Church to host concert in aid of Bury St Edmunds Women’s Refuge

St John's Street Bury St Edmunds
St John's Street Bury St Edmunds
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A group of strings and singers will be making their Bury St Edmunds debut when they perform a charity concert in aid of the Bury St Edmunds Women’s Refuge next weekend.

Trianon Music Group, an Ipswich-based non-professional symphony orchestra and choir with 220 regular members, is set to perform an entertaining selection of light music, suitable for all ages and tastes, with ‘anniversaries’ as its theme.

The concert will be hosted by St John the Evangelist Church, in St John’s Street, and will start at 7.30pm next Saturday (May 7).

Refuge fund-raiser Judith Grandi said: “Domestic abuse is a hot topic right now, thanks to all the publicity surrounding the story of Rob and Helen in the Archers [a radio soap opera broadcast on BBC Radio 4].

“Fans of the programme have so far raised over £100,000 for the national charity ‘Refuge’, but, sadly, we haven’t seen this type of support at local level, even though the number of calls to our helpline has doubled in recent months due to the impact of the Archers’ storyline.”

She added that the concert was the ‘perfect opportunity’ for Archers fans, music lovers and other members of the community to show their support for a local charity that offers vital help to women like Helen every single day of the week.

Tickets, priced at £7 each or free to the under 16s, are available in advance from Balaams Music Shop, in Risbygate Street, and St John’s Centre, in St John’s Street, and will be available on the door on the night.

As well as providing residential accommodation for eight women and their families, the Refuge also offers a comprehensive range of community services for victims of abuse.

It suffered a significant cut to its funding in April 2015 which has made it more reliant on fund-raising events such as to maintain its full range of services, which are used by more than 250 women a year.

Help is also offered to male victims via the Refuge helpline and, in a recent development, satellite accommodation and support is now available for single men and men with families.

For more details, call 01284 753085 or visit