Saturday 2nd: 321 years after Juan Ponce de Leon discovered a new world territory he named ‘La Florida’ because of the resplendent flora he found there, dancers at the Chingford FDC event discovered the FLORIDA CLOVERLEAF – with music by the FOREST BAND.
Sunday 3rd: CPRS welcomed a new member, and completed a 20-minute sequence including RAINBOW STROLL.
Friday 8th: Horrendous journey to Belvedere in Kent (two successive serious accidents on M25, just by the exit I wanted to take) but a warm welcome when I arrived for the Belvedere Social Bowls Club pre-season dance. The evening finished with SEASIDE DANCE – then the horrendous return journey (M25 again, but this time because of roadworks and lane closures).
Wednesday 13th Great evening (as ever) at BANWOOD FDC in Surrey. Terpsichorean nuptials abounded in HEART OF HAMPSHIRE. Return journey on M25 was less troublesome tonight, but still quite a delay; the notice says the roadworks will continue until autumn.
Saturday 16th Caroline’s birthday ceilidh at Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall with many a HAPPY CLAPPER.
Sunday 17th My contributions to the SUNDAY PURLEIGH session included JUDITH’S WALTZ.
Tuesday 19th Wizard evening at Widford where Chelmsford Folk Dancers enlisted in the house of RAVENCLAW
Saturday 23rd Ninth time for Shotgate Community Association, and first time here for Suzi. Event sold out (as usual). St George made an appearance to call the re-enactment of the famous battle between ST GEORGE & THE DRAGON.
Tuesday 26th A select gathering at BILLERICAY FDC enjoyed a visit to BONN SQUARE.
Wed 4th Four new members at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB tonight, and a hearty rendition of SIBBY SAUSAGE DANCE with music from CREEKSIDE CEILIDH BAND.
Fri 6th The select gathering at RAYLEIGH FDC of dancers who knew all the figures, made calling easy and a pleasure. MIDSOMER MAGGOT was much enjoyed.
Sat 7th Another birthday ceilidh for Sally in Willingale (great hall, by the way) – with delicious food and the SEASIDE DANCE.
Sun 8th My contribution at OCCASIONALS was NOW & THEN – with the final details of this new dance worked out and recorded at the session.
Fri 13th Fearless, dancers gathered at BECKENHAM FDC – and coped exceptionally well with PINE TREE WALTZ (no surprise; the standard of dancing is high at this club)
Sat 14th Dr Findlay’s retirement was marked by a ceilidh with WIDE GLIDE BAND. The kilted doctor did every dance, including BARLEYLANDS.
Thu 26th The crowd turned up at TOUCHSTONE FDC, 119 years after the publication of Dracula! Thus, the evening ended with 119 (a dance from the MYSTERIES collection)
Sat 28th Graingers Barn in Six Mile Bottom is difficult to find, even with satnav, but it was worth getting there for Karen’s birthday ceilidh with WIDE GLIDE BAND. Despite the uneven lawn, there were HAPPY CLAPPER
Sun 5: Five couple set at CPRS for last session before summer break – see video on CPRS page on www.sibby.org
Sat 11: Somebody’s birthday – and a great street party at HAMBORO GARDENS. We (Suzi & Sibby) had to wait for a heavy shower to pass before adding to the festive fare with the SIBBY SAUSAGE DANCE.
Sun 12: My contributions to STAN’s session at NORTH FAMBRIDGE were LAIKS OF WUDAN and EASTBOURNE GROVE.
Sat 18: Reeling good evening to celebrate Lily’s birthday at GREAT HORMEAD – where there was many a DASHING WHITE SERGEANT.
Wed 22nd: GRAND CEILIDH CLUB with SLOW LORIS – and an energetic burst of CLOPTON BRIDGE.
Sat 25th: WESTGATE PAVILION with WHIRLING SKIRMISH for wedding ceilidh for Julie & Michael – and GAY GORDONS.
Friday 1st: TRACEY teaches line-dance and her followers gathered at Jardin’s in Billericay to celebrate a special birthday. In between session of lines, they embraced VIRGINIA REEL and other delights. The next day, Tracey sent message: “..thank you for a great evening last night lots of texts from friends and family saying how much they enjoyed the barn dancing”
Saturday 2nd: SUZI & OLI enthralled all at their wedding reception with their unique version of the RUMBA
Friday 8th: There were HAPPY CLAPPERs at the wedding reception for ROBBIE & TINA in the New Forest … and lots of willow-stripping.
Saturday 9th: KAREN’s birthday barn dance in WEYBOURNE – with OXO REEL to sustain the dancers! The next day, Karen sent a message: Thank you for a brilliant evening again. We had a great time.
