations
Wednesday 26th August 2015: A big thank you to Evesham Town Council for their support!
Evesham Town Council has provided incredibly invaluable support to the Appeal; not least through an award from New Homes Bonus. We were thrilled to acknowledge that support at a recent photoshoot: when the Mayor came along to see how the work is progressing!
Friday 4th September 2015: Festival Concert!
A Festival Concert with singing from the Avon, Lygonian and Harvington Singers, music and readings, a fabulous evening, in the lovely setting of St Lawrence’s Church. Tickets were £8 each, including a glass of wine in the interval. Proceeds from the raffle to support The Bell Tower Appeal. Profits from the concert to support The Churches Conservation Trust.
Thursday 17th September: Talk to Evesham Probus club at the Fleece Inn, Bretforton
A morning talk given by Stan Brotherton (Bell Tower Appeal Committee) to the Evesham Probus Club, held at the Fleece Inn, Bretforton. A recap and the latest on the project, the delivery phase and the fundraising appeal.
Thursday 24th September: A talk on ‘Evesham Abbey Bell Tower’ by George Demidowicz (Vale of Evesham Historical Society)
George Demidowicz delivered a fascinating talk on”Evesham Bell Tower: new work on its architecture and history”. George and Toni are the authors of the recently-published new history of the Bell Tower. This talk was held, as usual, at the Friends’ Meeting House at 7:30pm. The Bell Tower is the, ah, pinnacle of a series of developments to enhance and improve the lay precinct of Evesham Abbey. Under the guidance of Clement Lichfield (prior and later abbot) a new west porch and chapel were added to All Saints, a new porch and east end to St Lawrence, and the Bell Tower. His work on the Abbey Church was sadly lost at the Dissolution. A fascinating talk about Evesham’s iconic landmark. A copy of the slideware is available to view below: