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RainbowBiz Gardening Project Supports Local Church

Volunteers from RainbowBiz’s weekly gardening group “Digging Deeside” joined members of Quaystone Chapel’s congregation on Wednesday morning to support the church in the bid to win a Community Gardens Award which is to be judged from July 4th onwards.

The Quaystone Chapel Ecumenical Church (which is a partnership of the Presbyterian and Methodist Church), High Street in Connah’s Quay, next door to Wepre Post Office has long been noted for its large gardens to the front of the church hall.  The gardens are difficult to maintain and the congregation often struggle to keep the annual weeds at bay.  Derrick Lea visited Connah’s Quay Allotment a few weeks ago and spoke to the RainbowBiz Digging Deeside team and asked if they would like to help the chapel in their quest to win this prestigious award through the RHS.  The volunteers were keen and arranged 2 days of work at the garden.

RainbowBiz volunteers were blown away by the support of the congregation members Margaret Roberts and Christina Copack who tirelessly made cups of tea and toast for the hard working gardeners.  RainbowBiz has links with Tri Ffordd a Flintshire County Council service where one of their Directors is a member of staff.  A group of keen, hard working volunteers came out to help RainbowBiz from Tri Ffordd which doubled the members of the gardening group.  Derrick Lea said “I see you have brought an army to help today”

Volunteers from RainbowBiz and Tri Ffordd worked really well together and made a huge difference to the gardens, more than 15 bags of waste were bagged up, large shrubs cut back, flowers dead headed, dandelions dug out and new plants put in.  The work has not been completed yet, the team will be back next Wednesday morning at 10am to offer another day of support to the chapel and the gardens. If anyone would like to join the team, please come and join them as more hands make lighter work.  Please bring your own spade/gloves etc as they have limited tools and transport.

Christina Copack, one of the congregation who was there on the day said “We are extremely grateful for your contribution to helping us with the grounds and gardens RainbowBiz, we are hoping to be successful with our bid in the competition”

“Digging Deeside” is a weekly gardening project that runs throughout the growing season and meets at Connah’s Quay Allotments every Wednesday at 10am.  The group runs on donations and through fundraising.  Anyone is welcome, tea and coffee are made on a camping stove, there are always biscuits and time for a chat.  The group asks for a voluntary donation of £1 each week to help to buy gas for the stove, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits and new equipment.

To keep up-to-date with the latest RainbowBiz community projects, take a look at www.rainbowbiz.org.uk

Melissa Etheridge Tour Review London

Melissa Etheridge Review London – 27.04.15

RainbowBiz ReviewThere has never been any secret that the founders of RainbowBiz have been long time fans of musician and vocalist Melissa Etheridge. So imagine our excitement when we found out that Melissa would be playing in London this year. Of course we planned a few days around the gig as we don’t have a holiday break very often. We booked a budget hotel, and got a great deal with Virgin Trains and left North Wales full of anticipation.  If you have never heard songs by Melissa Etheridge, her live performances are always outstanding.  Melissa is highly committed to giving her all at live shows. After releasing her most recent album “This is M.E” earlier this year,  the Melissa Etheridge solo concert was never going to disappoint.

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We arrived at the venue an hour or so before the start of the show.  The Shepherd’s Bush Empire is a stunning building, an old theatre with stained glass and beautiful décor. A truly intimate place for any concert, but especially so when the star of the show is so in touch with her audience. This was a “Solo Tour”, which means (obviously) that there was only Melissa on stage with a huge selection of her guitars, pedals, drums and a piano.

Melissa Etheridge is an absolute joy to watch live, and has so much fun on stage, building each track starting with drum loops, acoustic and electric guitars and vocals, she is exceptionally talented and versatile. With a voice to rival Janis Joplin in her prime, Melissa filled the Shepherd’s Bush Empire with her mix of rock, blues and soul from the heart.

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She clearly felt at ease with her audience as she chatted about her Radio 2 interview with Sir Terry Wogan the day before with Lucy Spraggan and went on to joke that she used to be intimidated by the British accent. This made a few giggle as we always thought of Melissa as being pretty feisty.  You can hear the full interview here.

