Brass band to play for ‘at risk’ church funds

London and Southern Countie Regional Qualifying Contest SUS-150605-154448001
London and Southern Countie Regional Qualifying Contest SUS-150605-154448001

A Pevensey church which has been placed on the English Heritage ‘at risk register’ will play host to Battle Brass Band this month in a bid to raise cash for the repairs .

St Nicolas Church, the medieval parish church of Pevensey, was placed on the register by English Heritage because it is deemed to be at immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric

The church will be 800 years old in 2016 and is the oldest building in the village still used for its original purpose.

Last month St Nicolas announced it had been denied a Grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its £220,000 restoration fund, and from the government’s new £35million Roof Repair Fund.

George Stephens, deputy church warden, has announced its fund raising concert programme for this summer.

He said, “It includes a variety of concerts designed to meet a wide range of musical tastes, and will help us raise much needed funds for the church’s restoration project.”

One of the first to perform at the church will be the Battle Brass Band. They will provide entertainment this Sunday (May 10) at 2.30pm. Ticket cost £10.

George added, “It is the first concert at the church this year as part of the church’s fund raising programme following the announcement that English Heritage had placed the church in its ‘Heritage at Risk Register’.

“We are really thrilled to have this excellent local band give a concert in our wonderful acoustics.

“It will be their third annual concert at the church. They bring variety and flair to their performances with a large and varied repertoire.

“This ranges from traditional brass band music to modern arrangements. Their concerts regularly feature many of their talented soloists.”

The band performs throughout the year at venues throughout the South East, including Eastbourne Bandstand, Deal Bandstand and Hever Castle.

They compete annually in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, representing London and Southern Counties at the national finals.