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Saturday 6th GOLDSMITH birthday at Christ Church, Billericay with ANNETHEBAND and HAPPY CLAPPER (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection). Sue G said: Thank you for last night. We’ve had loads of thank you’s this morning for the wonderful night. Kevin loved it.


Sunday 14th My contributions at SUNDAY OCCASIONALS included UNCLE BERNARD (from the CLUB SANDWICH collection)


Tuesday 16th BILLERICAY FDC enjoyed CANTIGA MINUET (from the MADAME VASNIER collection)


Friday 19th Another great evening at FULBOURN CENTRE with WIDE GLIDE BAND – raising over £400 for the CBM charity. Dancing began with JELLYFISH (from the SIBBY SEVEN collection).


Thursday 25th Burns’ Night at HAYCOCK HOTEL in Wansford with WIDE GLIDE BAND began with GAY GORDONS (from the FAVOURITES collection).


Saturday 27th Anne played along with SLOW LORIS at RAMSDEN HEATH and the dancers laid eggs during VERA CARPENTER’S WALTZ (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection). They enjoyed it so much, they have already booked another dance in December.


Saturday 3rd MANOR HOOSE CEILIDH BAND (now augmented by Anne on flute) played for the BURNS’ NICHT dance in Woodbridge. As well as adding flute to the sound mix, Anne demonstrated PAVILION WALTZ (tune composed by … Anne! – dance notation and manuscript included in the COBALT collection)


Sunday 4th There was a BUCKET OF WORMS at CPRS!


Friday 9th BANWOOD REEL (from the FESTIVAL FARE collection) travelled from Surrey to Kent for the excellent dancers at BECKENHAM FDC.

Wednesday 14th My contribution to the 40th anniversary dance at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB was SIBBY SAUSAGE DANCE (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection)


Saturday 24th BILLERICAY LIONS enjoyed HAPPY CLAPPER (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection) and an interval spot from HAREWOOD at their dance at Canon Roche. Next year’s dance has already been booked.

MARCH 2018


Sat 17th FULBOURN CENTRE with LANTERN BAND for a double birthday celebration – and HAPPY CLAPPER (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection)


Wed 21st PRITTLEWELL SQUARE (from the COBALT collection) featured in the programme at BANWOOD FDC


Thu 22nd Lots of fun at TOUCHSTONE FDC – and a programme that included DANBURY PALACE (from the HAREWOOD COLLECTION book)


Saturday 24th With COTTON REELS for a wedding in UPMINSTER. We began with VIRGINIA REEL (from the FAVOURITES collection) and completed 11 dances in two hours.


Sunday 25th HAREWOOD played for some of the callersat SUNDAY OCCASIONALS. Sibby’s calling contributions included HEART OF HAMPSHIRE (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection)

APRIL 2018


Tue 3rd BILLERICAY FDC celebrated CAPODANNO (from the MADAME VASNIER collection) but worry about the implications of the new ‘smart’ car-parking system.


Wed 4th CREEKSIDE CEILIDH BAND; wonderful dancing of JELLYFISH (from the SIBBY SEVEN collection); and SIBBY wins the raffle prize!


Fri 6th Another manic evening for SIBBY & ANNE with the reelers at THRIPLOW, from the start with GAY GORDONS (from the FAVOURITES collection)


Sat 7th SIBBY & ANNE travel to Gosfield for N.W.ESSEX RAMBLERS. Much enjoyed were GRAND CHAIN (from the FAVOURITES collection) and a display during the interval by the CRAZY CHICKS line-dancers.


Sat 14th The re-arranged dance at ST MICHAEL’S (snow in March) was re-arranged to ST PETER’S (drainage problem at St M). The evening began with VIRGINIA REEL (from the FAVOURITES collection) and featured an interval spot by HAREWOOD.


Wed 25th The interval at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB featured HAREWOOD playing SEND IN THE CLOWNS


Sat 28th The annual SHOTGATE event included an interval spot by HAREWOOD. The dance programme included HAPPY CLAPPER (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection); the concert included ANNIE’S SONG. The next day, a message arrived from Rita: Thank you very very much for an excellent barn dance last night and for the entertainment … and a big thankyou to Anne and her flute-playing and your guitar … it was brilliant. I thought I was listening to a recording and there you were live. It was excellent.

