Sunday, 22 July 2018

On song

About 150 revellers attended a charity gig at Shiplake Memorial Hall on April 9.. The evening

About 150 revellers attended a charity gig at Shiplake Memorial Hall on April 9.. The evening was organised to showcase the talents of local covers band Who is Smith? and raise money for Wyfold Riding for the Disabled. Friends, family and fans were welcomed by Wendy Schrier and invited to enjoy a drink at the Queen Vic-themed bar hosted by “Angie and Den”, aka Caroline Gudge and Rich Lawson. There was a superb display of food prepared by Sarah Sayer, of Kites Kitchen. Table decorations were co-ordinated by Ione Stacey and Kirsti Deacon using flowers kindly donated by Erica, of Brambles Florist in Sonning Common. The evening was hosted by Lee Williams, who told the audience about the charity’s workbefore introducing the band. Who is Smith? (Nick Stacey, guitar and lead vocals; Sara Wright, lead vocals; Simon Hill bass; Steve Schrier drums; Paul Gudge keyboard and vocals) played a 90-minute set with 22 songs and by the end everyone was up and dancing. The evening was brought to a close by the DJ Kathryn Turner playing some club classics. Mr Gudge said: “Thank you to all who attended, helped with the organisation and cleared up on the night, helping us to raise £1,250. Matched funding from Microsoft and Sopra Steria have increased that to a final magnificent total of £3,750. Thanks must also go to Greg Muden of the Purple Turtle for donating the lager.” Gill Rushworth, from the charity, said: “We are really grateful for this donation as we have had a very hard winter because of the incessant rain. We have open air facilities so that many riding days have had to be cancelled because of the wet weather and when this happens we receive no income but the ponies still need to be fed and shod.”

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