Jackfest

WOKING women who stripped off for a charity calendar have posed for a second one, this time dressed as St Trinian’s schoolgirls.

The venture is the brainchild of Radio Woking DJ Christine Mabbutt who persuaded relatives and friends to pose naked, with strategically placed props, as the Woking Calendar Girls last year and raised £400 for Shooting Star Chase.

The Woking St Trinians, from left; Jo Taylor, Louise Mabbutt, Sue Mabbutt, Ann White, Christine  Mabbutt, Becky Upton, Alison Leah Ellis and Jan Wylie. Picture by Derek D’Souza 

The calendar was part of Jackfest, a musical festival in January this year that raised almost £2,500 for the children’s hospice, which regularly helps Christine’s nephew Jack Bruce, who has muscular dystrophy.

The gig was held at the Fiery Bird venue in Woking town centre but the next Jackfest is a family festival held at Portesbury School in Deepcut where Jack has been going since he was 3.

The Knaphill teenager is now 18 and will be leaving the school for a further education college.

“That is what partly inspired the St Trinian’s theme,” Christine said.

“It’s a great film, which we all love. We’ve themed it around sport and have hockey sticks, and badminton and tennis rackets,” she said.

The Woking St Trinian’s 2020 calendar, which is being produced by Knaphill Print, will be on sale at Jackfest for £10.

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THE organisers of a charity gig at the Fiery Bird in Woking have presented the Shooting Star Chase children’s hospice with a cheque for £2,490 and 46p.

DEDICATED FUNDRAISERS: Ellie Bennet of Shooting Star Chase, far left, with Christine and Andrew Mabbutt and his mum, Sue

The money was raised at the event last month when almost 150 people were entertained by acts including Argonaut, whose guitarist Nathan comes from Woking, local band Birdsworth, Dakka Skanks and The Sha La Las.

It was the third annual Jackfest held in honour of Knaphill resident Jack Bruce, who has muscular dystrophy and is regularly helped by Shooting Star Chase.

Christine said the staff at the Shooting Star Chase office in Addlestone were overwhelmed by the presentation of the money.

“They said they appreciated the great work we do to raise money for the charity. We will be doing another show next year, Jackfest 2020 but are still deciding on the date and venue,”

A calendar, organised by Christine for which she and ten friends and family stripped off for a Calendar Girls-style shoot, is on sale in aid of the charity.

The calendar, produced by Knaphill Print, is on sale at a discount of £5 and is available by emailing djmabbs@yahoo.co.uk and at the Knaphill Post Office shop.

For the full story get today’s edition of the News & Mail (14 February)