Letter to Folk in Cornwall which was included in Issue #4 (October 2017)
The cups are already out and the water is half-way to being heated for the eventual teas and coffees. The band has warmed up and we have done the sound check – we’re ready. At about 3 minutes to eight the earlier trickle manifests itself into the usual sizeable influx of people – just in time. Why are they always this late?
This is our club, and for some reason it always has been this way; but I wouldn’t change a thing!
The club was formed only a few years ago by some enthusiasts from the previous Withiel club. Dancers and a caller were joined by an accordion band that was keen to practice playing for folk dancers. The result is Fraddon Folk Dance Club which meets monthly and enjoys live music. In the centre of Cornwall it has continued to flourish and is supported by people from all points of the compass throughout the county.
Why is our club successful? Variety is certainly a factor. English and American dances with the occasional Scottish thrown in is typical; also, what might be considered by some to be more suitable for Ceilidhs or Barn Dances sit comfortably alongside more complicated variants. More importantly though is the ethos of the club, which is that we don’t take our dancing too seriously, and that we always endeavour to enjoy ourselves and have fun. This is what creates the great atmosphere which has always been present, and long may it continue.
Are your club’s numbers dwindling? Perhaps what we do, needs to be more attractive to more people - maybe it is necessary that we adapt to survive. So don’t stick your noses up at Ceilidhs and Barn Dances – people enjoy them – keep your programmes varied and have a laugh – you might be pleasantly surprised at the result!
“Daytime Dance with a Caller’s Chance”
Saturday 21st January 2017
To all of you who came along to the “Daytime Dance with a Caller’s Chance” on Saturday, thank you all so much for coming and making the day such a success.
The day in figures: -
48 dancers in total,
including 14 Callers who gave us
24 dances of such variety.
It was more than we could have wished for.
In the light of that we have booked Fraddon Village Hall for a repeat event on Saturday 20th January 2018, so if you enjoyed it too, put it in your diaries and we’ll see you there again next year.
All the best and bye for now
Beryl Jukes and Ken Warren
PS….and if we didn’t get to see you this time, for whatever reason, we look forward to seeing you in 2018.
You may be interested to know that at Claire’s 40th Birthday Dance she received over £325 towards her Lostwithiel Rainbows ……. Thank you everyone …… and what a great time we had too!
Dear Folk Dancers,
Claire, who is a member of our band, is celebrating her 40th birthday next month and has decided to hold a Barn Dance. She wishes to invite all of you to come along and help her celebrate.
It will be at Fraddon Village hall on Friday 19th August 8 - 10-30 p.m. Beryl will be calling and Jig and Reel will supply the music. It is a bring and share supper and there will be a raffle. Please NO presents but donations to the Lostwithiel Rainbows will be gratefully received. There will be no entry fee so we hope you can all come along to make this a fun evening.
Happy dancing, from, Judith and John
AGM - MAY 2016
Dear Folk Dancers,
For those of you who were unable to come to our last Club night here is an update on the results of our A.G.M. We discussed the Club finances & it was decided by the members to raise the entrance fee to £2.50 for members, £3 for visitors & the membership fee to £2. This will stabilise our finances & leave us with a reserve for any unforeseen expenses. It was decided to keep the charges for our pre-Christmas dance with the Dartmoor Pixie Band to £6. The party dance in January will be £5 to bring us in line with dances in the County (many charge much more) we felt this was quite reasonable.
We hope you are happy with the members decisions. If you wish to know more please feel free to contact us. 01726816613.
John & Judith
Dear Folk Dancers,
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make last night a success. John asked me to " bang the drum " (literally) last night so it was lovely to have so many willing hands to help Jenny in the kitchen. So Many thanks to Jenny & co. Also our thanks to Gerald & Sandra & Nigel for doing the raffle. Beryl & Ken made it a fun evening as usual. Judging by all the smiling faces we take it you all had a good time. We look forward to seeing you all on February 2nd.
Many thanks & happy dancing,
Judith & John
We are looking for suitable dance photographs featuring Fraddon Folk Dance Club to post on this website. If any members have photographs which you think might be suitable and are willing to let us use them, then could you please email them to Ken Warren, many thanks. The winner of the best photo will get an all expenses paid holiday to the Bahamas (that's a joke!!)
Dear Folk Dancers,
Did we all sleep well after our night out with the Pixies? We would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped with the raffle & in the kitchen also to our President for giving the vote of thanks to the Band. It was lovely to have so many willing hands it meant we all had a chance to enjoy the dancing. We look forward to seeing you all on the 1st December for our Club night. Don't forget it's hot mince pies & cream night!
from Judith & John
Cheque for Parkinsons UK from Fraddon FDC
Dear Folk Dancers
Fraddon Folk Dance Club had £375 to donate to charity and it was the wish of the club members that we donated the money to Parkinsons UK, West Cornwall Division, in memory of Frank Malloch who was a long-standing member of Withiel Club and a member of Fraddon Club.
Anne Malloch is seen here receiving the cheque from our Honorary President Beryl Jukes at our April Club Dance.
Barn Dance Again Raises Money for “Marie Curie”
For the second time this year Fraddon Folk Dance Club put on a Charity Barn Dance in aid of “Marie Curie Cancer Care”. This time it was held at Fraddon Village Hall on Friday 14th November raising a total of £219. A great time was had by all who attended and the Club would like to thank everyone who helped promote the event and contributed in any way to make it such a success.
Beryl Jukes, the Fraddon Folk Dance Club President (and Caller on the evening), is seen here presenting the cheque to representatives of the Camborne Branch of “Marie Curie Cancer Care”, (left to right) Frances Franklin, Christine Chalkley, Roger Chalkley and Diane Hore.
Merlin cheque presentation today
Judith & I went out to the Merlin Centre this afternoon to present them with the cheque for £300 from the Fraddon Folk Dance Club. They were extremely grateful and kindly showed us around the centre, which was most interesting and very impressive. A photo' was taken in traditional, current wet gear - Judith says it was most definitely not 'posh frock' weather, for her that is. Best wishes, John & Judith
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE: -
I recently went to Chippenham Folk Festival and had a great time - absolutely wonderful! There were dozens of events catering for all tastes and ages and we danced our socks off!! While I was there I attended a late-night Ceilidh, more as a spectator than as a dancer (I was already danced out!), but I was struck by the sheer vibrancy and energy of the music and dancers; they were all having such a great time, and they were of all ages. I only had my mobile phone with me so the recording is somewhat limited, however, I felt the video was worth sharing with you as it does capture the mood of that Ceilidh. Having fun lifts our spirits and has to be good for the soul; we know that because we all keep coming to our monthly dances! Chippenham Folk Festival was full of people who think the same as we do; long may it continue. The next one is in May 2016; if you can make it - you won't regret it.