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Charity concerts will show hub has cultural credentials

Charity concerts will show hub has cultural credentials

16 November 2022
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The first concerts to be performed at the new Carnival Hub in Wokingham are taking place this weekend and will be raising money for a very worthy cause.


Wokingham Borough Council’s flagship community building, which opened in July, is set to host two rounds of entertainment on Saturday 19 November.


Both of these are in aid of the Wokingham and District Association for the Elderly’s (Wade) dementia care fund. The charity runs the Wade Day Care Centre in Wokingham, which offers daytime dementia respite care facilities.


It aims to promote the welfare of the elderly in Wokingham and surrounding areas. It was founded by the late Jean Davy, a former Mayor of Wokingham Borough, and is open to anyone who is aged 60 or over living in the borough.


The Official Glenn Miller Orchestra UK and celebrated director Ray McVay are kicking off the entertainment. Doors open at 1.30pm for a 2.15pm start, and tickets are £29.50 for adults and £15 for children 17 years and under.


This is followed by an outstanding evening of entertainment from ‘Ultimate Elton and the Rocket Band’ and ‘The Police Academy’. Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7.45pm start, and tickets are £25 for adults.


You can book tickets for both concerts online and companion seats are also available for wheelchair users. Please contact Wade on (0118) 778 2025 or email wadeconcert@wadecentre.org.uk with your requirements.


Cllr Sarah Kerr, executive member for climate emergency and resident services, said: “We are very excited for these concerts, which will give the Carnival Hub the perfect opportunity to demonstrate how well it will serve as a cultural hub for the community.


“This is just one of the many benefits the hub will bring to residents, with a state-of-the-art leisure centre and library already proving to be incredibly popular. We are highly committed to arts and culture in the borough and it is fantastic to be able to do this by working with local charities to benefit those who need help.”


Philip Mirfin, chairman of trustees for Wade, said: “The main focus of the concerts is to enhance the facilities at Wade, to enable more members with early onset dementia to attend Monday to Friday and to five their family members some respite from supporting them at home.”


The sports hall was designed to ensure it could be easily adapted into a performance space, including tiered bleacher seating, a modular stage, professional sound system and lighting rig.


In order to allow the concerts to take place, the leisure centre and Wokingham Library will be closed from 12noon. The leisure centre will re-open as usual on Sunday 20 November.


If you have a premium or premium plus membership, you can use the leisure centres at Arborfield, Bulmershe, Loddon Valley and St Crispin’s, as well as Ryeish Green Sports Hub, for free. As Wokingham Library would normally be open until 4pm, the libraries in Winnersh and Finchampstead will be open later than usual – until 4pm – on the day of the concerts.


In addition to the leisure centre and library, the hub is home to a sports hall, café and swimming pools. There is also a spa, large fitness suite and a specialist gym for residents with long-term health issues.


The multi-million-pound development was part of the regeneration of Wokingham town centre and saw the demolition and replacement of the former leisure centre, as well as the relocation of Wokingham Library, which was formerly in Denmark Street.

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