After a smash first year in 2014, raising over £11,750 for Headway Jersey in just one day, the Halkett Hoedown returns on Sunday 30 August, the perfect bank holiday weekend entertainment option.

Halkett Place will be closed to traffic for the event, which runs from 1pm until 10pm, and town really will meet country with straw bales and Western themed decorations all round. Wild West fancy dress (although optional), will be the order of the day. Entry is by voluntary donation. Profits will again this year be donated to Headway Jersey.

New for 2015: they plan to run not just one, but two stages, so that the music and entertainment just keeps coming. Many firm favourites return this year and the organisers are delighted to have Frankie Davies and Rick Jones amongst the line up again. The Hoedown’s very own band ‘The Hoedown Superstars’ will be there and Celtic Folk outfit Sula will be up on the mainstage with local blues & rockabilly legends The Blind Drivers. Also from Guernsey, Clameur de Haro and from Sark, The Recks. There’s a few surprise artists coming too – so keep your eyes peeled and keep a check on their facebook page www.facebook.com/TheHalkettHoedown

Other activities include line-dancing, western themed games, prizes for the best fancy dress (children & adult categories) and the return of the Halkett Jail. There will also be face-painting, food stalls, an outdoor bar, Jersey cider, homemade cakes, toffee apples, candy floss and much, much more. There are plans for a larger family friendly area as it proved so popular in 2014.

Look out for the Hoedown 50/50 raffle with 50% of ticket sales going to the winner and 50% going to Headway. Tickets will be on sale before the event. See the Hoedown’s Facebook page for details.

So save the date and get ready for the best street party in town…. YEEE HAAAW!

The Halkett Hoedown have chosen to support Headway Jersey again for 2015. The local charity with over 100 survivors of brain injury registered as members. They aim to provide free support, information and services to members, their families, friends and carers. Brain injuries occur for a wide variety of reasons including accidents, strokes, tumours and illnesses. Headway’s members and their families have a wide range of unique support requirements and the demands on the charity grows year on year.

Headway also strive to increase public awareness and understanding of brain injuries through education. Their centre opens six days a week offering a range of activities exercise groups, swimming, crafts, art and music therapy that encourages neuro-rehabilitation along with ground-breaking technology and therapeutic exercises to assist their members to regain strength, mobility and confidence. The centre hosts social activities and outings three days a week to ensure members don’t become socially isolated.

Should anyone wish to volunteer at the Centre or the Hoedown event please contact Louise at:

loustirling.headway@gmail.com

Photo: Fenby Miskin