Helping local charity

Rotary Club of Senlac's musical fundraiser at the Stables Theatre in Hastings SUS-150112-132333001
Rotary Club of Senlac's musical fundraiser at the Stables Theatre in Hastings SUS-150112-132333001

Local charities, Hastings Demelza group and Bexhill’s Homecall, will benefit from a charity evening organised by the Rotary Club of Senlac which raised over £1000.

A packed Stables theatre audience was treated to a medieval-style food buffet provided by the catering students at South Coast College followed by entertainment from the historical music group Blast From The Past returning for a second year.

The three musicians who play over thirty instruments, some dating back to the 14th century, between them performed ‘A Brief History of Christmas’ playing and singing songs which have been popular over the last 600 years.

They were able to impress listeners with instruments such as the cittern, the shawm and rauschpfeife, and Blast From The Past played them as easily as more familiar modern instruments. The musicians devoted the second part of their performance to the telling of A Christmas Carol which had been adapted by group member, Chris Green, to include the spoken word as well as drama, music and song. Interspersed with their own special humour, the group delighted their audience.

Organiser for Senlac Rotary, Peter Cocker, was “exceedingly pleased” with the evening’s events and the amount raised for charity. He has booked Blast From The Past to appear next November at the Stables theatre. He wishes to thank all those people and local businesses including PCM Estate Agents, Sedlescombe Organic Winery, Carr Taylor Winery, Little Common Deli, Brickwall Hotel and Morrisons which gave generous support by providing raffle prizes and others who helped make the event a success. Franklins Brewery Pebsham provide a pin of ale for auction. If you would like to know more about Rotary please contact the Senlac Rotary Secretary, John Relfe, on 01424 272012 or see the website

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