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Diocesan clergy set for charity gig in Edenham

13 February 2017


Two of our diocesan clergy are looking forward to performing at a gig for the ABF The Soldiers Charity towards the end of the month.

The Revd Andy Hawes and the Revd Chris Harrington are members of Smuggler Jack, a group that will perform on Saturday, 25th February 2017 at Edenham Village Hall. The group began with two brothers, David and Aidan Hawes, jamming and writing songs at home in the Vicarage at Edenham. Encouraged by family and friends, they kept writing songs together and then began playing at parties and weddings. In 2013, and taking inspiration from his sons, Andy had his old double bass restored after a 33-year hiatus, and, looking to further enrich their sound, Chris, a guitarist and a former record producer, was drafted in.

The groups first gig was at the ‘Live Lounge’ at Edenham Vicarage in February 2014. By the summer of that year, drummer Paul Conyers had joined the band, which has sometimes featured Aidan and Davids brother-in-law, Patrick King, on percussion. The brothers named the band after their Grandad Hawes, who, as publican of the Smugglers Inn at Chapel St Leonards on the Lincolnshire coast, was known to all as ‘Smuggler Jack’. Renowned for his sense of humour, Jack, who died in 2007, is described as a worthy patron of the crew! 

Over the past three years the band has performed to raise over £10,000 for various charities at home and abroad, and now a new album, featuring 11 songs written by David and arranged by the band, has been recorded at Edenham (some of the music is available via the groups YouTube page). Tickets for the forthcoming gig at Edenham Village Hall are £15 (to include a hot supper), and they may be obtained by calling 01778 59 13 58.

Edenham Regional House is a popular location for quiet days and retreats. The stable chapel may be used by all visitors of any denomination or tradition, and is equipped for the celebration of the Eucharist. Groups who use the house on a Friday and Saturday are warmly invited and encouraged to attend the Eucharist at 12 noon, at which one of the team of clergy will preside. Groups that would like to make separate arrangements are kindly requested to discuss their needs in advance by contacting the warden. For further information, including details relating to Lent 2017, see