The Tally Ho, a Weatherspoon’s pub in North Finchley, held a charity weekend for ‘Help for Heroes’ on 11th December. A live jazz band, ‘The Squadronaires’, a quintet of Royal Air Force musicians from Northolt, provided the music playing a selection of 40’s style jazz. They were fantastic, and in my opinion deserved a much larger turn out than they got.
Help for Heroes is a registered charity that includes helping armed service personnel wounded or maimed on duty or suffering from combat stress. When an event is held to raise money for the charity, they will normally send a representative to sell merchandise on a stall. The money raised by selling merchandise pays for the overheads for the charity, paying wages etc. Any other money raised goes directly to the charity’s good causes. In the last three years, Help for Heroes has raised more than £80 million.
NPC Promotions of Potters Bar held an auction of football and celebrity framed posters, many of which were autographed. The auction appeared to be a bit disastrous with no-one bidding, but to compensate a silent raffle was held which was much more successful.
On the following Sunday, the Tally Ho held Christmas carols, which had a very good turn out. [Ed: well done – the Tally Ho.]