The Set List

Opening with “Chrome Plated Heart”, then on to the more rockier “I’m the only one” and “Come to my window” Melissa’s vocals were raw and evocative throughout.  New songs from the album included the bluesy “Ain’t That Bad” and “Monster”, anthems like “Take My Number”, “Like a Preacher” went down really well and the very personal “Who are you waiting for” which was written by Melissa as part of her vows for her wedding last year to her best friend and partner in life, Linda Wallem. Melissa even managed to fit in “Gently we row” the beautiful song from “Fearless Love” written for her daughter after a fan in the audience held up a hand written request for her to sing it.   Iconic “Like the Way I do” from 1988,  possibly her most famous song was saved until last, everyone was dancing and singing along.  The atmosphere was electric, Melissa was on top form and clearly thrives on live performances. We can’t wait to see her again!

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If you have never experienced Melissa Etheridge before,  she is a passionate blend of American rock and blues with  flavours of Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Robert Plant and even Bruce Springsteen,  but with an unique magical ability to lure audiences deep inside her soul.  You will have a chance to see her in Europe in July as more tour dates have been released here.

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RainbowBiz met Anita-Jo from New York

From a personal point of view it was fantastic to meet some of Melissa’s fans, Anita-Jo who recognized us from Twitter as the girls from “RainbowBiz”, she had flown in from New York especially for “This Is M.E”.  We loved meeting Frank Cverna, Wolfgang from Germany, Bodil and Tanya from Denmark and Nikki Lamborn, Been and the “Never The Bride” team from the UK.

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“Melfie” Melissa Etheridge’s own image

 

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Links and more information for Melissa Etheridge

 

You can also find our more information about Melissa Etheridge on her website www.melissaetheridge.com follow her on Twitter @metheridge and on her Facebook page www.facebook.com/melissaetheridge

We are on Facebook www.facebook.com/rainbowbiz/ and Twitter @RainbowBizUK also Instagram www.instagram.com/rainbowbizuk/ plus LinkedIn and many more! All our links are available from our website.

 

Exciting Interview

It’s been a busy week here at #RainbowBiz we have done more networking in our local community and have set up some very exciting meetings over the forthcoming weeks.  We really hope you will keep sharing our social media updates on Facebook and Twitter as we are really trying very hard to engage with you, interviewyour friends and family.

We have been rocking out a little too, with our fabulous new music system, the clarity is fantastic and it is a great help when researching new music, we almost feel that we have performers right here in our office!

Only a matter of a couple of weeks now until the launch of Network Buzz too.  This is an all time first for us, having our own column is very exciting and will give us the opportunity to share our work to a wider audience.  We are still quite overwhelmed that Out in the UK approached us and I do hope they are ready for all our news – our first “column” is actually a two page spread…. but ssssh don’t tell anyone 😉

Oh before I go, another little secret… we’ve just sent off an interview request for one talented lady, can’t wait to hear what she has to say.  Watch this space…..

We absolutely love local networking!

NetworkingWhat a great week!  Bumping into local friends who are involved in making our area a bigger community, and I mean community in an old fashioned “warm” kind of way.  We have been discussing about involving local food suppliers in community cafes,  eventually linking all local businesses in an exciting new all encompassing community. Still all in the thinking stage, but we will be very much a part of this.  #Exciting #Community # Networking # SocialMedia #Promotion #RainbowBiz

After a promising meeting yesterday with a business contact, we visited a local organisation DASU, Domestic Abuse Safety Unit who are a charity who are celebrating 25 years on Deeside.  We are proud to be now promoting their Evening of Celebration on the 25th October in Connah’s Quay Civic Hall where there will be a buffet, entertainment and a disco all for £5!! As DASU are a self funding charity they are asking local businesses if they are able to offer donations such as raffle prizes for this event. All the proceeds from the evening will go towards supporting the people of Flintshire.  You can also make a donation towards the evening by texting FREE24 followed by £5 to 70070.

On a more personal note, we are growing increasingly excited about our new #RainbowBizHQ which is being built around us as I type.  All our walls are being moved about to incorporate a new office space, an accessible bathroom, real fire stove (a life long dream realised) and a lovely bright living area.  All this work is being done by a local building company based in Mold, who I would not hesitate to recommend in the future (not right now though until they have finished our build).  We might even post some photos towards the end of the project 🙂  Did I mention we even have a gargoyle for our front door porch roof?