#Fun#Raggle Taggles at Millman Street Community Centre

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Raggle Taggles’ delight at being at Millman Street

This afternoon, Millman Street Community Centre members welcomed back The Raggle Taggles, who performed a storming set with great gusto.  Among their line-up were Norman, Canute, Joyce, Tessa and Margaret.  They were joined by guest pianist, Laurence.

Among other tunes, The Raggle Taggles sang There’s No Business Like Show Business, True Love (from High Society), Hello, Young Lovers, Who’s Sorry Now?, White Cliffs of Dover, Consider Yourself, and a medley which included Knees Up Mother Brown, What A Rotten Song, My Old Man, and Show Me The Way To Go Home.

HCA members sang along and applauded, and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, with cries of “Encore!” ringing out.  After the show, members and performers enjoyed tea and food.

What was our members’ verdict?  “It wasn’t bad,” George said.  Ivy enjoyed herself.  “It was nice,” she said.  “Keeps you out of mischief!”

“It was very nice,” said Fred, adding that the singers played “some classics.”

Olive also enjoyed herself, as did Noreen, who gave The Raggle Taggles the thumbs up.

“I always like music,” said Mulegetta.  “It’s part of my nature!”

Margaret also enjoyed The Raggle Taggles.  “It makes a change,” she said.  She enjoyed a sing-along: “Why not?” she said, adding: “I liked the piano player!”

“I was happy to have come with them today,”  said ivory-tinkler Laurence.

“Nice!” said Anne.  Joan also enjoyed a sing-along.  “Very nice,” she enthused.  “We all know all the songs.”

Helena “Thought it was great!”

“I enjoyed it,” said Queenie.  “It was lovely; cheered us all up!”

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Holborn Community Association would like to thank The Raggle Taggles for once again entertaining our members at Millman Street Centre.  We hope that they will return to perform again in the future, and inspire further outbreaks of fun.

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Fun with The Raggle Taggles

Photos by Sarah; report by Notes Smudger

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#Camden Mela 2017#Holborn Community Association Befriending Project

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Hanif (2nd left) representing HCA

Last Sunday (16th July), HCA’s Befriending Manager, Kate, along with our Bangladeshi Befriending Worker, Hanif, attended the 2017 Camden Mela at Coram’s Fields.

They shared a table with colleagues from Camden Carers’ Centre, promoting HCA volunteering opportunities and services across our three HCA Centres.

The Mela is an annual celebration of cultural diversity.  There were speeches from Camden Council’s leader Georgia Gould, and Camden MP Keir Starmer.

There was music and dancing, face painting, and a bouncy castle and funfair for the nippers.  There was also henna artists, food, craft, drumming workshops and a variety of other stalls run by charities and other local organisations.

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Photos courtesy of Kate; report: Notes Smudger

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#Jazz Mystery Resolved: #Festival In A Box Jazz band at Millman Street Centre

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Nell, Tom and pianist John-Paul

Last Friday (July 14th), Millman Street Community Centre once again hosted a performance from a hitherto anonymous jazz band from the Bloomsbury Festival In A Box people.  This time, however, courtesy prevailed and the names of the performers were noted:  They are vocalist Nell Greco, John-Paul Muir on piano, and on the double bass, Tom Bartlett.  At one point, our own Millman Street member Norman took over the vocal chores from Nell for a hearty rendition of Nothing But Blue Skies.

With HCA’s reputation for courtesy now restored, the only unresolved question was: what was the actual name of the jazz band?  This reporter has it on good authority that, somewhat surprisingly, they don’t have a name.  An unusual innovation for any band, you’ll agree.

Your bewildered HCA hack took up this point with their [imaginary] manager, opining that it must be a hell of a job for PR people to publise gigs for a band with no name.

He adjusted his beret, brushed fluff off of his black polo neck and looked over the top of his shades like they were a pince-nez and replied: “Hey, daddio, don’t you be no square, you dig?”

Not fluent in cliched jazz-speak,  this reporter hopes to employer the services of a jazz whisperer to decipher this cryptic rejoinder….

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Millman Street members dig jazz…

Holborn Community Association would like to thank Nell, John-Paul and Tom of the nameless jazz band for again entertaining our members at Millman Street Community Centre.  They are due to appear again at the Centre this coming Friday, July 21st.

