Volunteers needed to help at PevFest

PEVENSEY people are gearing up for PevFest later this month and organisers are appealing for volunteer helpers.

The annual event will take place on July 23. Residents and visitors will be able to enjoy 50 different bands in seven pubs across Pevensey and Pevensey Bay.

The Royal Oak and Castle and the Smugglers, both in Pevensey, will be hosting bands throughout the day. Pevensey Bay’s The Castle, The Bay Hotel, The Beach Tavern, The Moorings and the Aqua Club will also have live musical performances during the day and in to the evening.

There will also be a wide range of activities in Pevensey Bay for all the family, including a bouncy castle and a steam railway ride.

A variety of refreshments will be available including a hog roast.

Morris dancers and the children of Pevensey and Westham School will be providing entertainment on the day and there will also be a parade through Pevensey Bay. Many of Pevensey’s community groups including the WI and the Beach Belles will be involved in PevFest and it is hoped the community event will raise funds for local charities.

Fred Housego, former Mastermind champion, is one of the Pevensey residents helping to organise the event.

He told the Gazette, “It is a community event first, a fundraising event second and just an opportunity for everyone to have a great time. The idea was to make people aware that villages like Pevensey are dying and we need to gather together.”

Last year the event raised thousands for local charities and this year organisers are hoping to raise even more cash.

Those set to benefit from the proceeds are Beachy Head Chaplaincy, St Wilfrid’s Hospice, the Pevensey and Westham branch of East Sussex Disability Association, Pevensey Bay Information Centre and Pevensey Bay Community Action Group. Programmes detailing the activities and bands at this year’s PevFest are currently available across the village.

Organisers are still appealing for volunteers to help out at the event. Call Shirley on 461692.