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Monday, 22 April 2019

Local Group Report – Chichester – Thursday 18th April 2019

It was Maundy Thursday and people were already in Easter holiday mode. Nineteen singers came to the Chichester Inn with a mind to “sing in the Spring”, which is exactly what we did. We began with some of the songs planned for Sunday’s event at the Garden Show at Firle Place, namely Country Life, the Bee Boy’s Song, Hares on the Mountain, Brisk Young Ploughboy and Green Grow the Laurel. We were singing so well that some of the pub’s customers showed an interest in our group as they made their way out into the Beer Garden and said how much they enjoyed hearing our songs. Encouraged by this we began to sing songs pertaining to the season, starting off with the traditional On One April Morning, which immediately prompted us to sing All Around My Hat which shares a similar tune. After the interval we sang the Lark in the Morning, Pleasant and Delightful and Drink Me Brave Boys and Alan got us all to sing his new round: Summer’s Near. Then there were requests from around the room for some “May Day” songs, so we sang the May Day Carol, Good Morning Lords and Ladies and Dave Webber's May Song and we finished up with a rousing rendition of Hal-an-Tow. Special thanks must go to Julie T and Dave G for supplying the words to many of these seasonal songs. It was a most enjoyable evening. We hope to see you all next month at the Chichester Inn on Thursday 16th May when once again we will have fun singing songs old and new that connect us with our beautiful county of Sussex!

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