Monday, 23 February 2015

Transition Town Worthing Sow & Grow Seed Swap – 14th February


No it wasn't what we ate, as the range of really interesting food in the 'pop up' café was imaginative and tasty, so I'm told, as I couldn't get near it for the queue.

A great turnout, and thanks to everyone for supporting a very relevant event, remember to regularly turn your compost, I have been doing so since a small boy.

I hope you all enjoyed a truly memorable romantic evening into the wee small hours afterwards, you deserved it!

John C

Thanks to Maggie C for the photographs below.


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Two Folk Club Invitations

Here's a message from Julie T, the lady who does a champion job looking after our Twitter account:
Two Folk/Music clubs in the area have invited our members (via Twitter) to come along to their regular events. They are not asking us to perform as such but of course if anyone would like to go as a small posse of SDFS singers, I'm sure they'd love to meet us and also we may recruit from them too.

Open Space Lewes – new venue for Music & Poetry nights, 1st Sunday every month, 7pm - 11pm, upstairs function room at the Elephant & Castle pub, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. All welcome. Free!

Havant Folk Club – meet at Havant Hockey Club, Havant Park, Havant, PO9 1HH. Donation (suggested £3). Usually meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month, but please check their calendar for up to date info and more about the club at: Havant Folk Club - Igloo Music

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Cotillion – SDFS Choir Members Anne & Alan also in a folk group

Members may be interested to learn that Anne & Alan, as well as doing standard folk gigs, have been performing with their folk group Cotillion in a number of "folk shows" around the Sussex area for the last four years. The three shows tell the story in both narration and song of "The Last Trip Home" for working horses, folk tales month by month in "A Sussex Calendar"  and celebrate a traditional "Sussex Christmas". Details of the group and planned events are listed on the web site.

Editor's note: many of us will have enjoyed the singing of Anne and Alan at our recent Wassail gathering and it's good to know where else we can hear them. If you're one of our singers and you have your own website related to music or the South Downs, please get in touch if you would like a mention

Friday, 6 February 2015

Lewes Tuesdays change of venue

For anyone who goes to our regular monthly singing sessions at Lewes, please note that the venue is now The John Harvey Tavern, Bear Yard, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, BN7 2AN.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Singing at Worthing Sow & Grow Seed Swap, Saturday 14th February

We have been asked to sing on Saturday 14th February at the Sow & Grow Seed Swap event, organised by Transition Town Worthing. It will be held at Oak Grove College, Durrington. There will be two short sets, one at 1.40pm and one at 2.40pm, slotted in between the scheduled talks. We will sing the same list as last year. There's more information on the organiser's website here.

Sow and Grow poster Here is the song list:

1st short session: 1.40pm in the main hall
  • Old Adam
  • Life of a man
  • Green Grow the Laurel
  • West Sussex Drinking Song

2nd short session: 2.40pm in the main hall
  • Thousands or More
  • Rosebuds in June
  • Nightingale
  • Twankydillo
Please email John C if you can make it –

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Carol Singing at Sainsbury's, West Hove – 13th December 2014

The M.S. Centre had a slot on Sainsbury’s Fundraising Day and we made £300 for the M.S. Centre in one and a half hours of singing.

Joining in with the M.S. Centre singers were “Good In Parts”, “Whispering Woods” and the South Downs Folk Singers.

The flash mob, started by “Good in Parts” and joined by “Whispering Woods”, the M.S. Centre members of staff, Sainsbury’s members of staff and South Downs Folk Singers was really successful. Then this all segued into Sussex Carols from the South Downs Folk Singers.

The Centre, in Southwick, provides various treatments and therapies for people with M.S. All running costs are met through charitable donations and fundraising. At present the Centre is housed in a prefab building, but lately the council has given permission for a permanent building, so fundraising is even more important!

I have to say the management were thrilled with our contribution and are excited at the prospects of us all doing more! So thank you ALL for your support and lovely voices!

Sydney B

Thanks to Sainsbury's PR Ambassador Emma G for providing the photos below.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Wassail Thanks

A BIG "Thank You" to everyone who attended our Wassail last Saturday and helped to make it such an enjoyable evening.

The splendid shared supper was a feast of contributions – and songsters, from noble soloists, duets and trios to the collective voices of South Downs Folk Singers, celebrated the occasion in time honoured fashion by SINGING!

Well done all and Thank you again.  We look forward to seeing you at our regular Singing sessions and other events planned for this year – and then for our Wassail 2016!


Thanks to Peter B for the photographs below.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

"Wassail" Reminder ....

DON'T FORGET... our annual "WASSAIL" gathering at the Heene Gallery in Worthing from 7.30p.m. on Saturday January 17th is... VERY SOON !!

Tickets (£2.50 each) have been going well but we still have some to spare. You can pay at the door on the night, but why not contact us now via our email to reserve your place.
If you have tickets already be sure you know where they are and don't miss out on our Merry Musical Celebration for the New Year.

So – bring your family and friends, your drinks, and food to share, and of course your songs and voices for a jolly good SING !!

We look forward to seeing you there !

Wassail Songs

At our January Beechwood singing session we started to learn two wassail songs. We now have the words for these (pdf files):
Here We Come A-Wassailing
Sugar Wassail

NB There have been a few minor revisions to the words for these songs since they were originally posted here. The latest revisions are dated "12 January 2015" at the top of the page. Apologies to anybody who has already printed these out.

Here We Come A-Wassailing:
You can download the mp3 file from OneDrive or Dropbox.

In this performance of Sugar Wassail listen carefully to the start of the verse which begins "And if you’ve any maids within your house..." – it's the second verse here. There are a lot of words to fit in and as it is sung here, this verse begins before the previous verse is ended.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Clayton Windmills

Here are two photos which were sent to John C for our collection.

Jill Windmill in the foreground with Jack behind
photo courtesy of David Meares of the Jack & Jill Windmills Society
Jill Windmill
photo courtesy of Simon Potter of the Jack & Jill Windmills Society
There's more information about the Clayton Windmills on the website of the Jack & Jill Windmills Society at