It’s December and we’re having an Advent calendar with a difference.
This month we will be highlighting some fabulous local businesses, many of whom have supported Rising Stars in the past. They have advertised in our programmes, displayed our show posters or even donated materials for props and costumes.
They would all love your custom in the run up to Christmas so buy online when you have such a great selection on your doorstep?
Members of Rising Stars show off their skills during Sir John Leman’s RAG week
RAG Week (Raising and Giving) is an annual event organised by the Sir John Leman Sixth Form Council and assisted by students at the High School.
This year, past and present members of Rising Stars have taken the opportunity to show off skills and talents developed at Rising Stars.
Some of the things the council have done on the run up to RAG week are very similar to those required for a Rising Stars show, such as planning the whole event from scratch, keeping finances and balancing a budget, fundraising and recruiting volunteers, creating the stage and decorating the set, programming and controlling a DMX lighting system, setting up and balancing microphones and sound equipment, taking to the stage as a presenter or in musical performances, all while working together as a team to get the job done.
They are hoping to raise raising £600 to split between their three chosen charities – Beccles Men’s Shed, Alzheimer’s UK & Aluwani South Africa.
Members of Rising Stars laid a wreath at the Beccles War Memorial to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One.
In 2014, Rising Stars marked the centenary of the start of WW1 during their production of ‘Til the Boys Come Home’. The group also wanted to remember the anniversary of Armistice Day by taking part in the annual wreath laying ceremony at the Beccles memorial.
“It was an honour to lay a wreath to remember the fallen from Beccles” said one member. “I have been lucky enough to visit some of the WW1 cemeteries in northern France where Beccles men are buried, so seeing their names on the memorial always reminds me to be grateful.”
In addition to the wreath-layers, other members of Rising Stars were at the service representing the Sea Cadets, Marine Cadets and Girl Guiding Beccles.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.