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
  • 18 JULY. Hailsham Library. 1pm
  • 8 AUGUST. DUNN HALL, RUSHLAKE GREEN. Rushlake Green Little Arts Festival TICKETS
  • 11 SEPT.  GROVELANDS SCHOOL. HAILSHAM. 6pm. Hailsham Festival
  • 25 SEPT.  THE BEACON CENTRE, Eastbourne. Event for WayfinderWoman. BOOK
  • 7 OCTOBER.  HAMPDEN PARK LIBRARY. Time TBA
  • 11 OCTOBER.  BATTLE LIBRARY. 11am

Check back here for more dates as they are added.

Check out www.miltonhide.com for all Milton Hide performances

Book a Your Stories In Song event?

If you’d like an event somewhere in your community, get in touch by emailing info@miltonhide.com

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.

We are adding more stories all of the time so check back for new entries.

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Will o the wisp

Will o the wisp

Will o the wisp - Marsh gas, strange lights over the marsh   suggestion from audience at An Evening with Milton Hide, 13/9/23 part of Hailsham Festival   Image: Public Domain File:Will-o-the-wisp and snake by Hermann Hendrich 1823.jpg Created: 1823 Uploaded:...

Walter Murray

Walter Murray

Walter Murray - Naturalist, Horam headmaster, Radio presenter and journalist. READ MORE: Walter Murray - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_J._C._Murray Started a school in Horam. Lived alone in the woods at Copford for a year gathering wild herbs. Nature...

Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne

The Viking attack on Lindisfarne. JS - Crowborough U3A, 15/2/24 https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/lindisfarne-priory/History/viking-raid/ Quote: The devastating Viking attack on the church of St Cuthbert in 793 sent a shockwave through Europe. But a...

Trugs

Trugs

Song Idea - Sussex trug making anon Summer Trifle Festival 2023   Further reading: https://heritagecrafts.org.uk/sussex-trug-making/ Quote: Trug baskets are mentioned in documentary sources from the 13th Century but were probably made earlier as agricultural...

This Land – poem

This Land – poem

May the green land be ours Protect it as we do ourselves Nurture the soil Sprinkle with stardust Let it fall Let it feed the creatures great and small Sun keep us warm Rain be our friend To all that is alive on this Earth   SB - The Big Conversation, 7 Feb 24,...

The Return of the Chough to Kent

The Return of the Chough to Kent

The return of the chough to kent (a jackdaw sized corvid with red feet and bill) It's been reintroduced to the white cliffs of Dover after 3 long years. It's a bird found in the coat of arms of Canterbury since legend suggests it got its red ness through dipping and...

The Rebel Jack Cade

The Rebel Jack Cade

A rebellion in 1450, led by Jack Cade ("Captain of Kent")marched on London to force the government to reform administration. A precursor to the war of the roses. Jack Cade died from injuries sustained in a battle on London Bridge in the rebellion. 'There is...

The Mother In Law From Heaven

The Mother In Law From Heaven

suggestion from audience at An Evening with Milton Hide, 13/9/23 part of Hailsham Festival   Image: Public Domainview terms File:Paradiso Canto 31.jpg Created: 1850 Uploaded: 4 May 2024

The Mackintosh Rebellion – Eastbourne

The Mackintosh Rebellion – Eastbourne

In 1929, Eastbourne was pretty much the last seaside resort to incur charges on the beach for bathing as it tried to hang on to its "elite" resort status. many other resorts had relaxed charges by this time, but Eastbourne's Corporation insisted that towels,...

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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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