Events (July to September 2014)
Saturday 5th July 2014: Bell Tower Steam rally!
An excellent event, as always, with marvellous engines, classic cars, stalls – and the Bell Tower in the background. Dave Wothers and his team did a marvellous job organising the event; and we are very grateful for their support. The Bell Tower Appeal stall was a good chance to promote the appeal and sell our merchandise. Total raised at the stall: £89. Donation of £550 from the event organisers! A great contribution to the Appeal!
Saturday 5th July 2014, 5pm: River Swim!
Today saw the first River Bridge to Bridge One Mile Swim since the 1930s. It was a truly marvellous event. Many congratulations to Fran Webb, Louise Budd and members of Evesham Vale Triathletes and Tewkesbury Triathlon Club, and South Worcestershire Life Saving Club, for making this event happen. 25 swimmers took to the water. Starting at the Rowing Club, they swam to the Workman Bridge, down to the New Bridge and back to the Rowing Club.
Many congratulations to all who took part and particularly to the first male swimmer, Oliver Wilkinson of Tewkesbury Triathlon Club (pictured below), who stormed home in a remarkable time of 19.42; and first female swimmer, local swimming instructor, Jess Blake (also pictured below), who also completed the swim in the remarkable time of 24.50.
Oliver and Jess were presented with a certificate and Bell Tower award by Mayor Charlie Homer. Lets hope this now becomes an annual event! Thanks to all who contributed to our bucket collection and raised £71.
Saturday 12th July 2014: Charity Football Match
Evesham United vs Cheltenham Town. Bucket collection for Bell Tower Appeal. Total raised: £139.
Saturday 12th July 2014: ‘A Musical Extravaganza’
Featuring internationally renowned pianist, Marcel Zidani and local choirs KIDS ALOUD and MUMS ALOUD, under the direction of Jenny Newbury. A truly wonderful musical experience with music ranging from Chopin to the Beatles, and from Marcel’s own composition to Andrew Lloyd Webber. As Jenny said “The choirs sing because they love to sing.” That was so evident from tonight’s performances. Total raised: approximately £550.
Sunday 13th July 2014: Run Stuff Evesham Vale 10k Run
A really well organised run along a very scenic route that showed off Evesham at its very best. About 600 runners took part, and a good number of children took part in the subsequent fun runs. Amount raised £3,400
A number of Sue Ablett’s Leicester runners came down to take part – pictured below. For Sue the time was a personal best – always a satisfying achievement! The Ringing Chamber was open for visitors. Click here to see images from the Run!
Two runners were also bell ringers from Cheltenham – Emma and Phil Abbey pictured with Christina Ireland (a Bell Tower ringer), left of picture.
Sunday 20th July 2014: Harrells Hardy Plants Open Garden
We were blessed with glorious sunshine for this wonderful Open Garden. A good crowd made their way to what is a real hidden gem in Evesham and were amazed by the beautiful gardens that sisters Liz and Kate have created. Many took the opportunity to buy plants and afternoon tea was enjoyed by all. Many were talking about coming back for a return visit. A fantastic afternoon greatly enjoyed by all. A huge thank you to Kate Phillips and Liz Nicklin. Total raised: £365.
Wednesday 23rd July 2014: Walk, Talk & Lunch
We met up at The Trumpet Inn, Merstow Green at 12 noon, where new owners Kate Hood and Charles Steward gave us a very warm welcome. After a glass of bubbly, we strolled over to St Lawrence’s (and an excellent guided tour by Jim Jarvis), followed by a lovely sit down 2-course lunch (the summer pudding was described by one person as “the best I’ve ever had in my life!”). The final part of the day was a talk about Evesham and the monastery by Bell Tower Appeal Committee Treasurer and local historian, Stan Brotherton. A fabulous event, much enjoyed by all. Total raised: £100.
“I’ve been to a few talks about Evesham, but each time I learn something new, and another wonderful Bell Tower Appeal event. I shall certainly go back to The Trumpet too!” (Joan Davies).
