7 - 16 JULY 2017

Big Day - Saturday 8 July

Festival Programme

If you’d like to take part in this year’s festival, please use the online contact form.
Jul
7
Fri
Holy Cross Church Bellringers @ Holy Cross Church Uckfield
Jul 7 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Bellringers will ring in the start of Festival week with a quarter peal, which lasts about 45 minutes. One of the bells in the tower is inscribed with the date 1779.

Uckfield FM 80’s Disco @ Uckfield Civic Centre
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Uckfield FM 80’s Disco @ Uckfield Civic Centre | Uckfield | England | United Kingdom

Come and join us for a retro 80’s Disco at the Civic Centre – Fantastic music hosted by our very own King of the 80’s Gary King.   80’s Dress optional

Jul
8
Sat
Stocks and Shares @ Bridge Cottage
Jul 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

On the forecourt at Bridge Cottage there is an opportunity to have your picture taken in replica medieval stock surrounded by costumed guards.  £1 per picture to share on social media. Profits to Uckfield and District Preservation Society.

UCKFIELD BIG DAY @ LUXFORD FIELD
Jul 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

10.00am to 2.00pm Uckfield FM live from Luxford Field with well-known Uckfield FM presenters, plus live inserts for the rest of the day.

10.00am  On the field there will be a large number of varied community and commercial stalls. 

A great attraction will be the magnificent Harvey’s Brewery Dray Horses on show.
(Sponsored by Harvey’s Brewery, Lewes)

There will be live entertainment throughout the day in the Arena with MC Christine Skinner.  Arena performances include ‘Culinary Duel’  A cook off like no other!  Physical humour, high energy dance, acrobatics and innovative audience participation.
(supported by Applause Rural Touring)

A bike repair and maintenance expert, Nick Alff from Hastings Cycles, will be on hand to give your bicycle a free safety check and basic service.  He will also be able to offer tips and advice on simple bicycle maintenance.  So, why not come to the Big Day on your bike.

Big Day Arena

Sponsored by Co-operative Funeralcare Uckfield)

10.00am  Fun Dog Show  Bring along your dog, waggiest tail, most beautiful eyes etc.  Entrance £1 per class per class.
(Sponsored by Paws and Claws and Handsome Hounds)

11.00am onwards    Arena Performers – Dancers, Singers, Bands and Specialty acts. (times subject to change).  Live entertainment throughout the day with MC Christine Skinner.

11.00am Annika Brown

11.30am Universal Dance

12.00 noon Culinary Duel
(Supported by Applause Rural Touring)

12.40pm Karate Demonstration by TSM Martial Arts

1.00pm The Sussex String Band

1.30pm inChoir

2.00pm Grand Parade arrives

2.30pm Culinary Duel
(Supported by Applause Rural Touring)

3.10pm Deb’s Dancers

3.40pm Crossfit display

4.00pm Natasha Norodien

4.30pm Spirit Elite

Look out for East Sussex National Hotel’s Silent Auction pitch.  You can bid for any of the following.  All proceeds to Uckfield Festival Association to provide more entertainment and facilities for the residents of Uckfield.  Easy to do, just look at what others have bid and up it by a few pounds.

Lot 1

Lot 2 Lot 3 Lot 4

Lot 5

Lot 6

B&B with a Rhassoul Mud Treatment for 2 guests (excluding Saturdays) Complimentary upgrade to a Suite – Subject to availability valid for 6 Months 7 Days pass at the Leisure club Alfresco Theatre & BBQ for 2 guests Golfers Mid-Week 4ball Full Afternoon Tea & Spa Day for 2 guests Sunday Carvery for 4 guests at the Hunningtons Restaurant in the Clubhouse

Grand Children’s Parade @ Uckfield Community Technology College
Jul 8 @ 1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Parade from Uckfield Community Technology College (UCTC) arriving at Luxford Field at approximately 2pm via the High Street.  Many Primary Schools, UCTC, Spiritus drumming band, Uckfield Performance Ensemble, and Batucada Carnival Arts Groups with their drumming bands will parade this year. Same Sky has developed the theme of ‘Space and the Fantastical’, to produce a brilliant splash of colour in a spectacular parade.

