I write in response to Heidi Bates letter in the Courier last week regarding The Calderdale Youth Music Hub.
I wanted to highlight the value and importance of the service that has previously been provided by The Rock School, Luddenden, and give an example of how one of its bands has positively influenced another generation of local children. I am a member of Friends of Copley School Association, a PTA, at Copley Primary School in Halifax. As many schools do, we frequently run fund raising events to raise funds to help improve the school environment. Recently, we organised a Spring Dinner and Auction night at The Malthouse in Ripponden. As a PTA we have a limited budget for entertainment, however, a band called Long Sleeves for Summer offered to entertain us for free! Their live music was brilliant, offset by an excellent choice of contemporary covers and amazing skills playing a variety of musical instruments created a brilliant atmosphere. This certainly made Mr Jeffs debut as our Auctioneer a lot smoother! In fact, it was a really successful evening and I think this is largely due to the bands input and the support of their families. The funds raised will contribute towards updating the IT service provided for the children of our school. In addition to the money raised and free provision of entertainment, the band also offered a prize for the auction! They offered to give up some of their free time to give a group of younger children an introduction to their instruments and show them how the band works together. I feel this was not only a kind gesture but an intelligent way of spreading the word about the Rock school and reflects the kind of young people the school has helped to develop. So there you have it, The Rock School and newer amalgamation of The Calderdale Youth Music Hub at The Orangebox is not only helping older children and young adults with musical interests but it has a knock on effect of improving the school experience for local primary school children too. So, please help if you can! You’ll be helping lots of people in the far future not just next year. I am aware that this year there will be funding cuts made to various children’s services but would like to place on record that this particular group is of great value to the community and the type of enterprise that would be deserving of any limited but available funding in the future.
Mrs Liz Kenny
Friends of Copley School Association
Copley Primary School PT