A concert is being held in St Andrew’s Church in Presteigne in memory of local, Andy Leavis of Courtyard Antiques.

Music from the Parish, who will be raising funds for St Michael’s Hospice, will take place on Wednesday 19 June, 7pm.

"Gratitude is the motivation behind this fundraiser, inspired by the level of kindness and quality of medical care Andy, and many other friends, received from all the staff at St Michael's Hospice, Bartestree,” Jules Brisbane, a friend, said. “The thoughtful building design and wonderful gardens contribute to the atmosphere of safety and tranquillity. It was a great comfort to us both that Andy was able to be there."

The local bands and musicians taking part will be Little Rumba, Jessica Rising and Presteigne Pop Choir and will also include a performance by Rev. Steve Hollinghurst. The event will be compered by local writer and broadcaster, Ian Marchant.

Pete Mustill, singer and guitarist in Little Rumba and friend, recalled his time with his friend, speaking of how he made himself part of the Presteigne community. He said: “Andy was the most extraordinary polymath. What was he interested in? Art, antiques, old buildings, churches, old cars, especially Austin A 35s, coaches and buses, Magazines, Presteigne’s history, music, records, CDs, food, dogs, birdwatching, you name it. But most of all he liked people and particularly anybody who ventured into the 10 square yards of pavement outside his shop Courtyard Antiques. Within 5 minutes of moving here he accumulated more knowledge about the town and its history than some people who had lived here for 50 years.”

They are expecting a high turn out of people coming to pay their respects.

A raffle will be drawn on the night and includes generous donations by the community including paintings, ceramics, prints, restaurant vouchers and food and wine. Bar and snacks will be available. Doors open 6.15pm.

Tickets (cash only) £15 from: The Salty Dog, The Workhouse Gallery and Courtyard Antiques.