Caught by the River

Thankful Villages Vol. 3 #4

Darren Hayman | 29th October 2018

On to the third volume of songs resulting from Darren Hayman’s Thankful Villages project. The fourth village in this new volume is Wysall, Nottinghamshire.

Me and my friend Tim drove up to Wysall the day after Trump was elected. We commiserated with councillor Sam Stephens in the Plough.

Sam was there to give me a DVD of cine film from 1969 to 1971. Two sisters known only as the Miss Evans took the film in the village. The films had been found in a house clearance after the two sisters had passed. It had taken him a few days to track down the only DVD copy in the village so I suggested he best back it up.

After watching the DVD I showed it to Julia who remembered the Miss Evans and she talked to me about the village at that time with her small dog on her lap.

The film showed the last day of the village school before it closed. We watched the children dance in the playground and Julia told me all about Mrs Kettle, the teacher.


Thankful Villages Vols. 1 & 2 are out now on Rivertones. You can buy physical copies here, or listen on Spotify.

Thankful Villages Volume 3 is released on 9 November, and is now available to preorder here.

Darren plays a special Thankful Villages show at the Union Chapel on 10 November.