JUNE 2018


Sat 2nd  BRIDPORT CEILIDH with UP & RUNNING in Dorset.  A previous badge-winner was delighted with the SIBBY SAUSAGE DANCE (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection)


Sun 3rd  CPRS danced HAREWOOD MINUET (from the HAREWOOD COLLECTION) during the tea break.


Wed 6th  HAREWOOD play in the interval at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB - and are on TOP OF THE WORLD.


Wed 13th  RAT ON A STICK played for the dancing at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB - and took them on a trip to BARLEYLANDS  (from the SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection)


Fri 22nd  BRIAN WINDER may have restored the CHELMSFORD FOLK DANCERS tradition of the annual barbecue.  No barbecue this time, but a gathering to dance in Brian’s garden in GREAT BADDOW.  Sibby called AUGUST (from the forthcoming HAREWOOD HEIGHTS collection) with Anne playing the tune DANBURY PALACE (her own composition)


Sat 23rd  NORWICH FRIDAY FOLK SATURDAY DANCE in Bawburgh followed by a long drive to Danbury (stationary on A12 for 90 minutes because of a serious accident). Nevertheless, an enjoyable event on the whole, with an appreciative group who enjoyed, inter alia, NORWEGIAN FLOWER (from the CLUB SANDWICH collection)


Tue 26th  CHELMSFORD FOLK DANCERS flowed beautifully in CANTIGA MINUET (from the MADAME VASNIER collection)


Friday 29th  CBM CHARITY dance with WIDE GLIDE BAND in GREAT WILBRAHAM.  The programme began with DARLINGHURST DASH (from the MADAME VASNIER collection)

JULY 2017

COBALT – book #27 in the Palantir series – published

HAREWOOD COLLECTION – book #28 in the Palantir series - published

Sunday 2nd  Five-couple sequence at CPRS included TEXAS STAR

Sunday 9th  My contributions to SUNDAY OCCASIONALS included PINE TREE WALTZ.

Wednesday 12th  RAT ON A STICK at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB – with BARLEYLANDS on the programme and a visitor from Argentina.

Saturday 15th  PITSEA BOWLS CLUB danced the HAPPY CLAPPER with gusto.  Those not dancing scratched heads over a very long quiz sheet.


Saturday 22nd  Julia (aka dooliepops) transformed her garden into the Wild West for a Hoedown – and it began with the American version of an English version of an Irish dance: VIRGINIA REEL


Saturday 5th  14th time for the SUN SOCIETY, and another great evening started by the HAPPY CLAPPER.

Sunday 6th  Cadets Week at ESSEX YACHT CLUB began with CREEKSIDE CEILIDH BAND and included SIBBY SAUSAGE DANCE.

Tuesday 4th  BHETTY’S WALTZ was on the programme for CHELMSFORD FOLK DANCERS

Saturday 12th  Joey & Leigh had a lovely sunny day for their wedding in MERSEA, and SILVER KEY as the opening act after the speeches.  LADY FREDA ZENA DEL PELIZE made an appearance!


Monday 21st  LATTER-DAY LAIKS workshop sent prisoners to the LAIKS OF AZKABAN


Tuesday 22nd  MYSTERIES workshop looked forward to SEPTEMBER


Wednesday 23rd  FESTIVAL FARE workshop included BANWOOD REEL


Thursday 31st  The month ended at CRONDON PARK GOLF CLUB with SILVER KEY and SWEDISH MASQUERADE


Saturday 2nd  ST OLAVE’S in Norfolk for another great evening arranged by Freda McIntyre.  PRITTLEWELL SQUARE had them whirling around as in a fairground ride.

Sunday 3rd  CPRS session included BIG DIPPER

Monday 4th  250 teachers/governers/trustees of four schools gathered at ST CHRISTOPHER SCHOOL for a day of events.  We were there with VIRGINIA REEL. The next day came a message from the organiser: I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and Robbie for such an excellent session yesterday. We have had lots of positive feedback from the staff and everyone had fun and some much needed exercise after the holidays. I will definitely recommend you to others. Hopefully we can have you back for a fundraising dance in the New Year.

Sunday 10th  My contributions at SUNDAY OCCASIONALS included AUGUST

Saturday 23rd  BILLERICAY OPERATIC SOCIETY showed they can dance as well as sing, and they did both during the SIBBY SAUSAGE DANCE with music from SLOW LORIS.

