H Bomb

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A note from Kelly Gavaghan

Good morning ladies and gents.

When Steve Cushing announced that he may well do a Bray Sounds Reunion I approached him and asked if he would be interested in teaming up with me and my organisation H Bomb! Set up to help raise money for people affected by Domestic Abuse which he very kindly and generously agreed to.

I have been actively raising money to help cash strapped refuges since 2008 when I was faced with a court case with an ex -partner who was violent. He was found guilty of 14 counts of Domestic Violence and a further 2 more counts which I brought to light when I was in court. It was a stressful and upsetting time for both myself and my daughter but I wanted to be strong and show my daughter than you can turn something very negative into something very, very positive.  I wanted to show her that you can empower yourself by standing up for your self in life. My organisation; H Bomb! was born and has consisted of numerous bands from North Yorkshire all coming together to hold all day music festival where we also use the opportunity to get the media’s attention by casting light over the grey areas surrounding Domestic Abuse. Domestic Abuse can be same sex partnerships, men beating women, women beating men, and now even teenage partner abuse is on the rise with the same statistic: 1 in 4 teenage girls also experiencing it. We have generated more than £500,000 of PR and Publicity about the subject and I am now an ambassador for the fight against Domestic Violence (DV), regularly called upon by the BBC to give my opinion when there are developments and new laws passed concerning DV.

H Bomb! continued when I moved back to the Brackley area where I teamed up with some amazing DJ’s from the infamous Ultra Vegas and Ministry of Sound and we held a couple of fantastic events in the Club at The Red Lion in Brackley around 3 years ago.

We raised £2,000 which we donated to the nearest refuge – Northampton Christian Family Refuge – who used the money to pay for counselling services and workshops for women and children to try and get them back on their feet and to help them to move past DV. The events also generated around £15,000 worth of free publicity about the cause over BBC Radio, local magazines and newspapers.

By Steve Cushing agreeing to put all of the proceeds from the ticket sales, raffle and auction to the charity we have the opportunity here collectively to raise a very realistic £12,000 – a significant sum of money that is very much needed by the refuge who have had all of their Social Sector Funding pulled and now rely on people like us to raise money and awareness for them.

This is also a fantastic opportunity to get thousands of pounds worth of free publicity across the media to once again highlight the issues of DV and also the fact that the Government has pulled all funding and that the refuges all over the UK are facing closure. Bad news.

Please do watch the video interview below and I hope I can count on your support.
Thank you.

Kelly

VIDEO LINK

Why Waynflete Hall?

I am often asked in messages by folk here, and even by the stars we are talking to, why I picked this small venue for our reunion. After all we could sell each ticket 50 times over with their support and promotion, some of them can pack the O2. Over 30 years ago I came to MCS to teach from Birmingham where I had worked in the night clubs. I fell in love with you lot and remember coming to a school disco. It was crap. The music was all from the charts and people sat around the room as most of it was un-dancable too. I remember thinking we should bring some real club dancing music to Brackley (I had illegally been going to the nightclubs from the age of 15). With this in mind the first of my Discos, Marcus sound was formed with a young music teacher in the school who agreed with me. The next few years were so special, a disco at least once a fortnight and so many wonderful memories for me. People like Richard Pearce introducing me to their electronic music too, the start of the New Wave era etc etc. Slowly, with DJs making music as well as playing it, dance music started to enter the charts through Hip Hop and New Wave bands that we came to love. So back to the first line, why this small venue? Maybe the year after this we will have some big festival with groups playing in different tents and make hundreds of thousands for charity. But THIS event is not about money, it is about memories – OUR memories. It is about a disco taken in Dr Who’s Tardis back in time. If any of these stars supporting us turn up to say hi, they will be greeted not by thousands of unknown faces, but by a very, very special group of folk most of whom had not seen each other in 30 years, who despite their differences, share some very special things in common. Friendship, music and a connection that has spanned some 30 years and will still exist in another 30. A friendship through music that spans ages, race, culture and even the bridge between teacher and students. This first, very special reunion has to be just for us, has to be small and has to be where we spent so many happy hours dancing and sharing music 30 years ago…… or it just would not be how it must be. After this one we can get bigger, not sure as anything will ever be better……..

Our Top 40

1 Tainted Love ( where did our love go ) Soft Cell 52.4%
2 Blue Monday New Order 35.4%
3 Just Can’t Get Enough Depeche Mode 34.1%
4 Don’t You Forget About Me Simple Minds 29.3%
5 Don’t Leave Me This Way The Communards 28.0%
6 Relax Frankie Goes to Hollywood 28.0%
7 Don_t Go Yazoo 25.6%
8 Don’t You Want Me The Human League 25.6%
9 Temptation Heaven 17 24.4%
10 You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) Dead Or Alive 20.7%
11 Town Called Malice THE JAM 20.7%
12 Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag Pigbag 20.7%
13 Come On Eileen Dexy’s Midnight Runners 19.5%
14 Living On The Ceiling (Extended) Blancmange 19.5%
15 White Lines Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five 19.5%
16 True Spandau Ballet 15.9%
17 When Doves Cry Prince & Revolution 15.9%
18 One Step Beyond Madness 15.9%
19 Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 15.9%
20 New Song Howard Jones 14.6%
21 ENOLA GAY. O.M.D. 13.4%
22 Hold Me Now Thompson Twins 13.4%
23 Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You) A Flock Of Seagulls 13.4%
24 Let’s Dance David Bowie 13.4%
25 Last Night A DJ Saved My Life indeep 13.4%
26 You Got the Love Candi Staton 11.0%
27 DREAMING OF ME DEPECHE MODE 11.0%
28 The Model Kraftwerk 11.0%
29 Let the Music Play Shannon 11.0%
30 Shout Tears For Fears 11.0%
31 Fade To Grey Visage 9.8%
32 Everybody Wants To Rule The World. Tears For Fears 9.8%
33 Cars Gary Numan 9.8%
34 Bedsitter Soft Cell 9.8%
35 I Want To Know What Love Is Foreigner 9.8%
36 A Little Respect Erasure 8.5%
37 Word up Cameo 8.5%
38 Push It Salt-N-Pepa 8.5%
39 Girls On Film (DMC Synthminx Remix) Duran Duran 8.5%
40 Rip It Up Orange Juice 8.5%

The Charity the Reunion is Supporting in 2017

As a few people have asked me, probably because its buried down this very big group chat, we are raising the money for Nene Valley Christian Family Refuge. They are a registered charity and have been supporting survivors of domestic violence and abuse since 1984 (appropriate given our 80s connection). Whilst they are local, indeed they are based in Northampton, they take referrals for Refuge accommodation from all over the Country. If anyone needs more info on the work then do please either see their website: http://www.nvcfr.org.uk or contact Kelly Gavaghan as she is one of you, on the organising committee for our event and an ambassador for raising awareness of Domestic Violence (DV) which amazingly affects 1 in 4 women, many children, and yes men too – unfortunately it becomes part of the lives of far to many of us. It is a very worthwhile charity cause for us to support and we will have fun – and many people who presently feel they have no escape form DV will be supported by us.