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Westerly Showband seeks community help WESTERLY Showband has started the year on a high note by issuing an exciting plan to increase its community involvement. Musical Director Chris Harris said: “The plan’s starting point was the general realisation that music has a beneficial effect on a range of physical, mental and social disorders. This applies particularly, but not exclusively to those experienced by older people. Another related major problem, probably due to the way that society has changed, is that of loneliness and isolation and it is mainly with this problem that the Band recognised it could play a part.” The plan is to stage a series of free concerts throughout the local area. At these concerts the Band will provide a programme of much loved musical favourites from days gone by that everyone will know and can quietly join in with. There will even be a HENLEAZE and Westbury Voice Interior’s columnist Zoe Hewitt is running a series of day-long Interior Design Masterclass at Harvey Nichols private dining room, starting on April 28. Local interior designer Zoe, from Stylemongers of Bristol, wants to share the design process to take the stress out of renovating for those doing it themselves. The sessions will encompass mind-mapping with marker pens on large sheets of paper, and playing with artists’ colour wheels and card game quizzes to learn about colour rules. After a three course lunch from award winning chef Louise McCrimmon,

few sing-along specials, not to mention a few “action” numbers where audience could sway, wave their arms, clap their hands and even perhaps dance a few steps! The singing will be led, as always, by the Band’s resident singer, Alexandra Denman, well

known for her contribution to light-opera, opera and musical comedy in the Bristol area. To make all this happen the band’s board is seeking help from local charities and community organisations to organise audience parties and get

them to the concerts. They are asking for help with providing or organising a church, hall or other suitable venue, free or at a reduced rent if possible, transport facilities, help with setting up the hall, ushering, providing or selling refreshments and fundraising. “You may be able to help in ways we haven’t thought of! If this is so we’d like to hear from you. Naturally an invitation is open to musicians or musical groups who wish to take part in some way,” added Chris. “We do know that there are people out there who recognise the needs of this particular group of people and would like to help in some way.” For further details see the website www.westerlyshowband. com To contact Chris Harris call 0117 956 1950, email

Harvey Nichols will host first interior design masterclass in April workshoppers will be able to browse paint, paper and fabric swatches, and cut images out of magazines to glue down to create a moodboard for their dream home. Zoe said: “I’ve been running interior design workshops for over a year now and every time I am blown away by the standard of mood boards produced, often by people who say they have no creative flair at all! It’s good fun getting hands on with the scissors

and glue sticks and we usually have quite a lot of laughter, especially when people find they have really opposing tastes. “A restaurant is probably not an obvious choice of venue for this but I’m really looking forward to doing it in such a glamorous setting.” For more information contact Zoë Hewett on 07974 544734 or email zoe@zoehewettinteriors.

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Henleaze & Westbury Voice March 2018  

Local newspaper filled with news, views and advertising for local people and businesses in Henleaze & Westbury-On-Trym.

Henleaze & Westbury Voice March 2018  

Local newspaper filled with news, views and advertising for local people and businesses in Henleaze & Westbury-On-Trym.