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Friday MAY 18th 2012
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SEFAN was delighted to be able to hold a RAFFLE DRAW within the schools communities in 2011
for funds for the 2012 Festival
We would particularly like to thank Ann Bacon for making this fabulous Maypole ceramic lamp for the
1st PRIZE.
The draw was held on September 19th 2011 at Plumpton School's PTA Barn Dance
Maypole lamp 1 Maypole lamp 2
M. Houston. Ditchling
A Day at Plumpton Races for 4
K. Smith. Hassocks
Family Ticket for a Meltdown Ceilidh
G. Whittiker. Plumpton Green

The fourth Chailey cluster of primary schools “Festival of traditional dance” was held at Plumpton Race Course on the 18th May. Eight of the nine schools in the cluster took part and were joined this year by Turners Hill primary school. Children were drawn mainly from years three to six.

During the Spring term each school learned a style of traditional, regional English dance from a choice of Northwest & Cotswold Morris, Welsh Border, Molly dancing from East Anglia, Maypole or a Social Dance to perform to parents and guests at the festival.
The theme for 2012 was folk song and Chris Booker, music teacher enthusiastically took this in hand. Two amusing songs were chosen by SEFAN Patron Shirley Collins, “Shepherd Oh Shepherd” to the tune of the Bacca-Pipes Morris jig and “Black, White, Yellow & Green” to the Black Joke Morris tune (which is also a dance in the repertoire of Plumpton Black Brook Morris).

The day followed the well-tried and tested format of previous years, with workshops in morning for children to meet those from other schools, learn a song, practice a social dance & rehearse their dance for the afternoon performance.

Annie Rodgers, Head of Plumpton Primary School gave a warm welcome to parents and guests which included representatives from the major folk organisations in the country.

Newick School opened the Festival with some intricate maypole dancing, then all 250 children raised the roof with their rendition of the fun song, “Black, White, Yellow and Green” learned in the morning workshop.


right: Newick Primary's Maypole dance

This was followed by spirited Molly dancing from Ditchling, and Wivelsfield schools, precise Northwest processional dances by Newick and Chailey schools (who also did a Cotswold hanky dance) and Danehill followed with a lively social dance.

Molly Dance by Wivlesfield Primary

Ditchling Primary
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above: Chailey Primary dancing Coltwold Morris
left: North West Morris from Newick Primary

The first half of the performance finished with all the children whirling round in a kaleidoscope of colourful costumes to the country dance “Buttered Peas” which they had practiced earlier in the day.

Everyone was revived during a short interval by homemade cakes and tea provided by the Plumpton Parents, Teachers and Friends Association.

Plumpton school choir opened the second half in style with their own arrangement of the folk song “Shepherd Oh Shepherd” which finished aptly with the words “if you want any more you can sing it yourself!”

It was then the turn of Plumpton, Fletching, Hamsey and Turners Hill schools to perform some robust stick dances from the Welsh Borders.

Hamsley Border dance

above: Plumpton School Choir.

left: Hamsley Primary dancing Border Morris
The afternoon culminated in the rousing and “well-known in this area” Morris dance, “Shepherds Hey” with everyone, children, teachers, and audience joining in with gusto.

We are indebted as ever to our local sponsors without whom the festival just could not happen. These include SEFAN,
George Pheby Estate, Harveys Brewery, East Brighton Rotary Club, Plumpton Race Course.

Thanks also to:-
Joy & Gordon of “Dead Efnic” ceilidh band,
Gail & Lucy Duff of Traditional Arts Development South East (TRADS) for their assistance both with dance tuition and on the day.
Ditchling Village Association for provision of pa for the Festival

And lastly to our valued friends in local Sussex Morris sides:-
Brighton Morris Men, Cuckoos Nest, Hunters Moon, Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men, Long Man and Ditchling for their goodwill, financial and a wide range of practical support.

Ann and John Bacon
Ditchling Morris
July 2012

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