Saturday, March 5, 2011

Red City Folk Nose Club Day - March 18th

Red Nose Day - the Comic Relief headline day - falls once again on a Friday! The 18th of March, in fact. By a strange coincidence, the City Folk Club will be meeting at the Guide Hall that evening. The Red Nose Day fund-raising theme is "Do Something Funny for Money", but, seeing as most of what goes on in the club is already funny (either ha-ha or peculiar!), you needn't feel obliged to do anything especially funny (although you can if you want to!) - just come along with some spare cash. If you want to dress up, or sport Red Nose Day merchandise (visit Sainsbury's, Oxfam and other stores, or buy from, well, you'll probably be thought very silly - but go ahead!
Now, we know how marvellous you were back in November, raising an amazing £500 for Children in Need, so we're not making a big thing of Red Nose Day. The City Folk Club is primarily about making music, not raising money for charity. However, we thought Red Nose Day couldn't be passed-over completely, so, we intend to:-
a) have an official Red Nose Day 'Pick a Pose' sweepstake - £2 a go, with half the proceeds to the winner, and the rest to Comic Relief;
b) have Spot Prizes - but the categories won't be announced until the night! (but - if you were thinking 'red'/ 'silly hat'/ 'most lugubrious interpretation of a Shakespearean joke set to music': secrecy would forbid us to comment);
c) the usual £2 admission in the 'collection pot' will go to Comic Relief - plus, of course, any other contributions you care to make.
Comic Relief helps people in the UK and Africa. See the BBC site at Please, please also watch the two-part documentary "Famous, Rich and in the Slums", where Lenny Henry, Angela Rippon, and others are sent to live in Nairobi's Karibe slum - Africa's largest - home to 1 million people, without proper sanitation. Part One is viewable on , Part Two is on BBC1 on the 10th of March. Lenny Henry's harrowing account of his experience there is in the 5th-11th March edition of Radio Times. You will find it difficult to view/read these and not be moved. We don't know how lucky we are, really.
Looking forward to seeing you for the usual fun - and more - on the 18th (if not before!) for Red City Folk Nose Club Day.

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