Gig Buddies wanted in Hastings. Can you help?

 Gig Buddies : a local project for the musically minded.

Do you love going to gigs? Do you love going to gigs for FREE? Do you love sharing music with other people?

If you answered yes to any of the above then read on because Gig Buddies is the project for you! Gig Buddies is a project which links adults who have a learning disability to a volunteer who has similar interests in music, or other events, to go out together. You can expect to go out once a month with your gig buddy for a few hours.
The project was set up as a response to seeing people with learning disabilities being denied the sort of social opportunities that many of us take for granted. For example, seeing your favourite band, hanging out with your mates and going to festivals. Can you imagine never having been to see live music? For many people who have learning disabilities this is a reality as a result of inflexible support hours and rotas. Through matching people with and without learning disabilities together the project creates important community links that may otherwise not exist.

The project was been established 4 years ago and since then has spread across the UK and even to Sydney, Australia. There is growing movement of people who understand that social opportunities shouldn’t be a privilege but a right for everyone, irrespective of ability.

Since the project has started over 90 gig buddy pairs have been created, 50 gig buddies have been supported to attend festivals – including 21 people to Glastonbury Festival and thousands of volunteering hours have been given.

However, the project still has over 120 people to match to a volunteer across Sussex and so the project co-ordinators are looking for new musically minded volunteers to join the project, especially in Hastings. Gig Buddies provides you with a days training to ensure you are fully prepared to go out and have fun with your gig buddy. They also carry out police checks, reimburse your expenses and provide support and supervisions throughout your time with them.

If you think you would like to go out and see more music or attend social events with people from your community then please apply online at www.gigbuddies.org.uk or contact Harri Oliver on harri@stayuplate.org

Matt Thomas… Fantastic idea – no one should be denied their chance of discovering live music

Colin Norton… I agree with Matt! This is a great idea!

Lyn Humphrey… People with learning disabilities can really benefit from the Gig Buddies type of thing. And it needn’t be just to do with music; volunteers can take a person out so they can maybe follow an obscure interest that they’d otherwise never have the opportunity to experience.

What was your first car? Getting to gigs etc. asks Dave Nattress

Dave Nattress… Who recalls their first car? I got my first car in 1971, a 1958 Austin A35.  Many a great time in it for a year or so before graduating to a 1965 Ford Anglia.  I can’t even recall if the Austin had a radio?  But the angle-box did and I soon fitted a cassette player as well.  Who else recalls their first cars, what were they and lets have some stories about them.  Everyone piling in going to gigs, pubs in the back of beyond, racing back across the marsh from The Sundowners or Kings to get to Taffy’s.  Have to admit after many a heavy night in Hastings driving back along the sea-front to, Bexhill, couldn’t hear, PA and backline  on the pier too loud, could hardly see, fogged brain, one beer too many, could manage steering, someone else changing gears – well not quite but a few dodgy moments.  Way back when cars were pretty unreliable but you could change an engine in an afternoon and a set of spanners and then a socket-set would do most things.  The old Austin even had a starting handle – used it on occasions as well!  Later on I got a Ford Cortina Mk2, 1600E, highly rated back then, and the back seats would come out – the bit you sat on, and I could just get my PA bass-bins in.  One time, Robin Heggie’s (RIP), 2 x Simms-Watts 4 x 12 cabinets and amps went in not with the PA though.  Often drums and goodness knows what else.

Lynn Humphrey… Well, Dave, how strange–my first car was the same as your second–a Ford Anglia. Not only that, but it was also a 1965 model. It definitely didn’t have a radio, or not my model anyway. Mine was grey in colour (I wish I’d looked now to see if it had, “Nattress was here,” carved on the steering wheel.

Pauline Sims… My first car was a Triumph Herald, like this, probably around 1968 – it definitely did not have a radio but it was a lovely motor!

Chris Meachen… My first car was also an Austin a35, bought from Jerry down the pub for 50p.. I’d never driven before, but he showed me where it was (by the blue dolphin) gave me the keys & I taught myself to drive it on the way home up Croft Road…

Terry Corder… Ford thames van, 15cwt, blue, 3 speed, column change. Probably 1969/70. Not the van but the year I bought it.

Jane Dorsett… Remember it well, Dave.

Judith Monk… I had a Vauxall Victor Super in two tone grey and black. The license number was SRX 615. I adored that car, bench front seat that would squash four across, no seat belts, column gear stick and tons of chrome and class!

