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  • Writer's pictureAndy Bell

This month is the BIG BAND BASH

Big Band Bash Promises to Banish January Blues!

Our partner organisation Radford Care Group are hosting a fundraiser at the end of the month to raise funds for the rebuild of the Centre.

Dig out your vintage outfit and dust down your dancing shoes for an afternoon of music, dancing and fun at Oakleigh Lodge Social Club, Highbury Vale.

The event is being held on Sunday 26 January 2020 in memory of one of Radford Care Groups members, Brian Fisher and in support of the Buy a Brick Campaign.

Brian's Story:

'Brian was a big character with a big heart and a big voice, which he used to give advice, encourage, and most of all sing! For Brian, life was a party. His love of singing and entertaining started as a young man in the pubs of Old Basford and then continued while on national service in the RAF, where he loved to Rock ‘n’ Roll and sing the songs of his 1940’s and 1950’s idols. Years later he set up the ‘Generation Gap’ disco, specialising in music of yesteryear, war years events and ‘This is Your Life’ presentations for the older generation.'

When Brian was diagnosed with Dementia, he went to Radford Care Group where he made new friends, tried new activities (he became quite a prolific painter!) and continued to do the things he loved. He always had a joke and a smile and would arrive at Radford Care Group laden with his Rock ‘n’ Roll CD collection to entertain everybody! Dementia can take many things, but it never took Brian’s passion for music, which he loved to share – so much so, he thought he was one of the staff!

Sadly, Brian passed away in October 2018 and January 2020 would have been his 81st birthday, so his family would like to honour his memory. What better way to do this than to celebrate the music he loved, by hosting a vintage 1940’s & 1950’s “Big Band Bash” for the Buy a Brick campaign! We're going to put all he taught us about how to party into practice and give him a knees up to be proud of, while raising funds for our new state of the art building that will enable us to offer a wider range of services to the older generation of Nottingham, including those with complex health conditions like Dementia.

The Big Band Bash:

Starting at 12.30pm, the vintage-themed ‘bash’ will be introduced by 1940’s vocalist Jayne Darling, with the afternoon’s entertainment including a quiz, a raffle and a classic afternoon tea. Nottingham Concert Band takes to the stage at 2.00pm and MD Robert Parker promises to lead the 50-strong band through a playlist ranging from Count Basie and Glenn Miller to Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé and timeless toe-tappers from the rock & roll era.

Tickets are on sale now (£10, non-refundable) and advance booking is essential. Raffle tickets can also be bought in advance (£1 each/£5 for a book). Pop into Radford Care Group, ring 0115 978 6133 or email

General donations and ticket purchases can also be made online at

The venue is wheelchair accessible. It has easy access to public transport and ample off-road parking. A licensed bar will be open all afternoon and tea and coffee will be available.

1940’s & 1950’s vintage dress is optional - We look forward to seeing you all there!

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