Fundraising events for 2019

Ecclesiastical 12 Days of Giving

Could you help Save The SpArC and Sparc Theatre be in with a chance of winning £1000?

Ecclesiastical 12 Days of Giving is back.
Ecclesiastical will be donating, £1,000 to 120 charities over 12 days. They have given funding to all kinds of causes over the years, including Save The SpArC and know what a huge difference £1,000 can make to a charity.
Nominations are open now, closing at midnight the day before each draw. Charities not drawn will be carried over to the next draw, and draws will take place each weekday from Thursday 5 December to Friday 20 December 2019.
We are a little late in sharing this but there is still time to submit a nomination via the link below.


Annual Draw
With Christmas drawing ever closer, the Save the SpArC charity has 2 major fundraisers planned.  The first is an annual draw with the top prize of a Viking Classic Trekking bike.Other prizes include a stay at Bank House B&B, speciality gin, and champagne.  Tickets, which cost £1 each, are available from Trustees and SpArC reception and the draw will be made on Friday 6th December.

Prize Bingo
The second fundraiser is the increasingly popular SpArC Christmas prize Bingo.  This year’s event will be on Friday 6TH December at SpArC Theatre.  Doors open at 7pm with eyes down at 8pm.  We have a fantastic selection of prizes and wish to thank the many local businesses who support us each year.  All are welcome.

November 2019
It has come to our notice that some people are worried that donations to Sport and Art in the Community SpArC South West Shropshire are going to support either Teme Leisure or in future will go to support Shropshire Council.

We hereby announce and promise that;
All monies raised by us go to support SpArC only, either for equipment, activities or training for our young people, and not for any other purpose.
if you want more information on fundraising  for the Save The SpArC charity, please contact
Jean Shirley, Ruth Houghton, Kate Evans or Lou Prole at

SpArC Apple Pressing Day Details;
20th October  9.30 – 4pm Public Hall Station St.Bring and press your own apples; you are expected to press your own apples but there will be experienced volunteers on hand to help.
The event raised £555 in total for SpArC: £225 on the day and £330 from donations made by local supporters.
Kate Evans, who organised the day, said: ‘we were very pleased with the income we raised on the day but for that to be more than doubled through donations is fantastic. Thank you”





The Swimming With Men film was hilarious and the evening raised £459 for the theatre which was great. You can also help the theatre by becoming a Friend of the Theatre, join up either online or when you next visit.

Next event in aid of SpArC 6th June
raffle and snacks

8th May
The plant sale was a huge success, we raised £576!

Plant sale Saturday 4th May outside the Pharmacy from 9am to 1pm
plant donations welcome on the day or contact Kate Evans 01588 638762 or Ruth Houghton, and one of us can pick them up

Sport and Arts in the Community ( SpArC) SW Shropshire have a chance to win £1,000
The Save the SpArC campaign is asking for help to win £1,000 by encouraging people to nominate it for a chance to win £1,000 as part of specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards.
It’s quick and easy to nominate SpArC online. Nominations are open from Tuesday 23 April to Friday 17 May and you vote at
All it takes is a click on the movement for good awards orange logo on the web site, click on nominate now, add your details and include the SpArC charity number which is 1170997.
Winners will be drawn at random and the more times SpArC is nominated the more chance it has of being selected.
If successful, the money will be used to support both sport and leisure in Bishop’s Castle and the SpArC theatre which is based on the same site.
The Save the SpArC charity is encouraging everyone to use their social media channels to ask people to vote to give the charity the best possible chance of winning.
Jean Shirley, Chair of Trustees said: “the local community has been hugely supportive of SpArC and I hope that that this will continue by nominating SpARC for this funding. It is very quick to do and if successful it means that we can continue to support school holiday activities in both the theatre and
the leisure centre”.
Mark Hews, group chief executive at Ecclesiastical, said: “Trusted by our customers for over 130 years, we are proud to protect the irreplaceable – charities, schools, churches, homes and communities – right across the UK and abroad.
As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, charitable giving is at the heart of our business. Our Movement for Good awards will help charities change lives for the better and we know that for many charities, £1,000 can make a real difference.”

Meetings for 2019
Jan 21st, Feb 18th, March 18th, April 15th, May 20th, June 17th
July 15th, August – hols no meeting, September 16th, October 21st, November 18th,
December 16th
Events booked in so far –
Saturday May 4th   Plant sale outside the chemists
This is usually a grand affair and makes loads for us, get planting extra for it and potting up your cuttings and splittings. There are always unusual plants to be had, and it’s the perfect time of year for it.
Thursday 6th of June – Fundraising Film at SpArC
Swimming with Men    v.funny, so I’m told

We could do with some new faces on the fundraising committee –
and new ideas for events, maybe from the outlying villages and communities????
What about from the younger SpArC members- the sports communities – the gym users?
We had a blast at the Christmas Bingo, organised by Sam Angell, it was really nice to see some of the younger faces there.
How about some more of Sam’s age group coming up with ideas – the committee will be only too pleased to help and support anything you might come up with!