Band in Barn raises roof for charity to the tune of £5,000

WITH a barnstorming £5,034.80 raised from its annual Band in the Barn event, Saddleworth Round Table is appealing to community groups and worthy causes to take advantage of funding opportunities.

Held at John Collins’ Doctor House Farm, the music evening has become an integral part of Saddleworth’s annual social scene. Proceeds from the event, attended by more than 300 guests, will be ploughed back to benefit local organisations.

The Round Table recently donated £1,000 to Millgate Arts Centre and is keen to spread the word about the availability of financial support.

As usual, John’s working barn was transformed with huge stage, lighting and a well-equipped bar made from straw bales giving a rustic feel to the event.

Natalie McGrath opened the popular shindig followed by Band in a Barn legend Marcus Songs. The event also saw DJ sets by local heroes Howling Rhythm with the headline spot going to the energetic Professor Fonque and the All-Stars.

And it wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of John and Joanne Collins. Lead organiser John Arthurs said:

‘The success of this event is down to the coming together of Saddleworth Round Table members, who put in effort to make the event, plus the generosity of local businesses.

“We hope everyone who came along had as much fun as we did! See you all in the Barn next year.”

• If you are an 18 to 45-year-old male, looking to work in your community with like-minded people to raise money for local causes then contact Round Table membership officer Richard Foster on facebook @SaddleworthRT or call 078821 40010.

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