Milton Hide by Elizabeth Doak

Your Stories In Song

During 2024 Milton Hide will be organising events, on behalf of Summer Trifle Group, across the Wealden area for people to share their stories, be they personal recollections, tales of local people, family history or legends associated with places. In true folk tradition, Milton Hide will be writing and performing songs inspired by the stories gathered and will be inviting audiences to participate. The aim is to encourage social engagement across the generations, especially for those feeling isolated and to help ensure your stories don’t disappear into the momentary ether of ‘social media’.
‘Your Stories In Song’ is funded by the National Lottery.

Roaming in the forest with my dog. Camping overnight without a tent. Walking until my dog is so tired I have to carry her but need to keep moving to keep sane. With the leaves on the trees whispering music to me.   S – The Big Conversation, 7

I was a baby, I nearly died. My Dad lived away, my Mum was left to cope with us. My Mum had diabetes. She was happy though, she ate a lot of cake. My childhood was tough, I didn’t want much, I was a shy child, very quiet. Not

My grandmother came from a Scottish border town, aged 18, to work as a kitchen maid in St James Squre, London. I have always wondered why, what was her story? Anon The Golden hind, London, 2023

I’ve yet to hear a song about factory workers in a food factory – eg chicken. Lots of people used to work locally in the food factory for a localality [?]. Martin White Horsem Cromer, 2023

I’d love to hear a song about ornithologists / twitchers (there’s a big difference!). My dad was an avid ornithologist or ‘birder’ as he called them Malcolm The White Horse, Cromer 2023

William would like to tell you about playing hide and seek on the farm, looking for ancient artifacts. His favourite times are when exploring with groups of friends, taking walkie talkies whilst they explore age 10 Summer Trifle festival, 2023

Your Stories In Song events (more dates coming)

  • 7 FEB FRONTIER BAR, EASTBOURNE  – public event co-ordinated by Compass Community Arts. 7pm
  • 15 FEB CROWBOROUGH U3A  private event for U3A members – contact for details
  • 13 MARCH  – LIVESTREAM 8.30pm. Watch on Facebook or Youtube
  • 15 JUNE PICKHAMS, Arlington  2.30pm. In the gardens. BYO: chair/drinks/nibbles. BOOK
  • 8 AUGUST. DUNN HALL, RUSHLAKE GREEN. TBC. Rushlake Green Little Arts Festival
  • 11 SEPT.  GROVELANDS SCHOOL. HAILSHAM. Time TBC. Hailsham Festival
  • 25 SEPT.  THE BEACON CENTRE, Eastbourne. Event for WayfinderWoman.

Check back here for more dates as they are added.

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Story Archive

If you can’t get to one of the events you can send your suggestions and stories using the form below to be added to the online archive

Click on the tabs below to sort stories / ideas by region

The Mackintosh Rebellion – Eastbourne

The Mackintosh Rebellion – Eastbourne

Grandfather Clem

Grandfather Clem

Nan Tuck

Nan Tuck

Do I Regret?

Do I Regret?

A Ride Away

A Ride Away

Ashdown Forest Drive.

Ashdown Forest Drive.

Mad Jack Fuller

Mad Jack Fuller

Nutley Windmill

Nutley Windmill

Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle

Dashing Lady

Dashing Lady

Cynthia Payne

Cynthia Payne



The Long Man

The Long Man



Gillingham disasters

Mother’s saying

Jackson the cat

This land

Mysterious tracks

First Love



Terry Fox

Royal Connections

Maid in St James

Factory Workers







Cheese rolling

Hester’s Way


Early Morning





Mussell picking

Belle tout

Oast house

Record inspiration


Born away


Margery Polley

Bonfire Societies

The rebel Jack Cade

Mad Jack Fuller

Lost in the sea in the dark

Walter Murray

Picasso went to Chiddingly

Chiddingly Onion Pie Murderer

The Return of the Chough to Kent

Ideas needed

Lincolnshire Fens


Nan’s sayings

Flying Scotsman

Old Man of Coniston

Hop Pickers

Brixham Angels

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Milton Hide are singer-songwriters Jim Tipler and Jo Church.

Their songs are story based and they have been touring the UK with their Audience Book to gather new song inspirations. They are now working on “Your Stories In Song” with the Summer Trifle group, gathering stories in Wealden – a project funded by the National Lottery.

Local legends, characters, landscape features – any story you have to share and that might be immortalised as a story in song is welcome.

Once the songs are written, the duo intend to do a return tour. The hope is that artists, musicians and writers will also create new works based on the stories stored in the archive below.

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