It was an amazing evening: a great atmosphere at St Matthew’s, and some wonderful music from Sussex Brass under the baton of Steve Hallamby. It started with both national anthems – the words to the Sierra Leonean one are very moving. Then, quite a variety of pieces – I hadn’t realised a brass band could span so many styles, from a medley of Glenn Miller numbers through the Conquest of Paradise by Vangelis to the familiar heart-warming tunes like Jerusalem and Sussex by the Sea, which the audience joined in with gusto. There were some great solos, too. If you haven’t heard Tracey on the flugelhorn, or Jonathan Chappell playing an old chair, you haven’t lived.Yvonne and her team supplied another delicious African-style supper, and all-in-all the evening raised over £1100. To cap it all, Sussex Brass had such a good time, they waived their fee and gave us a donation, and we were bowled over to be given cheques of £1000 each by our Hastings SL Association friends and by the Church of the Good Shepherd, Collier Row, which has given us tremendous support in recent years. Thanks to everyone who made the evening such a success and took us that much further along the road to putting the mothers-and-babies unit in Hastings Village back on its feet. The crystal-clear photos are all by Colin Foy – thanks, Colin.