For some time now, Trinity Church and the Methodist churches in the Staffordshire Moorlands Circuit have committed to supporting Asha in various ways as part of their mission plan (awareness raising, volunteering, fundraising, befriending, donating money, food, clothes and bicycles).
On Saturday, October 20, Hannah Turner and the Young Phoenix singers combined forces to put on a concert of varied vocal and instrumental music in aid of the ongoing work of Asha, which receives no permanent funding and relies on small grants and donations.
Hannah performed a variety of solo pieces, some new and others well known, while Young Phoenix chose a selection of mainly unaccompanied songs from their growing repertoire. Their programme was very much enjoyed and Trinity is grateful for their willingness to come along and help raise money in such a good cause.
The event attracted a good audience from local churches, the Methodist circuit as well as the wider local community. A group of volunteers and asylum seekers from Asha also attended, which included a trio of drummers from various parts of Africa who welcomed folk as they came into church with a burst of drumming .
They also performed three pieces half way through the programme. Their enthusiastic drumming and singing complemented the typical English programme really well and afterwards everyone from Asha enjoyed meeting with folk from Leek, whom they don’t get much of an opportunity to meet.
One of the asylum seekers had brought for sale a number of his paintings evoking scenes from his home country, which were sold in aid of Asha. It is hoped that more of these will be available on Eva Massey’s craft stall at Wednesday Coffee mornings at Trinity.
In the absence of Angela Glendenning (Asha trustee, who was feeling under the weather that day) Godefroid Seminega concluded the evening by explaining what Asha is all about and the huge gratitude felt for the moral and financial support that evenings such as this provided. A total of £419 was raised.