Talent Showcase hosted by Uckfield Theatre Guild @ Weald Hall
Jul 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Talent Showcase hosted by Uckfield Theatre Guild @ Weald Hall | England | United Kingdom

Uckfield’s Got Talent …although this is a showcase not a competition. 

Acts should contact Jill on jiggermouse@aol.com   01825 762908 at least two weeks before the event. 

There is a £5 entry fee for individuals or groups of no more than 5 persons.

Tickets £4 on the door

Jul
9
Sun
Classic/Historic Motor Car/Bike Show @ LUXFORD FIELD
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Classic/Historic Motor Car/Bike Show @ LUXFORD FIELD | England | United Kingdom

With musical entertainment from the hot slap rockabilly/ rock ‘n roll band Memphis Flyers at 11.00am and 12.00 noon and our highly-regarded, local Uckfield Concert Brass at 2.00pm and 3.00pm 

Make it a great day in the park.  Maybe bring a picnic-lunch to enjoy the event and the music on Luxford Field or take advantage of the food available on the field.

Want to take part with a bike or vehicle or have a pitch?
Please contact Ray Whiteway- Roberts at i.am.ukray@gmail.com  Phone; 01825 765779 / 07825 658439

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(Sponsored by Sam Millar Fabrication Ltd)

Walk – ‘A North-West Passage’ @ Bridge Cottage, Uckfield
Jul 9 @ 4:30 pm

Historical walk including railway remains, woods, water and Streatfields.  Surplus chapels and Victorian celebration poetry.  (4 miles, 2 hours). Led by Brian Phillips.  Steep steps and slopes with muddy uneven ground. Dogs welcome.

Start outside Bridge Cottage.  No booking.

Free but donations for Bridge Cottage welcome.

The Billy Walton Band @ Weald Hall
Jul 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Billy Walton Band from USA  supported by Uckfield’s own Red Butler

In conjunction with Uckfield Blues & Roots Festival  https://uckfieldbluesandroots.co.uk/

One the best New Jersey acts ever to visit these shores , the six-piece Billy Walton Band will take you on a journey covering the American rock and blues landscape. Thirteen European tours since 2007 have also established the group in the fertile British Blues Rock scene.  The band have been really looking forward to their current Netherlands, Germany and UK tour.  If you have not seen this band – drag yourself there.  You will be amazed at the prowess of the maestro Billy Walton and the mighty Billy Walton Band.

Dynamic rock/blues band Red Butler is fast making a name for itself across Britain and Europe. Audiences instantly tap into the fire and passion generated by the young band led by Alex Butler.

Uckfield Civic Centre, Weald Hall

Tickets  £15

(Sponsored by Resin Bonded Limited and Perspective Accounting Limited)

Jul
10
Mon
Festival Radio Play @ 105 Uckfield FM
Jul 10 @ 1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

A series of short radio plays, just 5-15 minutes long, have been especially written and recorded by The Uckfield Radio Players. These will be broadcast on 105 Uckfield FM at 1.30pm Monday 10th to Friday 14th, and again at 6pm on Sunday 16th July.  If you miss them, you can hear them again on the ‘Listen Again’ feature on the Uckfield FM website

Festival Club – Crazy Jane Trio @ Luxford Lounge
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

We start the festival club today with our own Jane Pritchett’s trio. They sing well known songs from 1940s to the present day whilst giving the audience an opportunity to join in with many numbers. Steve and Dave play guitar, mandolin and cajón drum box.  Please join us for this local popular group.