Saturday 16th: Off to the lovers of the sun, and during a mini-heatwave too, with Suzi: this 13th visit to Swanley was a great evening (as usual). The programme included FAZAKERLEY ROUNDABOUT. Next year’s visit is already booked.
Friday 22nd: Cadets gathered aboard the WILTON for a hoedown with CREEKSIDE CEILIDH BAND. The boat rocked with BUTTERED PEAS.
Saturday 23rd: COTTON REELS at THAMES CHASE FOREST CENTRE for a wedding ceilidh and the appropriate square dance called I WANT TO BE NEAR YOU.
Wednesday 27th: GRAND CEILIDH CLUB with RAT ON A STICK and a rousing rendition of SIBBY SAUSAGE DANCE.
Saturday 6th On this day in 1962, Jamaica became independent from UK. 45 years ago (1971) was the year our currency went decimal but more importantly some keen dancers initiated a club that became known as CHELMSFORD FOLK DANCERS. The celebratory evening at Great Baddow Parish Hall included old dances such as JAMAICA and new ones (THE DEVIL IN CHELMSFORD). Delicious and ornate cakes by Elizabeth added to the joys of the event.
Saturday 3rd: My 2nd visit to St Olave’s (near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk) – with 3rd visit already booked for next year. The programme included BUTTONHOLES and two dances called by first-time caller Tyllie who is 10 years old. The raffle raised over £50 for Alzheimer’s Society.
Sunday 4th: CPRS completed a 20-minute sequence for a four-couple set, the figures including (for the first time) LADIES TO THE CENTRE.
Thursday 8th: Touchstone FDC at Wivenhoe (Essex) is a club of high standard. This is just as well or murders may have occurred during MIDSOMER MAGGOT.
Saturday 10th: Return booking at FELSTED RBL, this time combined with a hog roast – tasty! The dance programme added BUTTERED BEANS to the fare.
Saturday 17th: Irene & Keith celebrate their Golden Wedding with KELLY’S EYE, a new dance (BUTTERFIELD) and an amazing cake…… and a thank-you message: “..for giving us an enjoyable evening to remember – great variety of dances and a terrific atmosphere”
Saturday 24th: Toni has been fundraising for son Taylor for 13 years now – and three of these have involved a SIBBY barn dance. The event this year raised just short of £1500 to help with the costs of special equipment Taylor needs, especially as he is about to start at college. Many a HAPPY CLAPPER enjoyed the dancing tonight in Hornchurch.
Sunday 25th: My contributions to SUNDAY OCCASIONALS included JUDITH’S WALTZ.
Saturday 1st 11th time at ST MICHAEL’S, Daws Heath – and another packed hall with all tickets sold. SUZI helped at the music desk as the dancers enjoyed BUTTERED BEANS. Congratulations to Ken Jones for his first dance as organiser, emulating the excellence of Hazel Owen. The evening raised £500 for the Church fund. Event #12 is already booked – for 11th February 2017.
Sunday 2nd CASTLE POINT RUNNING SET completed a sequence that included SALLY GOODWIN – a new figure for the group bringing the total to 62. Of these, only one has been danced by all members!
Saturday 8th Martin Cowpland is a member of the Billericay Operatic Society, and also a member of SLOW LORIS. So the two came together for a barn dance in Billericay, and were HAPPY CLAPPERs. Martin sang a few songs during breaks in the dancing, and all told the event was a great success.
Saturday 15th 7th time at Black Notley for ST PETER & ST PAUL HARVEST SUPPER – this time with SUZI and SAKURA ONDO. Next year’s event is booked for 30th September
Saturday 22nd 4th time at HALSTEAD WINE & SOCIAL CLUB – and as good as ever! LADY FREDA ZENA DEL PELIZE made an appearance.
Tuesday 25th Hallowe’en dance at CHELMSFORD FOLK DANCERS featured ghosts, devils, and witches including HUFFLEPUFF.
Wednesday 26th CREEKSIDE CEILIDH BAND stood in for Slow Loris at the GRAND CEILIDH CLUB (Martin of Slow Loris has a leg in plaster). The programme included STRINGS.
Saturday 29th 7th time at EMMANUEL CHURCH, Billericay – Suzi chose fish and I chose sausage. The dancers chose to add zest to HEART OF HAMPSHIRE.
Tuesday 1st MICHAEL TURNER’S WALTZ at MARKS TEY FDC … and cake in the interval!
Friday 11th My 11th time at BECKENHAM FDC (on the 11th day of the 11th month) appropriately included EARLY BIRDS.
Saturday 12th 6th time for SINGLES CONNECTION at Shotgate … and the dancers dashed on to the floor for DARLINGHURST DASH.
Tuesday 15th A select gathering at BILLERICAY FDC solved the MIDSOMER MAGGOT.
