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
Sunday 2nd Five couples again at CPRS – with some 4-couple figures adapted appropriately, and with a first attempt at WALK & DODGE
Wednesday 12th More manic reeling – this time in THRIPLOW – beginning with DASHING WHITE SERGEANT
Saturday 22nd St George made an appearance at SHOTGATE, centuries after his (alleged) appearance at BARLEYLANDS
Saturday 29th Third visit to FELSTED RBL (arranged by Essex Entertainment Agency) celebrated with baked potatoes and SIBBY SAUSAGE DANCE
NOW & THEN – book #26 in the Palantir series – published.
Saturday 3rd Two birthdays celebrated at FOAKES HALL (Dunmow, Essex): Travis at 17 and grandma Rae at a homophonic age! BARLEYLANDS was a big hit. After the event, Rae sent a message: “Thanks Sibby for such a fun evening you made the party” -- and somebody talented made the cake.
Tuesday 6th BILLERICAY FDC made a valiant attempt at PINE TREE WALTZ
Saturday 10th BERDEN BASH with SILVER KEY BARN DANCE BAND and exhilarated dancers from the start with GALOPEDE
Thursday 15th There was CAJOLERY at TOUCHSTONE FDC as we celebrated Lyn & Barry’s Golden Wedding. Wonderful cake made by Elizabeth.
Saturday 24th NORWICH FRIDAY FOLK SATURDAY DANCE – how confusing! Yet they embarked on the CUTTY SARK with competent navigation.
Friday 30th June GREAT WILBRAHAM with WIDE GLIDE BAND and a fundraiuser for the CBM charity: there was sausage in the barbecue and SIBBY SAUSAGE DANCE in the hall.
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.
Friday 21st CANTIGA MINUET at BECKENHAM FDC
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!
AND SO TO WHITBY
Monday 21st LATTER-DAY LAIKS workshop sent prisoners to the LAIKS OF AZKABAN
Sunday 20th CEILIDH with THIS WAY UP and PRITTLEWELL SQUARE
Tuesday 22nd MYSTERIES workshop looked forward to SEPTEMBER
Tuesday 22nd LATE NIGHT EXTRA with HEKETY and BARLEYLANDS
Wednesday 23rd FESTIVAL FARE workshop included BANWOOD REEL
Thursday 24th UGLY BUG BALL with FALCONERS and VIRGINIA 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