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The Crescent is Podcasting on Radio Verulam with Rob Pearman on Local Life

Hi all,

Last month Rob Pearman interviewed our Project Manager, Iain Murtagh for his weekly programme, Local Life, on Radio Verulam.

A podcast of the interview is now available, just click here http://www.radioverulam.com/podcast-list/ and then scroll down to select the file for the Crescent to listen to the entire interview about the Crescent, our history and services plus why Iain got involved with the Crescent over 25 years ago.

Thanks as ever for your support,

The Crescent Team

 

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World AIDS Day Events Last Weekend & a New Patron !

Dear All,

A fantastic weekend of events, On Friday we managed to get a huge number of commuters to take Red Ribbons to commemorate World Aids Day, also we collected a very substantial sum from those very kind folk during the day. We were honoured to be joined by our new Patron, Alex Mayer MEP who helped collect and distribute ribbons with us in the afternoon.

An article in the Herts Advertiser about our new Patron and our World AIDS day events here http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/st-albans-hiv-charity-the-crescent-holds-events-for-world-aids-day-1-5302214

Our Busking Day on Saturday was similarly successful, we had many interesting conversations about HIV and the current issues and raised much awareness with over 1000 ribbons distributed on that day alone.

On Sunday our Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings was similarly busy, so much so that we will be back again on 17th December for another Sizzle at Bunnings in Griffiths Way !

A huge thank you to all who helped with the events, performed at the busking day and distributed ribbons. Most importantly thank you to all those who took a ribbon, donated and those who stopped to find out more about HIV and the Crescent’s work

We simply cannot do what we do without you !

Thanks as ever for your support

The Crescent Team

 

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Listen to us on BBC Radio today

Hi all,

We were on BBC radio today talking about the increase in HIV diagnosis rates in the over 50’s To listen to us again click here BBC H & W  (we are on from 1.08.59)

You can also read about this issue in an article featuring the Crescent in the Daily Mail click here Daily Mail 270917

More to follow shortly, thanks as ever for your support,

The Crescent team

 

 

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WAD 2016 & Bunnings Sausage Sizzle and Cake Sale 2017

Hi All,

Sorry to have been so quiet, so much going on so little time to update our blog ! Where to begin ? Firstly to report that our World Aids Day events in Luton and our busking event in St Albans City went very well indeed. We displayed the Stand Tall Get Snapped project again in December 2016 for WAD in conjunction with the Luton NHS and third sector services at the Carnival Arts Centre. The exhibition was again well received by all who attended and our regular busking event in St Albans City Centre on 03 December raised over £2000! An amazing result indeed and we are truly grateful to all those who took part, performed and held collecting buckets for us on the day and of course immense thanks to those wonderfully generous individuals who made donations as ever!

For the Christmas period we had a Christmas tree outside our building throughout the season, loaded with condoms and info packs for people to take as they passed the building day or night. This seems to have been universally popular and so we will do the same again next year for sure.

Moving onto 2017 we were pleased to have been chosen by Bunnings (the new Australian owners of Homebase) be part of the launch of the first UK Bunnings stores. The two former Homebase stores in St Albans are the first stores to reopen as Bunnings. The company have a great interest in supporting the community and working with charities and groups to help them achieve their objectives. So far Bunnings have helped us enormously by redecorating our therapy, counselling and treatment room and supplying equipment to help us with our work.

On the 18th of February as part of the ongoing celebrations we will be hosting the “SausageSizzle” and cake sale at the branch in Griffiths Way St Albans AL1 2RJ from 9am to 4pm. All proceeds from the sale will come to us so please do come along, buy a sausage from the BBQ or a cake from the stall and help us keep helping those in the community, and check out the great deals at the UK’s newest home improvement and DIY store too!

Also from the 15 to 17th February we will be hosting another exhibition of the Stand Tall Get Snapped Project in the main reception area of  the Luton Campus of Bedfordshire University, keep watching this space as more events are coming up and thanks as ever for your support, we really do appreciate it !

