Down Your Way: Herstmonceux and Wartling - April 4

ALADDIN JNR: If you thought this a ‘he’s behind you’ type Aladdin, you would be way, way of the mark. It was Aladdin Jnr, the musical and what a delight.

With 10 minutes to go, the entire cast was backstage, raring to go and that same enthusiasm continued right through. By the time we came to the finale, both cast and audience were enjoying it so much I began to wonder if they would ever be able to get the cast off stage.

Young H.A.T.S. have come a long way from humble beginnings. They filled the stage with colour, movement and sound, the choreography by Hanna Huggett was excellent, the direction superb with Joanna Stevens managing to get the cast to bring out the full humour of the show.

The Genie, played by Lauren Noya, was just a little gem and with Alex Stevens as the evil Jafar, that wonderful laugh, we already had the beginnings of a good show.

Bring on Iago, Jafar’s trusty parrot, played by Hattie Pemberton, and have you ever seen any parrot so hard done by and trying to get a kind word or two or even just the recognition.

The Sultan was regally played by Tom Fox and then we had Princess Jasmine, Hayley Huggett and Aladdin, Oliver Stevens both extremely well cast. Their rendition of “ A Whole New World” was truly heart stopping bringing much stomping and applause from any appreciative audience.

A truly spectacular show, extremely well performed by the entire cast. Many congratulations to Director Joanna Stevens. Oh and by the way, I loved that little monkey.

WE KNOW summer is really on its way as Herstmonceux Bowls Club is holding its ‘signing on’ day on Saturday, April 14, at the bowls pavilion on the recreation ground, 10am-noon. The club is always on the lookout for new members. It is a very friendly club and also quite competitive but members always have time for newcomers, ready to show them the ropes if needed and coach if asked. If you would like more information call club captain, Terry Everingham on 832380.

QUIZ NIGHT: Again this is the Bowls Club but this time holding a quiz in the village hall on Friday, April 27, 7.30pm - teams of four players, £6 per person, to include a hot dog supper, are ready to make their mark as the best quizzers of Herstmonceux. Register with Sue Saunders on 833403 by April 22.

CHURCH SERVICES: Wednesday, April 4, at 6pm, Wartling church, Meditation. Thursday, April 5, (Maundy Thursday) The Friends Meeting House in West End, Holy Communion, Herstmonceux Church, 7pm Holy Communion. Friday, April 6, Good Friday, 9.45am at Herstmonceux is the Family Services and at 2pm the Service of the Cross at Wartling church. Saturday, April 7, service at Herstmonceux church at 8pm and on Sunday, April 8,, Easter Sunday, Holy Communion (BCP) along with Easter Praise will be at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively with the Easter Family Service, with communion at Wartling church at 9.45am. Children welcome at all services - colouring/story sheets are always available.

THE annual church meeting at St. Mary Magdalene, Wartling, is on Thursday, April 19, at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street, doors open 7pm for 7.15pm start. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting.

THE recent Beetle Drive in the village hall at Herstmonceux in aid of the Friends of All Saints Fund was a great success, raising £279 which will be used, when necessary, to help maintain the fabric of All Saints Church in Herstmonceux.

THE Windmill at Windmill Hill opens for the season on Easter Sunday and Monday as well as Sunday, April 15,all 2.30pm-5pm. More details at

ZUMBA and Pilates: Classes are up and running again at the Reid Hall in Boreham Street with a new instructor, Corrine Marsh. Both are on Wednesdays with Zumba 7.20pm-8.15pm at £5 per class and Pilates 8.20pm-9pm, £4 per class (you ca n do both for £8). No need to book, just turn up on the night.