Friday 25th July 2014: Bell Tower Awards (second round)
The second round of Bell Tower Appeal Awards was presented by Deputy Mayor, Cllr Fred Kaler. He presented awards to Ashley Gibson (sponsored walk & volunteering), Paula Smith (2014 Virgin London Marathon), Evesham Bowling Club, Jim Jarvis (a great supporter throughout the Appeal), Glenda Harrison (a wonderful supporter who ran her own fund-raiser), Hanna Knight and Tim Haines (Hanna-h, for two fantastic concerts) and Suzanne Chambers and Broadway Leedons & Friends Coffee Morning Group.
Sunday 2nd August 2015: Fifth Annual Charity Gala Day at Hampton Ferry
Thanks to those who helped man the Bell Tower Appeal stall. Merchandise sales totalled: £59.
Saturday 9th August 2014: ‘Knit your own hamster’
Sunday 10th August 2014: Store collection Morrisons
A big thank you to our very willing bucketeers for manning the stand on the day that Hurricane Bertha hit town! Total raised: £91.97.
Saturday 16th August 2014: New churchyard benches! (official opening)
Alongside the many and varied events for the Bell Tower Appeal (teddy bears’ picnic, wedding dress display, tours of Ringing Chamber, auction preview) there was also the official “opening” of the new benches in the parish churchyard. These had been kindly donated by the Friends of Evesham Parish Church and Bell Tower.
Also on Saturday 16th August 2014: Teddy Bears Picnic!
A celebration of the wedding of Mr & Mrs Teddy! An opportunity to design wedding cards for the happy couple, and enjoy a picnic tea. Plus face painting! Plus toys! Plus picnic! The Ringing Chamber was also open on this afternoon!
Also on Saturday 16th August 2014: Auction preview at Church House
Church House was open from 10am – 4pm for viewing of the fantastic range of auction lots lined up for our Charity Auction (which will take place on Saturday 30th August at the Ivy, North Littleton). Catalogues (free to everyone!) were handed out; all bids were available for inspection; and quite a few absentee bids were received! A wonderful Morris Oxford (a ride in this lovely car is one of the lots!) provided a perfect welcome to the preview!
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th August 2014: Wedding Dress Display and Memorabilia from 1900s and WWI at All Saints’ Church
Our request to borrow wedding dresses for this display was met with an incredible response. Hundreds of visitors attended the three-day display of wedding dresses, plus items of nightwear from the early 1900s; christening gowns; and absolutely fascinating items dating from WW1. See the coverage in the Evesham Journal. Total raised: £800.
Friday 22nd August 2014: Bell Tower Awards (third round)
The third round of Bell Tower Appeal Awards, presented to the following recipients: Evesham New Jersey Twinning Association; Sue and John Jenkinson; Evesham Vale Running Club; Mark Smith and Gavin Stowe (Evesham Bell Tower Steam and Vintage Rally); Kate Phillips and Liz Nicklin (Harrells Hardy Plants); Evesham Vale Triathletes and Tewkesbury Triathlon Club, and John Dickman.
Friday 22nd August 2014: Music Festival in the Marquee
On one of the coldest nights of the year, we enjoyed some great music with Griff Collins, Ruby Lamont (instead of Aimee Fae) and Hi-Times. Trisha the Singer was unwell and unable to perform. Total raised c.£100.
Sunday 24th August 2014: Cyclefest Roadshow, Tesco.
An opportunity to learn all about this forthcoming fantastic series of cycling events!
Saturday 30th August 2014: Charity Auction!
The auction started at 7pm after viewing from 4pm. The venue – the Ivy Inn, North Littleton – was excellent! A huge thank you to everyone who donated lots, bid for lots, to Diane and Ian at the Ivy, the morris dancers and live music entertainers, and last but not least, Martin, Stuart and Helen Homer. Read all about the charity auction on our dedicated auction page. Our most successful fundraising event yet.Total raised: £4,250
Saturday 6th September 2014: Cyclefest – The BIG One.
Everyone gathered for a photo-shoot and set off! Eight cyclists, two support vehicles, 270 miles in three days through close and twisty roads – from the Bell Tower to Big Ben; and back again! See our dedicated Cyclefest page for all the events planned – and for images of ‘The BIG One’ see the dedicated page of this epic adventure! Total raised: over £4,300.
Prime Minister David Cameron supports Cyclefest: “Thank you for your letter of 2 May about the Evesham Bell Tower Appeal and inaugural Evesham Cyclefest. I was interested to read of your fundraising efforts for the conservation of Evesham’s historic bell tower, especially the cycle ride to Big Ben and back. I hope you will understand that unfortunately due to diary commitments I am unable to attend on this occasion. However I would like to send my very best wishes for a successful event and I hope you reach your fundraising target.”