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The Crescent Open Day 25 Sept 2pm

Dear all,

Our annual open day garden party is this weekend from 2pm at 19 Russell Avenue AL3 5ES. All are welcome, free entry with live music from local bands, Starseedz, Li Li and Papersnakes, tea, coffee, wine, beer and cider, cake, sandwiches, and loads of other nibbles, did we mention cake? There will be lots of that !!

We are very grateful for the donations of cakes, doughnuts and brownies from @soniacrumbsnall, @stalbansdeli and @thepuddingstop as well as the wonderful raffle prizes donated by local retailers and friends of the Crescent including;

A bottle of vintage champagne from @3910wines,

A complimentary gin tasting for six from @tomokaspirits,

Bottles of ale from @3brewers

Vouchers from @thepuddingstop @empirestalbans and @thebootstalbans,

Art by @cfentonart, books by Paul Eccentric, James Wharton, Kevee Lynch

Vouchers for the live music project – free entry for two plus a complimentary drink

and much more !

Raffle tickets available on the day or from the Crescent at 19 Russell Avenue AL3 5ES £1.50 each or £5 for 5. Call 01727 842532 or email info@thecrescent.org.uk to reserve tickets or call in to collect during opening hours (open late most evenings too)

Look forward to seeing you on the day, help us celebrate our great achievement this year of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service too. The award will be presented during the afternoon by her Majesty’s representatives.

None of this would be possible without your continued support, so thank you to all those who have helped us to get this far. Please do pop in to see us during the afternoon if you can, it will be a fun afternoon as always.

The Crescent team

 

 

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Crescent Open Day & Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service 25 September 2016

Dear all,

Sorry it has been so long since we updated our blog, so much has been happening it has been hard to keep everything updated. If you were worried we may have gone away then fear not we are here !

An amazing parachute jump by our Mayor Salih and Trustee Denise, another of our successful busking days and numerous lunches and social events have all taken place in the last three months!

Coming up this month we are looking forward to our open day and garden party on 25 September.

The day will follow the same format as previous years with live music from local bands, tea, cake and other lovely refreshments plus beer, wine and cider. It will give you a chance to ask questions, talk to staff, see our premises in Russell Avenue and find out more about our work in the community.

Free entry as usual (although donations are always welcome of course) starting at 2pm on Sunday 25 September, all are welcome of course so please do call in to see us.

We are also honoured earlier this year to have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (one of only three organisations in Hertfordshire to receive the award from her Majesty) The award is the highest a charity can achieve in the UK and is the MBE for Voluntary Organisations.

As part of the open day proceedings we will be officially presented with the award certificate signed by Her Majesty and the engraved crystal trophy by Her Majesty’s representatives.

It promises to be a great day so please do come along ! Once we have a complete list of acts performing we will update you so keep watching this space.

Thanks as ever for your support,

The Crescent Team

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Annual Spring Basket – An Appeal for Help

 

It is that time of year again when we appeal for donations of clothes household goods toys and games  for the annual “Spring Basket” held in conjunction with the Diocese Board for Church and Society HIV Support Group.

This event held every year is always very well received and enables those most vulnerable in our community to find items that they need for free in a safe and understanding environment.

In order to do this we need donations of new or nearly new household goods, clothes (for men women and children of all ages) toys and games (no electrical goods though please)

So if you are having a wardrobe update, or spring clean, moving home, or are a company with excess or unwanted stock we would welcome your donations of the above items which will help those living with HIV in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire immensely. You can donate anytime as this is an annual event, however for this year we need more donations before 7th May please.

Please contact Iain on 01727 842532 or email info@thecrescent.org.uk if you are able to help.

For more info on the Spring Basket please see the flyer from the Diocese HIV Support Group >>Click Here for Flyer>> 

Thanks for your support and assistance as ever

 

The Crescent Team

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