We are pleased to come together this year with our local live music venue The Booth Halland Hereford’s community of musicians, poets, DJ’s and artistsfor what should be quite a memorable fundraiser. It’s very encouraging to see everyone so positive and enthusiastic about performing.
This year is the 2nd anniversary of both our punk festival ‘A Crisis of Conscience’, and the national fundraiser ‘Musicians Against Homelessness’started by Alan Mc Gee. Alan Mc Gee is the former manager of The Libertines, Primal Scream, Oasis, Jesus and the Marychain and the Happy Mondays.
This year’s Skate4Cancer Charity event featured two days of live music, Dj’s, Scooter, skate and Bmx competitions along with burgers on the Bar-b, and Jonathon Paul was there in the thick of it. We think our new main image of a local lad doing an aerial is pretty striking and captures the energy of Hereford’s youth who are happy to participate in the fundraising community.
Local Hereford alternative rock and indie music promoter Kirsty Morris is off on an epic journey this year to the Great Wall of China for a fundraising event of a lifetime to support local charity St. Michael’s Hospice.
She has received support from local businesses in Hereford and tickets donations from well-loved summer music festivals around the country to auction off and sell towards raising donations at her next fundraising event taking place at the Booth Hall on East Street this weekend. Kirsty has also received donations from some pretty famous bands around the country. She has been hard at work!
Hereford City Centric wanted to know more about this great trek being taken on by such an admirable woman and how close she is to her fundraising goals.
Political aspects are not something I really think of when I travel, as long as the areas I travel to are deemed as safe, then I really tend not to worry about such things.
Hereford City Centric: HelloKirsty, you are actively involved in music promoting in Hereford with your promotion group Hey Little Monster, can you tell us a bit about the music you put on and what drives this interest?
“We Shall Overcome was launched as a reaction to the 2015 election and the prospect of another five years of austerity policies. A group of musicians decided to put together a coordinated series of events in defiance of the Tory victory, but more specifically, the ever-deepening cuts to come. We considered, and still do, Austerity to be an ideological attack on our communities and we oppose it outright” – We Shall Overcome Read Here
Standing at the door of our last fundraiser for The Big Issue Foundation and Musicians Against Homelessness evening event, I was confronted by an unpalatable character ranting stereotypes about homeless people at myself and Matt who was helping work the door. He was far from kind and light years away from sensitive.
“I disagree with homeless charities, they enable these drug addicts”, my jaw dropped. Education is crucial in this matter, but at times overshadowed by the power of ignorance. What people need to understand is that none of us are resistant in these precarious times to ending up a part of the homeless “caste”.
Hooty Roots Vintage & Cafe hosts Fashion & Frolics II Location: Cookies Cafe, 6-8 Bewell Square 12pm-5pm 3 September, 2016
If you walk past a little shop down Eign Gate in High Town Hereford with a bright orange hand drawn sign with blue lettering, you have arrived at your destination. The sign, with it’s D.I.Y , laissez-faire approach gives you insight into how much of an individual Hooty aka Harriet is. A girl with a heart of gold and a bit of a Pippi Longstocking, a fun and fancy free, whimsical character. We cannot help but love the girl and her funky frolics selling at student friendly prices.
Hooty Roots Vintage & Cafeis small, and seriously crammed with a treasure trove of wonders. Seriously though, what is vintage and charity shopping without a challenge? Nothing is more exciting than searching through piles of dusty, and at times bizarre pieces of clothing that make you giggle and wonder whose Nan sewed such a treacherous and dodgy dress. Then suddenly something very special will captivate you to the point you find yourself walking down the street with a beaming smile and a purchase that makes you feel like a style champ of the unconventional.
The beautiful Louise Peers frolicking among the vintage fashions
In my case, it was a beautiful carved white wooden floor lamp with a red tassel trim lamp shade. It loves me and I love it, or perhaps I was bewitched but nonetheless it is sitting in my front my room and illuminating my life with its red dreamy glow every evening. Thank you Hooty!
Hooty also happens to have a massive charitable heart and a love for culture. She has hosted little open mic gatherings in her small shop that feel as if you were in her bedroom having a jam…she is just cool like that. She often exhibits work from local artists and you often wonder what she is going to do next. What a gal.
September 2 Hooty will be hosting her second Fashion & Frolics event in Bewell Square raising money for The Fowler Foundations for Children. There will be games and a stall where you can put on fancy dress and have a photograph taken for a small donation. Of course, being Hereford, a town full of wonderful musicians, their will be buskers raising funds for this fine charitable cause. Mark the date Herefordians!
Hooty Roots Vintage & Cafe, 50 Eign Gate, High Town Hereford HR4 OAB
One stormy Sunday in Hereford city centre, Skinzophrenic on West Street grabbed the cancer bull by the horns and fought the mighty beast straight on.
Zac Morris, who has trained under the watchful eye of Peter Masters seasoned tattooists, in particular Jon Harper, honoured their close and very young friend Ben Wooles, who recently was diagnosed with cancer, in hopes of raising money for Benny’s Fund, created to raise money for his treatment, by tattooing the cancer ribbon on the brave souls who dared withstand the site of Zac in his pants…yes I did say pants! Bless – he is a young fit lad – surely the ladies did not mind.
Well hope turned to success, as the lines of people gathered into the shop with minds and hearts determined to support this cause for one personal reason or another by donating £20 a head; soon Benny’s Fund saw the numbers rising. How noble…but also well…hilarious. Sometimes it is better to laugh in the face of cancer then it is to let it beat you, and that is just what Skinzophrenic did.
But let us not forget, cancer is a very frightening, and very expensive obstacle in many people’s lives…so let us not stop the donations to Benny’s Fund here. This young lad is in need of many more donations to reach his goal. Make a donation to BENNYS FUND HERE https://www.gofundme.com/h677ujek
Skinzophrenic Tattoos, 18 West Street, Hereford HR4 0BX TEL 01432 358696