Knepp Castle’s summer spectacular with Elkie Brooks

Singing superstar Elkie Brooks
Singing superstar Elkie Brooks

LOCAL landmark Knepp Castle is hosting a special anniversary Elkie Brooks concert all in aid of charity.

Organisers Charlie and Anne Phesse live on the Knepp Castle Estate and asked owner Charlie Burrell if they could hold a concert on his land.

Concert organisers Charlie and Anne Phesse

Concert organisers Charlie and Anne Phesse

At the time they were looking to support a major charity and thankfully he directed the couple towards the AMBER foundation, a much smaller charity in need of support.

Headlining the event will be Elkie Brooks who rose to fame in the sixties.

The Pearl’s a Singer vocalist will take the stage on July 16 as she celebrates her 50th anniversary tour.

Gates open at 3pm and concert goers can picnic or take advantage of an onsite hog roast.

Supporting Elkie will be a band from Millais school, popular jazz singer Elaine Crouch and ‘legendary’ local band Papa Falloon.

Anne said: “We wanted somebody at the concert who would appeal to all ages. We trawled the internet using the names we knew and were delighted when Elkie replied.”

The AMBER foundation helps unemployed and homeless young people, who may also have had problems with drugs or alcohol. It gives them the confidence and skills they need to get their life back

Anne and Charlie have visited AMBER at their house in Ockley on several occasions to meet with their finance director Sue Crawford-Condie. On their first visit they saw the Chief Executive with a paint brush in his hand, getting stuck into the day to day tasks. Anne said: “This was a good sign that their money was not being wasted. The work they all do there, staff and Amberteers, is amazing and quite humbling. Without doubt this is one of the best things we have ever got involved in.”

They have been busy organising the event since the end of last year and Anne said: “We quickly realised the scale of things we have taken on. Getting the event licensed was a whole new world to us.”

Anne and Charlie wanted to thank Ahmed and his team in the licensing office in Horsham District Council, Joel Sykes of West Sussex Highways and all the other agencies involved.

The couple also wanted to thank the shops in the area that agreed to put up posters and fliers. Anne also said: “None of this would be possible without Charlie Burrell’s land, the energy of Andy Stewart from Knepp Castle, the expertise of Sue Humphrey our Press and PR lady and Kevin Stott, our marketing man, who has guided us calmly through this whole adventure”

The concert takes place on Saturday July 16. Anne said: “We are really looking forward to it, the sun will shine and groups of friends will get together at their picnics, in a setting that really is England showing off.”