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Hadleigh Community goes Gospel…

Bringing a community together to become dementia friendly is a high priority for the residents of Hadleigh as is supporting and encouraging young people to sing and dance like nobody is watching…

The Hadleigh Thrift Shop is delighted to announce that they have sponsored an evening of song with The Big Sing Gospel Choir and invite you to join them. The event will take place at the United Reformed Church on Saturday 2nd May 2015. All monies raised will be shared between two great community funds.

The Rosa Simon Music Fund is named after a little Hadleigh girl who died tragically last year. It aims to give children and young people more musical opportunities in a range of ways; whether it is donating percussion instruments for young children, loaning orchestral instruments, funding tuition for older children from disadvantaged backgrounds or Funding music therapy and support for youngsters on the autism spectrum or those who have suffered bereavement.

The Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance was the first in Suffolk to be recognised as working towards creating a dementia friendly community. The money raised will enable the Alliance to deliver activity and community engagement sessions for those living with or caring for someone with dementia.

The idea was orginated from Cllr. Mary Munson and the wonderful Barbara Boyd owner of The Hadleigh Thrift Shop, whose daughter is a singer with The Big Sing Gospel Choir. Conducted by Jon Rattenbury, the concert is sure to be a great evening out.

The event will take place on Saturday 2nd May 2015 from 18:00-20:30 at the United Reformed Church, Market Place Hadleigh IP7 5DL

Are you in good voice? Then why not get really involved by joining The Big Sing at their rehearsals to learn a numbers or two and then take part in the evening event. Junior Workshop 1:30pm to 15:00 and Adult Workshop from 15:00-16:30. To get involved just turn up or call Barbara for more details on 01473 828800.

Tickets are available now at; Keith Avis Newsagents, The Hadleigh Thrift Shop and The Idler for just £6.00 each. All proceeds will be split between the Rosa Simon Music Fund and the Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance.

Barbara Boyd says: ‘we would love you to come and join us enjoy the wonderful sounds with love laughter, these are two great funds that improve the lives of those young and old living in Hadleigh.’

Tracey Loynds Chair of the Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance says: we are delighted that Barbara came up with such a wonderful idea to raise money for the Alliance. Becoming a dementia friendly community enhances all of our lives by improving awareness and understanding throughout the community; we hope to see you all there.

Paul Simon, Rosa’s father said: “This promises to be an inspiring concert and we are delighted that Barbara and The Thrift Shop have chosen Rosa’s fund to be one of the two beneficiaries. Rosa absolutely adored music and anything which allows us to give other children the chance to learn an instrument or to sing is very much appreciated”.

If you would like to know more about the Rosa Simon Music Trust http://www.rosasimonmusicfund.co.uk

If you would like to know more about becoming a dementia friend or get involved with Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance you can email us now at http://dementiafriends@ssleisure.co.uk

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