Saturday 7th July 2018
A big thank you to everyone who supported Ashstock this year.
It was an extremely hot day and attendance during the afternoon dropped, as people left or stayed away to watch the England football team play Sweden in the World Cup quarterfinals.
After the match was over, the crowds started to arrive and the evening was busier (and cooler).
Thanks to the volunteers, the performers, the stallholders and food and drink vendors.
Funding and support for Ashstock 2018
We are grateful to The North Mid Sussex County Local Committee of West Sussex County Council for the award of £1,000 from the Community Initiative Fund.
And to Mid Sussex District Council for the use of John Pears Recreation Ground and Pavilion.
We are also grateful to our sponsors:
And to our advertisers and supporters, including:
Aldridge and Trillwood
Alex Jones Funeral Directors
Ashurst Wood MOT Centre
Brian Gow Roofing Supplies
Burberry Harris Moon
Claire Judge Sclerotherapy
Dennise Rathbone Counselling and Psychotherapy
East Grinstead Tyres
Holtye Golf Club
Howard J Stoker, Carpenter
Jon Hair Fashions
Maurice Rodwell Electrical Contractors
Middle Row Barbers
Room on the Row
The Maypole Inn
The event was supported by the PPL PRS charity and community discount scheme. PPL PRS licenses the use of copyright music across the UK, giving businesses and organisations the permission they need to play the music they want.
For more information about PPL PRS, visit pplprs.co.uk or call 0800 0720 808.
The event was opened by Miles Goodall before he dashed off to support UB40 at a festival at Borde Hill. Miles was long-listed for the best Jazz/Blues Act at the Unsigned Music Awards 2018.
Youth bands performed during the afternoon and early evening; this year’s line-up included:
Ashurst Wood Primary School singing songs from The Lion King
Jazz Straszynski who we are delighted to welcome back again to Ashstock. Jazz is a singer/song writer from Forest Row and is a former winner of East Grinstead’s Got Talent and reached the regional finals of Open Mic UK.
Amber Titchener is a 14-year-old singer songwriter from Sackville School. She was recently the youngest artist ever to perform at UK’s biggest Music Industry network event in London.
Urban City Dance will be performing at Ashstock; they have performed with well-known groups Flawless and Diversity.
Max White is a singer/songwriter from BIMM Brighton Music College. His debut single Sugar was followed by a European Tour and a collaboration with electronic dance music stars DADA LIFE. Max closed the youth stage this year.
Other youth performers included: Tatiana, Caitlin Murray, Formed on Friday, Seren Foulds, Tia Bartlett
In the evening, acoustic duo The Two Joes performed a mix of crowd-pleasing classic rock, indie and blues. They were followed by our headline band, Bedrock, with a selection of popular songs dating from the 1960s to the noughties, who kept us on our feet dancing throughout their set.
Terry Sumner from Euphoria Music returned with his team to compère and provide sound and PA facilities.
Food and Drink
Allan Martin Meats – BBQ
Fine & Scandi – Scandinavian Street Food
Maria’s Café – Tea Tent
The Maypole Inn – Licensed bar selling real ales and ciders and a wide choice of other drinks
Wych’s Kitchen – Vegan and Vegetarian and gluten free food.
Ice Cream Van
Under 5s soft play area
Inflatable mega slide
Inflatable assault course
Tug of War
Variety of stalls