INVITATION: Afro Beats Sharing – next Tuesday 7th May

Gail at Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2012 by Soshina StevenDear Friends

You are invited to an informal performance by the Annie Wood Friends’ Group on Tuesday 7th May at 12pm, at Newtown Community Centre.

The elders’ group have been working in traditional West African Dance and Drumming forms with ACE dance and music, and would like to share this project with you. This project is supported by Birmingham City Council.

You will see 2 short performances from ACE dance and music’s Impulse Group, and the Annie Wood Friends’ Group and then you are warmly invited to stay for a hot lunch and refreshments to celebrate the end of the project together.

We hope you can make it. Please R.S.V.P. so we can make sure we have enough food to:
ACE dance and music – 0121 3145830
Esme Patrick (Annie Wood’s Group Leader) – 0121 5515163

With warmest wishes,

from ACE dance and music/ The Annie Wood Friends’ Group

About the Annie Wood Friends’ Group
The Annie Wood Friends’ Group has been in existence for 25 years. During the 1981 Birmingham riots, Mrs Annie Wood had noticed that the West Indian Elders’ Community had nowhere to congregate and that they were frustrated about this. Passionate about this community, Mrs Annie Wood wanted to create a change in that situation and so decided that she would form a group founded on friendship. At first the Annie Wood Friends’ Group was based at the Annie Wood nursing home, but unfortunately this building became no longer fit for purpose and so was closed in 2010. Another pro-active member of the group, Esme Patrick, therefore took it upon herself to take lead and look for an alternative space for the friends’ group to meet; 3 years on the group are still meeting on Tuesdays between 11.00am-1.00pm at Newtown Community Centre.

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