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New singers are always welcome to join us – read more
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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.
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!
Thanks to Sainsbury's PR Ambassador Emma G for providing the photos below.
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!
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 !!
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
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.