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Musicians celebrate 25 decades of music with Birthday Bonanza Concert

Musicians Steve Ruffe, Andy Knight, Mick Burke and Glenn Bower are holding a Birthday Bonanza Concert at Appledore Social Club on Sunday, December 8. Picture: Sarah Gallifent and skittle alley artwork by Sandy Brown

Four North Devon musicians are celebrating their birthdays next month with a Birthday Bonanza Concert to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West.

Steve Ruffe, Andy Knight, Mick Burke and Glenn Bower share 25 decades of music between them and will be taking to the stage at Appledore Social Club on Sunday, December 8 from 7.45pm.

The friends have been playing together in sessions and bands for many years; each has their own style, so expect anything from haunting originals to sea shanties, folk music and rock covers on the night.

Young Tiverton golfers are on top form for children’s hospice

Joe Pike, mum Beverley and new junior captain Sam Pryce present the fundraising cheque to CHSW community fundraiser Josh Allan

Young golfers from Tiverton hit winning form with a huge fundraising drive for Children’s Hospice South West.

More than 140 players took to the greens and fairways at Post Hill for the club’s Junior Captain’s Golf Day, raising more than £3,000 for the charity.

The 18-hole team event on August 22 was the highlight in teenager Joe Pike’s term as the club’s junior captain.

‘Exeter Seven’ raise thousands for children’s hospice during Jail & Bail fundraiser

The prisoners line up outside Exeter Castle. Picture: Barnett Photo Studio

A Devon County Councillor and six local businesspeople spent the day ‘behind bars’ at Exeter Castle to help raise thousands of pounds for Children’s Hospice South West.

Bemused shoppers watched as Exmouth town crier Roger Bourgein led ‘The Exeter Seven’ along Exeter High Street to herald the start of the charity’s Jail and Bail fundraiser.

The ‘jailbirds’ were then hauled before a judge, charged with fictitious crimes, thrown in the slammer and tasked with raising bail for their release.

Taunton dance group channels 1920s jive vibe for hospice charities

Riviera LeRoc dance group member Gracienne Jackson presents the fundraising to CHSW community fundraiser Josh Allan at Little Bridge House

Flappers and gangsters danced the night away at a 1920s-themed fundraiser in Taunton to raise hundreds of pounds for local hospice charities.

Hand kisses, air pushes and all that jazz took centre stage at The Great Gatsby Gala at The Lawns Social Club on September 21.

The charity dance held by local jive dance group Riviera LeRoc raised around £1,400 for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) and St Margaret’s Hospice.

Banking on success


A team from Metro Bank based in Broadmead, Bristol, recently took part in the £50 Challenge in support of local charity, Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

Starting on 16 September, Metro Bank’s team were given £50 and 50 days to turn this money into as much as possible. The team ‘got nifty with their fifty’ and bought prizes for a Quiz Night they hosted.

Through this one event, the team raised a whopping £1,442.50!