"That's really awful news. Let us know what we can do to help".
This has been the overwhelming response to recent events at the Dog and it is massively appreciated. It's time to provide an answer.
People have already provided cars and strong arms to shift things at short notice and given up parts (or in one case, all) of their homes for storage and accommodation. Other pubs, bars and venues have proven that it's not just about business by relocating gigs and setting up fundraising events and the Bolton News has helped to keep this issue in the public eye. Hugs, beers and someone to talk to have all been provided to help deal with the inevitable emotional fallout from near death, homelessness, job loss and missing our favourite place terribly. The people of the Dog and Partridge have shown that they are genuinely a family and it's been awesome. If you're reading this, the chances are that you are awesome. Thanks for being awesome.
So what are our aims now?
We've talked and thought about this a lot, but the general consensus is that Dan (Dog Sunday) nailed it from the off:
"To help rebuild and preserve one of Bolton's oldest/most famous/most valuable cultural landmarks, to provide support, shelter and sustenance for those whose home and livelihoods have been afflicted, and to ensure the future growth of creativity and beautiful music, in a town which sometimes struggles to realise its own worth".
If you agree with these aims and want to contribute, you can do so by attending one of the fundraising events planned or just by donating. An account exists where money will be kept until needed – it’s the old Bolton Music Collective account, set up as a “community interest” account and therefore won’t be in anyone’s personal account. It seemed to fit the bill better than JustGiving, Kickstarter or PayPal, and after all, this is a collective response to something affecting music in Bolton.
The account details are:
Sort Code 40 12 25
Account Number 01814184
Account Name Bolton Music Collective
We are assured that publishing these details are safe – lots of charities post the same details on their websites so that people can donate, it’s pretty standard.
So, come to the gigs and chuck some money in the buckets or online. When it comes to deciding how to spend any money, we’ll just read Dan’s words again.
As things stand, the events are:-
Every Sunday – Dog Sunday (Acoustic), upstairs at the Brass Cat, Churchgate, Bolton
Friday 21st November – The Crescent, Salford M5 4PF – Ook & the Elephant, Bone Idols, Adventures of Salvador
Friday 28th – Acoustic Sessions, The Forge, Bolton Little Theatre, 27 Hanover Street Bolton
Friday 5th December – White Tiger, Lee Lane, Horwich BL6 7AG – Our Fold, Don Blake, Jamie Brewer, Second Hand Wings
Friday 19th December – Tonge Cricket Club, Crompton Way, Bolton BL2 3BK – Live From Worktown Xmas Party with TVOD & Cityscape DJs
Sunday 21st December – Blind Tiger, Nelson Square & The Balmoral, Bradshawgate, Bolton – B Festival including Our Fold, Arcadia Verses, Jordan Allen & Band, Lofthouse, North Stand, Lime Chase and The Transmitters.
Please share this blog post so that people who want to help can easily do so. More info at www.facebook.com/events/560623054081189/ or find “Neil Leonard” on Facebook, @thedogpub and #dogrefugees
Martin, on behalf of the Dog and Partridge Family.