Dear Folk Dancers,
What a great night we had last night. The hall looked very nice with all the decorations, the Pixies were in good form and Sarah was her usual bubbly self. The people just poured in and it looked as if you were all enjoying yourselves. ( I hope I am right ). The only complaint I had was it all went too quickly. I would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make the evening such a success. The folks who helped put up the Christmas decorations, the organisers of the raffle and all those who helped in the kitchen. You are all appreciated very much.
We are busy trying to organise a date for next year ( Jenny is on the case as I write ). More about that at our December club night which is on Tuesday 5th. Don't forget it's "Mince Pies & Cream" night.
We would like to remind you there will be NO club night in January ( it always seems to get in the way of New Year). Instead we will be having our New Year party night on Saturday 6th January 2018, 8.00-11.00 pm. Bring and Share supper, raffle, admission £5. Any money made on the night will go towards a charity which you the members will choose at our A.G.M. in May.
Hope to see you all in December
from Judith & John
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.
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!!)