Bungay reeve to host musical extravaganza in aid of men’s shed group

Ditchingham Mens' Shed members preparing for the proms extravaganza in Bungay. Picture: Terry Reeve.

Ditchingham Mens' Shed members preparing for the proms extravaganza in Bungay. Picture: Terry Reeve. - Credit: Archant

A proms extravaganza is being staged in Bungay to raise funds for the town reeve's appeal.

Mary Sprake is organising the Land of Hope and Glory concert at St Mary's Church, and aims to raise the rafters with top performers and audience participation to give the evening a Last Night of the Proms feel.

Mrs Sprake, who took on the historic role in December, has chosen the Ditchingham Men's Shed group to fundraise for the year.

She said: 'This amazing evening of musical entertainment, the first of its kind in recent years in St Mary's Church in Bungay, began as a small idea which has taken wings and flown. Without the help of Jason Collins in sourcing the talent to produce such a performance, none of this would have been possible.

'The Ditchingham Mens' Shed project is a non profit making organisation, one of many which have spread over the country, to bring like minded men together to share skills, ideas and companionship. It is well known that companionship is a forerunner to good health, both mentally and physically.

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'It reduces the feeling of isolation in the community and brings about a general feeling of usefulness and wellbeing. In the first instance the money raised will go towards the funding of the shed itself.'

Musicians on the line-up include Kensington Brass who have played with a wide range of professional orchestras both in the UK and Europe, including the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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Tenor Stephen Rooke is also on the bill, and returns to Bungay once again after performing with the Bungay Choral Society two years ago. And organist Tim Patient is no stranger to the area accompanying many groups locally and holding numerous concerts throughout the country.

The event is being held on July 1 at 7.30pm. Tickets, which cost £10, are available at No.5, New Beginnings, Wightmans and Sew and So all in Bungay and at Earsham Hall Tea Rooms. They are also available by calling 01986 892692.

Refreshments will be served at the interval in the Bowerbank Room.

Flags for the evening can be bought from The Chocolate Box in Bungay.

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