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Voicerox concert 8 July

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On Sunday 8 July, Voicerox choir will be presenting a 'taster' concert of Light, Pop and Rock music in the church, from 4-5pm. The choir was established in 2009 and rehearses weekly at the Community Centre.
Entry to the concert is free, with donations invited towards community centre funds. It will be followed by tea and cakes in the Hub cafe

Festival of Quilts and Flowers

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There will be a unique opportunity to see handmade quilts and flower arrangements, as well as live quilting and floral demonstrations, from 22-24 June in the community centre and church. Many of the quilts have been stitched by the Dorcas Quilters group at Reigate Methodist, and they have also donated a quilt as a raffle prize, seen below with some of the quilters working on it. Tickets for the raffle are now available from the centre office.

The exhibition is open 10am-4pm on 22-23 June, and 2am-4pm on 24 June. Refreshments will be available.

Photo by Keely Harrison

 

Utopians Unlimited perform Patience

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On Saturday 16 June, Utopians Unlimited will perform Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience in Reigate Methodist Church, with all profits going towards the community centre building costs. Founded in 1980, Utopians have raised funds for many local churches by performing G+S operettas, fully costumed and staged, although without scenery.

Originally set in the 1870/80s, this production of Patience has been given a unique twist. Lynda Barrett-Mercer, director, and Jon Fox, producer, have set the operatic satire in 1928, on the cusp of the demise of black and white silent films in favour of the colour `talkies'. Instead of the central characters being two love-lorn poets and a simple village milkmaid of the 1880s, they have become an English silent film actor and a visiting American talkie actor. They both fall in love with the tea girl on the film set, who also happens to be a suffragette. And keeping with the theme, the rapturous maidens of the 1880s become film star groupies of the 1920s. Local residents form much of the cast of Patience including 10-year-old George Barnsley of Reigate. The musical director is Matthew Stainer.

Patience starts at 7.30pm, and tickets are available from the centre office (10, or 5 for under 16's, including light refreshments). Utopians will also perform it at Christ Church Methodist, Addiscombe (23 June) and All Saints Kenley (30 June)

Rev Clive's sponsored Thames paddle

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Reigate Methodist minister Rev. Clive McKie is raising money towards the centre building costs by paddling a canoe down the Thames, from Cricklade to Teddington. The trip will take 10 days, and you can sponsor Clive through the Justgiving website www.justgiving.com/Clive-McKie

Zumbathon shakes Community Centre

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Zumbathon children's sessionNearly 80 people from the age of four upwards, took part in a three-hour Zumbathon on Saturday 28 April.

Five local Zumba instructors gave their time for free to get the crowds dancing and raise nearly 500 towards repaying the loan used to build the new centre.

The event was organised by Jonathan Framp, member of Reigate Methodist Church, who attends weekly Zumba sessions with his 14-year-old daughter, Emma.

 It was very successful and really good to see our new hall full of people, many of whom were visiting the community centre for the first time, he said. The children seemed to really enjoy the first half hour, so hopefully we have also inspired Zumba recruits for the future. We owe a big thank you to Zumba instructors Katie Woodgate, Nikki Lempidaki, Alison Twomey, Vanessa Chambers and Effy Mills for giving up their time for free.