BWP gains keynote supporter

Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP) is delighted to announce it is to receive support from Hope Community Gospel Choir after it was nominated by a member and has been voted to be one of the musical group’s charities of the year for 2018/19.

The Choir’s Charity Liaison Officer, Helena Edis, said: “The work Broxtowe Women’s Project does is incredible, and we want to acknowledge that by donating profits and drawing attention to the organisation’s work at appropriate events throughout the year.”

As a very generous starting point, Hope Community Gospel Choir has already given £500 to BWP.

Commenting on the choir’s decision, Sarah Dagley, Business and Fundraising Manager for BWP, says: “We are absolutely thrilled that Hope Community Gospel Choir has chosen to support BWP.

“We want to thank the choir for its decision and we will, of course, be encouraging everyone to go along to their performances.”

2018 is a special year for Hope Community Gospel Choir, which meets to rehearse each week at John Clifford School in Beeston, as it marks its 10th anniversary.

Founded in January 2008 by young couple Tim and Clare Eason who had been members of a gospel choir at university and wanted to carry on singing when coming to settle in Nottingham, Hope Community Gospel Choir is now widely known.

Everyone welcome

In 2011 the choir was a finalist in BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year competition, but after the then-musical directors stepped down, it started to falter.

A radio appeal put out by the 10 remaining members saw Steve and Barbara Thomas take over as Musical Directors, and since then has gone from strength to strength.

It now boasts 60-plus members from across Nottingham, has its own pianist, saxophonist and drummer, and performs at a huge range of events, from welcome events and care homes to award ceremonies and concerts that attract audiences of several hundred people.

Anyone interested in joining the choir can turn up at rehearsals for a taster session.

“You don’t even need to be able to sing,” Helena laughs. “We are a group of people who love to get together, who love to sing and are very inclusive. People have all sorts of reasons for coming, and everyone is welcome.

“We are a community gospel choir affirming God’s name and ministering to both members and the wider population through gospel music.”

The Choir is planning a huge celebration performance later this year and BWP will help promote the concert as well as going along on the night.

BWP helps women living in the Borough of Broxtowe who are experiencing domestic abuse. It provides a confidential helpline, outreach service, training courses and drop-in sessions, all aimed at empowering women and to help them and their children survive domestic abuse.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse you can call one of BWP’s specialist workers on 01773 719111. If you require out of hours help or advice call the national domestic violence helpline 0808 2000 247. In an emergency, always dial 999.

Photograph courtesy of  Nathan Walker Photography