Folk Association of South Hants




The FASH AGM on the 12th May completed our 2018/2019 season of workshops and dances. The next workshop will be on 6th October at Soberton Village Hall, when John Turner, accompanied by Pete and Sue Hall, will be calling dances by Charles Bolton and David Roberts.


Many of you will remember Joyce Wilkins, wife of Syd Wilkins (for many years treasurer for FASH) who died almost exactly a year ago. Joyce herself has now died and their children, Diana, Stella and Tony wrote the following:-


"We are sorry to be the bearers of sad news. Our Mum, Joyce Wilkins, passed away peacefully on Monday, 15th July, at her home, Marie Louise House in Romsey. We were all with Mum at the end, and for this we feel both privileged and grateful.

Mum's funeral will take place on:
Friday, 2nd August 2019 at 2.30 pm
Test Valley Crematorium, Ridge Lane, Romsey, SO51 6AB

Afterwards at:
Hillcrest, Southampton Road, Whiteparish, SP5 2QW

Donations in memory of Joyce are for Wessex Heartbeat. This is a charity established to ensure that people being treated at the Wessex Cardiac Centre are provided with the best possible care and support. Joyce has been a recipient of treatment here for over 25 years since having her first pacemaker fitted.

Personal messages, memories and donations may be made online at or cheques made payable to Wessex Heartbeat and sent to the funeral directors, A.H. Cheater Ltd, 122 The Hundred, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8BY.
Family flowers only.

We would like you to come back and celebrate Joyce's life at Hillcrest, but to help with the catering please contact Stella if you are planning to attend. Email Stella at or phone 07767 433805.

If you are coming from a distance there is plenty of space for tents, trailers, caravans etc at Hillside.

Please feel free to pass this message to those we may have missed.

With our best wishes to you all
Diana, Stella and Tony"


We now have the 2019/2020 program of Twyford Ceildhs, which can be downloaded here. The first dance of the season is on 5th October, with Ian Kirby calling to music by Squinty McGinty.


The Brick Kiln Garden Centre Cafe holds regular entertainment while you have a meal there. Two events that might interest are Tuesday 25th June when Pete Coe is "Live on stage" from 12.00 to 2.00, and 30th July when they present The Askew Sisters. More details on their website
The Centre is on the Bognor Road, Chichester, and the events are organised with the help of Chichester Folk Club.


The D3M3 club have asked to be included in our diary pages. This a club which has been running for about 4 years, based at Alton Rugby Foootball Club clubhouse. The name comes from its times, Day three (Wednesday) on Week three - so the third Wednesday every month. Their webpage is and you will also find a Facebook page. The June concert is is Tamsin Quin and Ian Roland & The Subtown Set. A licensed bar is available and doors are open at 7.30 for an 8.00 start. D3W3 is then closed for the summer; details of the autumn program are not yet available.


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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