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Charity busker’s next gig could be at Brazil eco-fest

The Chronicle, Thursday, 31st March, 2011. www.chronicleseries.co.uk 7

Mossley Village Hall plan makes a good impression

By Katie Ollier A local singer is being considered to play at this year’s Earthday Brasil festival in Rio de Janeiro.

Sheena Bratt, (31), from Smallwood, will find out in the coming weeks whether she will have the opportunity to perform at the festival, which is expected to be staged in the autumn.

Mrs Bratt was approached by a festival contact, who “liked” her songs and wall posts on Facebook.

This prompted the singer to send him a message,

thanking him for his interest. He then recommended to Earthday Brasil organisers that she performs at the festival.

Mrs Bratt said: “It’s really exciting to think I might be playing in Brazil.

“All my life I’ve been singing and performing — I started out busking for charity.”

Her performance and song writing days began at primary school and she has busked, gigged and recorded solo and in bands at home and abroad.

Mrs Bratt has worked as a primary school teacher in Cheshire and Staffordshire — the last place she worked at was Haslington Primary School as a full-time supply teacher.

She studied law and philosophy at Keele University and completed a post-graduate certificate in education with modern foreign languages at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Crewe campus before travelling to Thailand to teach all ages.

The singer/songwriter’s music is described as folk/country/blues/ indie/pop but she says she is of no set genre. Mrs Bratt mostly plays guitar but has experimented with many instruments in the past.

She has recorded a four-track CD, live album and individual tracks with many people, including DJs and producers Hemstock&Jennings, who she also sang live for at dance venue Foundation in Newcastle-uponTyne.

Mrs Bratt is due to be working with DJ and producer Rockin’ Russ from the music label Rocked who are “putting Stoke back on the dance scene map”, according to Radio 1 DJ Kutski.

The singer will appear at Bar 360 Hanley on 9th April, when

Rockin’ Russ and DJ Kutski are DJ-ing.

She said: “I’m hoping to perform with Rockin’ Russ that night, and that the single ‘In Spirit’, which I feature on, is out by then.”

The Earthday Brasil festival aims to raise awareness of caring for the planet, eliminating pollution, ending war, working together and creating peace.

Organisers are anticipating an attendance of up to 650,000 festival-goers over three days. There will be musical performers, environmental speakers and aboriginal speakers appearing onstage.

On its website, Earthday Brasil states its aim is to “bring about awareness of the problems we face as a global human race”, and awareness of the environments, rainforests, human and animal abuse.

The date and venue of Earthday Brasil will be announced soon.

Faulty elevator meant residents used stairlifts

Elderly people living at a Congleton residential home had to use stairlifts to access higher floors after the building’s lift roke down last week.

The lift at the recently opened Heath View on Heath Road had een faulty for some time. Dane Housing was forced to order a new part from the Continent and temporarily shut it down last week.

Because some of the elderly residents were unable to walk up and down the stairs, certain events at the home were moved to different floors, and stairlifts were used to move less abled residents around the building.

The lift was fixed over the weekend.

A spokesman for Dane Housing apologised for the inconvenience caused to any residents.

Take a walk in the moonlight for St John Ambulance

Families are invited to pull on their wellies and light up their torches to take part in a moonlight walk on Saturday, 9th April.

The nighttime walk takes a circular route through the grounds of Stafford Castle and is raising funds for St John Ambulance.

Amanda Danells-Smith, county fund-raiser for St John Ambulance, said: “The Moonlight Walk is all about having fun; getting more families out and about while helping to raise money for the charity. Walking around the castle, in the dark, is going to be quite a challenge!”

Walkers will be welcomed from 7pm for registration at Castlechurch Hall, Stafford. There will be fun and games until 8pm when the walk sets off. Families are invited to pre-register for the walk which costs just £3 per person by calling the fund-raising team on 01785 257124.

An artist’s impression of the extension. Plans for an extension to Mossley Village Hall are reported to have impressed local people support and other groups, talks on health and similar issues.

It is also hoped to set up a Wii facility for young and old to use.

Project chairman Paul Dentith said: “The response to the proposed community centre at Mossley Village Hall has been extremely positive.”

The community room above the café, accessible by stairs and lift, would have a large plasma screen suitable for films and presentations.

“We’ve been delighted by the response. Everyone so far has agreed this will be of great benefit to Mossley.

“They’re looking forward to enjoying a cup of coffee and lunch with their friends. This is just what the community needs.

The Leek Road centre will be available for community activities such as parenting classes,

Mr Dentith said he hoped local people would become involved in running the café and centre.

Plans, submitted to Cheshire East Council for approval, are on view at the hall on Saturday, 9th April, between 9am and 3pm.

Organisers will be there to answer queries and explain how the centre will be used.

(Submitted photograph).