Just a reminder that Festival in a Box runs its annual event in Bloomsbury from 18th-22nd October.  It will also soon be instrumental in bringing a choreographer together with a befriendee from HCA’s Befriending Project, run by our Befriending Manager, Kate.

Laura Halliwell, the Festival in a Box Project Manager, might be contactable via:

Email: info@bloomsburyfestival.org.uk

Photos: Sarah; report: Notes Smudger

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#Flower Arranging at Millman Street Centre#X Factor

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Blooming marvellous: Peter, Steve and Carmen

Last Monday-but-one (3rd July), Millman Street Community Centre members once again enjoyed a Flower Arranging workshop, with Master Florist Peter and his assistant, X Factor contestant, Steve.  HCA’s Activities Co-ordinator, Carmen, was also there to encourage our members’ creativty, as ever.

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Our manager amid the foliage…

Photos: Sarah; Report: Notes Smudger

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#HCA Befriending Project at Camden Mela 2017

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This Sunday, 16th July, HCA’s Befriending Manager, Kate, along with Hanif, our Bangladeshi Befriending Worker, will be recruiting volunteers and promoting services at Camden’s Annual Mela.

The event takes place at Coram Fields, 93 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1DN.  From 12 noon to 6pm.  A number of artistes will be performing, including Ashik, Himangshu Goswani and Rumu.  There will also be a funfair, food and drink and other entertainment.

Pop along to find out more about our befriending scheme from Kate and Hanif.

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#Festival In A Box at Millman Street Community Centre#Mysteries of Holborn

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Unkown jazz band at Millman Street Centre…

Last Friday (7th July), Festival In A Box provided a jazz band to perform at Millman Street Community Centre.  This was the first of three sessions on successive Fridays.  The next will be this Friday (14th July) from 1pm to 2:30pm.

However, this seemingly commonplace event might have made it as another of our Mysteries of Holborn series.

Why?  Well, because no one seems to have thought to ask basic questions of the band.  Like its name, or those of its personnel.

Faced with this dearth of information, this reporter was forced to research the subject of who or what Festival in a Box is.  Here’s what little he discovered…

Festival in a Box brings selected artists together with people in the community who cannot get out to the Festival, perhaps for health or mobility reasons.  Artists visit people in their own homes, or in day centres like ours, and provide company, cultural activities and entertainment.

Festival in a Box runs an annual event in Bloomsbury, running this year from 18th-22nd October.  It will also soon be instrumental in bringing a choreographer together with a befriendee from HCA’s Befriending Project, run by our Befriending Manager Kate.

As for the mysterious, unsung jazz band who played for HCA members last Friday, while the names of the female singer, and male double bassist and pianist are unknown, at least Sarah took some photos, and a brief film where they sang I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, a song perhaps best known for Billie Holiday’s version.  The rest of their set remains unknown.

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HCA members enjoy jazz…

This reporter would like to apologise to Festival in a Box on behalf of Holborn Community Association for the aforementioned discourtesies regarding the jazz band which entertained our members at Millman Street Community Centre.  And to thank them for coming.

Eventually, your HCA sleuth discovered (thanks to Kate) that the person from Festival in a Box who organised the jazz band’s visit to Millman Street Centre is called Laura Halliwell, the FIAB Project Manager.  She might be contactable via:

Email: info@bloomsburyfestival.org.uk

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Can you identify these musicians…?

Photos: Sarah; report Notes Smudger

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#Raggle Taggles Coming to Millman Street Centre Again

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The Raggle-Taggles in all their glory

Next Wednesday (19th July), our friends the Raggle-Taggles will once again be performing at Millman Street Community Centre.  The show kicks off at 1:15pm, and is free entry.

Judging by the the Raggle-Taggles’ last performance at the centre in March, when their set included EdelweissMoon River and Consider Yourself and We’ll Meet Again, we’ll be in for another treat.  Don’t believe us?  Well, get yourselves down to Millman Street next Wednesday and judge for yourselves….

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The Raggle Taggles’ Camera Shy singer (right) and friend…

Photos: Sarah; report: Notes Smudger

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