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Article in Leatherhead Advertiser September 23rd 2015

 

 

 

                                                                                      Article in Woking Advertiser July 12th 2013

 

                                                                                     Article in Get Surrey May 29th 2013

  Church bells to ring out in memory of tragic toddler By Joe Finnerty May 29, 2013

THE church in Chobham will be ringing out in memory of a four-year-old who died earlier this year.The handbell team at St Lawrence Church are holding a concert next month to raise money for the hospice that looked after Ellie Gordon who died in February. The concert is being organised by Pippa Elkins, a member of the Chobham St Lawrence handbell team for the past six years and close family friend. Money raised from the event will go towards Helen and Douglas House where Ellie spent her last days. Ellie was born with a complex disability having a diagnosis of both dystonia and mitochondria disease. She was unable to walk, talk, sit up or roll over. Pippa said: Despite all this Ellie grew into a beautiful and bubbly four-year-old who bought much joy to all the people that knew her. Ellie was an enabler,  a bright star in our lives who taught us to laugh and love and cherish each moment. The Chobham handbell team always have a summer concert and donate money to a childrens charity of some sort. We are working hard, its quite a hard repertoire of 12 or 13 pieces from theatre shows like The Lion King and Les Miserables down to classical. We are really hoping to fill the church, that would be excellent. The concert is billed as percussion with a difference as the handbells are joined by the Pandemonium Steel Pans made up of teenagers taking time out of their busy exam schedule to practice and perform. The evening promises a programme of diverse music and is likely to be the first time that the carnival steel pan music of the Caribbean is played alongside a traditional handbell team which has its origins in 17th century England. Ellies dad Iain Gordon is delighted with the continued support for his much loved daughter. He said: Its great to see it happening, I didnt expect anything to happen afterwards as we raised quite a lot of money at the funeral. We kind of expected it to stop at that so it is good its continuing on.We always raised money for her playgroups and for charities involved with her condition and it is good to see other people involved. The concert is sponsored by home care provider The Good Care Group which is hosting a complimentary drinks receptions and will also feature a raffle with prizes donated by businesses. Due to the generosity of the musicians and the community every single penny raised will go directly to the hospice.The hospice is based in Oxford and funds 85% of its costs, which total  5 million per year, through charitable donations.

                                                              

                                                                                                   Article in The Farnham Herald September 17th 2010

                                                                    

                                                    Article on TOPIC OF CANCER WEBSITE June 2010

The evening was launched with a wonderful hour of pan music from our local junior steel band 'Pandemonium', a group of very talented young musicians playing a beautiful and varied programme.  Everyone was sorry to see them pack up and leave and they now have even more fans who are looking forward to hearing them play again.  Our great appreciation to Nicky Fairey and the band, who will be appearing at Bookham Village Day, as usual.

 

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                                                                                Article in BEACON HILL SCHOOL NEWSLETTER May 2010

                                                                                           Pantastic Raise Funds for Beacon Hill

 

A huge thank you to ‘Pantastic’ who played for local shoppers in a shopping centre in Surrey on Good Friday and collected funds

  for ‘Friends of Beacon Hill’.  They raised £400.56.  The event was organised with the help of Alison Patmore (Parent Governor

         and member of Friends of Beacon Hill) whose sister in law runs the steel pan group. 

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Article in the  "BOOKHAM BULLETIN" Online January 2010

re: Community Entertains December 2009

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Article from the "SURREY ADVERTISER" November 6th '09

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Article in the  "BOOKHAM BULLETIN" Online March '06

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Article from the "LEATHERHEAD ADVERTISER" December 22nd '05 

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Article from the "LEATHERHEAD ADVERTISER" December 15th'05 

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Article from the "LEATHERHEAD ADVERTISER" October 27th '05

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