On Friday evening the 5th of April, Weston Methodist church opened its doors for a fund raising concert in aid of Love Weston Library. The concert was generously offered by Tessa McGinn who has run the Weston Song Club (an all abilities choir) for several years in the church on Tuesday evenings.
With the church and even its upper balcony packed to capacity the evening started with some wonderful music from the Song Club Choir accompanied by their house musicians, the BLT guitarists. A very entertaining piece of Stand Up comedy followed from Fran Zuch who gave a different look at some everyday problems after her upbringing in East Germany before the wall came down. Next we had the wonderful playing of the acoustic guitar duo, the 2Gs (Catherine and Mike) who proved that they had great voices for harmony.
This was followed by an interval with great tea and cakes (baked and offered by our generous library volunteers). Kirstie Hasty and Anne Hazell plus their helpers did a wonderful job running the refreshment stand.
Peter Heywood, resplendent in colourful jacket and top hat, proved what an exceptionally capable auctioneer he is by running our auction of “Lovely Things”. Local folk and businesses had been exceptionally generous in providing things for the auction. The three categories were, lovely things, lovely experiences and lovely refreshments! Star items included an original painting by an important member of the British Expressionist movement of the 1950s, a full hair styling package from Essensuals Hair Salon (Bath’s top salon) and some wonderful offers of experiences from local experts ranging from a reflexology and hot stone massage treat, to a guided walk of the Bath Two Tunnels route and top level music lessons. The auction was huge fun and very successful.
The fun continued with Stand Up Poetry from Bristol Radio’s Jane Westhead. She was followed by Bath’s premier Ukulele Band, The Strumble Bees*, who really got the audience rocking. A final set by the Song Club choir with more great music rounded off the evening.
It would be an understatement to say that the evening was a success. It exceeded my expectations as a fund raiser with a final total of £1100 pounds raised on the night.
Most importantly the evening provided a great night out to all who came along. Thanks to all those who have since sent messages of appreciation and as one audience member said to me “if you do this again, you’ll need a much bigger hall”!
Last but not least, special thanks to all the great local businesses who supported our evening!
‘Right at Your Feet’ Weston carpet shop
Lansdown Motor Company
Cycle Works Weston
Kit Johnson Estate Agents
Robert Shiels, Chair LW Library
* Please note, the Strumble Bees play only for good causes or charitable donations and are otherwise free to book for your event by contacting Robert Shiels