We have a dedicated event committee working on The Hastings Winkle Club Jazz and Blues Fest.

Each member of our team gives their time and expertise for free, in the hope of helping the famous old Winkle Club to raise thousands of pounds for local charities and good causes. At the same time giving the local community and visitors to the town a great live music experience and a superb weekend to remember!


Mike Raxworthy – Festival Director

Passionate about live music, Mike books the bands, arranges the sound and staging, as well as pulling in the participating pubs and bars and programming the whole event.

For the last three years he’s been involved with doing the same thing on ‘The Nearly on the Beach Concert’ for The High Street Traders Assoc. – raising money for The RNLI and associated sea-faring charities.

His other current music projects include The Hastings Mid-Summer Fish Fest, The Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival, the Hastings Herring Fair and The Christmas Soul Party.

With over 50 years experience in the arts and entertainment industry; Mike has worked with artists such as The Beatles, David Cassidy, The Monkees, Chas Chandler and Slade,  Chris Rea, The Police, Jimmy Page, Duran, Elton John and Oscar Peterson to name but a few.

Ian Porter

Ian Porter (BEM) – Event Management and Treasurer

Ian has been involved in Community Events in Hastings for the past 30 years. He has very close connections with Hastings Old Town, having been the co-ordinator of Hastings Old Town Carnival Week events for over 20 years. As chair for The High Street Traders Association, he is also heavily involved with the new ‘Nearly on the Beach Concert’. He was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Heritage and to the community of Hastings Old Town, in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Pauline Lindsay

Pauline Lindsay – Event Secretary

Pauline chairs the many meetings of The Winkle Club Jazz and Blues Festival Committee. As most of the team, she gets involved with the ‘Nearly on the Beach Concert’ on the Stade, and is on the Carnival committee as well as helping on the Old Town Remembrance Procession for The Winkle Club. She was recently treasurer and sponsorship funding for The Ghost of Dunkirk fund-raising Film and Concert in St Mary in the Castle, actively selling DVDs, raffle tickets and art prints on the night!

Jackie Pratt

Jackie Pratt – Event Management and Merchandising

Jackie works on a whole host of events in Hastings including being on the Advisory Commitee of The Mid-Summer Fish Fest, The Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival and The Hastings Herring Fair for HBC.

Her excellent work for charities includes The Bonfire Boys Firework night Events, The Nearly on the Beach Concert, Hastings Carnival and of course the Jazz and Blues Fest.

Fran Craig

Fran Craig – Event Secretary

Fran lived in France for over 8 years. On her return to Hastings she became involved with the High Street Traders, attending meetings and helping with the arrangements for Old Town Week. Still under the High Street Traders umbrella, she’s involved with the new Beach Concert Committee, now in its third year. She also joined the Winkle Club Fundraising and Events Committee, helping with the Old Town Remembrance Procession and the Jazz &
Blues Fest. Since last July she has been the First Lady President of the St Leonard’s on Sea Rotary Club!

Garry Fellows

Garry Fellows – Chair / Security / Marshalling Co-Ordinator

Garry has a wealth of experience in the event field and specialises in Security and Marshall Management. He’s the first guy we turn to when we need Risk Assessments and the maze of Rules and Regulations looked at. Apart from involvement with Winkle Club Charity Events, he plays a big part in putting on The Hastings Pirate Day and The Bexhill Roaring Twenties over in his hometown of Bexhill. He’s also a great fan of “The Breakfast Meeting” and or course an expert on “The Full English!”

Bruce Dowling

Bruce Dowling – Fund Raising and Event Management

Ex-Mayor of Hastings, Bruce is a stanch supporter of The Winkle Club. With contacts in the Hastings and Bexhill business sector, he’s the ideal choice to send out in search of sponsors.

Sid Saunders

Sid Saunders – Public Relations & Photographer

Sid always pops up, camera at the ready, to record absolutely every event The Winkle Club are involved with. With a wealth of contacts in the press, he does his utmost to publicise our every move!


Alan Swann – Creative Director & Designer

Years and years in Design and Marketing, as well as teaching, qualifies Alan to do all our design and artwork. He’ll always find time, despite extremely busy times running his own studio and business, to come up with our very colourful artworks!