Bob Copper’s Brew – an ale for a fine man!

Strike a Light is pleased to say that Harvey Brewery in Lewes are inaugurating a very special ale tomorrow to celebrate a centenary since the birth of Sussex singer and song collector Bob Copper of the noted singing Copper Family. It links in beautifully with our recent Ale and Hearty project.

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Bob Copper Centenary Brew

Tomorrow (6th January 2015) is the Centenary of the birth of Bob Copper (1915-2004).

In his lifetime Bob Copper was responsible for collecting and recording many local folk songs, not only preserving the tunes and lyrics but ensuring that the style in which they were sung remained true to his forefathers. In an obituary in The Independent newspaper, he was described as “England’s most important traditional folk-singer.”

Harvey’s Brewery in Lewes will be brewing a ‘Copper Ale’ (6% vol.) tomorrow, Tuesday 6th January, at 8.30 am. It will be brewed in the presence of the Copper family, who will sing ‘Oh Good Ale’  while the malted barley is mashed with the spring water. Sussex hops will be added to the resultant sugars and the mixture will be boiled in the ‘Copper’ prior to cooling and fermentation.

It is of good ale to you I’ll sing
And to good ale I’ll always cling,
I like my mug filled to the brim
And I’ll drink all you’d like to bring,
O, good ale, thou art my darling,
Thou art my joy both night and morning.
(Traditional)

The beer will be available for the (sold out) Bob Copper Centenary Event in London this month.

The Revolutionary Potential of Older People

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Here is more information about an event a colleague Lorenza Ippolito is organising at Fabrica on the 15th January. Please let you’re networks know and come yourselves. It’s going to be a great event with lots of interesting projects and ideas of things to do when older and full of energy. 

Special Event – The Revolutionary Potential of Older People

15th January 2:30-4:00pm Refreshments Provided.

A special daytime event based on Fabrica’s regular Conversation Piece – relaxed heritage-focussed discussion group, led by Lorenza Ippolito, where topics for conversation focus on local history and debate.

The Revolutionary Potential of Older People, planned during Fabrica’s winter closing period, will be an opportunity to welcome Fabrica’s older audiences to the venue for a different type of event. People of all ages will be able to share their ideas around keeping alive the radical and progressive thought that enabled past generations to push for the creation of a free national health service, a minimum wage and general human rights.

I will be working with local members of The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) as well as Brighton & Hove Pensioners Association to look at how older generations can be a driving force for social change.

This event will showcase a plethora of activities older people in Brighton are involved in from local campaigns including Save the NHS, Brighton & Hove Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and the Cuba Solidarity Campaign to creating a knitted version of Picasso’s Guernica.

Come and celebrate a lively energy brought forward by decades of experience and a renewed freedom from the constrained of paid work.

For more information

https://armchaircrits.wordpress.com/http://remakingpicassosguernica.wordpress.com/ http://fabrica.org.uk/http://www.wilpfinternational.org/       

http://saveournhs-el.org.uk/http://www.brightonpalestinecampaign.org/