Abbots Bromley – Horn Dance meet – September 6th to 10th 2019
Full report to follow.
Wellingore – August 23rd to 27th 2019
Another happy crowd of N. Central members + other caravan and camping folk turned up at Wellingore. Quite a few units travelled long distances to attend our Meet, having had such a good time previously this year, they just had to come back to us – some have been advised to move house into our area to save on fuel and be able to attend more regularly!
The sun shone again, we had a beautiful location (again!), plus enough callers and spots to keep us going for at least a week – but as we were only there for 4 nights, so we had to share what time slots there were available, which meant a great variation of dances and talent, to suit all tastes and abilities, throughout our evenings.
If you have an ocarina, please bring it along and we can continue building up a little group of players which is all good fun, especially for those of us who can’t read music but just want to join in.
One visitor said that she had not been excited by a new dance for years and, of course, it was the ‘Elephants’ Stampede’ that caused this comment. At times our enthusiasm was brimming over and for several dances it was a case of who could be first up on the dance floor! We even had our own ‘Victoria Wood’!
Our coffee mornings lasted all morning because we chatted so much and it was hard to break away for lunch! We were very lucky to have had craft tables and dance workshops (even if the heat slowed us all down a bit) to fill the afternoons, with some members just looking for any shade to cool down or searching out the local pub for their lunch time BBQ.
Brian and Marlene did their famous meals which gave the Bank Holiday weekend a lovely ‘family’ feel – all in all, food, music and song were never far away! Nor were a little family of hedge hogs who visited our unit one night, as we found on our return from the hall.
Some people enjoyed the area and events in Lincoln so much that they stayed on for an extra night, so next year it will be a 5 night Meet.
Thoresby Park – Aug 8th to 12th 2019
We had a good turnout at Thoresby, even after warnings of bad weather! It was nice to see our guests from The Ridings and other corners of this beautiful land – who wants to go abroad! This site has a panoramic vista of views – green spaces and magnificent trees, spreading their boughs not only around the estate but framing the Warner Hotel, which resembles a fairy-tale castle.
The warmth we generated with our welcome and ‘inclusion for all’ policy, resulted in newcomers being eager to come to following Meets to continue building friendships and learning new skills – especially the dancing! One couple said they’d never come across such a friendly group! Never before have we been so spoilt with so many callers and such a variation of talent!
A few people experienced a bit of Shakespeare – all tastes were catered for this weekend. The rain and wind (the gale-force wind!) did arrive, our caravan rocked, but somehow we were lucky because it didn’t stop us doing anything; we just grinned and carried on – we are hardy campers!
We had Brian and Marlene’s lovely meal as we arrived – free! We also had those important tea and coffee mornings – on the field – and most of us strolled around the grounds admiring the vintage Morris cars, displayed that weekend, or ate (or tried to eat while being photo’d!) ice creams while enjoying the pleasant sunshine and listening to the band.
Thank you to Brian and Marlene for the stewarding, again, and their scrumptious egg and bacon baps! Oh well, here’s to the Meet at Thoresby Park next year when the Morris Rally is planned to be larger because it will be a special anniversary.
Ashover – July 12th to 15th 2019
The meet got off to a great start sharing Brian’s soup and beef burgers, many of us went back for second helpings, resulting in a very pleasant evening spent sitting around chatting. Ashover is a lovely walking area for the more energetic among us.
The camping field offered relaxing surroundings, being able to watch the cricket being played in the next field.
With the weather being kind we were able to take part in games on the field with tea and much chatter all around.
The ice cream shop in the village was well sought after. The last evening we all gathered in Paul’s awning, swapping stories of past adventures and a little bit of singing to end our stay.
Those that attended enjoyed it so much that we’ve booked it for a temporary holiday site next year so more people can experience this beauty spot.
Cannock Wood and Gentleshaw – Jun 7th to 9th 2019
This was our first visit to Cannock Wood and although small in number, we braved the elements to enjoy a good weekend. If you enjoy the excitement of snow, hurricanes or deluges, choose the meets that Janet and Paul steward.
Despite incessant rain during Friday and until Saturday afternoon, the field stayed firm and access on and off was not a problem. Brian laid on his Soup and Sausages to warm us up on Friday evening – followed by some enjoyable dancing.
Saturday dawned very wet – so ‘Coffee on the Field’ became ‘Coffee in the Van’. The rain eased a bit after lunch and 3 intrepid walkers did a walk across the heathland. Our 5 visitors from Midlands spent the day geocaching (and in the pub) and came back looking very wet.
It was intended that ‘afternoon cream tea’ would be a ‘summery’ affair on the field but common-sense meant that this was moved indoors. Soup and Afternoon Cream Tea seems a funny combination – but was welcome given the weather. More dancing followed in the evening.
The sun shone for us on Sunday so Coffee was taken on the field making a lovely relaxed to the end of the meet.
It was an enjoyable meet and thank you to all who came and made it a success; especially those who helped in many ways.
