To everyone  who has volunteered or fundraised for Afghanaid, THANK YOU! Here are some of the things our wonderful supporters have been getting up to. We hope they inspire you to get involved!

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'Adstockistan', Buckinghamshire

 

         

  

 

 

 

   

 

The village of Adstock are amazing supporters of Afghanaid. In 2015, Jo Nicholson and Tamsin Fisher planted ‘Adstockistan’, a community orchard in their home village of Adstock. With the money raised, Afghanaid planted fruit trees to support entire families in the remote northern province of Badakhshan.

Every October, the people of Adstock take to the orchard for ‘Adstocktoberfest’; a celebration of apple-pressing, competitions and music which this year raised more than £2,500 for Afghanaid. But the fun doesn't stop there. Every January the community shake off the Winter-blues with an annual wassail celebration. Wassailing is the ancient Anglo Saxon custom of singing to the trees to promote a good harvest in the autumn (just in time for another Adstocktoberfest!) The wassail is led by vicar Ros (pictured above), who goes Pagan for the day – and brings the community together among the trees to sing, dance and be merry in support of Afghanaid.


SOAS & LSE Afghan Societies throw an Afghan Cultural Evening

Students from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Afghan Society and London School Economic (LSE) Afghan Society joined forces and put on a wonderful evening of music, dance, food and fashion to celebrate all things Afghan. What a fantastic way to share vibrant Afghan culture and support our work in the process! The evening raised a very generous £660 to support our work.

 

 


Ensemble Laudetsi: A concert for Afghanaid

Royal Academy of Music graduate Phelan Burgoyne developed a passion for Afghanistan while learning the rubab, a lute-like Afghan instrument. Back in 2017, Phelan organised a concert to raise money for Afghanaid, for which he composed an original piece.

In February of this year, Phelan decided to dazzle us again and held a concert with fellow musicians and rubab players Mathieu Clavel, Maria Papadimitraki and Sulaiman Haqpana. The group wowed the audience at the Royal Anthropological Institute with a mesmerising performance.


Adstock Singers: Christmas Through Time

Last December the Adstock community showed their amazing support of Afghanaid again when three choirs, the Adstock Singers, the Ladstock and the Swan Choir came together and held two festive concerts that explored the music enjoyed over the centuries at Christmas.

Starting with medieval chants and finishing with the Pogues via Bing Crosby, the evening really did cover everything Christmas and we enjoyed joining in between the mince pies!

 

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