Dance Weekend 2012

Dance Weekend 22nd to 24 June 2012
Our Very Welcome Guests, Rattlejag, Fenstanton, Danegeld, Haughley Hoofers, Rising Larks, Greenwich Morris Again as in most years we held our weekend of dance at Horham Community Centre, where behind the hall there is ample room to camp, and inside the hall guests can make themselves comfortable in the bar area, drinks are not expensive, and there is a continuous supply of tea and coffee in the kitchen. Friday night was as ever a jolly evening with old friends catching up and others making new friends and a large group of session musicians providing the folky background music. Breakfast began early on Saturday morning in the hall and we boarded the coaches at 9.45. The Harleston coach dropped off Rattlejag, Hoxon Cotswold and Haughley Hoofers at The Cardinals Hat where we were made very welcome and had a good dance surface on which to perform. The second coach dropped off Fenstanton, Hoxon Garland, Danegeld, Rising Larks and Greenwich Morris in Halesworth to dance in the Thoroughfare. We all met for ploughmans lunch at Westleton, eating in the Village Hall and dancing The White Horse. Although showers had been forecast during the week the day remained fine. After lunch everyone boarded the coaches for Southwold where it has become tradition to process through the High Street and dance in the Market Place. As ever we had a good audience. Those who hadn’t had enough dancing carried on outside the Red Lion whilst others went to look at and paddle in the sea. In the evening back at Horham we had a delicious meal provided by our caterer Gail and her team. Bunny, our Squire, then was Master of Ceremonies to an evening of entertainment provided by many members of all the groups, interspersed with the odd ceilidh dance led by Mike Barclay and Steve and Juliet Wiles. By 10.30 on Sunday morning we were enjoying ourselves again, this time at a Mini Olympics organised by Eammon (Cotswold leader). Everyone had great fun, there was a sport for all, in the field events, tossing the Swedes or Cotswold stick throwing, in the field events, skipping races, three legged races and wheelbarrow races. Lots and lots of laughs and hopefully this will be a new regular addition to the weekend. Our farewell dance spot at lunchtime was the Beaconsfield Arms at Occold.
Thanks very much to all who entered so enthusiastically into the weekends events. What a great time we had.

submitted by Jan Robinson on Saturday 30 Jun 2012 at 04:30