Music hall evening and garden party to boost youth club's repair appeal - The Rugby Observer

Music hall evening and garden party to boost youth club's repair appeal

Andy Morris 15th Jun, 2019   0

A NOSTALGIC evening of entertainment will help celebrate the centenary of a beloved youth club – and raise vital funds to help it stay open.

The Bradby Club will take its audience 100 years back in time when it hosts Old Tyme Music Hall 1919, featuring a cast of Rugby’s stage talent who will perform for free in aid of the club.

The show, part of the Rugby Festival of Culture, will feature music hall entertainment popular in 1919, the year the club was founded.

Performers include vocal and theatre stars Ali Bostock, Emma Bright, Kevin Bright and Fiona McCreath, keyboard players Mervyn Bethell and Joanna Foote, magician Richard Dunster-Sigtermans, raconteur David Howe and trumpeter Nick Long.

On behalf of the Bradby Committee, Rex Pogson said: “The Bradby Club is probably more important now than ever before, as public money for youth work is so short.

“For 100 years Bradby has worked on the shoestring of the money it raises for itself, and, in the words of a local councillor, ‘Bradby saves lives’.

“We are so grateful to these talented artists who have so willingly responded to my invitation to perform for Bradby, and for us on this special evening.

“We hope lots of people will want to join us as we celebrate one century and launch the next.”

The event takes place at Lawrence Sheriff School’s main hall, known as ‘Big School’, on Thursday July 4 from 7.30pm-10pm. Doors open at 7pm and a cold buffet and bar will available throughout the evening.

Email [email protected] or call 01788 544344 for tickets (£15 each, or £10 for students).

Money raised will help the club’s ongoing appeal to fix structural defects at its dilapidated headquarters.

Years of neglect and a rise in vandalism at the East Union Street venue have left the club facing closure unless it can raise £15,000 for repairs.

Visit to contribute to the ‘Help Repair Broken Brabs’ appeal.

THE CLUB will also host its annual Summer Garden Party at Rokeby House in Barby Road on Friday June 21 from 2pm to 5pm.

Plants will be on sale and a raffle will be held.

Tickets – costing £8.50 each, including cream tea, sandwiches and cakes – are available from Mrs M Cox, Rugby School, Rugby, CV22 5EH.

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