Monday, 27 February 2017

Local Group Report – Lewes – Tuesday 21st February 2017

We were a select group of seven who met at The John Harvey Tavern. At last we were able to present a seasonal gift to Tina as a thank you for all her hard work that makes our meetings so fruitful and enjoyable. We started singing with a boisterous Country Life, continuing with Where Stormy Winds Do Blow, Farmer’s Toast, Ha’nacker Mill, The Turmut Hoer, The Woodcutter’s Song, Pleasant and Delightful, The Magpie and Constant Lovers.

In the break we discussed the two short sets that we might sing at The Star, Alfriston, in June – most will be from the selection above. During the second half we needed to work on They Won’t Let Us Go To Sea Anymore and Seasons Turn, but generally the songs like Oak, Ash and Thorn, Poor Froze-Out Gardeners, A Smuggler’s Song and Thousands or More flowed easily as there were no new people to accommodate. Penultimately, we attempted Adrian’s East Sussex Drinking Song but now, as recent research reveals, we have to sing that Lewes once had nine breweries – eight more than they do now!

Friday, 17 February 2017

Local Group Report – Chichester – Thursday 16th February 2017

The recently renamed Chichester Group contingent of the South Downs Folk Singers goes from strength to strength. We started out five years ago calling ourselves the Easebourne Group and singing together once a month in the White Horse Inn near Midhurst. We then in the interim made our home in the Three Moles at Selham. However now the consensus of opinion is that we should relocate permanently on the third Thursday of every month to the Chichester Inn in West Street, Chichester, where we have a good acoustic for singing, plenty of space to welcome new members and a genuine warm welcome from Nick the landlord. And there’s ample free parking in the car park over the road (just under the city walls).

Last night 19 of us met to socialise and sing a jolly selection of 14 mainly traditional songs celebrating all things to do with life, love, drinking and our lovely Sussex hills. We welcomed two new members, Jo and Corrin, who joined in with the singing even though most of the songs were completely new to them. But that’s how it is with the South Downs Folk Singers. It costs nothing to join – all you have to do is come along to one of our sessions and you’ll be made most welcome! Thank you to all who attended last night. See you again at the Chichester Inn on Thursday 16th March at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Local Group Report – Beechwood, Wednesday 1st February 2017

We had another good turn out in Worthing to sing away any winter glooms, and we welcomed three new singers and one returner to the fold. For our ‘returner’ we gave Twankydillo an airing, and for the singers planning to sing at the Seed Swap event on 4th Feb we revisited Poor Froze-Out Gardeners, Oak, Ash and Thorn, The Farmers Toast and The Turnip Hoer (plus the new Composting lyrics created for this tune by Barbara S). When Emily needed to leave early, Alan ably accepted the reins and guided us successfully towards the best start notes for the rest of the evening. By popular choice Country Life, Rosebuds in June, Jim the Carter Lad, Pleasant and Delightful, West Sussex Drinking Song, and Ebernoe Horn Fair were all enjoyed, and with what breath we had left we went Rolling Home!

Vote South Downs!

The South Downs National Park is one of five contenders nominated by John Craven, BBC Countryfile presenter, for National Park of the Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2017. You can see the other nominees and cast your vote here.

Voting closes before midnight on 28th February.

Slindon Wassail Report

10th February 2017 update: A report has been added to the Slindon Wassail post here.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Worthing “Seed Swap” 2017

12.30 – 4.00pm Saturday 4th February
Oak Grove College
The Boulevard
Worthing BN13 1JX
Entry £2

Further details here.

If you’d like to attend this event and to sing a few South Downs Songs during the afternoon, then come along and we’ll meet (near the stairs) at 1.40pm and later at 2.40pm for two brief song-sets. Come prepared with your song books and the lyrics to the “Composters” song supplied by Barbara S. (to the tune of the Turmut Hoer), and with Emily there to lead us we’ll choose our songs on the day!

See you there!