New venture brings music to the villages

The Villages Music Festival and Art Trail, June 23-July 1.

THE Villages Music Festival and Art Trail is a new venture bringing together the villages of Ripe, Chalvington and Laughton, near Lewes in East Sussex.

Spokeswoman Joan Hester said: “The aim of the Villages Music Festival is to promote all kinds of music within the community and to enjoy and encourage talented local musicians whilst raising money for local causes. Music crosses boundaries and brings communities together.

“The events include a dinner and a light-hearted talk entitled Private Musical Passion by Stephen Jones, conductor, raconteur and pianist, cream teas accompanied by a string quartet in the garden of Limekiln Farm, a jazz night, tea at Laughton school with entertainment by the children, an evening of folk songs with poetry, Rebecca Teager (clarinet) and Stephen Rooke (piano) in concert, the Brighton Welsh Male Voice Choir, and a medley of items from local village choirs as a finale. In addition to the music there will also be a flower festival in Ripe Church and an art trail.”

Email address for tickets: or call 01323 811196. Details of all the events on: The art trail includes:

l Kudos Foods, Ripe BN8 6AS. Saturday, June 23-Saturday, June 30 (not open Sunday 24) , 9am-1pm. Sybella Stiles, various art works and JCJ Pottery

l Sun Court, Chalvington BN27 3TB. Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24, 11am-5pm. Nicola King, life drawings /blob/ Diamond Cottage, Ripe BN8 6AR. Sunday, June 24-Sunday, July 1, 2pm-6pm, available other times by appointment. Julia Cockell, quilts, homemade jams and chutneys.

l Eckington Manor, Ripe BN8 6AU. Wednesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 28, 2.30-4.30pm. Sue and Nigel McKenzie, sculpture and paintings.

l 1, Poundfield Cottages, Ripe BN27 3TG. Sunday, July 1, 10am-5pm. Gaby Moore, artwork and plants for sale.

l Laughton Park Farm, Shortgate Lane Laughton BN8 6BU. Saturday, June 30, 10am to 5pm. Paintings by nine local artists.

l Limekiln Farm, Chalvington BN27 3TA. Sunday, June 24, 2.30pm-5.30pm. Admission by ticket only, from 01323 811196. Cream teas, string quartet and art exhibition. Prints by Ellie Royle, photos by Ted Davis.

l Lovers Farm, Chalvington BN27 3TD. Sunday, July 1. 1pm-5.30pm. Yann Huet, exhibition of costumes.