Besses come to the aid of community food bank project

Volunteers at a church in Little Hulton were devastated when a polytunnel installed to help a church's food bank vegetable growing scheme in their community gardens was targeted by vandals. £1,500 of damage was caused, hampering their efforts to help local people through the Church's food bank and affordable community cafe. 

On hearing the news Simon Cowen, the Musical Director of Besses o’ th’ barn band offered to put on a concert with special guest soloist Andrew Berryman on both trombone and bagpipes, to help raise funds. 

All the proceeds from the event, which took place last month, have gone towards restoring the community gardens to ensure that they can continue providing food for the local community. 

Simon commented, “I read the article about the vandalism in the Bolton News newspaper and it saddened me deeply. Working together I hope we have helped in some way for this most wonderful local cause." 

Wharton & Cleggs Lane Church's Minister, Rev Philip Brooks responded, "We are overwhelmed at this very touching act of generosity from Simon and Besses. It has made such a difference to our team of dedicated volunteers at the Church's Community Gardens. They feel inspired that the band would do this for them and for the local community. We are just so grateful."

Photo: Andrew Berryman

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