“We Rise By Lifting Others”

Robert Ingersoll

Our Why

Harmony Belles is foremost about singing together for joy but running a very close second is performing in concerts and raising money for our chosen charities.  Over the past eight years, we have raised nearly £10,000 across seventeen charities, many of which were based within our local community and were close to the hearts of some of our members. Supporting a charity gives us not just an opportunity to sing in public and raise money, but also drives us through the rehearsals, gives us a common goal to do our very best and to sing our hearts out. We invite charity representatives to attend the concert and inform the audience about the charity and where the funds raised will be used. This holistic approach helps inspire people to donate and to understand exactly where the monies are spent at the same time as provide entertainment. Some of the charities we have supported over the years have shared their stories with us:

Some Of The Charities We’ve Helped Raise For

Our Ripple Effect

Dementia Action for Marlow is a registered charity group specifically set up for those people who are living with dementia and their carers.

They aim to:

-      provide support and facilitate social interaction by making regular contact, and arranging small ‘café gatherings’

-      to enable friendships between those in similar situations

-      to provide a voice to improve the information, pathways, help and support available

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Smart Works Reading tackles a root cause of poverty by supporting women into work. Our free service incorporates a two-hour appointment, during which each client receives a high-quality work outfit and 1-2-1 interview coaching. Once they get the job, we provide additional free workwear to see them through to their first pay cheque, and coaching to help them thrive in their new role. Since we opened in 2015, we have delivered over 1800 appointments and more than 730 of our clients have got the job. You can help us to support more women to transform their lives. For more information on donating money or clothing, or how you can volunteer with us, please visit our website.

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We are Buckinghamshire Mind, the mental health charity. Our vision is that everyone with a mental health problem gets both support and respect. We deliver services in our local communities, in Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire. We promote wellbeing and recovery; we prevent mental ill health; we offer talking therapies and we provide support in times of crisis. The generous donation from Harmony Belles helped us to deliver these vital mental health services. Buckinghamshire Mind is run by local people for local people and is responsible for its own funding and the services it provides. Donations such as those from Harmony Belles underpin all our vital mental health services and make an incredible difference, ensuring we can be here to support our community’s mental health needs now and in the future.

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The One Can Trust food bank provides weekly food parcels to the most vulnerable in our community. We work with referring partners to ensure anyone in South Bucks needing support, is able to access our help and receives the care they need to get back up on their feet. At present, we are supporting over 700 people per week. Your very kind donation of £340 enabled us to provide a food parcel to 5 or 6 families, making a significant difference to their lives. Families come to us for a number of reasons but at the moment, insufficient benefits to cover the increased cost of living remains the most prevalent reason.

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One Can Trust

The One Can Trust food bank provides weekly food parcels to the most vulnerable in our community. We work with referring partners to ensure anyone in South Bucks needing support, is able to access our help and receives the care they need to get back up on their feet. At present, we are supporting over 700 people per week. Your very kind donation of £340 enabled us to provide a food parcel to 5 or 6 families, making a significant difference to their lives. Families come to us for a number of reasons but at the moment, insufficient benefits to cover the increased cost of living remains the most prevalent reason.

Our Community Connected

Harmony Belles: Connected to each other,  our community, our supporters and our charities. All connected through the power of song.
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Our Supporters

Logo Design by Georgia Featherstone

We are so excited about our fabulous Harmony Belles Logo. Georgia really took our brief and ran with it, coming up with a gorgeous design that reflected the individuality of each choir member. She cleverly uses different musical annotation in the character designs as well as a river like stave representing Marlow and the Thames.

She has also designed us a specific logo for our Platinum Jubilee Concert as well as a Christmas Concert logo to be used later in the year. A very talented young woman.

Interested in finding out more about original logo designs, contact Georgia through her website, www.georgiapaigeplanet.com

Photographer – Hannah Milsom

Hannah did an amazing job taking photos of the choir both at rehearsal and in concert. We are truly grateful to Hannah for taking the time to not only take the photos but to process them and send them through so professionally. Hannah did all of this as a very kind gift to the choir. The photos were of an incredibly high standard and the images reflect not only the hand of a good photographer but are a great reflection of the members of the choir.  We would definitely recommend Hannah for anyone looking someone to take fantastic professional photos for that special celebration or for any business or group.

If you are interested in contacting Hannah for quality professional photos, you contact her by email – hannahmilsom@hotmail.com, or via mobile on 07966205442

Martin Ashford – Music In Marlow Martin Ashford is the Elder of Christ Church United Reform Church and is also heavily involved with MusicinMarlow, a voluntary music group. Martin was involved with Harmony Belles right from the start, providing us with great information about where to search for our new Musical Director, and how to source accompanists as well music copyright and performance rights. He was a veritable foundation of information.

We would really like to thank Martin for all his support. MusicInMarlow was started in 2012 by Martin and Jean Ashford, out of their love of music and association with Christ Church URC, of which this is a project. Martin and Jean are now leaving Marlow, having run their 75th and final concert in May 2022. It is hoped that the MusicinMarlow programme will still continue at Christ Church, which itself was built in 1840 and beautifully modernised in 2002-3.

For more information about MusicinMarlow please go to the website https://www.musicinmarlow.org.uk

Website Design by Ali Greenwood

Ali did a brilliant job on putting together a brief for our website, designing and building a website that would attract new members and provide access to music for our current members. He quickly grasped the theme of what we were trying to achieve as a choir whose main goal is to sing together, have fun and raise money for charities close to our heart.

You can contact Ali on - ali.greenwood55@hotmail.com

South West Chilterns Community Board

Harmony Belles are extremely grateful to the South West Chilterns Community Board for their very generous financial support towards the development of our new website. The support from the board members, in particular Makyla Devlin, the Community Board Coordinator, has been incredible.

For more information about South West Chilterns Community Board, please go to the website https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/community-and-safety/improving-your-local-community/south-west-chilterns-community-board/