Fundraiser by mayor

Rebekah Gilbert

Some readers might have found the preview of the mayor’s upcoming concert in the Winchelsea church, in last week’s Rye News and decided to attend the Saturday, August 14 concert. “Our Favourite Things” was a musical feast as Rebekah Gilbert’s (mayor) mezzo voice reached a beauty and clarity which was awesome. Jonathan Breeds’ (Rye Town councillor) baritone was full and reverberated in the wonderful church when he performed Toreador from the opera Carmen.

Singing together their voices complimented each other performing the eclectic choices of Handel, Wagner, Schubert, Bizet and many other composers. Rebekah ended with the solo “La vie en Rose” (made famous by Edith Piaf), which was stunning. The mayor’s charities are free music lessons for students with the Rye Wurlitzer Academy and funds for young people starting up new businesses in association with the Rye Old Scholars Association.

Rebekah is also a clinical sports massage therapist. For more information email

Mayoral charity events for the diary
Friday, September 10 – last night at the proms, Rye College
Sunday, September 19 – Sponsored bike ride with Rye Rotary
Saturday, November 20 – Quiz night – Queen’s Head, tickets £10 each, six per table and food
December 4 – No Hair Mayor – sponsored head shave at the Mermaid Inn in Rye
February – date to be confirmed – scallops and shanties benefit night
Saturday, March 26 – Dinner at the Mermaid Inn. Tickets £55 each to include a glass of fizz, three course meal and a half bottle of wine plus raffles, auction and entertainment
Saturday, April 9 – Scratch Messiah, St Mary’s church – details to be confirmed

Image Credits: Susan Benn , Sandra Lanigan .


  1. A very big thank you to everyone who came and supported the event, we raised £1,300 for the charities which is a wonderful beginning, thank you all. And a very big thank you to everyone who volunteered to help, it was a team effort and could not have been done without you.
    Next is Last Night of the Proms on Friday 10th September with the wonderful Michael Wooldridge at the Wurlitzer. Tickets £10 from the Rye Wurlitzer Academy website.

  2. It was a lovely concert in aid of a very worthwhile cause. It is also worth mentioning that there was a substantial retiring collection at Clifford Jordan’s Memorial Service which also went to the Mayor’s Charity.


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