Rayleigh and Wickford MP, Mark Francois, joined local civic dignitaries recently at a special concert performed by the Rayleigh-based Mushroom Theatre Company.
The event, which took place at Holy Trinity Church, at the top of Rayleigh High Street, was organised in conjunction with the Friends of Holy Trinity Church, to raise funds for the upkeep of the part-fourteenth century church, which recently underwent a major refurbishment. Part of the proceeds also went to Equal People Performing Arts Group, who are based at Brook Road Industrial Estate (and of which Mushroom is a major part).
As well as a large audience, Mark, who is President of the Friends of Holy Trinity, was also joined by Cllr Jack Lawmon, the new Chairman of Rochford District Council and Cllr Danielle Bolton, the recently appointed Chairman of Rayleigh Town Council.
Commenting on the successful event, Mark said:
“Mushroom are a brilliant organisation, which provides opportunities for young people, including those with additional needs, to participate in dance, drama and the related arts. They are a thriving local group, who do great work and, along with our local councillors I was very pleased to support their amazing show.”