Luxford Lounge, Civic Centre    Entrance Free – Collection to performers.  (Sponsored by Business Consultancy ‘Skill IS Ltd’ www.tomcrellin.co.uk)

Nick Prince – Closed Stations of Kent and East Sussex – an illustrated talk @ Bridge Cottage
Jul 10 @ 8:00 pm

8.00pm    Nick Prince – Closed Stations of Kent and East Sussex – an illustrated talk

Who remembers catching a train at High Cross Halt, Barcombe Mills or Rotherfield and Mark Cross? East Sussex memorabilia enthusiast Nick follows up his fascinating 2016 talk on local old cinemas with a look at railway stations of yesteryear in Sussex and Kent- once busy, now closed.  Nick Prince is an author, researcher and historian of popular culture in East Sussex.

Bridge Cottage

Tickets  £4

Jul
11
Tue
Festival Radio Play @ 105 Uckfield FM
Jul 11 @ 1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

A series of short radio plays, just 5-15 minutes long, have been especially written and recorded by The Uckfield Radio Players. These will be broadcast on 105 Uckfield FM at 1.30pm Monday 10th to Friday 14th, and again at 6pm on Sunday 16th July.  If you miss them, you can hear them again on the ‘Listen Again’ feature on the Uckfield FM website

Dancing with Bears @ Uckfield Library,
Jul 11 @ 2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Pre-school children’s stories and songs with Lucy and Jane at Uckfield Library, Library Way Uckfield.  Please bring along your bears to share in the fun.     Free

Festival Club  –  ‘Red, Green and Blue’ @ Luxford Lounge
Jul 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Red, Green and Blue’s original songs blend strong vocal harmonies and acoustic musicianship into a style uniquely their own. The multi-instrumental duo also play acoustic covers drawn from a wide variety of genres – some of their choices may surprise you…

Luxford Lounge, Civic Centre     Free – collection to performers.   (Sponsored by Business Consultancy ‘Skill IS Ltd’ www.tomcrellin.co.uk)

Jazz in Bridge Cottage – Piers Clark trio @ Bridge Cottage
Jul 11 @ 8:00 pm

You demanded a return visit after a sellout gig at the Festival last year! Enjoy an evening of classic jazz in this iconic building as master rhythm guitarist Piers Clark joins with clarinettist Brian Hills and our very own Lou Glandfield to explore the American Jazz song book from its very roots in the 1920s. Piers Clark (Leader, guitar) is one of the best swing guitarists around. He has played with the USA’s finest including Scott Hamilton, Kenny Davern and Marty Grosz. Brian Hills (clarinet), a formidable musician who specialises in unearthing forgotten classics from old 78s, has recorded with the likes of Champion Jack Dupree. Lou Glandfield (piano) is a local bluesman (ex-Mike Westbrook, Lol Coxhill et al). Join them in the atmospheric setting of Uckfield’s historic Bridge Cottage for a lyrical and exhilarating celebration of New Orleans jazz…and beyond.                                             

Bar available.       Space is very limited in Bridge Cottage so book your tickets early.

Bridge Cottage

Tickets £10

(Sponsored by Lawson Commercial)

Jul
12
Wed
Festival Radio Play @ 105 Uckfield FM
Jul 12 @ 1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

A series of short radio plays, just 5-15 minutes long, have been especially written and recorded by The Uckfield Radio Players. These will be broadcast on 105 Uckfield FM at 1.30pm Monday 10th to Friday 14th, and again at 6pm on Sunday 16th July.  If you miss them, you can hear them again on the ‘Listen Again’ feature on the Uckfield FM website

Uckfield Decorative & Fine Arts –  Bertie  Pearce illustrated talk on the origins of  ‘Punch & Judy’  @ Weald Hall
Jul 12 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Have you ever wondered the origin of Punch and Judy? The very amusing Bertie Pearce will reveal all.   Mr Punch – the most famous puppet character of all time. His comic irreverence gave “Punch” magazine its title. His anarchic vitality has inspired opera, ballet and punk rock and his enduring popularity has seen his likeness on goods ranging from Victorian silverware to computer video games.

