Loosely Woven Concerts

Avalon Baptist Church and  Avalon Amnesty International Group hosted a great event last Sunday (11th Dec)

 Local talented musicians “Loosely Woven”  gave the community an exceptional Christmas feast of music last Sunday  (11thDec) at Avalon Baptist Church. Everything was free!

There was a happy and enthusiastic audience, and a great diversity of music had been chosen by the musicians, as well as by their leader Wayne Richmond. One member of the group is musician and music lecturer Jill Stubington (Uni. Of NSW) and as usual her arrangements and input were superb.

Some outstanding numbers were the sad and beautiful “The Bethlehem Bell Ringer” – longing for peace in Palestine, “The Huron Carol” , “Susanni” , “O Holy Night”.

Loosely Woven always do some fun numbers to get the audience laughing and this time it was “Granpa’s gonna sue the pants offa Santa”.

As well the audience gave generous donations to help Amnesty International Aust. fight  against injustice around the world, and many signed petitions  to Yemen and Turkey  to protest about  2 victims of human rights abuse in those countries, as part of the “Write for Rights” campaign..

What a night!  Joy and Compassion – all included in Christmas!

DON”T LET WARRINGAH COUNCIL DESTROY THIS!
Last Loosely Woven Concert: Next One is Aug14th

How can we stand by and watch Warringah council destroy a wonderful community resource. Check out what is happening at Humph Hall, the home of Loosley Woven on their website OR here ” from Wayne”:

G’day,
>
> As most of you are aware, for over 12 months now Gial and I have been having major issues with Warringah Council over how we are using our home. Back in April an order was issued against us demanding that we:
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> “Cease use of the building located at the property known as 85 Allambie Road, Allambie Heights as an entertainment facility & public eating/dinning room.”
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> We have attempted to argue that we haven’t changed the use of the building at all – that it is still very much our private home and we are entitled to use it for rehearsals & performances of live music and to invite members of the community (you) to share these with us.
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> However, all of our attempts to argue along these lines have been to no avail and we have been forced to submit a Development Application (Ref Number: DA2011/0941) to officially change the use of the property from ‘residential’ to ‘residential + entertainment facility’.
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> The notification period for this application begins today and ends on Tuesday 13th December.
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> Many of you have been asking if there was anything you could do to help – well, now there is! 🙂
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> If you, like us, believe that not only are we within our rights doing what we are doing but that it is generally ‘a good thing’ for everyone involved and the community as a whole and that it is being done safely and without any real negative consequences for anyone, then PLEASE make a submission supporting our application.
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> MAKE A SUBMISSION
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> All you have to do is:
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> 1. Click on this link:
> http://www.warringah.nsw.gov.au/ePlanning/Pages/XC.Track/SearchApplication.aspx?id=470215
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> 2. ‘Agree’ to their conditions.
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> 3. Click on the ‘Make a submission’ link & fill in the form.
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> Council’s chief concern will be whether or not the activities at Humph Hall have any negative consequences for the people attending or for our immediate neighbours. So, if you live close by, a supportive submission from you will be particularly valuable! 🙂
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> Nevertheless, submissions of support from others in the community who value what we are doing and believe that they and others benefit from it will also be very helpful.
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> By the way, if you are interested in learning more about this whole affair, I have made a number of the documents available on the Humph Hall web site:
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> http://humphhall.org/council
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>
> PROBLEM WITH MY EMAIL
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> It has come to my attention that I haven’t been receiving all of the emails that I should have. I always respond to personal emails including bookings for concerts. So, if you haven’t received a response (particularly a booking for tomorrow night’s Ami Williamson concert which only has 4 places left or for the December Enzo Toppano concert which is booking out fast) then please try again and/or give me a call. Sorry about this! 😦
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> Cheers . . .
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> Wayne
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> Wayne Richmond
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> Humph Hall
> 85 Allambie Road
> Allambie Heights
> NSW 2100, Australia
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> +61 2 9939 8802
> (0400) 803 804
> Skype: waynerichmond
> Web: humph.org
> YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/waynerichmond
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> —————————————————————
> NORTHERN BEACHES LIVE MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES:
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> Humph Hall – http://humphhall.org
> The Shack – http://shackfolk.com
> Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge – http://fairlightfolk.com
> The Manly Fig – http://themanlyfig.org
>

The music group LOOSELY WOVEN led by WAYNE RICHMOND  performed again  in Avalon on 14th August to help raise funds for the Avalon Group of Amnesty International.

LOOSELY WOVEN always performs acoustically and is made up of 23 musicians and singers. This was their first new concert of 2011 and was dedicated to Wayne’s mother Thora Thomas.  The concert was called “THOROUGHLY THORA
Thora will turn 96 on the day of the concert’s final performance. The show opens with Leon Rosselson’s iconic ‘The World Turned Upside Down’, a tribute to the ‘diggers’ of 1649 who “came in peace” to “defy the landlords” and to make the earth “a common treasury for all”. It ends with the song ‘Thora’ which gave Wayne’s grandparents the idea to call their daughter ‘Thora’. There’s also a rather topical original song called ‘Rising Tide’ about the suffering caused by a tidal wave and another inspiring one called ‘Prelude for Peace’.

Dear Church Family – The Loosely Woven concert went well, despite the sadness that went with it, since it was a tribute to Wayne’s Mum who died just 3 weeks before. A mixture of happiness and sadness!!
Thank you so much for your help. Special thanks to Mark and Mary who always support the Amnesty Group and work so hard in so many ways. Mary you are a souce of strength and are both inspirational!
We raised $240.20 in donations which has gone to help the innocent victims of injustice around the world. And we are able to send signed petitions to Malaysia about the imprisonment of 6 human rights workers there; and to Vietnam about a Priest who has been imprisoned for years for asking for freedom of speech and is now suffering from a brain tumour.
I have put up some pictures of our night – thank you Roy, Iris and Pat – always so faithful in working for others. AND it was just wonderful to see Juan enjoying the music. Thanks for coming Juan.

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