A Japanese drumming group can now start buying new drums after funding donation

A Japanese-style drumming group in north Shropshire can finally start to buy new drums after a £2,500 donation from a housing group.

Taiko in the Community, which meets in term time at Thomas Adams School and St Peter’s Primary Schools in Wem, has been fundraising for almost a year and the latest donation takes them to £8,000.

Whilst the group is still shy of the £10,000 target, it means organisers can order the first few drums which will be sent from Germany, after being made in China.

Leader of the group Martin Fischer said: “We are so pleased we have been awarded this money from the Shropshire Housing Group Community Development Fund, it is a huge boost.
“We applied for anything between £500 and £5,000 so to be awarded this amount is great.

“Over the years funding has dropped and we now have to fund ourselves.
“It means we can start to replace our big barrow drums – Mia drums – which are 16 years old.

“We are getting quotes at the moment but I cannot wait for them to arrive.”
Across the seven groups of drummers there are 60 people aged from nine-years-old to 75.

Money has also been donated by the Worshipful Company of Drapers and been raised through a series of events such as £186 at an Easter egg raffle and £388 at a bingo event this month.

Other planned events include taking the drums to the top of Snowdon, if permission is granted, and an advent calendar in the run up to Christmas.

Mr Fischer added: “Our aim is to become a self-sufficient group but the task keeps getting more difficult as we grow in popularity.

“It costs us £6,000 a year for tutors and we also have to pay for the upkeep of the drums.
“It will be an ongoing task but we are determined to keep going and fundraise in any way we can.

“Grants like this make a huge difference.”

Anne Sutcliffe, director for neighbourhoods and regeneration at Shropshire Housing Group, said: “We are delighted to have helped Taiko Drumming Group purchase its new drums.

“Although the group is affiliated to the Thomas Adams School, Wem, our community panel were impressed that the group has been going for 15 years mainly funded by the participants.

“We hope that more of our tenants in the Wem area will get involved with the Taiko Drumming Group.

“We will definitely being inviting them to our next community event to try and recruit more members.”