Bring your friends.  Tea/Coffee provided.  This is not a Punch & Judy show, so unsuitable for children.  (Sponsored by Uckfield and Lewes Decorative and Fine Arts)

Festival Club  –  String Theory Trio @ Luxford Lounge,
Jul 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The String Theory band have played throughout Kent, Sussex, Surrey and in Normandy.  As well as the fast swing numbers and Django compositions, they include a splattering of Latin melodies, slow numbers including ballads and waltzes, some film themes, one or two classical pieces and even a nod to folk and pop. Their music is essentially “string driven swing” with a real feel-good factor.

Free – Collection to performers.   

(Sponsored by Business Consultancy ‘Skill IS Ltd’ www.tomcrellin.co.uk)

Alma Acoustic Session @ Alma Arms
Jul 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

An evening of melodic collaborative enjoyment performed by local musicians, poets and singers. 

You are welcome to join in with us or just relax and be entertained.

Jul
13
Thu
Uckfield FM & Civic Centre Business Networking Expo @ Weald Hall and Ashdown Room
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Following the last Business Expo in July 2016 during the festival, 40 local businesses will once again be showcasing their products and services.

It’s an opportunity for members of the public and other business people to come and chat with those exhibiting and find out more about what they do in the area. A great selection of different types of businesses including charities and other organisations ready to explain how they can contribute to local life.

Festival Radio Play @ 105 Uckfield FM
Jul 13 @ 1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

A series of short radio plays, just 5-15 minutes long, have been especially written and recorded by The Uckfield Radio Players. These will be broadcast on 105 Uckfield FM at 1.30pm Monday 10th to Friday 14th, and again at 6pm on Sunday 16th July.  If you miss them, you can hear them again on the ‘Listen Again’ feature on the Uckfield FM website

Writing Workshop for ages 8-11 @ Luxford Centre
Jul 13 @ 4:00 pm

4.00pm  and  5pm (two sessions)   

For children age 8 – 11 who love reading, writing and books, Inkpots will be running two sessions where children can come and be creative.

At the chocolate-themed workshops, there’ll be a range of activities for children – no matter what their stage of storytelling.  We’ll have some word puzzles and games.  We’ll have a chat about the books everyone enjoys and we’ll even design our own chocolate bars. There will be a chance to write some chocolate stories or map out some ideas that can later be developed with encouragement tips and ideas for the young writers. 

More than anything, it’s a chance for children who really enjoy reading, writing and drawing to spend some time together sharing ideas, being creative and having lots of fun. More information at inkpots.org

Festival Club – Bonnie Flitney and Mark Orchin @ Luxford Lounge
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Bonnie Flitney and Mark Orchin have been members of Sussex Folk Rock band Touchstone since 1990 . They draw their musical influences from many styles and genres of music but primarily folk music.

Mark & Bonnie have been the main songwriters for Touchstone throughout their career and their original compositions have a unique twist as most songs are based around Sussex historical events, e.g. the Lewes snow avalanche, shipwrecks and so on. In 1995 the pair entered the best new artist competition at the National Folk Festival and beat all other entrants to win the contest going on to play many UK festivals both as a duo and with Touchstone. Expect a feast of Sussex flavoured songs and tunes along with many popular items in their set.

Free – collection to performers.   (Sponsored by Business Consultancy ‘Skill IS Ltd’ www.tomcrellin.co.uk)

An evening with Laura Snowden @ Bridge Cottage
Jul 13 @ 8:00 pm

Enjoy an evening of mesmerising guitar playing by this award winning young virtuoso and composer. 

Laura was handpicked by Julian Bream to give a recital at the Wigmore Hall in 2015, and invited by guitarist John Williams to perform in Shakespeare’s Globe with her folk group Tir Eolas.  Gathering many awards, she has performed at the  Buxton Festival, Kings Place, and BBC Radio 3 (live.)  Laura’s compositions have been commissioned by London Guitar Festival and Deal Festival, and premiered at Sadler’s Wells; her song Live Free was performed at over three hundred simultaneous concerts in over sixty countries.

