Mayor’s concert raises over £1,000 for council charity

Belper Mayor Gary Spendlove
Belper Mayor Gary Spendlove

The Mayor of Belper has announced that his recent charity concert raised more than £1,000 in relief for the town’s elderly, sick and poor.

Councillor Gary Spendlove hosted the concert at St Peter’s Church, Belper, on Saturday, February 4.

A packed audience of more than 200 people were enthralled by an evening of music which included performances by Derwent Brass, Belper Musical Theatre and the Belcanto Male Voice Choir.

Coun Spendlove said: “I am delighted that such a great night raised a large amount for such a worthy local charity.

“The audience and I enjoyed electric performances by three hugely talented local musical organisations.”

The final figure in excess of £1,000 was raised through ticket sales and on-the-night donations.

It will be given to the mayor’s nominated charity for his year in office, the Herbert Strutt Charity.

The charity was established in 1986 and is administered jointly by a partnership of Amber Valley Borough Council and Belper Town Council representatives.

The charity awards funds for the benefit of people residing in the area served by Belper Town Council, including Milford.

It was first set up with the proceeds from council land sales with the objective of improving the condition of life for the residents of the area in the interests of social welfare.

In the last 30 years, it has awarded grants worth more than £170,000.

Its remit covers the relief of the aged and poor, and those experiencing distress or sickness, as well as providing and supporting facilities for recreation, education, and leisure time occupations.

Residents can apply for a grant from the charity either as part of an organisation or as an individual, as long as they are based in Belper and meet the criteria.

To find out more about the fund and how to apply, visit