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 apologise if you have recently had difficulty using our 'locate' page to find local clubs etc. We have updated the map which now handles the locations in a rather different way and hope you will find it easy to use. We have added places where folk concerts are occasionally staged, and also the arts centres, several of which are included in the club diaries. If you click on the icon at the top left of the map you will be able to deselect categories of locations, leaving visible only the ones you want to see.


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. Note, however, that these sessions have been suspended until the leader is able to return.


Please note that the venue for the "English Tunes Session" is presently The Patform Tavern, now that Talking Heads has closed. It is believed that the Ukulele Session is moving to The 1865, and the Irish Session which was at the Talking Heads is moving to The Juniper Berry.


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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