posted 22 Jul 2020, 02:42 by Vivienne Hayes

The response to my earlier email about next season showed that there is still significant doubt that the dancing we know and enjoy will be possible in safety for a good time yet to come; whilst one or two respondents were in favour of a “wait and see” approach, the overwhelming majority felt that it would be unsafe to resume dancing until we knew there was a tried and tested prevention or cure for the virus and this is thought to be a good way off.  Thus, the 2020/2021 season will not go ahead – it is cancelled in its entirety.


Looking to the future on a more positive note, if there are significant signs of an improved situation, I for one will be seeking ways to restart dancing on an ad-hoc basis and I will solicit support for this if and when it happens.


Looking farther ahead though, I am provisionally booking Samlesbury Memorial Hall to restart our sessions on second Sundays from Sunday 10 October 2021; I hope and pray this will be possible!


Until then, stay safe and keep well.


Bill Barcroft


19 April Dance Cancelled

posted 19 Mar 2020, 06:00 by Vivienne Hayes

Unfortunately the dance has now been cancelled and the AGM will possibly take place at the dance on the 11th October. Check on the website later in the year for details.

There is an updated programme now on the website.

8 March 2020

posted 9 Mar 2020, 03:08 by Vivienne Hayes

This afternoon, more than thirty dancers met to enjoy the fun, and at times quite challenging, dances selected by Hilary Herbert. With her selection of dances old and new we were put through our paces with some wonderful accompaniment from Kendal Green – Ian and Margaret, today augmented by the lovely violin of Fiona.

Vivienne took a couple of photos which have been put on the Photos page, but unfortunately moved the camera so the one of the caller and musicians is rather blurred! If anyone doesn't want to have their photo taken at any of our dances, then please let her know.


Mindful of the committee that voluntarily runs Samlesbury Memorial Hall we were also able to help them with a donation of £50 towards their planned defibrillator.


Our next meeting is Sunday 19 April 2020, the THIRD Sunday in the month and the week after Easter; this will be a volunteers’ afternoon, interrupted briefly by our AGM. Come along and enjoy, particularly if you would like to call a dance or two!

9 February 2020

posted 11 Feb 2020, 02:53 by Vivienne Hayes

A couple of dozen of our members braved the atrocious weather conditions, the wind and the flooding to arrive at Samlesbury for an excellent afternoon of dance. They were handsomely rewarded with some really interesting dances from Trevor Monson, some new, some not so new, some simple and one of Colin Wallace’s rather less than simple creations. All this to the accomplished accompaniment of Denise and Norman Bearon; an enjoyable afternoon for all! 


Our next meeting is Sunday 08 March 2020 when Hilary Herbert will be leading the dancing with music provided by Kendal Green; come along and enjoy!

January 2020

posted 16 Jan 2020, 01:35 by Vivienne Hayes

A new year and a new line-up at Folk North West! Norman Bearon stepped back from playing, to lead the dancing as thirty-plus dancers were put through their paces in an afternoon of interesting and challenging dance. New, too, was the combination of Denise accompanied by her grand-daughter, a talented young recorder player adding an extra dimension to Denise’s excellent music; all in all a superb combination that we hope will return next season.


Our next meeting is Sunday 09 February 2020 when Denise will be re-joined by Norman to provide the music for a programme of dance presented by Trevor Monson; come along and enjoy!

There are a couple of new photos on the Photo Page - might be more to follow from Bill.

New Years Day

posted 2 Jan 2020, 05:12 by Vivienne Hayes

Happy 2020! A couple of dozen dancers and callers gathered at Samlesbury to spend the afternoon welcoming the New Year.  Half a dozen of us exercised our calling skills providing a collection of dances ranging from old-English traditional to some modern Scottish and quite a few stops in-between.


Our thanks to Roy Smith and Hoghton FDC for the use of their sound equipment.


Our next meeting is Sunday 12 January 2020 when Norman Bearon will be leading the session with music provided by Denise and Naomi; come along and enjoy the dancing.

December 2019 Dance

posted 16 Dec 2019, 02:13 by Vivienne Hayes

Forty-eight dancers chose to ignore the horrible weather and come and enjoy a challenging, mixed programme of dance provided by Hilary Herbert, drawing on her extensive collection of dances and CDs. Added to that we had something of a festive atmosphere as we also enjoyed a ‘bring and share’ buffet mid-afternoon. Thank you, Hilary, for making this afternoon fun and enjoyable, in the run up to Christmas!

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 1st January 2020, yes – New Year’s Day. Called our “New Year Start-up” it’s a chance for everyone to come along with their own CDs and call a dance or two – a mixed programme that can give less experienced callers a chance to call dances with experienced dancers to help them.

So come along and enjoy the experience, Wednesday 1st January, 2.30 till 5.30.  

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.

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