Shoppers help provide windfall for music groups

June 30 2015

TWO music groups in Sodbury were given a cash boost from a project run by supermarket firm Waitrose.

TWO music groups in Sodbury were given a cash boost from a project run by supermarket firm Waitrose.
Chipping Sodbury Music Society and the Sodbury Jazz and Blues Festival received the windfall from the company’s Community Matters scheme.
The monthly pay-out involves customers of individual stores choosing a favourite local project by dropping a green token into a box once they have done their shopping.
Every month, each store then shares out £1,000 between three local schemes, with individual sums based on the number of tokens in the box.
Since its launch in 2008, the scheme has donated £14 million to a variety of charities nationwide.
The music society, which has received £413, said it was grateful for the support from Waitrose and its customers.
Chairman Fred Willington said: “This money will help us continue to provide high quality live music at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall at affordable prices and to encourage an interest in music among local school children.”
Stuart Hobday, one of the organisers of the jazz and blues festival said: “The money enabled us to continue to stage concerts around the town featuring professional jazz and blues musicians.
“Without the support of local businesses, we would not be able to organise such a successful festival each year.”
The music society programme for next season starts in October, with details available online at www.csmusicsociety.co.uk
The next jazz and blues concert will be in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall on Thursday, November 12, with details to be announced soon at www.sodburyjazzandblues.com
Pic: Fred Willington, chairman of Chipping Sodbury Music Society receives a cheque for £413 from Kelly Matthews at the Waitrose store in Chipping Sodbury.