Redford rafters ring with the jazz sounds of Joe Stilgoe

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TINY Redford Village Hall was once again punching well above its weight with entertainment from internationally renowned musician Joe Stilgoe.

The renowned pianist, songwriter and singer of easy listening jazz music entertained with the Joe Stilgoe Trio, to a packed village hall.

Joe’s support are professional musicians raised in the area.

Ben Reynolds, the drummer, lived in Redford and attended Midhurst Grammar School.

It was Joe’s fifth visit in as many years to support the annual community social event in the village hall.

This year all profits will be going towards major improvement building works to re-roof and refurbish the village hall which sits at the heart of the community.

Tickets were sold out in advance and the limited audience of 100 raised over £1,000 for this community project.

In addition there was a cheque presentation during the evening when Grange Centre trustee Graham Pooley handed over further funding assistance to Rover Lovett, treasurer of the hall.

The donation from the Grange Community Association of Midhurst is the latest award providing essential support for a thinly populated rural community.

The new community grant pot was set up just over a year ago in the name of the beloved old Grange Leisure Centre at Midhurst.

A six figure sum was established with money raised from the sale of everything inside the old Grange before it was bulldozed. In addition there was the residue of profits from its 35 years as Midhurst and Petworth’s community centre.

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