Thursday, 19 October 2017

Community harmony

A COMMUNITY singing group in Sonning Common has donated £1,100 to seven organisations from the village.

A COMMUNITY singing group in Sonning Common has donated £1,100 to seven organisations from the village.

Nottakwire raised the money from its summer concert, called We Are One, last month.

About 50 people attended a presentation ceremony at the village hall, in which Friends in Sickness and Health, Sonning Common Lunch Club, the skatepark initiative, Club SC, Sonning Common Rainbows, Village Gardeners and Sonning Common Magazine received cheques valued between £100 and £200.

The choir has now raised more than £7,000 since it was founded by Margaret Moola and Elaine Williams in 2010.

Mrs Moola, of Sedgefield Close, said: “We chose these seven groups because they represent the spread of age and need in the community and all the different facets of voluntary work that’s going on.”

The choir is open to people of all singing abilities. Mrs Moola said: “We’re trying to bring people together to sing as well as to give people a place where they can regularly meet up with people and find support.

“We offer music to anyone who wants it at whatever level of experience and we give the skills for them to develop.

“There is also an opportunity for them to actually raise funds but we can then support other groups.” Mrs Moola highlighted the work of Jan Woodman, who took over as leader of the Rainbows group following the sudden death of her predecessor.

She said: “She has been funding it out of her own pockets. This showed huge commitment to keep the group going and we thought a donation might be a little buffer.”

Ms Woodman said the £200 gift was a “tremendous help”, adding: “It means we can get our leaders trained in first aid and go on other training courses.

“It will also help fund supplies for children, such as arts and crafts, which is fantastic.”

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