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rebuilt shaftesbury hall artists impressionNorth London Samaritans are now 70 per cent of the way towards raising the £15,000 they need to be able to afford to rebuild Bowes Park's "Tin Tabernacle", turning it into a centre for their life-saving activities and a hub for the local community.  Funds received a big boost on Sunday, when Myddleton Road Market stallholders and shopkeepers raised a total of £925 for the project. Future fundraising events include two concerts taking place in September.

The plan.  To turn this...

shaftesbury hall in disrepair

...into this

new shaftesbury hall artists impression

The £15,000 is the amount the Samaritans need to top up a grant of £545,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.  So far donations via Just Giving amount to just over £10,000. Funds received a big boost on Sunday, when Myddleton Road Market raised £925 for the project. They hope to start building work in the autumn and open the rebuilt Shaftesbury Hall next summer.

North London Samaritans provide emotional support 24 hours a day to people experiencing anxiety, distress,or suicidal feelings across the boroughs of Enfield, Haringey and Barnet. As a branch it is entirely self-funding, receiving no money from the central organisation. At the moment their volunteers use a small flat on the North Circular as their base for taking phone calls, but the premises are unsuitable for face-to-face interviews, which are another important part of the work of Samaritans.

The refurbished "Tin Tabernacle" will allow both telephone and face-to-face work in a pleasanter environment, away from the noise and pollution of the North Circular.  In addition, more than thirty organisations and individuals have expressed interest in using the new facility for a range of community activities.

Music Evenings to help the Samaritans

night at the opera croppedTwo contrasting concerts taking place in September will be raising money for the Shaftesbury Hall rebuilding project.

A Night at the Opera - 15th September at Bounds Green Bowling & Tennis Club

Bowes Park Community Association and North London Samaritans invite you to 'A Night at The Opera', performed by Classical Encounters, with professional opera singers Sally-Ann Shepherdson (soprano) and Trevor Alexander (baritone).

Audience participation and sing-alongs. Bring a picnic and enjoy your very own Glyndebourne-style opera event. The concert will be indoors with tables and chairs provided. Ample parking space available.

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Allegri's Miserere by Candlelight - St Martin in the Fields - 14th September

Allegri’s haunting Miserere, complete with stratospheric solo, is at the heart of this programme, which includes other gems of the a cappella repertoire. From the austere beauty of Tallis’s O Nata Lux and Palestrina’s Stabat Mater for double choir, through the poignant chromaticism of Gesualdo and intense spirituality of Victoria to the rich, expressive harmonies of Duruflé’s motets, The Minerva Consort will fill the darkness of St Martin-in-the-Fields with the most beautiful, contemplative music spanning five centuries.

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Links

Rebuilding Shaftesbury Hall Just Giving Page

North London Samaritans

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