Layton shows earn an accolade

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Entertainment For All, the charity group which presents Layton Institute’s monthly afternoon concerts, has been shortlisted for a Community Foundation for Lancashire award for having made the best and most successful use of a grant they received from the Grassroots organisation.

The concerts which started in February last year have provided affordable entertainment for hundreds of mainly elderly people giving them the opportunity to socialise and make new friends.

“We felt there was little opportunity for people to go out in the daylight hours and enjoy some top class entertainment,” said Alan Hebden, chairman and spokesman for the group.

They contacted Roy Haskett who was a councillor for Layton at the time and he and fellow councillor Sue Rydyard agreed to fund the concerts for four months from their ward budget and Layton Institute agreed to donate the concert room free of charge.”

Kris Wilson at the Council for Voluntary Service advised they apply for a Grassroots grant and they won £1360 to cover the cost of entertainers and publicity for a further six months.

The concerts regularly attract audiences of around 150 and entertainment from three performers is provided for an admission charge of £1. Raffles have also raised over £1000 for different charities.

The committee of Chris Cooper, Chris Mason and Alan Hebden say they are delighted that the concerts have proved successful both by entertaining people and giving employment to entertainers at the same time.

“We are extremely grateful for the grant from Grassroots, Layton Institute and The Gazette for help with publicity,” said Alan.

The award ceremony takes place at the DeVere Village Hotel on November 2 and a film crew will be attending the next concert on September 7. The film will be shown at the awards evening.