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Yes, music is the love of food

It started with a chat between two neighbours. She happened to be a food bank volunteer. Turned out he’s the lead singer in a band. 
He generously offered a cash donation and dropped into St Simon’s food bank in Shepherd Bush to deliver it. But after a cup of tea and a slice of cake he suggested his band, the one and only Police Dog Hogan, staged a fund raiser for Hammersmith & Fulham food banks. 
Bush Hall was hired, 500 music lovers turned up and the band played their rollicking mix of banjo, violin, trumpet and guitar. Much foot tapping, hand clapping and singing along. Beers and cheers.
It was that kind of event. 
But above all, the evening raised about £10,000.    £10,000! I’ll leave it to you to work out how many tins of corned beef that can buy. (Very popular corned beef among food bank regulars. Trouble is, we haven’t been able to provide any for many months). 
As the band sang at Bush Hall: ‘The light at the end of the tunnel is shining once again.’ 
Let’s hope it does for the people who rely on us for food. 
You can see what you missed on https://www.pdhogan.com/. Some very jolly videos. 


Not quite as much fun, the collection at Sainsbury’s, Fulham Wharf, at the end of April. Once again shoppers were incredibly generous, giving 1.7 tonnes of food worth more than £5,500. It makes such a difference. The numbers in need are rising; supplies are falling. 
Thank you to everyone who contributed with food or cash and a shout out to the corporate volunteers from Phoenix Staffing and Burberry. Great stuff, thank you.
And there’s more! We’ll be manning (and woman-ing?) a stall at the Wandsworth Bridge Road Spring Fayre on Sunday May, 12. 
Last year’s Fayre attracted over 14,000 visitors to the market stalls, street food, Arts & Crafts, games and live music. There’ll be a Maypole, funfair stalls and a climbing wall.
If you have time and are interested in the work of our local food banks drop by and say hello.
By the way, if you want to help and can’t make the supermarket collections, you can see our shopping list and a link to making a donation here:  https://hammersmithfulham.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

Want to hear more of Police Dog Hogan?  On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/2CThwAP86QXrHWNEkphjiy?si=G5-POarBSrCOTvIb0TNhqg&context=spotify%3Asearch%3Apolice%2Bdog%2Bhogan Insta: https://www.instagram.com/policedoghogan?igsh=Z2tnMmQzaWlra2k4


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Yes, music is the love of food

It started with a chat between two neighbours. She happened to be a food bank volunteer. Turned out he’s the lead singer in a band. 
He generously offered a cash donation and dropped into St Simon’s food bank in Shepherd Bush to deliver it. But after a cup of tea and a slice of cake he suggested his band, the one and only Police Dog Hogan, staged a fund raiser for Hammersmith & Fulham food banks. 
Bush Hall was hired, 500 music lovers turned up and the band played their rollicking mix of banjo, violin, trumpet and guitar. Much foot tapping, hand clapping and singing along. Beers and cheers.
It was that kind of event. 
But above all, the evening raised about £10,000.    £10,000! I’ll leave it to you to work out how many tins of corned beef that can buy. (Very popular corned beef among food bank regulars. Trouble is, we haven’t been able to provide any for many months). 
As the band sang at Bush Hall: ‘The light at the end of the tunnel is shining once again.’ 
Let’s hope it does for the people who rely on us for food. 
You can see what you missed on https://www.pdhogan.com/. Some very jolly videos. 


Not quite as much fun, the collection at Sainsbury’s, Fulham Wharf, at the end of April. Once again shoppers were incredibly generous, giving 1.7 tonnes of food worth more than £5,500. It makes such a difference. The numbers in need are rising; supplies are falling. 
Thank you to everyone who contributed with food or cash and a shout out to the corporate volunteers from Phoenix Staffing and Burberry. Great stuff, thank you.
And there’s more! We’ll be manning (and woman-ing?) a stall at the Wandsworth Bridge Road Spring Fayre on Sunday May, 12. 
Last year’s Fayre attracted over 14,000 visitors to the market stalls, street food, Arts & Crafts, games and live music. There’ll be a Maypole, funfair stalls and a climbing wall.
If you have time and are interested in the work of our local food banks drop by and say hello.
By the way, if you want to help and can’t make the supermarket collections, you can see our shopping list and a link to making a donation here:  https://hammersmithfulham.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

Want to hear more of Police Dog Hogan?  On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/2CThwAP86QXrHWNEkphjiy?si=G5-POarBSrCOTvIb0TNhqg&context=spotify%3Asearch%3Apolice%2Bdog%2Bhogan Insta: https://www.instagram.com/policedoghogan?igsh=Z2tnMmQzaWlra2k4


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Musical Museum survival appeal.

I'm a volunteer tour guide at the Musical Museum in Brentford, London. https://www.musicalmuseum.co.uk/

It is a very satisfying role because I watch the delight and wonder on the visitors' faces when they see and hear the instruments used for music reproduction through the ages. We have musical boxes, polyphons (the precursors of juke boxes) self-playing organs and pianos including player pianos and reproducing pianos that play the actual performances of famous pianists of the past including Gershwin, Rachmaninoff and many others. There are phonographs, gramophones, juke boxes that play 78s and a mighty Wurlitzer Cinema organ in our concert hall. The collection is of national and international importance because it restores and preserves working examples of extremely rare instruments.

