Fifteen singers were at The John Harvey Tavern including our resident comedian Peter B who decided to visit us from Shoreham Beach prior to our first foray into Stanmer Park for Apple Day.
After a warm-up with West Sussex Drinking Song and Oak, Ash and Thorn, we sang through Tommie, the apple scrumping song which is sung to the tune we know as Fathom the Bowl. In the first line of the second verse we have added an “Oh!” – Those rosy-cheeked apples, oh they seemed to be – which is easier to sing. The Bee Boy’s Song, Ha’nacker Mill, Hares On The Mountain, Brisk Young Ploughboy, Sussex Wedding Song and all three verses of The Song of The Sussex Downsman completed our first half.
Tina made sure that we started on some of our winter songs: Fields Lie Silent, Seasons Turn (the Sylvia Watts song), Christmas Now is Drawing Near, the Coppers’ Christmas Song as well as the “reindeer” Yoik – Ole Leloila which will feature at the Bognor Big Sing. And there was time to run through Pleasant and Delightful, East Sussex Drinking Song and Thousands or More before 10 o’clock. Then Ray treated us to one of his poems, Season’s Turn Around – a humorous glimpse of facing the dark days of winter and its festivities!