With a laugh, a song and a tear, ‘Anything You Can Do…’ is a light-hearted look at the ups and downs of life, through prose, poetry and song

Painting by Jane Spooner of a roller coater and fairy lights
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Over the last 30 years we have raised funds for many charities, both local and national, by performing through prose, poetry and song, theme based entertainments subtitled

‘a laugh, a song and a tear on ……  love, conflict, childhood, sport, Christmas – including The Holly and the Ivy, How Do I love Thee..?, Bridge to the Moon, C’Est La Guerre, VE Day and Come Sport Us…

Cast to include: Ali Troughton, David Troughton (Tony in ‘The Archers’), Jim Troughton (ex-captain of Warwickshire CC), William Troughton (Tom in ‘The Archers’), Naomi Troughton, Eva and Rosie Troughton, and, of course, Nick Asbury, Phyllida Hancock, Hannah Young, Jessica May on piano and welcoming Edward Bennett, last seen in the much acclaimed, “Love’s Labour’s Lost’ and ‘Love’s Labour’s Won” at the RSC and “Photograph 51” in the West End.

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This year all proceeds from, ‘Anything You Can Do…” will go to:

B-eat, the UK’s eating disorder charity

Its vision is that eating disorders will be overcome. Beat’s aims are to change the way everyone thinks and talks about eating disorders, to improve the way services and treatment are provided and to help anyone believe that their eating disorder can be overcome doing this, by challenging the stereotypes and stigma that people with eating disorders face, campaigning for better services and treatment and providing information, support and encouragement to seek treatment and recovery.

www.b-eat.co.uk Helpline 0345 634 1414 Youthline 0345 634 7650

Lifeways Carers’ Cafe

The Carers’ Café was set up in September 2011 at Lifeways in Albany Road, Stratford, to provide a comfortable and friendly environment for unpaid family carers to meet twice a month. The overall aim of the café is to allow carers to have mutual support, relax and have fun away from their normal daily routine of caring.

Since it was open, we have organised a range of activities. Speakers have visited and talked about all sorts of things – Dogs for the Blind, country crafts and travels around the world. We’ve had a variety of workshops – making greeting cards, jewellery, Christmas decorations and decoupage.

The carers have benefitted from receiving various complimentary therapies from reiki to relaxation techniques and massages. There have also been trips to the Ginny Ring and Webbs Garden Centre.

Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club Flood Appeal

Founded in 1845, Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club is a long-established part of the social history of our town. The Club’s picturesque Swans Nest Lane ground lies in the shadow of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and has hosted cricket since June 1894.  The ground has been a venue for Warwickshire County Cricket Club, most recently in 2005 when the county played a Hampshire CCC side fielding Kevin Pietersen and Shane Warne.

Sadly, however, with increasingly volatile and unseasonal weather, the grounds proximity to the River Avon has proved highly problematic. Flooding from the river has become routine, bringing with it, a ground’s management nightmare. With three devastating floods in seven years, the square, outfield and surrounds have been heavily impacted, not least from heavy metal and sewerage deposits which require considerable cost and effort to remove. Needless to say, the Club is no longer insurable against flood damage.

It is in this context that 'Flood Appeal 2016' was launched, as the beginning of ongoing self-help actions to provide some self-insurance against the catastrophic effects these flood events inflict. 

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