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Astley Parish

Church Fundraising

Edward Pick Piano Recital - Friday 5 October 2018

Concert pianist Edward Pick returns to give another evening's recital in Astley Village Hall on Friday 5 October at 7:30 pm.  Edward's first recital here was in 2015 when he enthralled the audience with a stunning performance of classical pieces. His programme this year includes works by Chopin. Debussy and Brahms, and a litttle jazz.  Tickets @ £12.50 (to include a welcome drink) will be available in mid August.  Phone (01939) 210639  or 210353.

Ride and Stride - Saturday 8 September 2018

This popular, annual, National event takes place this year on Saturday 8 September, when cyclists, walkers and riders visit as many churches and chapels of all denominations, as possible between 10 am and 6 pm. The money raised through sponsorship and donations is divided equally between the participants' nominated church and the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust, which retains the Gift-Aid element.  We have raised some pretty impressive sums in the past so why not join in this year?  If so, you will need sponsors, forms for which can be obtained from Martin (210639).  There isn't much time left ...... For more information please visit: www.shropshirehct.org.uk

Gardens Open - Sunday 24 June 2018

This year's Gardens Open on 24 June was held on a lovely summer afternoon and enjoyed by over 200 visitors (adults and children) - 11 from outside the county; it was a truly joyous community event.  While we didn’t beat the 2016 record the afternoon raised an impressive  £1,932.63 for our church funds.  Well done and thanks to those who prepared and opened their gardens and welcomed our visitors. There were numerous favourable comments on the refreshments and cream teas served in the Village Hall so thanks to the dedicated efforts of Kate Lloyd and the catering team who worked tirelessly throughout the afternoon to keep our customers happy.  And well done to those who produced an amazing array of cakes and other delights; perhaps we should open a village bakery!  Other contributions adding to the day’s success included: programme sellers/visitor recorders and car-park marshals; a  well-stocked plant stall run by Liz, Fred and Heather (another business opportunity?); Margaret’s quizzes and choc-ices (record sales!); Kate Turner’s barrel organ which played throughout; and Andrew Davies’s eye-catching vintage Bentley.  Finally, I should pass on our thanks to Tim King for event publicity and all our sponsors - especially Allmark Surfacing Ltd - and to Rob Shelley for again producing the road signs. Will we be as lucky in 2020; who knows?

Folk Evening - Friday 9 March 2018

Another fun and successful event!  The Folk Evening on Friday 9 March was very well attended by some 70 people in the Village Hall and we all enjoyed the jolly foot-tapping tunes and songs and ballads from the Old Bones trio and Sophie Kerr.  Many thanks to Nick for organising and to Heather and Dorothy for doing the raffle, and to all who came and supported the event which raised £570 for church funds.

Bells and Whistles 2017 - a great evening!

After cancelling the Shrewsbury Hand Bells event in April it was a great pleasure to welcome them back for our Bells and Whistles evening on 20 October to delight an audience of some 35 in the Village Hall.  The 'Whistles' element of the evening comprised a fascinating talk by Kathleen Turner who had brought a large array of various musical boxes and small organs, including the one she brought along to the Astley Gardens Open in June 2016.  These she illustrated with tunes from yester year played from toothed belts, large discs and punched tapes; we even had a chance to sing along in a music-hall style karioke!   As ever, the team of twelve Shrewsbury Hand Bells provided a medley of mellifluous sounds which were a delight to listen to, but a comic interlude on the cow bells aptly demonstrated the three gentlemen players' wit and skill in ringing the changes.  Our grateful thanks go to Chris Taylor for running the bar for this enjoyable and successful evening which raised £302 for church funds.

Astley Parish Church Fundraising
Gardens Open - 2018: Kathleen Turner with her barrel organ at Church Farmhouse Gardens Open - 2018: Kathleen Turner with her barrel organ at Church Farmhouse