A poignant, mesmerising show….held the Wigmore Hall rapt with a performance of unassuming poise and intensity. (The Guardian, 2015)

Great expectations exceeded….a true musician whose interpretative capabilities are profound and exciting. A brilliant international career awaits her over the coming decade.’ (Classical Guitar Magazine 2016)

Space very limited – book early!

Jul
14
Fri
Festival Radio Play @ 105 Uckfield FM
Jul 14 @ 1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

A series of short radio plays, just 5-15 minutes long, have been especially written and recorded by The Uckfield Radio Players. These will be broadcast on 105 Uckfield FM at 1.30pm Monday 10th to Friday 14th, and again at 6pm on Sunday 16th July.  If you miss them, you can hear them again on the ‘Listen Again’ feature on the Uckfield FM website

Teen Spirit 2017  – Youth Acts and Bands Showcase @ Weald Hall
Jul 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Young musicians from Uckfield and surrounding towns will entertain an enthusiastic audience of young people and supporters in the Weald Hall.  Youth bands with members aged between 11 and 18 are welcome to perform.  Between 7.00pm and 10.00pm the Civic Centre will resound to the sounds from the collective talent of our young people.  There will be three cash prizes for the best performers.          

Tickets £4 for under 18’s, £6 for adults.            To take part Contact:  uckfieldteenspirit@gmail.com

Northern Soul @ Cinque Ports Club
Jul 14 @ 7:30 pm – 11:59 pm

The ever-popular Uckfield Soul Night returns!   Your DJs for the evening are Julie Lambert from The Sussex Soul Club, Keith and Maxine Woon from Soul Sessions and Adrian Corbin from Uckfield FM. For more information call Adrian on 07775 267015.

Tickets  £6 on the door

Mel Hayes @ Bridge Cottage
Jul 14 @ 8:00 pm

During Mel’s career she has performed at thousands of events  in the UK, USA and in Europe. Mel’s enticing vocals and finger style work has awarded her numerous TV and radio appearances worldwide. She will be performing her intimate versions of popular modern and classic covers that showcase her enticing vocal and guitar playing.  Mel’s performance in the magical setting of Bridge Cottage will be an event not to be missed!

Jul
15
Sat
Hempstead Meadow Nature Reserve Open Day @ Adjacent to Waitrose Car Park
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Guided Walks by Geoff Pollard, Uckfield Town Council Ranger in conjunction with Uckfield Rotarians.  Refreshments and an Exhibition. 

Adjacent to Waitrose Car Park

Free

Ceremonial burying of Time Capsule outside Bridge Cottage @ Bridge Cottage
Jul 15 @ 1:00 pm

Witness history in the making at Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre. We will be burying a time capsule outside the Cottage. The capsule will be filled with contributions from local schools and community groups to show future generations what life in Uckfield was like in 2017. Come and help us mark this historic event at our special time capsule ceremony.

This is a free event on the Bridge Cottage forecourt. Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre will also be open to visitors (£3 adult, £2 child).

‘Our June’s Wedding’ @ St Mary's Church
Jul 15 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

It’s June’s big day! Time to crack open the bubbly, overly large hats, and grandma’s pearls for a proper wedding, the happiest day of any woman’s life.  However, what with an overly joyous father of the bride, nervous groom, lost best man, disgruntled mother-in-law-to-be, and a… well, where is June?

Things could turn out very differently to the fairytale wedding everyone was hoping for.

Our June’s Wedding’ is for all the family – a warm, gentle, and funny show authentically spread over two locations and where the audience become guests at a wedding where all the drama happens to someone else’s family!

A drama by Theatre Exchange in association with Farnham Maltings.

(Supported by Applause Rural touring)

Refreshments available

Starts in St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Buxted and continues in the church hall on the same site.

