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Local stars headlining gala night in Stokey

Updated: Jun 8

Comedian Rob Deering and legendary poet Tim Wells are headlining Stoke Newington’s Fabulous FUNdraiser on Friday June 21st.

The event, organized by local traders, takes place in the atmospheric Old Church and, as well as entertainment, there’ll be delicious food from Yum Yum, La Rosetta, The Good Egg and Schnitzel Forever (included in the ticket price - tickets and info here).

People are also be able to bid online for amazing auction prizes donated by local businesses.

Heidi Early, Chair of Stoke Newington Business Association, is helping to organize the evening.

She said: “We’re on a mission to raise funds so that we can run more art-based events in Stoke Newington and keep this quirky, creative and independent community alive.  The businesses here aren’t complacent – we’re doing everything we can to increase footfall; we run events year-round and launched a website to help people discover the area.

“Throwing a fabulous party will not only help the business association to raise vital funds, it’s also chance to thank our amazing customers and get to know them better.  We’re so grateful to Rob Deering for agreeing to perform (he’s bringing his guitar too!) and to the legendary Tim Wells who is sure to raise eyebrows!  Thanks too go to the Old Church who have donated the space.”

Tickets start from just £20 and include a buffet and welcome drink (there are fabulous goodie bags available for top-tier tickets holders). The fun starts at 6.30pm until late.

Rob Deering is among the UK’s most sought-after headliners and is a regular at Edinburgh Fringe, Green Man and Lattitude. He has been living in Stoke Newington with his wife and family for the past 25 years.

The Business Association has launched an online auction, with prizes including a massage at Shine Holistic, dumpling making at Rouge, a meal for two at the Three Crowns, tickets to the Tower Theatre, a year’s supply of greeting cards from Earlybird and a hand-engraved Japanese knife from Kitchen Provisions.

Other prizes include eco-designer jeans from Array, a herbal and wellness session with Hackney Outdoors, £100 to spend at any Stoke Newington business in the Local Buyers Club and a voucher from London Bike Studio.

While the auction is online and open to everyone, there’ll be some exclusive on-the-night only prizes.

Everyone is welcome. Places are limited and tickets are selling fast!


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