Friday 18th 4th time for BASILDON & DISTRICT RAMBLING CLUB at Billericay … not far from BARLEYLANDS (which is also a dance). Next year’s event is already booked.
Saturday 19th 1st time (but they say it will not be the last) for HADLEIGH BOWLS CLUB – they loved the SWEDISH MASQUERADE.
Wednesday 30th The month ends with a tonic – that is: THE TONIC at GRAND CEILIDH CLUB. The end began with STEPPING STONE RAG.
Saturday 3rd KEN celebrated a special birthday at SHOTGATE. SUZI worked the desk as the dancers galloped in DARLINGHURST DASH
Saturday 10th Return visit to BROADSTAIRS BARNDANCE CLUB, again with THE TONIC. Jonathan & Penny (the organisers) are taking a break in 2017, but we all hope they resume the sessions in 2018. Tonight, the programme included the regally danced BARLEYLANDS.
Friday 16th Over six hours to drive to Ripon in Yorkshire – delay caused by accident on M11 involving two lorries, However, I arrived well in time to freshen up and change at the Barclay residence, Then off we went to HIGHSIDE FDC in Grewelthorpe for an evening with the VILLAGE HOP BAND. The session began (seasonally) with MONARCHICAL MEANDERINGS.
Saturday 17th After a restful night, a visit to Fountains Abbey and then a ceilidh in Ripon with CHRISTMAS CRACKERS CEILIDH BAND. The seasonal flavour continued with LE NOEL PREMIER.
Tuesday 27th “Thank you and your daughter very much for another great evening of Great Hormead reeling … you are a super caller” is the message sent by Emma Roberts after – well, another great evening and one that began with DASHING WHITE SERGEANT
Tuesday 5th The new year bookings began with a great evening at TOUCHSTONE FDC. Visitors from MARKS TEY FDC came too, and all enjoyed the DANCE OF THE FOUR APOSTLES.
Sunday 8th My contributions at SUNDAY OCCASIONALS included BHETTY’S WALTZ
Friday 20th Once more to FULBOURN – this time with WIDE GLIDE BAND: another great evening organised by Anne Rollings. The dancers enjoyed the sway and roll in BARLEYLANDS.
Saturday 21st Burns’ Night at Abbey Prep School in Woodbridge was celebrated with the inaugural performance of MANOR HOOSE CEILIDH BAND. The venue is in Cumberland Street, so dancing began with CUMBERLAND REEL.
Tuesday 24th Epiphanical wanderings occurred at BILLERICAY FDC when the evening began with MONARCHICAL MEANDERINGS.
Saturday 4th WIDE GLIDE BAND at HISTON BAPTIST CHURCH – great evening in a lovely setting; the crowd loved SIBBY SAUSAGE DANCE.
Sunday 5th CPRS completed a 23-minute sequence that included a new figure AND a new member in a 5-couple set.
Friday 10th First time at WESTERN DANCE CENTRE social evening: Suzi was a big hit with the Indian Chieftain, as was the SEASIDE DANCE. Return booking planned for May.
Saturday 11th The dozen at Daws Heath – 12th time at ST MICHAEL’S – was sold out (again!). There was much fun in the regally danced BARLEYLANDS.
Saturday 18th Resurgence of bookings for SOUTH ESSEX CARAVAN CLUB RALLY – and meeting again good and happy friends. This time, the rally was held at Chelmer Valley High School and began with HAPPY CLAPPER
Wednesday 22nd GRAND CEILIDH CLUB with CREEKSIDE CEILIDH BAND: another great evening, and one that included SWEDISH MASQUERADE
Wednesday 1st My 17th time at BANWOOD FDC – and the high standard of dancing there continues, even in IVYDENE.
Thursday 2nd At TOUCHSTONE FDC, the dancers did well BAG THE BISON
Sunday 5th CPRS completed a 25-minute 5-couple sequence and performed CAJOLERY – a new square dance that includes a running set figure.
Tuesday 7th First of two visits this month to BILLERICAY FDC and a gallant attempt at 119
Sunday 12th My contributions at SUNDAY OCCASIONALS included GALLIMAUFRY
Saturday 18th QUY VILLAGE ASSOCIATION with WIDE GLIDE BAND – an enthusiastic and energetic crowd, especially during the graceful BARLEYLANDS
Tuesday 21st BILLERICAY FDC – and good to see Daphne Baker after her recent op. dancing gracefully in HOLMFIRTH CIRCLE.
Wednesday 22nd GRAND CEILIDH CLUB with SLOW LORIS – and a nostalgic trip on the WEYMOUTH COACH
Saturday 25th Jeff Armstrong bade farewell to his colleagues at MARKS HALL ACADEMY with SILVER KEY BARN DANCE BAND and the onomatopoeic LADY FREDA ZENA DEL PELIZE