Listen again to our interviews with Cllr Joan Holmes (the Mayor of Brentwood), Cllr Nigel Clarke (The Hair Company) Lyn Heath (French Quarter), Lauren Josman (Saint Francis Hospice), Micky Norcross (Owner of the Sugar Hut), Cllr Mike Le-Surf, Cllr William Lloyd, Cllr Will Russell (Vega Hairdressing) Julie Morrisey, Cllr Louise McKinlay, Tony Smith and Ed Wellman.
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Last night at the Sugar Hut had to be one of the best fundraisers I have been to in a long time. Two Councillors, Mike Le Surf and William Lloyd were challenged to cut a “bob” hairstyle. Each Councillor had intense training (Mike Le Surf with Will Russell of Vega Hair and William Lloyd with Nigel Clarke of The Hair Company).
The hair models sat under a heated canopy and at starters orders the snipping began. Mike Le-Surf starting chopping calmly and William Lloyd talked holidays and sectioned hair. It was all very professional. When you think they had an audience watching their every move plus some of the finest hairdressers in the industry, if there were nervous, they certainly didn’t show it.
Meanwhile whilst the cutting competition was taking place, in the courtyard of The Sugar Hut were a variety of local stalls, French Quarter, Racquet Boutique, Essexy Legs Tights and Stockings, Hair Company. Brentwood, Mesh, Beautiful Things by Claire Mackaness, Bizara Cards, Inula Beauty and Vega hairdressing. Great to browse around, lots of purchasing going on, talking to people you know and many you don’t. The bar was open and the conversation flowed.
The compere for the evening was the ever excellent Phoenix FM Breakfast Show Host, Bryan Powis (7am – 11am Monday – Friday). Bryan interviewed everyone and kept the crowd up to date on what was going on and provided some cool tunes throughout the night. I provided live music with a bit of jazz singing; I was standing on a trap door to the cellar so I made sure I didn’t hit any bum notes in case it opened. George Adey (Phoenix FM’s “oldest presenter”, he’s 93 don’t you know) had a few too many glasses of wine and nearly took a nose dive into Bryan’s laptop! Just as well he wasn’t cutting the hair (ear ear I hear you chant).
The competition was taken very seriously and the judging panel consisted of:-
- Norman Ellis of essexhairdressers.com and owner of Options Hair in Chelmsford
- Steve Turner of myhairdressers.com who previously worked on This Morning, Celebrity Scissorhands and American hit series Split Ends
- Micky Norcross, owner of the Sugar Hut Village, star of The Only Way Is Essex, and the event sponsor
And the winner is… WILLIAM LLOYD (I told Mike he was robbed … I know, controversial). Hopefully there will a rematch and I did hint that Japanese swordsmanship, in particular those that predate the Meiji Restoration, might be a great new challenge. Instead of cheering for the winner, the crowd this time will realise the man without the head is the not the winner. Poor Mike Le-Surf has to have his hair dyed BLUE as a forfeit which is obviously less final than my Japanese Swordsmanship challenge.
The whole event was superb and more importantly it raised £2,000 for the Mayor’s charities, Recoil Trampolining and St Francis Hospice. £1,500 was raised on the evening with a further £500 donated by The Sugar Hut.
Have to say a few words about the venue The Sugar Hut. They did everything they could to make sure everyone was looked after. I want to go there for a market every Sunday, eat a cooked breakfast, browse the stalls and then have cocktails for the rest of the afternoon! Micky Norcross (The Owner and star of The Only Way Is Essex) and all his staff made everyone feel welcome, it’s a super place and I think it made all the difference to the event.
Here’s to the next event … swords at the ready boys … chop chop 😉