Saturday 13th September 2014: Cotswold Savoyards Concert
A lovely evening in an amazing setting. A selection from Les Miserables, songs from HMS Pinafore and The Mikado, and a variety of other choral, solo and ensemble numbers. The evening culminated in a full performance of Gilbert & Sullivan‘s one-act masterpiece ‘Trial by Jury‘. A fabulous evening! Total raised: approx. £600.
Sunday 14th September 2014: Cyclefest Pedal Power and also the Family One!
Two excellent events – with talks, stalls, stands, experts, advice, activities, and a lovely family-friendly cycle ride out to Pershore Abbey and back! Adding together entrance fees and sponsorship, the Family One raised over £1,000. Donations and collections at Pedal Power raised over £300.
Tuesday 16th September 2014: Best of Evesham / Rotary.
A warm and welcoming get-together with Best of Evesham and with Evesham Rotary – talking about the Bell Tower Appeal, about Best of Evesham, and the new Rotary lottery! A raffle was held, and raised the excellent sum of £200.
Wednesday 17th September 2014: Bell Tower Ale launched.
Landlord Nigel Smith of the Fleece delivered a barrel of Bell Tower Ale for its official launch, with members of the Bell Tower Appeal Committee, the Vicar, the Mayor and Bell ringers all present to sample the ale. It’s a great brew and 50p from each pint sold will go to the Bell Tower Appeal. It’s on tap now at The Fleece!
Friday 19th September 2014: Donation from The De Montfort School.
A most welcome and wonderful donation of £1,000 from The De Montfort School. Over this last year some steady fund-raising by children and staff at the school has resulted in a truly magnificent donation! Guy Nichols, Headteacher, said “I am so delighted that children and staff at The De Montfort School have raised such a large sum for this important historical landmark critical to our heritage.” Many thanks! Photograph below, Sue Ablett receiving the cheque from Guy Nichols.
Friday 19th September 2014: Bell Tower Awards (fourth round)
This date saw the fourth round of Bell Tower Appeal Awards, presented to the following recipients: Marcel Zidani, Kate Hood and Charles Stewart (The Trumpet Inn), Emma Haynes, Sue Walling, John Webster, and Fiona Narburgh and colleagues at Wychavon DC.
Sunday 21st September 2014: Cyclefest: The CLUB one.
An opportunity for serious cyclists to join an Evesham Wheelers Sunday ride, either 40, 60 or 70 miles. For the third weekend running the weather was perfect. We had just one rider take up the opportunity for the photo-shoot, but he was warmly welcomed by a number of Evesham Wheelers, including President Carol Hall. More than 10 new cyclists joined the Evesham Wheelers for this Sunday ride.
As you’ve been walking or driving around Evesham, you have probably spotted Tesco delivery vans promoting Cyclefest. Thanks to Nick Dawe and Kim Carter at Tesco for their support for the Cyclefest. They’ve been brilliant! Many thanks!
Thursday 25th September 2014: VEHS Lecture – John Martin’s Charity & Bell Tower
Two talks on local topics:
- John Martin’s Charity – clerk to the trustees, Mr John Daniels, talked about the history and legacy of this important local charity (celebrating its 300th anniversary this very year); and
- Bell Tower Update – a talk our treasurer and local historian Stan Brotherton, including intriguing speculations on the history of our famous landmark.
Two talks for the Vale of Evesham Historical Society (VEHS) who have been great supporters of the Bell Tower Appeal. Friends Meeting House, 7.30 pm. If you missed this evening, but are interested in the update (and the speculations!) then here’s the presentation:
Saturday 27th September 2014: ‘Showtime!’
A concert by Eden and other acts – Evesham Arts Centre. The internationally popular classical/pop crossover duo Eden (Libby Johnstone & Lucy Campbell) headlined in this cracking music & variety show showcasing local talent. They’ll be joined by the Vale Harmony (barbershop), Vale Dance, opera singer Linda Whittaker, entertainer John Raphael, and The Harmoneves. An amazing evening greatly enjoyed by everyone who attended Proudly sponsored by David Wilson Homes! Total raised: £1,000