Paul and Janet
Swythamley – May 24th to 28th 2019
Well, it was back to Swythamley again, the sequel if you like, to Seagrave. Quite a few of the same nice folk turned up again to this brilliant, pretty, very green location with its panoramic view – a very nice place at this time of year to see all the sheep with their lambs and to go on some very enjoyable dog walks. Right from the beginning this, again, turned out to be another fantastic Meet! Brian and Marlene came up trumps with their catering again this weekend! These surprise meals cannot be advertised in case our Master Chef and his apprentices are otherwise engaged. We all contributed to an ’American Supper’ – always a good social event. Several people set off on a long hike but got side-tracked by the microbrewery at the bottom of the hill or was this their intended destination? During this weekend I thought I was at sea as the rain continued to hammer on the caravan and sometimes was accompanied by a strong wind but when the sun came out the bad weather was soon forgotten and who needs good weather when we have such a lovely hall to use. By the way, we now have a new demonstration dance ‘Spiffin’ – do come along and join us! The weekend went so fast I couldn’t believe the time went so quickly and it was polished off with a rendition of, which has become Swythamley’s signature tune, ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ with all the actions and tremendous applause! My husband and I started our ‘journey’ with the folk song and dance society 6 years ago at Swythamley and we’ve not looked back!
Some good dancing
and good music
all rounded off with Michael and Steve leading ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’
and various attempts to get the actions right!
Seagrave – May 3rd to 7th 2019
I must say the Seagrave Meet, this time, has been one of the most well attended and successful Meets we’ve held! Brian and Marlene provided their ‘warming’ pasta meal as we arrived on the Friday and their wonderful ‘bacon & egg baps’ to see us off on the Sunday morning! The weather was mostly dry but cool. However, the atmosphere was ‘electric’! We had a fantastic variation of talent and the hall rocked with laughter – both at the hilarious comedy portrayed by the ‘artists’ and the fun we had with the dances we did. Some people did workshops and managed to do a demonstration dance – a dance I can’t wait to do again, the Elephant Stampede (my new favourite dance!) The garden games were played inside with great enthusiasm (it being warmer inside!). Also, played inside were the usual board games, art, puzzles (one member even stayed late one evening, wearing a head torch as he was so keen to finish the puzzle), plus a couple of us had a go at the dancing ‘jig dolls’. That was fun! Well, new people arrived and new friendships made, hoping to meet again at future events. You could say the ‘follow-on’ to this long, lovely weekend is Swythamley!
Folk Group Easter Meet – Kempston, Bedford – April 17th to 22nd
Lots of us (at least 19 of us) from North Central spent Easter on the Folk Group Easter Meet.
We had superb summer weather and a fully packed programme over the 4 days.
Across the groups, we did a wide range of activities including:-
- Various different genres of folk dancing
- Various singing sessions including Skiffle, 60’s songs, shanty and sing arounds.
- Crafts including pom-pom pets, card making, meccano
- May Pole Dancing
- Belly Dancing
- Circle Dancing
And lots of nattering and drinking tea/coffee in the sunshine.
The link below shows the Circle Dancing workshop that Paul and Janet went to.
Fulford – April 5th to 7th 2019
Fulford was a picturesque site for our second Meet of the season. We had a good number of units and a lovely hall for dancing, spots and all day use. Over the weekend lots of activities went on, including: painting, puzzles, board games, music making and ‘very important’ those tea/coffee and biscuit get-togethers! Brian & Marlene did us proud with their hot dogs and crusty bread on the Friday night. We all sat down for an ‘American Tea’ on the Saturday and then (a lot of eating goes on in our club!), before we left on the Sunday, we were spoilt with the famous ‘bacon & egg baps’ just so we didn’t starve on the way home!
CHADS – March 15th to 17th 2019
Our first meet of the year and our AGM weekend.
The section got the new camping season off to a flying start with this meet at CHADS.
All hardstanding and a cosy hall are the key requirements for early or late season meets.
18 units braved the high winds on Friday and settled into the weekend with games, crafts and general natter in the afternoon followed by Irish Stew provided by Brian and Marlene – there was enough to feed the 5000 and it came out again for lunch before the AGM. The evening then followed with some good dancing and spots.
When Saturday dawned, it was even more windy but this didn’t matter. Once again, a relaxing morning in the hall with everyone doing a variety of activities. The AGM and Members’ Meeting were dealt with just over 1 hour in the afternoon – allowing more ‘cosy time’ in the hall – with the rain now hammering on the windows.
An American supper was shared followed by a St Patrick’s Day themed evening with green costumes and an Irish flavour to many of the spots. All too soon, it was time to close the evening and off to bed.
Sunday arrived sunny and bracing (some would say cold) – but at least the rain had gone away. Brian provided his Breakfast Baps which was followed by a final tea / coffee before making our way home. Thanks Brian.
It was a lovely weekend and thanks to all those who helped to make it a success by either just coming along or actively participating in activities.
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