Tickets Adults £10,  Children £5  (Suitable for 7 years and above)

Comedy with Phil Hammond – ‘Dr Phil’s Health Revolution’ @ Weald Hall
Jul 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Phil Hammond – NHS doctor, BBC broadcaster, Private Eye journalist, activist and whistle-blowing stand up comic – tours with two thoughtful and topical comedies rolled into one show, covering subjects he is passionate about; living well, staying sane, dying with dignity and saving the NHS.

Dr Phil Hammond is an NHS doctor, an investigative journalist for Private Eye, comic and author. Phil has appeared on ‘Have I got News for You’, Jack Dee’s Helpdesk, The News Quiz, The Now Show, Question Time, Trust Me I’m a Doctor, The One Show and Countdown.

“One of the most entertainingly subversive people on the planet.”  The Guardian

“Hugely enjoyable, well crafted, poignant stand up”  Broadway Baby 2016 ****

Tickets £15  Book online through Uckfield Festival Website

(Sponsored by Kamsons Pharmacy)

Jul
16
Sun
The Uckfield Grand Prix @ TR Fastenings Car Park
Jul 16 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

11am warm up, 12 noon start.

Approximately 20 teams of 10 and 11-year olds from Uckfield and District Primary Schools compete in this exciting annual Festival event with the Kit Cars they have built and customised. 

Organised by Uckfield Community Technology College and Uckfield Rotary Club, this always promises to be a massively popular event with a nail-biting finish.  Burgers, Ice cream, cakes and drinks available.  Prize giving approx. 4pm.

Sunday Funday – A Fun Family afternoon for Free @ Luxford Field
Jul 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The fantastic Churches In Uckfield Sunday Funday  Lots to look forward to including the Human Fruit Machine, Bouncy Castles, Jimmy the Juggling Jester, Coconut Shy, afternoon refreshments, barbecue, face painting, and a lot of other side shows. Concluding with a Songs of Praise service.  All are very welcome.

Walk – ‘Sleuthing South of the River’ @ Bridge Cottage
Jul 16 @ 4:30 pm

Historical walk.  Spotting mills, breweries, churches, brick-making and medieval Harlands.  (4 miles, 2 hours). Led by Brian Phillips.  Some steep steps and slopes. Dogs welcome.

Start outside Bridge Cottage.  No booking.

Free but donations for Bridge Cottage welcome.

Festival Radio Play @ 105 Uckfield FM
Jul 16 @ 6:00 pm

A series of short radio plays, just 5-15 minutes long, have been especially written and recorded by The Uckfield Radio Players. These will be broadcast on 105 Uckfield FM at 1.30pm Monday 10th to Friday 14th, and again at 6pm on Sunday 16th July.  If you miss them, you can hear them again on the ‘Listen Again’ feature on the Uckfield FM website

The Jon Hamilton Big Band @ Weald Hall
Jul 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

In a stunning finale to Festival week, the 17 musicians of the Tonbridge-based Jon Hamilton Big Band, together with vocalist Ruth Fahie, entertain with a programme featuring the music of Duke Ellington : pianist, band leader, composer…. and musical visionary.  More so than any other band of the era, the Duke’s music was true jazz, orchestrated for the big band sound.  

The band will be joined by the wonderful Ruth Fahie, singing numbers made famous by the great Ella Fitzgerald, in collaboration with Ellington and others. (In association with GP Music Promotions)

The Grand Uckfield Festival Draw will be made during the interval at about 8.30pm

(Sponsored by Uckfield FM and the G Spot Music Club)

2017
Official Programme
Download
 will soon be available!

Every household in Uckfield will receive a programme through their letterbox on the first or second day of July.  If you do not live in Uckfield, programmes will be available at various pubs, shops and post offices in the surrounding villages and at the Uckfield Civic Centre, Uckfield Library and various other shops and pubs in Uckfield.

For more information: Tel: 01825 763292 or email semis@btinternet.com

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