Saturday 30th  Eighth time at BLACK NOTLEY for fantastic food and many a HAPPY CLAPPER



Sunday 1st  CPRS began the month with a lively set that included the GRAND STROLL

Saturday 7th  GRAFTY GREEN had WHIRLING SKIRMISH and CAJOLERY in Kent.  It was a great evening – many thanks to Margaret Browning.

Saturday 14th  13th time at ST MICHAEL’S DAWS HEATH – and sold out (well done organiser Ken Jones). BUTTERED BEANS on the menu!  Event 14 booked for 3rd March 2018.

Wednesday 18th  CREEKSIDE CEILIDH BAND at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB; the evening began with Anne & Sibby demonstrating CAPPADOCIA

Saturday 21st  1st time for TITCHMARSH FDC  at Rushden, Northants.  KELLY’S EYE played beautifully for NORWEGIAN FLOWER.

Saturday 28th  5th time for HALSTEAD WINE CIRCLE in the truncated Queen’s Hall (stage transformed into Council offices!).  No transformation in the populat BARLEYLANDS dance.

Tuesday 31st  Long delays on the A12 did not stop us getting (on time) to MARKS TEY FDC to celebrate Sylvia’s birthday (and hallowe’en).  The programme included the graceful CANTIGA MINUET



Friday 3rd  Return trip to TREETOPS SCHOOL in Grays, Essex:  HAPPY CLAPPER (from Sibby’s SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection) began the evening; the raffle was novel with separate trays for every prize so tickets could be distributed to any or all of the choices; congratulations to Kay who organised the event. 

Saturday 4th  Melissa treated her Mum & Dad to ANNETHEBAND at GALLEYWOOD HERITAGE CENTRE. There was a GRAND CHAIN (from Sibby’s FAVOURITES collection) in the programme; and hog roast in the interval.

Sunday 5th  The final 2017 session for CPRS included OPEN TUNNEL

Tuesday 7th  BHETTY’S WALTZ (from Sibby’s FESTIVAL FARE collection) is a favourite at BILLERICAY FDC

Wednesday 8th  TAILORS TWIST at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB – a new (to me) band of Irish inclination but able to cope with English/American/Scottish tunes, including waltzes for BARLEYLANDS (from Sibby’s SAUSAGE CASSEROLE collection)

Saturday 11th  ANNETHEBAND at CHRIST CHURCH, Billericay.  The programme included KIBOSH (to celebrate Armistice Day – from Sibby’s BOX SET collection)

Friday 17th  COTTON REELS at UPMINSTER BAPTIST CHURCH – a packed hall sang I WANT TO BE NEAR YOU (from Sibby’s FAVOURITES collection).

Saturday 18th  Seventh time for Sibby with SINGLES CONNECTION in Shotgate – and first time for ANNETHEBAND.  A packed hall of dancers began with VIRGINIA REEL (featured in Sibby’s FAVOURITES collection).

Friday 24th  Fifth time for Sibby with BASILDON RAMBLERS in Billericay – and first time for ANNETHEBAND.  The dancers added panache to SWEDISH MASQUERADE (featured in Sibby’s BARN DANCE collection).

Saturday 25th  WIDE GLIDE BAND in SAWSTON VILLAGE COLLEGE – the band have been doing this event for more than 20 years!  I thought for a while it may take that long to get there as an overturned lorry closed the M11.  No closures on CLOPTON BRIDGE (featured in Sibby’s BARN DANCE collection).




Friday 1st Another great evening at BECKENHAM FDC – one that included COUNTLESS MOMENTS (from the MYSTERIES collection)


Wednesday 13th Another great club – my 18th visit to BANWOOD where the programme included BANWOOD REEL (from the FESTIVAL FARE collection)


Friday 15th ..and yet another club: HIGHSIDE in Littlethorpe, Yorkshire loved CANTIGA MINUET (from the MADAME VASNIER collection)


Saturday 16th .. still in Yorkshire for a ceilidh in Ripon with CHRISTMAS CRACKERS CEILIDH BAND; what a DING DONG (from the NOW & THEN collection)


Thursday 21st .. back to Essex for the TOUCHSTONE FDC party in Wivenhoe. Anne played flute and the dancers sang for MENUETT VON GRUBER (to be published in SEASONAL SIBBY sometime in 2018)


Sunday 31st My contributions to CHELMSFORD FOLK DANCERS New Year Dance included BUTTONHOLES (from the CLUB SANDWICH collection). The music came from MUSICMAKERS augmented by Anne on Flute & Recorder.

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