Folk Association of South Hants




The first of the next season's workshops will be on 14th October, running from 10.30 until 3.30, at Twyford Parish Hall. Lisa Purkiss will be calling dances, some of which are her own, in a workshop she has called 'Dances Old and New'. Music wil be provided by Andrew Purkiss.

We hope to see you there.


We are sad to have to report that Sydney Wilkins passed away on Sunday 8th July at Southampton General Hospital. He went into hospital the previous Thursday for a relatively minor procedure; however, on Saturday his pulse and blood pressure dropped but this was stabilised. Saturday evening Syd was doing the Telegraph crossword but passed peacefully in his sleep early Sunday morning.

Many of you will know Syd from his long association with FASH as its treasurer, and before that as treasurer for the South Hants branch of EFDSS. He was also treasurer of the Eastleigh Folk Dance Club. We shall have a full tribute to him in the September issue of 'Solent Waves'


Following the success of last year's 'Folk Dance Southampton' in September, King John's Morris Men are again aiming to fill the centre of Southampton with as many different styles of English folk dance as they can. This will take place on 15th September. They are inviting dance groups in the area to join them in Southampton, to participate in what should be a great day. If you would like to take part in this event, contact John Connell on 01489 588187 or via Download an invitation/flyer here.


The Irish Set Dancing sessions, which used to take place in The Polish Club Hall, moved temporarily to Shirley Parish Hall a little while ago. Now they find they cannot return, so the meetings have moved to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Portswood Rd, Southampton, SO17 3SB. Please note that there is an error in the July/August issue of 'Solent Waves' both in the venue and in giving dates in July, when the club does not actually meet.


There is also an error in the 'FASH Chat' of the June issue of 'Solent Waves' . The venue for The English Regency Dancers' session is given as the Jubilee Sports Centre; it is in fact the Highfield Church Centre in Highfield Lane, Southampton, SO17 1RL. The venue given in the Dance Diary is correct.


Please note that the venue for the "English Tunes Session" on the second Tuesday each month is now the Maple Leaf Lounge of The Talking Heads at the Polygon, Southampton. Parking might be a bit more tricky than it was near The Junction Inn, but you could also go by train as the Central Station is quite close. See their website at


The Duke of Wellington's Dancers have relocated, and now meet at St. Denys Church, Dundee Road, Southampton, SO17 2ND, with a 7.30 start. They now meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, rather than just Thursdays, but the dates are irregularly spaced, so check their website if you have not been before.


If you are looking in our Dance Diary for The South Hants Playford Folk Dance Club, please note that they have changed its name and it is now The East Dorset Folk Dance Club.


The program for the next season of Twyford Ceilidhs is now available and a copy can be downloaded here. Note that these ceilidhs have proved very popular, and unless you book in advance by contacting Ian Kirby on you could miss out. Note also that the first ceilidh is at the end of September, on the 29th, not at the beginning of October, as the hall is not available on the usual 'first Saturday'.


There is a huge range of events taking place at Halsway Manor, near Crowcombe, Somerset. For more information, visit Their 'What's on' page allows you to search for particular dates and also select specific types of event. There are many different and flexible possibilities regarding accommodation, so their website is well worth a visit.


The English Folk Dance and Song Society, EFDSS, has its full programme on-line now. Many song and dance workshops are included. See and go to their 'What's on' page, or use this link to find out what is taking place this month and to book tickets.


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