What a night at the Gloucester Guildhall (23rd October 2018), a packed house with the people of Gloucestershire coming out to Commemorate the Centenary of the last year of WW1 with this Charity WW1 Concert ‘Oh! What a Lovely War’. This event was to fundraise for:
- The Royal British Legion (Gloucester Branch)
- The Rifles Fund (Care for Casualties)
The Audience sang along with a combination of ‘Pack up your troubles’ and ‘Keep the home fires burning’. The additional pleasure was watching and listening to both the Wessex-Male-Choir and members of the Innsworth and Defence Academy Military Wives Choir sing such moving songs as ‘In Flanders Fields’. Additionally, the audience had the opportunity to witness a 'public first' with both Choirs singing a ‘World Premiere Song’ composed by Mr Paul Mealor 'The Fallen Comrades’.
In the space of just two short hours, the generosity of folks that bought tickets, merchandise and raffle tickets raised the magnificent sum of £1343.00 to be split between both Charities!
Note: the above total does not include any additional charirty monies deposited into the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal tins. Gloucester Community Networking did not handle those collection tins, which were taken away by the RBL for counting.
Letter of Acknowledgement for £671.50 from The Royal British Legion
Letter of Acknowledgement for £671.50 from The Rifles
The generosity of the people of Gloucestershire was amazing with the volume of their singing and with their donating Raffle Prizes, their donations for the 2 Military Charities chosen by GLOS100: The Rifles fund ‘Care for Casualties’ with such beneficiaries from 1 Rifles and 6 Rifles (Reservists from Eastern Avenue) casualties from the more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Additionally, another honour for ‘GLOS100’ at the concert, was to help launch the Gloucester City Royal Legion Poppy Appeal. Although it is very important to commemorate those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts like WW1 and to those from more relevant conflicts, there is ever the need to support bereaved families and the great work the Royal British Legion (Gloucester City Branch) carries out with those who live with both physical and mental health wounds.