Folk Association of South Hants



On Sunday 10th January 2021 Victoria and Dave Yeomans led their second online dance for us on Zoom, which many of you attended and seem to have enjoyed! Victoria and Dave recently published a book and double CD of their dances and music - 'At Home with Deo Volente'. Enquiries to

We are following up this success with another treat for you ......

Madeleine Smith will be running an online dance for us from 2pm till 4pm on Sunday 7th February. This was the date when Ted Morse would have run his workshop "Only Connect" - see our Workshops page for more information. The details for joining Madeleine's dance will be sent to our supporters nearer the time. If you are not already on one of our FASH emailing lists and would like to attend, please contact or phone 01243 531497.

If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, you can download instructions here.

We have now, very regretfully, decided that we have to cancel our planned March and April workshops. The AGM was to have taken place during the April workshop, but will now have to be postponed to a future date. We are of course hoping to be able to hold live workshops again in 2021/2022, but we will keep you updated with any other online events we might run until then.

If you enjoyed either of Victoria's online dances you might like to know that her dad, our local caller Nigel Close, has restarted his series "as many as will" as a Zoom meeting on the first Thursday every month. If you would like to join in, email Nigel on to obtain the link. The next session is at 7.30pm on the 4th February - doors open at 7.15pm.

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 in the coming months and to book tickets.

If you prefer contra-style dances, have a look also at The London Barndance Company's website. The home page tells you how to join the discussion list, from which you can get the necessary details for joining the virtual dances.

We have added 'Friends of Cecil Sharp House' to our Links page. This organisation promotes the participation in English Folk Dance and Music, and at the moment is running a series of on-line, or virtual, dance and calling workshops. At the end of August it held a Zoom discussion between Colin Hume, Louise Siddons and Bernie Culkin in which they addressed the problem of reducing numbers at so many of our folk dance clubs. Colin has suggested a rather radical way of approaching this, and leads the discussion. You can see the recording of it at but be prepared - it is a long session (nearly an hour and 35 minutes) although you can safely skip the first 5 minutes.

You might also be interested in a series of dances that take place on Sunday evenings. Look at this website and click on "See more" in the "About this group" box. It will tell you a bit about it; remember that this is not UK-based, so the actual times are 9.00 to 10.30. Apparently there are over 300 members of the group and 150-ish regularly sign into the sessions. Click on the "Join Group" button to receive an invitation e-mail.

We hear regularly from CDSS, the American equivalent of our EFDSS, and a Facebook notice came to us recently concerning calling for dance. This link will take you to the CDSS web page giving details. The first section of the course is full, and you might not wish to join straight into the second section, but if there is enough interest (send them an e-mail) they may well run the course again. It is described as "Global Terminology & Positional Calling" and is run by Brooke Friendly.

You are unlikely to have been able to watch a traditional Mummers Play this year with the present Covid-19 restirctions in place, so King John's Morris Men put together a 'virtual' Mummers Play compiled from a series of clips filmed by each of the participants - a very clever bit of video editing with several little snippets of humour you would not get outside a pub. It is well worth watching, and if you would normally have contributed to their charity at a live performance, there is the opportunity to donate via the "Just Giving" website. Go to to see the play, to listen to and watch a Christmas carol they have recorded, and for a link to the donations site.

Not actually mentioned on their website, King John's Morris Men have also produced a CD of music and songs, typical of their repertoire on their regular (until February this year) 'Music nights'. It is called 'Pigsticking', with 21 tracks and priced at £6 including postage etc.; if you would like a copy, drop John Connell a line on to find out what you need to do.

Oh dear! Just when things were beginning to look up, most of Hampshire entered Tier 4, meaning that almost no entertainment venues will be open for live events. Once again the Folk Club and Arts Centres diary is rendered void. It is anyone's guess now when the folk clubs will be able to open and meet again. It probably all depends on how quickly they manage to roll out the C-19 vaccination program and we are in a position to have "herd immunity" and resume normal life.

The Guildford Institute is presumably no longer open. However, the Music Institute has established a regular "Come All Ye Open Zoom" meeting which was limited to 18 participants/audience, but now appears to be open to a larger audience. See their website for a link to send an email saying you would like to attend. Note that their "singers list" fills up quickly, so contact them early if you would like to contribute a song or poem etc. If you would like to contribute to St Catherine's Hospice you can make your donation online at - the collection was approaching £1000 in December.

Please be aware that there have been one or two cancellations of concerts, not simply because the venues were not available but because the events were part of a tour, and too few of the venues on the tour were open to make the whole tour viable. The clubs are doing their best to fill the gaps with alternative guests.

There is usually a huge range of events taking place at Halsway Manor, near Crowcombe, Somerset Sadly their closure due to Covid-19 has now been extended to April 2021. Courses within this period will be cancelled or rescheduled.
Their office is only open for booking enquiries on Mondays from 10am to 4pm.

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