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Storm Relief Concert raised over £600

17 March 2014

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The Cornwall Community Foundation’s Storm Relief Fundraising Concert on Sunday 16 March raised over £600 for those affected by the recent storms and floods in Cornwall. The evening of singing included fantastic performances from Carclaze Community Choir, NoteAbility, Cornish Connection and Press Gang at The Seahorse Centre, Pentewan.

The evening started with the Carclaze Community Choir, under the leadership of Matt Douglas. Despite several of their male members being absent, they put on a great opening set. This group, which is mainly parents and teachers from Carclaze School, meets on Monday evenings, and welcomes new members. They were followed by Matt’s other group, NoteAbility. This large community choir has 60 members, and has an extensive repertoire. They are really fortunate to have some fine voices, especially Lorella and Charlie, who both sang powerful solos.

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The interval was an opportunity for everyone to buy raffle tickets and enjoy a Cornish pasty, supplied by Proper Cornish. The second half was opened by Cornish Connection, a barbershop choir from the St Austell area. They looked resplendent in the Cornish tartan attire, and sang some beautifully orchestrated pieces. It is easy to see why they are in demand around the area. The last act was Press Gang, who serve up a great selection of songs about Cornwall and the sea, all with a touch of humour. In 2013, they amassed a total of 30 gigs, and this year is looking even better for this popular group. A perfect way to end this superb evening. Money is still being counted, and some last minute donations may arrive, but initial calculations indicate that around £600 will be sent to Cornwall Community Foundation in the next week or so.

The Cornwall Community Foundation is very grateful to all the guests who attended, to The Seahorse Centre for donating the use of this superb venue free of charge and to Alan Dibb for organising this fantastic event.

Alan Dibb, the organiser of the event and a singer from Press Gang said ‘Many of us who sing with local choirs like to participate in fund-raising events for various local charities. When flooding hit Cornwall recently, we decided that we would like to do our bit to help those suffering as a result of the extreme weather. We decided that we would like to organise a fund-raising concert, but needed a properly constituted charity and the Cornwall Community Foundation quickly agreed to handle the proceeds, so it was full steam ahead. We were thrilled when the Seahorse Centre at Pentewan kindly offered us their great venue free of charge as their contribution towards the cause. The event attracted nearly 180 people, ticketing being handled by Andy Ward at the Tourist Information Centre. These services were so helpful in keeping tracks on who had bought tickets, and they also agreed to provide their services free of charge.’

The CCF is very grateful to the generosity of those who donated to the Emergency Storm Relief.  CCF raised over £30,000 during the first six weeks of the appeal and welcomes applications from individuals and community groups who were severely affected in Cornwall by the recent storms. The application forms and further details are available on our website.

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