The Evershed Collection
In July 1970 a ‘second generation’ Music Weekend began which was aimed at a younger age group. This group was more talented, many going on to become professional musicians, and their weekends were very much enjoyable house parties.  Apart from the music Tillington and the Old Rectory were alive with rehearsals, walking, riding, tennis, catering and of course talking.  The weekend usually ended with dancing on the lawn if the weather permitted, or in the village hall.  The group met for four summers when the programme always contained a mixture of orchestral and choral music. Their most noteworthy programme, in 1972, included Britten’s St Nicolas Cantata and drew the largest of all gatherings to Tillington. 
Practicing in the Old Rectory
Practicing in the Old Rectory
A concert in All Hallows' Church
A concert in All Hallows' Church
The practice begins
The practice begins
More musicians arrive
More musicians arrive
A  concert in All Hallws' Church
A concert in All Hallws' Church
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Unknown subject
Katy Boyle arrives to open the fete
Katy Boyle arrives to open the fete
The fete attracts a large crowd
The fete attracts a large crowd
Here comes the band
Here comes the band
A junior band
A junior band
Children dancing at the fete
Children dancing at the fete
The Old Rectory - south aspect
The Old Rectory - south aspect
The Old Rectory - south and east aspect
The Old Rectory - south and east aspect
The Old Rectory - east aspect
The Old Rectory - east aspect
A quiet corner
A quiet corner
1960's trees
1960's trees
The old grass court
The old grass court
Old Rectory gardens
Old Rectory gardens
Looking south
Looking south
Horse riding was popular
Horse riding was popular
North across  the paddock and allotment
North across the paddock and allotment
Horse and rider
Horse and rider
Trees long since removed
Trees long since removed
Tillington Hill c 1970
Tillington Hill c 1970
The old school and Park Terrace
The old school and Park Terrace
The church before two houses were built
The church before two houses were built
View to All Hallows
View to All Hallows
Church and path to A272
Church and path to A272
In the late 50’s through to 1973 the Evershed family lived in Tillington Old Rectory.  They were very musical and in autumn 1961 they decided to share this enjoyment with others. They held a musical weekend and invited several musician friends to join them in their home. In fact, including parents Susan and Walter and their three children, twenty-six turned up, fourteen of whom played instruments and the rest were singers. The programme ranged from Waltzing Matilda to Mozart.  This was the first of a series of long week-ends that became known as ‘Music Weekend’ and continued until 1973. When the Old Rectory became too small they used Tillington Village Hall or All Hallows’ Church, but by 1967 they had outgrown these venues and instead joined Rogate Church Flower Festival.  In 1969 they moved to St Mary’s Church, Petworth for their Music Weekend.  Walter Evershed died in August 1969.

In addition to music weekends the Evershed family kindly hosted several, very successful, village fetes.  These included games, junior marching bands, fancy dress and celebrity personalities to open the event.
We are grateful to Mrs Elizabeth Williams for donating the images below
The Collection
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