Bishops Green lip sync contest boosts church bell funds

Fundraiser marks memory of Bishops Green villager

Jane Meredith


Jane Meredith


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Bishops Green lip sync contest boosts charity funds

A LIP sync competition in Bishops Green raised £200 for bell restoration work.

The recent contest at Bishops Green Village Hall followed a fete held at Ecchinswell Village Hall during the day.

Both events were held in memory of the trust co-founder of The Ecchinswell Bell Restoration Trust , Simon Lipscombe, of Bishops Green, who lost a 21-month battle with melanoma on November 2 last year, at the age of 26.

The lip sync contest – which raked in £800 – saw the children’s acts overshadow the adults.

The £200 profit, after costs were deducted, was split between the trust and Bishops Green Village Hall.

Queen songs proved popular, including I Want To Break Free, sung by the late Mr Lipscombe’s close friend, Lee Hill, as the lone adult entry.

A group of three girls – Mia Russell, Emma Bright and Teegan Hutt – singing Let It Go from the Disney film Frozen, won the children’s section. 

The evening was hosted by Darren Higgins and Loz Wooldridge, with Newbury Lion John Coleman the DJ for the night. 

Overall, a total £2,000 was raised for the Ecchinswell Bells Restoration Trust, which to date has raised £13,000 towards its £35,000 target.

To make a donation to the trust call Claire Kemp on 07795 164779. 

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