Welcome to Clive Bennett’s web site

       1952                             1973                                  1992                               2000                           2010

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  A keen footballer in my younger days, I made my debut in senior football in 1949 at the age of 14 playing in a league match for Barley village team, having been captain of the boys side for the previous two years. After moving to Sussex I played first for Ferring and then Worthing NALGO.  When not playing I was an avid supporter of Tottenham Hotspur but have now, for over 40 years, been a season ticket holder at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Virtually all of my working life was spent with the South Eastern Electricity Board first in Worthing [1955-64], then Folkestone [1964-68] back to Worthing [1968-70] as a member of the newly created Computer Section and finally moving to Hove in 1970  where, for much of the next 22 years, I was employed as a Contracts and Procurement Officer. In 1977 I was admitted to the now Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply [MCIPS] and in 1992 gained a Bachelor of Arts Degree [BA] in Social Science from the Open University.

An active trade unionist I spent many years as a NALGO, and its successor UNISON, Branch Officer and was the South Eastern Electricity Branch Chairperson from 1985 until my retirement in 1993 and Branch President from 1994 until 2007

From my early teens I developed an appreciation of classical music and in my 20’s a love of traditional jazz and country blues. This led. during the skiffle era of the late 50's and early 60's to an interest in folk music and I bought my first guitar in 1958   I was co-founder of Brighton's first Ballads and Blues Club in 1961 and similar clubs in Worthing 1962 and Shoreham by Sea in 1963  During the mid 60's whilst working in Kent I founded Folkestone's first folk song club and then the acclaimed Pilgrims Way Folk Club in Canterbury. After returning to Sussex in 1967 I was involved with running a number of folk song clubs in Worthing, Brighton, Eastbourne [Merrie England] and more recently Seaford. In 1965 I was a founder member of the British Federation of Folk Clubs and served on its National Executive for 10 years including Vice Chair 1967-70 and Chairperson 1971-75  I served on the English Folk Dance and Song Society's National Executive from 1973 to 1979 and as a member of the Production Committee that organised the Folk Proms in the Royal Albert Hall in 1975, 76 and 77 I also served on both Sussex [1963/4 and 1969/73] and Kent [1965/6] District Committees of the Society. From 1966 until 1969 I was the first Song Director at Broadstairs Folk Show, returning in the same capacity to the Broadstairs Folk Festival for two years in 1976 and 77  In 1974 I was a founder member of the Ritual Drama group  Merrie England Mummers and was bagman [Secretary/Treasurer] for 36 years until the group ceased performing in 2011

In March 2000 "HAT RECORDS" released "The Roving Journeyman" : HAT CD 021  featuring me singing and talking about 24 of my favourite traditional folk songs then, in 2002, Country Books published "Sussex Folk" a book written by me covering the evolution of folk song clubs in and around Brighton, Worthing, Eastbourne and Lewes from 1961 to 2001 with over 200 illustrations and   foreword by the acclaimed folk singer Shirley Collins  [For further details on contents and availability follow the Navigation Bar Link : Folk Music or http://www.hatmusic.co.uk

My Hobbies, in addition to music and mainly folk song and ritual drama [Mumming] mentioned earlier, are a life long fascination with world travel, [of which more in a moment], photography, philately and sport, particularly lawn bowling where I joined Hangleton, my local club in 1998 There I served two years as Captain [2004-5], seven years as Secretary [2006-8; 2014 and 2017-19] and two years as President [2018-19] while also enjoying a highly successful career playing over 2,100 games and reaching 29 competition finals, 19 of which were won, www.hangletonbowls.co.uk    In addition to my club activities I served three years as President [2007-09] and six years as Secretary [2003-08] of the Brighton, Hove and District Bowling League. www.brightonandhoveleague.co.uk In May 2008 I made my County debut playing for Sussex against Surrey followed by a game against Berkshire in 2009 and another against Surrey in June 2010 when I was awarded my County Badge. From 2011 to 2018 I played for Sussex every season and have now made 25 appearances for the County. In 2009 I was elected Assistant Secretary of Sussex County Bowling Association in addition to being a Divisional Controller of the County’s Vice Presidents [2007 to 2015] and County Selector [1916-19]. At the end of 2016, on my retirement from the post of Assistant Secretary, I was Awarded Honorary Member of Sussex County Bowls.

At the end of 2010, on medical advice, I had a quadruple coronary by-pass at Brighton Cardiac Unit from which I made a full recovery.

PHOTO ALBUM 1942 - 2019 :

Barley, Hertfordshire 1942,       Royal Air Force, Manchester 1952,   R.A.F. 107 MU Kasfareet, Egypt 1954,   Football, Worthing 1958 &    At home - Sussex 1962

‘The Beachcombers’ - Horsham folk festival 1962,        Worthing Folk Club 1973,                  Hove, Sussex 1983                            &   OU Degree Ceremony 1992

  President: UNISON SE Electricity 1994-2007,     Folk Club, Seaford 2000,    President: Brighton, Hove Bowling League 2007,    with his ‘mate’ the late EP Atticus Kanati 2012  
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[1] Club Captain 2004 & 2005    [2] Awarded County Badge 2010     [3] Club President 2018
[4] Triple Champion 2014 : Singles Championship; 2 wood Championship & Handicap winner

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[5] Club Singles Champion 2012 & 2014             [6] Viv Hibberd '2 wood' Champion 2005; 2009; 2010, 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2019
[7] Gosling Memorial 'Fixed Jack' Cup Winner  2004; 2010,  2012, 2017  & 2018  [8]  Hangleton Handicap Challenge Cup Winner  2014

                                                                        2018 Playing for Sussex

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I was born in 1934 in the small village of Barley - mentioned in The Domesday Book - a north Hertfordshire farming community set on a hillside at the edge of the East Anglian Heights.  I attended King Alfred School - www.kingalfred.org.uk - [based in Royston 1942-46] and Letchworth Grammar School [1946-50] followed by Cambridge Art School [now the Anglia Ruskin University].  Moving to Sussex in 1952 I then spent two years National Service in the Royal Air Force stationed in the Suez Canal zone of Egypt.