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Rock night aims to raise the roof

PUBLISHED: 14:04 19 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

NEWBOURNE'S gonna rock, and Newbourne's gonna roll – and it could be the loudest noise in the peaceful community for some time.

The music will be heard throughout the village and its famous acres of glasshouses, and across the surrounding countryside and nature reserve.

NEWBOURNE'S gonna rock, and Newbourne's gonna roll – and it could be the loudest noise in the peaceful community for some time.

The music will be heard throughout the village and its famous acres of glasshouses, and across the surrounding countryside and nature reserve.

But no-one is going to complain.

For this is not youngsters having a rave in a deserted barn or hangar, this is a family garden party . . . in aid of the village church!

And it's set to go with a swing with well-known local group The Alan Wade Golden Era Tribute Band providing the music for the evening.

Everyone is invited to join the fun as Alan and the five-piece outfit play an evening of golden oldies from the 1950s, swinging sixties and glitter heyday of the Seventies.

They will be crossing the musical spectrum of the years from Bill Haley to The Beatles to Queen, covering a wide range of much-loved middle of the road and popular songs.

The event takes place on Saturday, July 21, from 7pm at Fenn House in Newbourne. Fenn House – which is in a quiet lane just by the Fox pub and will be signposted clearly for the event – is the home of Judy Riggs, who is allowing her eight-acre garden, which also has two lakes, to be used for the barbecue and concert.

"We are just hoping the weather is fine because if it is a lovely summer's evening, it will be such a nice event and I am sure people will really enjoy themselves and the music," said Mrs Riggs.

"We plan to put the band on the lower patio and use the upper one for their equipment. There will be plenty of space for everyone and it would be lovely to see a really good turnout."

The revival band, which is more used to playing in pubs than back gardens, will be helping to raise money for St Mary's Church in the village.

The band know each other really well – drummer and base player, Derek and John Spurgeon are brothers, and are also brothers-in-law to rhythm and lead guitarist Michael Chennell – and have been

playing together for the past couple of years.

Some of the money raised will go towards a project to pay for the repair of the church floor, which is rotting in the area under the pews.

"With a building of the age of our church there is always something which needs to be done," said Mrs Riggs.

The church, which stands on high ground in the centre of the village, dates back to Norman times, and its chancel and other features are early English.

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