WCHP Summer Busk
On Saturday 22nd July a merry band of performers and collectors took to the streets of Central Worthing for WCHP’s annual Summer Busk street collection event. With three musical venues across the town, visitors to Worthing were spoilt for choice with entertainment and given plenty of opportunity to donate to WCHP thanks to the collectors who were out in force throughout the day, despite the awful weather! We also had collectors in Findon and Goring and a huge thank you to Rod Thick, Dave Bradley and Noreen Smith for arranging this for us. Senior Community Fundraiser Rachel Blair said: ‘The WCHP Summer Busk is a great annual event that really helps us to raise much needed funds and awareness for people facing homelessness in the communities we work in. This year we raised a fantastic £1444 which is a huge achievement considering the rain! I would like to say a huge thank you to all the performers and collectors who braved some pretty hideous weather to help us out, many of whom have been involved every year! We are very grateful to Richard Amey and Ian Barber, of Dragon PA, for their recruitment of musicians and organisation on the day. Karen and Rolf from Henry House Hot Pool and Therapy Centre did a great job on the PA at Montague Place, thank you! We are very grateful to St Paul’s for their support allowing us to use their beautiful venue to allow us to have, a much needed, inside space! Finally a very big thank you goes to our van driver Vic and our van assistant Luke who sorted out the gazebos on the day so that the musicians and the equipment had at least had a fighting chance of being protected from the rain.’ WCHP supports over 1000 people a year on their journey out of homelessness and can only do so thanks to the support of the local community.
A CHOIR, a harpist and a group of early instruments kept the WCHP Summer Busk alive on Saturday. When a vicious sudden downpour washed out the two outdoor venues after 1.15pm, Singers Rechoired, classical harpist Jasmine Yap, then The Pastores Ensemble entertained, enthralled and fascinated the public inside St Paul’s Cafe.
The deluge forced performers and sound crews at South Street Square and Montague Place to abandon halfway through this annual flag-day Worthing Churches Homeless Projects street music and dance event, which was incorporating St Paul’s Cafe for the first time.
The rain erupted maybe 2 hours ahead of forecast. For electrical safety reasons, Snakes & Ladders had to stop at South Street Square and so did Men At Risk at Montague Place - although the trio continued acoustically for a short while, playing to spectators who huddled with them under the gazebo.
Dragon PA and Henry House provided the sound but the weather denied the crowd the chance to enjoy Maggie’s Dance Classes, John Stapleton’s Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Party, Keenes Dance Studios or No Fit State at South Street Square, or Antidote, Celtic Shore or the Featherstone Jazzmen at Montague Place.
Fundraising events have helped finance the assistance by WCHP of 1,000 homeless people in the past 12 months.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the following musicians for their support:
South Street Square
Snakes & Ladders
Maggie's Dance Classes
John Stapleton's Rhythm & Blues Party
Keene's Dance Studio
No Fit State
St Paul's Cafe
Just Strings Quartet
Worthing Women's Hub Choir
The Harp of Jasmine Yap
The Pastores Ensemble
Glendale Theatre Arts School
Men at Risk
Featherstone Jazzmen with Godfrey Sheppard