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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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Next Events – Busking Day Saturday 23 July & Open Day 25 September

Dear all,

Our next events will be another of our successful busking days on 23 July and our annual open day / afternoon tea party on 04 September. More details to follow shortly.

Thanks as ever for your support,

The Crescent Team


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The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – The Crescent

Dear all

Earlier in the year we were amazed and truly honoured to have been nominated for the above award by the Bishop of St Albans and we are now very pleased to announce that we have been successful.

The attached press release gives more details on the award which is the highest award a voluntary organisation can receive in the UK, described as the MBE for a voluntary organisation.

None of this would have been possible without your support and of course the hard work and dedication of our team of volunteers. We, on behalf of those we support, would like to thank you all very much and hope that you will continue to support us as we still need your help as much as ever.

More information on the award here QAVS The Crescent Press Release

As ever thank you all for your continued support, we really couldn’t do all we do without you.

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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Busking Day and into 2016

Hi all,

A busy time since December apologies for the delay in updating our blog!

Our World Aids Day exhibition of the Stand Tall Get Snapped Project in Luton at the Carnival Arts Centre was very well received indeed and we look forward to exhibiting this in other locations throughout 2016.

Our busking day in December raising awareness of HIV in the community and raising funds went exceptionally well with well almost £1500 raised. Thank you to everyone who helped with the event and of course to the wonderfully talented local musicians who donated their time and talent to make the event such a success yet again.

There will be another of these popular events coming up in the spring so keep watching this space for more details. We will have another open day during the summer and a concert plus a quiz so lots to look forward to.

Our creative writing course has got off to a good start and continues this year every two weeks, after the Tuesday lunch group, until the end of March. Details here: Write It Out at the Crescent

Regular events such as the Sunday Lunch continue with the first lunch on 24 January and then the last Sunday of every month thereafter. In addition our Tuesday lunch continues every week from 12.30.

This year we are continuing with our daily open access drop in service for advice, information, free condoms (by post or collect in person), emotional and practical support, bi monthly complementary therapy sessions, young persons group and free postal HIV testing services for all. Twice weekly counselling sessions are available (with appointments available on Tuesday evenings also) Regular outreach and training work is planned and there are more awareness events coming up.

Plenty to do, we cannot rest on our laurels as late diagnosis of HIV continues to be a problem in west Hertfordshire, most notably Hemel Hempstead and Watford areas in particular where rates continue to be well above national average.

We can’t do what we do without your help so thank you for helping  and supporting us in 2015, and we wish you all a happy healthy and prosperous 2016.

Keep watching this space for further updates and news of our next events.

The Crescent Team


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Luton World Aids Day Exhibition

Please find below details of the World Aids Day event in Luton where we will be holding an exhibition of a selection of the photos from the Stand Tall Get Snapped Project.

The event will run from 5pm to 8pm on World Aids day 01 December at the Carnival Arts Centre, 3 St Mary’s Road, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 3JA

Look forward to seeing you there if you can make it !

Keep watching this space for more updates…

Thanks as ever for your support,

The Crescent Team

Click here for poster >>>>

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