This newspaper is backing a celebration of Grantham’s young musical talent as part of an initiative to boost the St
Wulfram’s Spire Appeal.
A total of 19 primary and four secondary schools in the area will be nominating an act to represent them and perform at St Wulfram’s Church in the summer.
Proceeds from the two evening concerts will go towards the spire appeal, which needs to raise £600,000 to fund the building works.
The event will be called Inspiring Grantham - a celebration of Grantham’s Young Talent and the concerts will take place on Wednesday, June 26, and the following evening.The Journal is backing the campaign by featuring the nominated pupils and promoting the concert. Organisers, the spire appeal committee, hope to attract a variety of acts from singing, dancing, drama or musical instrumental items, who will receive a special commemorative certificate.
Committee member Dr Derek Lee commented: “We are delighted with the progress so far and the enthusiasm shown by schools.
“With 23 of them wanting to take part, we have had to restrict this to one act per school and stage the concerts over two successive nights.
“We hope family and friends will come along to support these talented youngsters.”
The Rev Canon Christopher Andrews, rector of St Wulfram’s, said: “I find it impossible to think of the church without the top part of its spire.
“The spire is a national landmark and a proud symbol for Grantham and its people. It has stood watch over the town for 700 years and previous generations have all had to make sure the church building is handed on in good repair.
“Now it is our turn.”
The church has applied for grants for the repair work, but it is unlikely these will cover the entire cost. The top 40 feet of the spire has to be rebuilt and the fabric committee hopes this can begin early in 2014 and be completed by the autumn.
For more information go to: www.savegranthamspire.org.uk and follow the progress of the appeal at: www.granthamjournal.co.uk