A PROMS-style charity concert featuring traditional music alongside contemporary songs and high-energy drumming is coming to Farnham next month.
Farnham mayor David Attfied will host the concert on February 9, complete with flag waving and rousing performances, to raise money for Garners Goes Bananas, a project in support of the Farnham District Scouts Activity Centre at Garner’s Field.
Mr Attfield said: “We have three crowd-pleasing acts to pack into what promises to be an energetic and fun evening.
“The award-winning Friary Brass Band will treat us to traditional tunes while Farnham Rock Choir will entertain us with performances of contemporary and uplifting songs.
“For something a little different, we have traditional Japanese drumming from Farnham Taiko Club. It will be a stunning show – we’ll provide the flags and, who knows, we might even get to join in Land of Hope and Glory.”
The event will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and will be held at the Medici Theatre at Weydon School.
The mayor chose Garners Goes Bananas as his nominated charity for 2018-19. The project aims to extend and upgrade the Garner’s Field activity centre, just outside Farnham.
The centre has played host to generations of Scout groups since the 1970s, as well as Duke of Edinburgh Award events and other youth groups.
But, it is now in need of improvements and modernisation.
Organisers of Garners Goes Bananas set themselves a target of raising £140,000. They have raised more than £120,000 so far. Philip German, district commissioner of the Farnham District Scout Council, said: “We are delighted the mayor has chosen us as his charity for the year.
“We have already had great support from local organisations, including The Hedgehogs, The Lions, The Round Table, The Farnham Institute Charity and the town council.
“Work on the refurbishment of Garner’s Field is well under way and we hope to be finished in time for St George’s Day in April.”
It comes fresh off the back of Friary Brass Band, who will be performing at the charity concert, winning £6,000 in prize money and the title of ‘Most Entertaining Band’ at the Butlin’s Brass Band Competition. Philip plays the eb tuba in the band and said: “We are ranked 23rd in the world and have been London and Southern Counties champions for the last four years.
“We have represented our area at the Albert Hall National Brass Championships for the past seven years.”
For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the mayor’s charity concert in support of Garners Goes Bananas on February 9, enter the competition below by Tuesday, January 30.
* Scouts from 5th Farnham and Farnham Explorers joined groups from across Surrey and Hampshire for a weekend full of activities at Bentley Copses’ Frost Camp.
Around 500 Scouts, Guides and leaders headed to Bentley Copse Activity Centre for a weekend camp from January 11-13. The Scouts enjoyed activities ranging from quad biking and a rotating climbing wall, to caving complex, circus skills, Jacob’s ladder, crate stacking, zip wire, archery, air rifle shooting, climbing and abseiling, bushcraft and laser tag, as well as a camp fire and silent disco.
Connor, a ten-year-old Scout from Surrey, said: “I like the camping because I like having people around you on a cold and adventurous camp.”
While ten-year-old Guide Ella added: “I like camping in the cold with my friends and toasting marshmallows.” Richard Kirwin, a leader from Surrey, said: “I bring my Scouts as there are not many places that they can participate in such a wide range of activities on the same weekend.”