CRO Ltd regularly supports The Olney-Newton Link, which links our town with Newton in Sierra Leone.
We have also supported:
Jail Guitar Doors is a scheme to introduce music projects into prisons. It was set up by musician Billy Bragg. The scheme reduces recidivism and increases educational achievement among prisoners.
On 22nd September, 2007, we ran a Symphony-a-thon with volunteer players and conductors, and raised £1,600 for the scheme, funding a set of acoustic instruments and keyboards for use in Styal women's prison.
We ran a poetry competition, inviting people to write a poem of 2-30 lines. they could either use the phrase 'This must be my lucky day', or use at least three from a list of favourite words: Lollop - Monkey - Pantaloons - Safari - Titter - Horribly - Riparian -Aloof. Poets were invited to donate and we donated £1 for every poem received. Contributors included a group of pupils from Grange Park School.
Volunteer musicians playing at the Jail Guitar Doors Symphony-a-thon. Photo: C Rose
Poets from Grange Park School
The town of Newton, Sierra Leone
Olney is linked to Newton in Sierra Leone, working on building, training and education projects. The link goes back into history though Olney's famous resident John Newton, rector of Olney and co-author with William Cowper of the Olney Hymns. CRO Ltd has contributed equipment and resources to the campaign, which has widened out from an initial link between the churches of the two towns to include people from all walks of life. A new Skills Centre opened recently, funded by the ONL and built by locals.
Catherine also organises and either conducts or plays in the New Ensemble, which performs chamber music and orchestral concerts in aid of the ONL, raising around £2,000 in the past few years.