Stars to gather for the Bluehouse Festival

ANDY Hamilton, one of the most significant contributors to British comedy over the past 40 years, is bringing his show to this year’s Bluehouse Festival at the United Reformed Church in Oxted.

Andy, co-creator, writer and producer of the BAFTA award winning Drop The Dead Donkey and a regular on Have I Got News For You and QI, will be at the URC on October 24.

The Bluehouse Festival runs from October 19-27 and was first held in 2006.
Irene Snelling, who died in 2004, aged 93, was a life-long resident of Limpsfield and a keen supporter of not only her church (Oxted United Reformed Church), but of the musical and artistic life of the local community. As part of the use of Irene’s bequest to the church, members agreed to sponsor The Bluehouse Festival.

The festival has been held every other year since. In that time, the event has continued to evolve, but has always been about celebrating the arts and contributing to the cultural life of the local community. Every festival has been based at the Oxted United Reformed Church and has sought to deliver an exciting programme of events, catering to a diverse range of cultural interests.

The Snelling Lecture, delivered by a distinguished speaker on a topical issue of interest, is named in honour of Irene, and has been delivered annually since 2006. Past deliverers of the Lecture have included the Rev Richard Coles, Baroness Shirley Williams, Sir Simon Jenkins, Baroness Julia Neuberger, Baroness Joan Bakewell, Falklands War veteran Simon Weston and BBC journalist George Alagiah.

This year the Snelling Lecture – October 23 at 8pm- is in the capable hands of Tim Shipman , political editor of the Sunday Times. He has been one of the most respected commentators on life in Westminster over the past 20 years.
More recently, he has emerged as perhaps the most informed voice on the politics of Brexit, due to his unrivalled access to both people and process.
In the last two years, Tim has written two critically acclaimed books, documenting in unprecedented detail the incredible drama that has engulfed British politics. His first book, All Out War , tells the story of the 2016 Brexit referendum. The follow-up book, Fall Out: A Year of Political Mayhem, continues the story, discussing the 2017 general election and Theresa May’s battle for a Brexit deal with the EU. Copies of both books will be available for purchase and signing at the event

The Bluehouse Festival also features, Mike D’Abo, the Ruisi String Quartet, Steve Wynn, Lally Snow, Emma Abbate , and jazz singer Sarah Newbury.
Mike D’Abo- October 22- has a deeply impressive pop pedigree. In 1966 he replaced Paul Jones as lead singer of Manfred Mann.
In addition to his time with Manfred Mann, Mike has been behind some of British pop music’s most loved songs, composing the classics Build Me Up Buttercup and Handbags and Gladrags among others.
The Mike D’Abo trio will be performing songs from Mike’s career, as well as selected classics from the 1960s and 70s.

Tickets for the Bluehouse Festival are available now from the church .

bluehouse festPhotos show Andy Hamilton and Mike D’Abo

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