November 2019 Dance

posted 11 Nov 2019, 03:20 by Vivienne Hayes

This was our second dance of the season and was well supported with 41 people attending and we had an enjoyable afternoon dancing to the music of Kendal Green - Ian and Margaret Jones with Ian calling for us as well. We had a nice variety of dances, some of them exercising our brains a lot which I am sure is good for us and some not quite as difficult.

Bob worked hard supplying a drink and biscuits to everyone before the dance started and at the interval.

Hilary Herbert will be calling at our next dance on the 8th December using CDs and so it will be good if you can bring some food along for the Jacob's Join.

October 2019 Dance

posted 1 Nov 2019, 03:13 by Vivienne Hayes

More than forty dancers welcomed Andrew Shaw to lead an excellent first session of our new season on 13 October with dances researched and presented in a style that only Andrew can do. The music for this session was provided by Denise and Norman, today with their grand-daughter Naomi making her first appearance as a FNW musician – she is a welcome addition!

Our next session is on Sunday 10 November when Ian Jones will be leading the session and, with Margaret, providing the music too. Come along, take part and enjoy!

AGM - April 2019

posted 15 Apr 2019, 04:00 by Vivienne Hayes

Our last meeting of the season saw a score of dancers helping callers, who in the main are less experienced, gain a little more practice of calling, but with dancers who are both patient and knowledgeable; half a dozen members accepted the opportunity – with a little expert help from Hilary completing the line-up. Over tea, we sat down to discuss the affairs and running of the group at our Annual General Meeting, learning that overall our membership and attendances are up and with help from Lancashire Folk our finances are, for the time being, stable. Next year’s programme is now available to see on the website and we are looking forward to another season of interesting and challenging dances. There’s just the little matter of Summer. . . .

We meet again on 13 October when Andrew Shaw will be leading our session with Denise and Norman providing the music.

March Dance

posted 28 Mar 2019, 09:26 by Vivienne Hayes

On Sunday 10 March, Jan Dale took us a walk down memory lane, reflecting on the many, many dances she’s called over the years and not only just at Folk North West. She reminded us of some of the dances she’s written, used today by callers far and wide. She reminded us of calling to 78s, then 45s, then LPs before more modern digital technology took over. She reminded us of the musicians she had called with over the years – today it was Denise and Norman Bearon providing an excellent accompaniment to her calls.  This was Jan’s last Sunday calling at Folk North West and as she celebrates her Diamond Anniversary with John and looks forward to a quieter life.

Sue Stapledon

On a far more sombre note, we are saddened to hear of the death of Sue Stapledon.

In the days of the Folk North West display team Sue, as part of the West Kirby Band, was an important part of the set-up and always reliable - as well as being a very fine fiddle and concertina player. As Folk North West morphed into the Sunday afternoon practice club we now know, Sue was THE musician, with help from a variety of others.

She had been ill for some years and had been in hospital since well before Christmas. She was discharged a few weeks ago into a nursing home but deteriorated during that time and had to be rushed back into hospital where she died in the early hours of March 27; she was aged just 58.

Our sincere condolences go to her whole family at this sad time.

February Dance

posted 12 Feb 2019, 02:11 by Vivienne Hayes

Just what is a Dolphin Loop? And Pothooks aren’t that common either! Trevor Monson used both these unusual moves in his Folk North West workshop yesterday afternoon, to the delight of over forty dancers. With excellent (but very patient) music from Ian and Margaret Jones we had three hours of challenging but thoroughly enjoyable dancing. Some of the dances were little known, old but rarely seeing the light of day; at least one was on its first time out – newly written and needing testing! This is what Folk North West is about – workshops for the improvement of dancing, dancers and callers, and that’s what we saw yesterday.

Next month we welcome Jan Dale to our workshop with music provided by Norman and Denise Bearon; sadly this will be Jan’s last time calling for us so come along, welcome her and give her a happy retirement send off! Sunday 10 March 2019 at 2.30pm at Samlesbury Memorial Hall.

January Dance

posted 16 Jan 2019, 01:40 by Vivienne Hayes

What better way to spend a cold and wet Sunday afternoon than dance away the winter blues? Nearly forty of us decided to do just that at the Folk North West January meeting. Ian and Margaret Jones (Kendal Green) provided the music and Ian called a variety of interesting and, at times, quite challenging dances. What inspires a dance? Flowers, famous buildings, even the journey to work through the Cheshire countryside – we had them all this afternoon and we now look forward to next month when Trevor Monson will be calling and Ian and Margaret will again provide the music. Come and join us!

November Dance

posted 4 Dec 2018, 06:31 by Vivienne Hayes

Thirty or so dancers braved the bitter cold to come to Samlesbury to enjoy a challenging afternoon of dance lead by Hilary Herbert. As well as some of her own dances, Hilary used dances old and new from elsewhere, to give us a varied programme full of fun but also full of thought – some dances are not at all easy and Ian and Margaret Jones, who provided the excellent music, at times needed the patience of Job! Hilary returns next month to call at our pre-Christmas get together, this time drawing on her collection of CDs to provide the music. We’re having a Jacob’s Join party, as well as more challenging dancing. Come along and enjoy!

October Dance

posted 29 Oct 2018, 09:35 by Vivienne Hayes

So when a caller wants to call a dance for the first time and he wants to know how it will go, how does he do it?  If his name is Andrew Shaw, he turns up at Folk North West, gathers a couple of dozen experienced dancers, gives them a history lesson as he calls the dances, then asks whether or not they were enjoyable.

This is what Folk North West is about.  A chance to try out new things, with people who understand that not everything always goes right first time but who enjoy their dancing nonetheless. With Norman and Denise Bearon providing the music for Andrew’s ‘new’ dances we
thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.

In November we have Hilary Herbert putting us through our paces with music from Ian and Margaret Jones, another afternoon to savour! Come along and enjoy but remember it's 18 November, exceptionally the third Sunday.”


April Dance

posted 18 Apr 2018, 08:06 by Vivienne Hayes   [ updated 29 Oct 2018, 09:37 ]

The last meeting of the season clashed with the Casterton weekend and we had few people there to call or dance; undeterred, Roy Smith, David Thompson and Bill Barcroft shared the calling, though our numbers limited the range of dances. Over a cuppa, we held our AGM and agreed that the generous help received from Lancashire Folk had helped us through the season; we decided that we would seek further help for next season but that we would not at this time increase our fees.

Our first meeting of next season will have Andrew Shaw calling, supported by Norman and Denise Bearon; remember it’s the THIRD Sunday in October, the 21st.

We hope to see you there!

March Dance

posted 17 Mar 2018, 01:58 by Vivienne Hayes   [ updated 18 Apr 2018, 08:10 ]

Jan Dale writes some cracking dances and combining them with dances from Gary Roodman and others around the world, leads to an interesting and sometimes challenging programme. Jan lead our session with some thirty or so dancers stepping away through her programme, enjoying her calling and the excellent accompaniment of Ian and Margaret, making it a thoroughly rewarding way to pass Mothering Sunday afternoon.

Our next meeting is on 8 April when it will be our members’ turn to exercise their calling skills, giving them chance perhaps to call
dances more complex than an average club night will allow. Over tea, we have to deal with the procedures of our AGM, but that should be a minor interruption. Please come along!

Work is also well under way on preparing our programme for next winter and we have another season of interesting and challenging Sundays ahead!

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