Loss of income during the Covid shutdown followed by huge inflation in the museum's costs mean that the museum can no longer pay its way so this year, our 60th, might be the last. We have trimmed our costs to the bone but must find money urgently to keep the doors open as we change the way we operate.

If you value a historic musical resource, you may wish to support the museum's survival crowdfunder but if it doesn't seem that important to you, I understand that and I apologise for the intrusion. Here's the crowdfunder link.

https://gofund.me/5632515e

If you feel able to, it would be great if you can also pass on the appeal to anyone you think might be interested.

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A SPOOKY new show at the BARONS COURT THEATRE this Halloween!

We Are Monsters X Glass Oct 24th — Nov 4th, 7:30pm  Barons Court Theatre https://www.baronscourttheatre.com/we-are-monsters-x-glass
“This isn’t… how the story goes.”
Just a Regular House presents a double-bill of two new short plays this halloween.
Caitlyn and Kyle enjoy playing pranks and scaring campers on Lake Windermere, but their harmless fun turns into trouble when they’re tracked down by a nearby ghost-whisperer in ‘We Are Monsters.’
Upon the ninth floor of a skyscraper on Halloween night, a terrified Brody Jenkins receives an ominous phone call from a stranger on a broken-down train, in ‘Glass’.
Just a Regular House is back again this Halloween in the one and only basement of the Barons Court Theatre, this time with two brand new plays that are fearful, funny, and filled with ghost stories! 
Just a Regular House is an emerging theatre company that focuses on fantastic writing from new and published writers. 
We are an emerging theatre company that have been shortlisted for the 2023 LET Award, received an OFFCOM Commendation, been nominated for two OFFIE awards, and also received two London Pub Standing Ovation Nominations.
We write, direct, act, fight, cry, and play, just like any other regular house of people. We would love for you to join in.
https://www.justaregularhouse.com Instagram: @justaregularhouseproductions Twitter: @jrhprods Fundraiser: https://www.gofundme.com/f/we-are-monsters-x-glass-a-new-nightmare
✭✭✭✭✭ “a dramatic triumph”  Broadway Baby on A BUTCHER OF DISTINCTION
✭✭✭✭✭ “gripping, shocking, funny and disturbing”  Jack the Lad Mag on A BUTCHER OF DISTINCTION
✭✭✭✭✭ “just gorgeous”  London Pub Theatres on ONE DAY WHEN WE WERE YOUNG

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Join Our Team: Become a Community Representative at Action West London

Are you passionate about making a difference in your community? Do you believe in empowering people to improve their lives? If so, we have an exciting opportunity that might just be perfect for you! Action West London, a dynamic charity committed to addressing social exclusion, is seeking a Community Representative to join our dedicated Board of Trustees. About Action West London Action West London (AWL) is a respected charity that has been serving the local community for over 20 years. Our mission is to help disadvantaged individuals, particularly those facing social and economic exclusion, to change their lives through employment, education, and enterprise. Our work spans several key areas including supporting young people at risk, assisting job seekers, aiding refugees, and providing educational and training opportunities. The Role As a Community Representative on our Board of Trustees, you will play a crucial role in guiding the strategic direction of AWL. You will bring your local knowledge, insights, and passion to the table, helping us to make decisions that best serve our community. Your primary responsibilities will include: Providing a voice for the local community in board meetings Helping to shape the strategic direction of the charity Collaborating with other trustees to oversee the charity's governance Assisting in the development and implementation of AWL's policies and goals Advocating for AWL within your networks What We're Looking For We welcome applications from individuals who are committed to our mission and have a deep understanding of the community we serve. You should have: A strong connection to and understanding of the West London community A passion for social change and a belief in the power of employment, education, and enterprise to transform lives Excellent communication skills and a collaborative approach Integrity, independence, and good judgement Previous experience in a similar role would be beneficial but is not essential. We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who can bring diverse perspectives to our board. Why Join Us Serving as a trustee for AWL offers the unique opportunity to make a significant impact in your community. You will: Gain valuable experience in leadership, strategic planning, and charity governance Have the opportunity to influence the direction of a respected local charity Work alongside a dedicated team of trustees and staff members Be at the forefront of effecting social change in West London Apply Today Join us in making a difference. If you believe in the power of community action and want to be a part of a team that's transforming lives in West London, we want to hear from you! For more information on how to apply, please visit our website at www.actionwestlondon.org.uk or email us at gary.buckley@actionwestlondon.org.uk Please note, this is a voluntary role. However, reasonable expenses will be covered. The closing date for applications is may 31st. Action West London is committed to diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Together, we can create positive change in West London. Apply today to become a Community Representative on our Board of Trustees. We look forward to welcoming you to our team!  

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