28th Oct, 2016

Praise is ringing out with a ‘big gesture’

Evesham Editorial 3rd Jul, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

SOME of the most generous donors to one of Evesham’s biggest fund-raising drives were rewarded in a special ceremony to celebrate its success so far.

Supporters of the Evesham Bell Tower Appeal came together on Friday (June 27) for the appeal’s first awards evening at Raphael’s Cafe at Hampton Ferry.

Evesham Bell Tower Appeal organisers have set up an awards ceremony as a way of giving something back to those in the community who have worked hard to generate funds.

A special limited edition award has been produced and just 50 of them will be presented to residents and groups.

Launched last year, the £500,000 appeal to save the Bell Tower, one of Evesham’s most prominent buildings, has gone from strength to strength raising almost £100,000 which follows a £200,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund last year.

Money has been raised through donations and a packed variety of events in and around the town.

And on Friday Evesham Mayor Coun Charlie Homer presented awards to Avonbank Brass Band, the Lygonian Singers, Evesham Operatic and Dramatic Society and fellow councillor Martin Hammon.

More ceremonies are planned to be held throughout the year with the next one taking place on Friday, July 25 between 7pm and 8pm at the same venue.

Dr Sue Ablett, chairman of the Evesham Bell Tower appeal, said: “The Bell Tower Appeal has achieved remarkable success in the year since it was launched.

“We just thought giving them a trophy was a way of rewarding them and giving something back, a big gesture of thanks you could say.

“Without the generous support the community has given us, holding these award ceremonies would not be possible.”

The appeal committee hopes to raise more funds tomorrow (Saturday) from 4pm when the town hosts the Evesham River Swim for the first time in about 80 years thanks to the efforts of Evesham Vale Triathlete Club, Tewkesbury Triathlon Club and Evesham resident Fran Webb.

There will also be a musical extravaganza later in the evening when a concert is held at All Saints Church starting at 7.30pm.

Guest performers include internationally renowned pianist Marcel Zidani and choirs Kids Aloud and Mums Aloud.

Tickets cost £15 which include a glass of wine and refreshments and are available from the Almonry Heritage Centre, Church House, Abbey Appliances and Sue Ablett by calling 07871 285606.