The church was filled to capacity for the Poetry evening organised by Tim Dawes and his group of poets from the South Downs Poetry Festival on Friday 19th May.
The first half of the performance was devoted to Edward Thomas, remembering the centenary of his death. A selection of his work was movingly spoken by actors Susan Jameson and Alan McMahon, which included such well-known poems as ‘Adlestrope’ and ‘Old Man’.
To celebrate the Hampshire South Downs, local singer/songwriter John Butler (guitar) with his daughter Sophie (flute) performed some folk songs which were very much enjoyed.
The dark clouds that had threatened a thunderstorm earlier had cleared by the time the audience went outside to enjoy a glass of Prosecco in the interval and admire the breathtaking views surrounding ‘the little church in the field’.
The second half performance was given by The Chalk Poets who entertained us with some contemporary poetry reflecting much of what is so special to those living in the wonderful countryside of the South Downs.
The Trustees were most grateful to the South Downs Poetry Festival for putting on such a splendid evening and for giving of their time and talents. A sum of £550 was raised.