Folk Association of South Hants




The next FASH workshop will be on the 8th April at Soberton Village Hall. Emma Wooders will be leading us in a workshop she has called "Crossing the Pond" - looking at how the social dances of England developed into the contra dances of America, how they returned to England and what we are doing with them now. We shall be dancing to music from Andrew Purkiss. More detail is available on our Workshops flyer and still more information will be found in the December/January issue of 'Solent Waves', available here.

This is the last of our workshops for this 2017/2018 season, but there will be a dance following the AGM on 20th May.



Waterlooville Folk Dance Group are running a workshop specifically aimed at callers; they write "We are aiming to encourage people to just have a go." For callers who have never tried calling before and for people who have some experience but would like some advice or just practice, the workshop is run by Jake Wood. Jake started calling when he participated in a workshop, at Waterlooville, some time ago. He ran the Intervarsity folk dance weekend a couple of years ago, called at Sidmouth last year and will be calling at Chippenham Folk Festival in May, so he will be a familiar face to some. If you are not particularly interested in calling, then do still go along; they will need dancers for these new callers to 'practise' on. The date is the 14th April, a Saturday afternoon, and the workshop takes place at the Waterlooville Community Centre, 10 Maurepas Way, PO7 7AY, (turn into the ASDA car park) from 2.00 to 5.00. There is no charge for participants, dancers or callers, but if you would like to go, book a place by calling Sally Walker on 023 9225 3213, Jane Tull on 023 9225 8056 or by e-mailing A flyer is can be downloaded here.


We gather there is a new pub in Eastleigh, the Steamtown Brew Co, and to go with it there is a new weekly folk and acoustic session which has been set up by Jim Shepherd. It has been running on Wednesdays, 7.30 start, since the beginning of the year, and they would be delighted to see a few more musicians there to 'keep the momentum going'. The pub is at 1 Bishopstoke Road, Eastleigh, SO50 6AD. For more information see their flyer.


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.


Ringwood Folk Club are on the move again. From 30th January they will be at The Wathen-Bartlett at The Burley Club, Pound Lane, Burley, BH24 4EB. The evening will remain as Tuesday, with an 8.00 start. They describe the new location as between the Village Hall and the Burley Triangle, and it has a large car park and a cheap bar (so you no longer need to bring alcoholic beverages).


A new Regency Dance club has formed in Southampton - The English Regency Dancers meet at Highfield Church Centre, SO17 1RL most Thursdays at 7.30. More details are available on their website


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.


Emsworth Folk Dance Club is changing to become Emsworth Folk Club. There may still be some dancing, but it will be mainly a folk club with an emphasis on session music. Meetings are usually the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.


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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