Telford's rocking rector tunes up for fundraising show
Music fans will be on their feet when vicars' rock band Dogs without Collars raises the roof in aid of a new children's breakfast club in Telford.
Telford's area rector the Rev Tim Storey and his bandmates will be performing in concert in support of Great Dawley Breakfast Club which treats families to fun and social time during school holidays.
Since the free drop-in project was opened at Easter the staff at Great Dawley Town Council have had more than 600 visits from youngsters who are served cereal, toast, and fresh fruit.
The band heard about the worthwhile community project and decided to donate the proceeds from the gig on October 19 at Dawley Town Hall, in New Street, Dawley, at 7.30pm towards it.
Members including Geoff Boland, Clive Thomas, Graham Perryman and Lawrie Clow are all priests. They perform easy listening and boogie tunes, such as Rocking All Over the World, and A Brick in the Wall. Their shows have raised around £50,000 for good causes across the country since 2005.
Mr Storey, singer and guitarist, said: "Every penny of ticket sales will go to the Great Dawley Breakfast Club so that kids in the area can have a good start to the day."
Tickets cost £6.50 for adults and under 16s £3.50. Bookings are available from Dawley Christian Centre, in High Street, Dawley, or via eventbrite.
The club held at the town hall offers an array activities including crafts, clay pottery, gardening workshops and guests have included the Exotic Zoo and a magician.
Children must be accompanied by an adult, who pays a suggested donation, and sessions run from 9am to 11am on Mondays to Thursdays in school holidays, except Christmas.
Grants for the club have come from Telford & Wrekin Council and Veolia’s EnviroGrant scheme, while donors have included 1840 restaurant, in Stirchley Lane and Dawley's Coop store.
Councillor Jane Pinter, of Great Dawley Town Council, said: "We are very grateful to Dogs without Collars for their kind donation of the proceeds from their event.
"The Great Dawley Breakfast Club runs throughout school holidays and is a great benefit to our local community, the children have access to free daily activities whilst enjoying a free nutritional breakfast.
"We would like to thank all the organisations that have donated money to help the set up and running of the Great Dawley Breakfast Club."