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2018 was a very successful year for the Thomas Marshall Education Fund and the trustees would like to thank everyone who supported our fundraising efforts last year.
The year began with us collaborating with our friends Rust and Stardust. Following very successful productions of The Wild Man of Orford in 2016 and The Green Children of Woolpit in 2017, Rust and Stardust returned in April 2018 to devise and develop a puppet play based on the East Anglian legend of Black Shuck with the Art Awards pupils at Orford School. The children then appeared with Rust and Stardust in two performances in St. Bartholomew’s Church on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st April. The costs for the school project were supported by generous donations from Jacki and Nigel Maslin, New Orford Town Trust, Orford Business Association and a very successful crowdfunding campaign so all ticket and bar takings plus donations, in all totalling £850, went directly to TMEF.
Thank you to everyone who attended the performances, puppet company Rust and Stardust who worked diligently with Orford School to devise and develop the play and Vanessa Wells, Head of Orford School, who had the foresight to involve her pupils in the National Arts Award Scheme and who encouraged those pupils to make such a great contribution to the performances.
To witness Orford Church buzzing with enthusiasm from such talented young people and their parents was wonderful.
On June 10th, Wendy and Guy Marshall opened the garden of Chantry Cottage in Gedgrave Road for the annual T4Thomas all day garden party. With the TMEF trustees and a group of hard-working volunteers preparing and serving delicious food and drinks, the event was very successful with a garden full of happy and generous guests.
If you haven’t experienced this friendly event or are looking forward to returning, we would love to see you on June 9th this year.
We had arranged a concert in Orford Church by Leiston British Legion Brass band in March but were thwarted by the Beast from the East. However, the band rescheduled and a large audience enjoyed band music with tea and cake on Sunday September 16th. We are currently arranging a return visit later this year.
In December 2018 we were in St. Bartholomew’s Church twice more. First, we had an extremely relaxed table decoration course with mulled wine and mince pies. Teresa Cook from The Crown at Snape gave a very interesting and informative presentation and 15 eager pupils then produced some amazing results under Teresa’s guidance. We then finished the year helping to organize and manage the church bazaar.
As a result of these events and some very generous donations we are now in a strong position to provide this year’s funding for education support in Mozambique and are currently waiting for our ambassadors to submit the details of their plans for 2019.
Thank you again to everyone who has helped us to help the young people of Mozambique, but we are not resting on our laurels as we already have four events in the pipeline for 2019 and we would love to see you at some or all of them.
We are also planning more exciting events this year so do look out for these and please help us to continue our mission to advance the education, training and life skills of the young people of Mozambique... Check events here
We are constantly looking for new ways to raise funds
for helping the young people of Mozambique
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