This latest edition of The Church Street Chronicle is being written on a scorching hot day in early July. We’ve been experiencing some fabulous weather these past few weeks and it’s wonderful to see the sun and blue skies after what felt like a long and dreary winter! It’s a shame to be indoors on a day like this, but the newsletter just has to be written!
I’m a bit behind with all of our news, what with the refurbishment having taken-up most of mine and Karen’s headspace since October last year. There were lots of other things happening too, not least of which the opportunity to support a couple of Clarke & Roskrow clients with their charity fund-raising events.
The first of these was back in late January when we were asked to help support two charities close to the hearts of clients Deborah Seabrook and partner Phil Riley. I happen to know that we have a lot of talented clients here at C&R, and Phil is no exception, being a guitarist with the band Borderline Crossing, who were performing a charity gig at the Market Harborough Theatre.
Deborah and Phil needed help securing funding to hire the theatre, and I was flattered that Deborah and Phil considered approaching us, and was very happy to support them. Deborah, Phil and the band were raising money for two charities, Cransley Hospice in Kettering and New Futures Nepal. Cransley Hospice provide care for patients with a life-limiting illness who need the specialist help of hospice care, whilst New Futures Nepal support and fund initiatives in the Nepalese and Indian Himalaya region to empower disadvantaged children and adults.
The concert was a sell-out and it was a terrific evening, raising almost £650 for each of the two charities. Borderline Crossing’s rendition of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World” was truly awesome and rekindled my enthusiasm for an artist I hadn’t listened to in years! Keep your eyes peeled (no pun intended) for future Borderline Crossing concerts and seek them out!
Clarke & Roskrow clients, fellow local business owners and keen cyclists Gary and Celia Rudge have also got involved in fundraising activities for a new Harborough-based cycling club, Megabike Race Team. Gary and team principal Elliot Steed approached us to help with team kit sponsorship. Again, I was flattered to be asked to help, and was happy to contribute a small donation towards raising enough money to secure the team’s kit. Part of the Megabike UK service and repair centre based on St Mary’s Road, the team is composed of a group of talented and keen athletes. The team hope to compete at both local and national cycling events and we are happy to help support this young and ambitious team in getting off the ground.
If you would like more information about Cransley Hospice, New Futures Nepal, or the Megabike Race Team, please email us at