8th March 2020

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.


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!

Oh dear - I moved the camera!
Exercising our brains as well as our bodies

9th February 2020

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!


12th January 2020

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!


1st January 2020

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.


10 November 2019

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.


13 October 2019

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!

14 April 2019

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. The new programme can now be viewed on this 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.


10 March 2019

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.

10 February 2019

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.

13 January 2019

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!

1st January 2019

17 people turned up for our New Year Startup which was a good number as we could make two four couple sets leaving one over to call for us, and also were able to have dances in other formations, although some had to sit out for three couple dances. Bob brewed up at the interval and it was an enjoyable afternoon with eight callers.


18th November 2018

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!

8th April 2018

Not the most successful dance we have had with only nine people attending and Dorothy sitting out as she was struggling walking. Three possible reasons, it was the AGM and people sometimes like avoiding those, it was volunteer callers rather than a booked caller and it was a big folk dance event at Casterton which some of our dancers were attending. However, we had three callers and were able to have three couple dances and even four couple with the caller dancing and it turned out to be a pleasant afternoon.

11th March 2018

30 or so dancers arrived ready to have their brains excercised, as well as their bodies, by some challenging dances from Jan Dale with lovely music, as always, from Ian and Margaret.

11th February 2018

We were a little short on numbers at the start of the dance but then we had some more arrivals who had unfortunately been in a traffic jam on the motorway as there had been an accident so we ended up with 31 which is a good number. Trevor called a variety of dances and it was a pleasant way to pass on a very Wintry Sunday afternoon and we enjoyed listening to the music of Ian and Margaret. Bill and Bob once more brewed up as people arrived and in the interval.

14th January 2018

Andrew must have brought his fan club because we had 39 people at the dance which is a record for this season. Andrew once again took us through some challenging dances which must do our bodies and brains more good than just sitting in front of a television screen and Norman and Denise played some lovely music for us. Bill and Bob did the brewing up when people first arrived and then another one in the interval.

10th December 2017

Only 14 people turned up for our Christmas Party Dance, but there had been snow a couple of days before, although it had cleared in Preston but not in every area so people could have been put off travelling. It would have been nice to have more there but we managed to do lots of dancing with eight different callers. With not as many people it also meant there wasn't as much food on the table, but, of course, not as many people to eat it! However,it worked out well as we had a nice variety of different savoury and sweet food. 


Bill Barcroft

Bob Hayes

David Thomson

12th November 2017

28 people attended our November dance, just one less than October. Andrew Shaw was the caller with Norman and Denise Bearon playing for us again. Like Hilary the month before Andrew certainly gave our brains some exercise as well!

8th October 2017

We made a good start to our new season with 29 people enjoying interesting and sometimes challenging dances called by Hilary Herbert with music by Norman and Denise Bearon.