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Aching Arms Tea Party

Aching Arms CharityAching ArmsPeople are invited to take their favourite cuddly toy along to a special tea party.  The Teddy Bear’s Tea Party will be taking place at The Galley Centre, Whitehall Ave, Kidsgrove, Staffordshire on Saturday 30th April 2016 at 11am – 3pm.

The event is being held to raise money for Aching Arms, a national baby loss charity, which aims to bring comfort to bereaved parents who have lost their baby during pregnancy, birth or just after. Aching Arms runs a teddy bear donation programme through hospitals and also by posting directly to individuals. The bears are all donated in memory of another baby lost too soon and are given as comforters to those who have lost their baby. Each bear comes with a label that gives the name of the baby it is dedicated in memory of as well as directing parents to the charity’s website where grieving parents can find links to access further support.

There will be a coffee bar, Bouncy Castle, and other entertainment available on the day.

For more information about the tea party, please contact Samantha Runham on 07927374549.

For more information about Aching Arms please visit the website or email

Concert to Help Prevent Blindness

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Charity Concert to raise funds for fighting blindness research.

A charity concert is to be held at Kidsgrove Victoria Hall to raise money for research into an inherited disease of the eye, that can cause progressive blindness. Dimitri, the 1 year old son of operatic singer Denise (Leigh) and accordionist Stefan Andrusyschyn, both blind,has inherited the gene that can cause this disease and if there is no cure by the time Dimitri is in his teens, he may start to lose his sight.

The concert will feature:

  • Denise (Leigh) and husband Stefan Andrusyschyn. In 2001 Denise was winner of the TV reality show, ‘Operatunity’, and since then has become an internationally renowned singer having sung at the Beijing Paralympics, the London Paralympics closing ceremony and for royalty at St James’s Palace. Stefan is a popular musician who plays piano and accordion, both solo and as accompanist to Denise and others.
  • The Churnet Valley Male Voice Choir. Based in Cheadle, this choir has a reputation for creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and for providing a varied and regularly updated repertoire. The Choir is as likely to re-create the music of Matt Munro, The Hollies, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Westlife and Les Miserables as it is to sing opera, spirituals or a love song in Maori or Welsh.
  • The North Staffs Accordion Band. The band is based in Newcastle-under-Lyme and it plays throughout North Staffordshire and East Cheshire. Their new musical director has introduced several newpieces and the band was delighted with a high placing at the 2014 Newcastle Festival for Music, Speech and Drama.
  • Phil Eardley will be “master of ceremonies”. Phil is a graduate of the UK School of Professional Toastmasters and is a member of the Magic Circle.

Kidsgrove Town Hall is situated on the main A50, just above the central Kidsgrove traffic lights, and the parking area is behind the building. The bar will be open from 7 p.m. on the night.

Tickets, at £5, are available from Steve Hughes 01782 787935 (or text 07939362294)

 RP stands for Retinitis Pigmentosa. It is a hereditary disease of the retina that results in the progressive loss of sight and blindness and in the UK it is estimated that some 25,000 families are affected. Currently there is no available cure or treatment.

 All the money that we generate from the concert will be donated to ‘RP Fighting Blindness’ – registered charity number 271729 – who fund research into a cure for this disease.

 The charitywas founded in 1975 by Lynda Cantor MBE, following her own diagnosis of RP. She was concerned with the lack of knowledge about the disease in the medical profession as well as the limited support for patients. This charity is entirely funded by voluntary donations and it supports seven research projects.

Kidsgrove Scouts Racenight

Kidsgrove Scouts will be hosting a Charity Racenight on Saturday 7th June, 7pm at the Scout Headquarters, The Avenue, Kidsgrove, ST7 1AQ.  All members of the public are welcome to attend this event and you can name your very own horse for the evening for only £3 extra.  Entry is £5 on the door and children under 12 are free.

Organiser, Nicky Jones said:

“We hope local people will support Kidsgrove scouts and join us for what will be a fantastic night.  Kidsgrove Scouts will be partaking in many competitions and events across the coming months along with Kirkrade, Holland in September for the European Championships.  Kidsgrove Scouts regularly rehearse at Staffordshire University on Saturday and Sundays and people are welcome to come and watch us practice.”

Kidsgrove Scouts Racenight

Everyone is welcome to support this fantastic event.

You can watch Kidsgrove Scouts in the European Finals in 2011 by clicking the below youtube link.