Big Band Bash!

THE #BIGBANDBASH2020 RAISED OVER £5,350!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Big Band Bash Thank Yous

The “Big Band Bash” would not have been possible without the support and generosity of so many of our friends who have promoted this event, added to our prize list and given their time to help us prepare and set up the room – we appreciate all of your support, but special thanks must also go to:

Laura Grant for all of her planning advice and wonderful compere skills

Isobel Grant for helping to set up the room, support the raffle and support the tombola and buy a brick stalls

Jenny Rhodes our star volunteer who has run so many errands, provided many lovely raffle and tombola prizes and manned the tombola and buy a brick stalls

Karen Harte for photographing the event

Zoe Green-Smith, Mandy Crutchley, Dawn Kenton, Melanie Sheppard and the Radford Care Group volunteers  for their baking skills

Chris Smith for writing and delivering the quiz

Margaret Fisher for distributing posters and flyers, running errands, setting up the room and setting up the buffet

Jane Icke for gathering raffle prizes, writing the press release and supporting on the day with admission and raffle

Andrew Icke of Blend Barbers for helping to set up the room and making a £100 donation

Joshua and Alice Icke for setting up the room and supporting the tombola

General donations also made by: Phillis and friends, Christine and Arthur Eagle, Mary Sewell, Karen Randhawa, Tracey Gordon, Diane Allen, Pat Wilkinson, Katy Corah, Naomi Walters, Jenny Romero

We would like to take the time to thank the following local businesses who have contributed so many wonderful skills and resources free of charge, to help this event generate interest and boost funds!

Oakleigh Lodge for providing the venue and bar staff

Nottingham Printing Ltd for all the wonderful posters, flyers, admission tickets, information booklets and quiz sheets

ASDA (Hyson Green) Sainsbury’s (Perry Road) Tesco (Top Valley and Victoria Centre) Waitrose (Milton Street) Marks & Spencer (Albert Street) Morrisons (Netherfield and Bulwell) for contributing to the buffet

Thank you to the following businesses for providing our very generous raffle prizes:

Be At One Cocktail Bar (2 prizes)

Antalya Turkish restaurant  (2 meal vouchers)

Revolution, Cornerhouse

The Beauty Temple, Queen Street

Nottingham Forest

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club

The National Justice Museum

Nottingham Arts Theatre

Oceans of Fun Play Centre (Julie Lock)

Wiseheart Textiles, Whaley Bridge

The Pudding Pantry, Trinity Square

Risley Fashion House

Blend Barbers

The Front Room Hair Salon

Thank you to our wonderful musicians Jayne Darling and Nottingham Concert Band (Music Director Robert Parker) for entertaining us and taking us on a trip down memory lane.

Thank you to Brill Creative for producing the raffle tickets and donation box charity stickers.

Thank you to Amelia’s Catering (Arnold) for preparing the tasty sandwiches and scones.

Thank you to Nora for support with set up and raffle ticket sales and Sarah and Sean for working the tea bar.

Thank you to all who joined us on the day, bought raffle tickets and helped to promote.



Big Band Bash Promises to Banish January Blues! Dig out your vintage outfit and dust down your dancing shoes to join us for an afternoon of music, dancing and fun at Oakleigh Lodge Social Club, Highbury Vale on Sunday 26 January 2020 in memory of our one of our members, Brian Fisher and in support of our Buy a Brick Campaign.

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 yoBig Band Bash 2020ung 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 came to Radford Care Group. Here 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 our 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.

Big Band Bash 2020

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 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!