Cotillion to perform ‘A Sussex Calendar’

Local folk group Cotillion will be performing ‘A Sussex Calendar’ at Billingshurst Centre on Saturday September 15.

They will be taking the audience through the seasons of the year with extracts from the works of Sussex poets, traditional and more recent songs and tunes in the folk genre.

The members of the group, Bonnie Flitney, Anne Sartain and Alan Wheeler play between them guitars, mandolin, melodeon, whistles, recorders and violin whilst Linda Nicholl leads the audience through the year with a wonderful dialogue in verse and sayings, recalling the folk and times of Sussex past.

The group has been performing the show in various locations but often in small local churches whose ambiance and timeless architecture seem to enhance the transition from the current year back through the centuries to a slower and sometimes much harder life in the Sussex countryside.

As one of the local organisers commented after a recent performance “The performance was greatly enjoyed by our audience, who were fascinated by the content and the variety, we didn’t know what was coming next! It brought back both poignant and happy memories for many of our audience from their parents’ and grandparents’ times”. Needless to say, the group has been asked back for further productions and a Christmas edition is definitely in the making.

The group is looking forward to performing in Billingshurst at Billingshurst Centre; and the evening, which will be set up with informal café seating around candlelit tables, should set the scene for a trip down a rural Sussex lane from times past.

A slide show of local historic pictures will enhance the atmosphere during the interval.

Tickets are available directly from Billingshurst Centre (Tel: O1403 787690), online at and via the Chestnut Tree House charity shop in Billingshurst.

Doors open at 7 pm and a licenced bar will be open.

This performance is in support of Chestnut Tree House which is the only children’s hospice in Sussex, and cares for children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses from all over the county.

Completed in 2003, the hospice provides a ‘home from home’ and support to families with life-limited children in Sussex. The hospice costs £2.5 million per year to run.

Families are never charged for their care and less than 8p in every pound is funded by the government, so the charity relies heavily on the generosity, help and support of the people of Sussex.