Mike Curtis… Triumph Herald in a mushroom colour. 7086 DU. So proud of it. Have more than 70 since, many of which would be worth a lot of money if I’d kept them?

Geoff Peckham… I remember it well, Mick. I used to ride on the back of your scooter prior to your getting the Triumph. It used to get a bit chilly. When you turned up with the car for the first time you were dressed in shirtsleeves – just because you could!

Jeff Belton… My brother in law had one, and when turned up he managed to to fit my mum, dad, sister and me , and himself,. A tight queeze, but we all got in . This was the first time we met him.

Chris Baker… I had one during my mid-life crisis! It had the original engine but was souped up so it could rev to 8000 rpm without melting and do 130 mph. Scared the shite out of me!

Colin Fox… Mini, which had the start button on the floor, a piece of rope to open the door and sliding windows.

Dave Nattress… Hi Lynn, mine was light Green with a White roof. Bought off Roy Sanderson – The Road and Lysander and other bands often mentioned on these pages!! So, definitely not yours old friend!! I think we’d lost contact by then by year or two – we left the Downs in what – 1969!!

Now, going back to my own question – first cars and gig travels etc. I suddenly recalled this. Who from the area recalls going to see Pink Floyd at Earls Court on the Dark Side tour -1973. Between Bexhill and Hastings we filled a big coach one evening 45 – 50 odd seater. Possibly a Renown from Bexhill. Can’t recall who organised it but it was a pukka do. Possibly the idea originated in the Castle, Bexhill, but undoubtedly it took in some of the haunts (pubs), of Hastings, maybe the Nelson/Anchor, to get the coach fully booked – coach and tickets and all. The driver was quite possibly the only one not, (at least slightly), off his head! Not condoning that sort of behaviour and all that!!

Graham Wilks… A 1955 Fiat 600 with suicide doors. Not easy to get a Vox AC30 onto the back seat!

Chris Baker… My first car was a mini which I bought from a Debenhams colleague for £50, I think. Apart from the door hinge breaking when my driving test examiner got in, which I think helped me pass, it was great! Got it from Sean.

Paul Huggett… Split screen Morris Minor, all throbbing 803cc of it, bugger-all brakes, and a fair bit of filler. But I loved it!

Neil Cartwright… Paul – ditto!

Simon Page… Austin A40

Mick O’Dowd… Mine was a Ford Consul with a bench seat in front and column change I bought for £75. Replaced it with a red Triumph Herald convertible. That’s where my hair went!

Wendy Weaver… My first car was an Isetta Bubblecar, 300cc I think. My fourth car was a green (same as above) A30 with a 35 engine. Great little car, I bought it in 1969 for £25. It had a smaller rear window than the A35.

 

Chilli Willi and The Red Hot Peppers – Hastings Pier 21st December 1974.

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CHILLI WILLI

Mick O’Dowd… Chilli Willi were a great underated band. Their only problem was which pigeon-hole to sit in musically. Their album Bongos Over Balham is a classic.

Geoff Peckham… Factory opened for Chilli Willi at Marlborough College’s end of year bash in their very impressive auditorium. When we’d set up, the Head the Music Dept. told the bands they could go to the pub in the village and get drinks on the teachers’ bar tab – big mistake! It was the Chilli’s bass player’s birthday and by the time we left them in the pub to go and play our set they were well gone! I don’t think the set they played after they’d staggered back was up to their usual standard!

Hastings Pier Ballroom – how many legally did it hold?

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Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Andre Martin… We often get asked about the permitted numbers who could be in the Happy Ballroom, I have found the following document, and thought this would be of interest, you need to follow it down to get the final figure – Bob Knights must have applied his own counting method, or was it Ricky in the Toll House ????

Pete Fairless… Now let’s see the documents that show how many tickets you sold, Andre!

Jim Breeds…  Wow, that’s interesting. And how many were allowed if they were all stamping their feet in unison demanding an encore?

The Malvern – gigs 1995

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supplied by Phil Little Music Files.  www.littledrum.co.uk

Karen Sweatman was Blackman… I loved going to see Becky & the Bombshells. She used to give me and my mates her mike to do backing vocals ….. badly! 🙂

Michael Wilson… Used to see the Bombshells at the Marina ‘Fountain’. Great gigs

Richard Turner… Remember my dads band playing there sure it used to b called the new broom

Kev Towner…  remember going to see Splodgenessabounds at The Malvern with Graham Swann