Axe Valley Community Choir helps Read Easy

PUBLISHED: 15:59 20 July 2015

Axe Valley Community Choir members (l to r) Shirley Williams, Jean Bowmer, Sheila Bean and Janet Hales.

Axe Valley Community Choir members (l to r) Shirley Williams, Jean Bowmer, Sheila Bean and Janet Hales.


Members make £500 donation ot the new Axminster and Seaton group

The Axe Valley Community Choir has donated £500 to the newly formed Axminster and Seaton Branch of Read Easy.

The group was set up around a year ago and is going from strength to strength.

It provides one-to-one support for those who have, for whatever reason, found reading difficult in the past.

It has a small committee and an experiences co-ordinator who matches readers with trained coaches. The number of readers is increasing steadily with some students ready to complete the course.

Read Easy is a free, friendly and flexible approach to helping people change their lives. The cheque presented to the chairman Jean Bowmer by Shirley Williams, chairman of the AVCC, will be used to purchase reading books and resources and to help train reading coaches.

This year the choir has also been able to donate £500 to Whitford Village Hall, its home base, to help towards the cost of installing a defibrillator and training for its use.

In addition to these worthwhile community causes, the choir decided to devote a recent practice evening to raising funds for the Nepal Disaster Fund.

Two members John and Hazel Platt, whose daughter has been seconded by Plant International to Nepal because of her experience in ‘Earthquake Emergency First Response’ gave a talk on the work being done in Nepal by non-government organisation and the UN.

A giant raffle was held with dozens of donated prizes and with Edward Jacobs, the musical director, playing a medley of piano pieces during the tea break a splendid sum of £353 was raised – later topped up to £600 by the committe.

The AVCC prides itself on its charitable giving and all concert performances are given freely to support fundraising activities.

For more information on Read Easy contact

For more information on the choir visit

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