Village church hosts own ‘Live Aid’ to help refugees

Inglewhite Congregational Church

Inglewhite Congregational Church

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A village church is preparing to host a rock concert called “Inglewhite Rocks” in aid of Syrian refugees.

Not only is John Gargrave, a member of Inglewhite Church - where the concert will be held on Friday, October 30 at 7.30pm - hoping to raise funds for International Aid Trust who are working to support Syrian refugees in Albania, but also awareness of the plight of refugee children.

The musicians are not professionals and the music might well be a little rough around the edges with the limited rehearsal time available to us, but the evening will be lively and fun

John Gargrave

John came up with the idea after watching the report of the Syrian toddler whose body was washed up on a Turkish beach.

He said: “Very few people can have failed to be moved by the image that hit our televisions and newspapers a few weeks ago of a tiny Syrian toddler, Alyan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach, whose father had tried to bring him, his brother and his mother away from an under resourced and overcrowded refugee camp in an effort to give them a better life. The attempt was a failure and the two children and their mother lost their lives.

“The very fact that I now have a two-year-old son made the image hit home harder than it might have done a few years ago so it made me want to do something.”

His thoughts also brought to mind the Live Aid charity concert, which he attended as a 17-year-old in 1985.

“The musicians are not professionals and the music might well be a little rough around the edges with the limited rehearsal time available to us, but the evening will be lively and fun and I hope will raise a good sum,” added John, who is also hoping to get people singing and dancing.

There will be music all evening and it is hoped to include a second acoustic stage in the church hall, where refreshments will be served.

Ten song slots have been reserved for requests at £5 each, with two songs from the 50s, two from the 60’s etc, up to the 90s, being asked for.

A promises auction will take place in the interval with offers of ironing, Christmas present wrapping and fly fishing days awaiting bids and there is there is also an appeal for unwanted warm clothing and rucksacks and donations of old foreign currency.

All are welcome, doors open at 7pm, entry is free, but donations will be appreciated.