Down Your Way: Stone Cross, Westham and Hankham

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MEMBERS of Eastbourne Moviemakers are steaming ahead with video projects for the year. Potential new movies include a seaside skit, railway journey, dog rescue and local Olympics-themed event. The next meeting, on March 7, features member John Pickett leading an exercise called ‘Making memorable movies’.

With two new members already this year, the club is looking forward to a new phase of growth. Visitors are always welcome at meetings which are held at St Luke’s Parish centre, Stone Cross, on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Contact Julia, 01323 507712 for more details.

I WENT to the last performance of the St Luke’s Players pantomime Aladdin and what an enjoyable evening it was. I think the scene was set when six ladies of the parish came out and performed their version of a fan dance (I must admit they were small paper fans) and it was well done.

The plot followed the traditional one and, as always now, there was always the opportunity to break into song. I must admit I’ll never again hear the opening song of Momma Mia without seeing Widow Twanky (Father James) arrayed in his outfit with the advert hanging down his back from the waistband.

The wicked Abanazer, played by Eric Huke, was very well done and he really did look evil at times, especially when he mucked up his lines and announced himself as Suliman bin Laden. Janet Joy, as Aladdin, was excellent and gave of her best. while the Genies of both the Ring and the Lamp (Leah Britton and Carolyn Hart respectively) appeared at the requisite times.

This edition of Aladdin was written by Richard Joy especially for the St Luke’s Players. I have only mentioned a few of the cast, they were all good and enjoyed what they were doing. A very good evening’s entertainment.

THERE will be further parent/teacher consultations at Hankham School on Thursday, March 8, Monday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 14. All consultations take place 3.30pm-6.30 pm. If you wish to attend notify the school accordingly.

DAVID PICTON, Tel: 01323 760547, hpicton398@btinternet.com