Folk Association of South Hants




The next FASH workshop will be on 17th November at Twyford Parish Hall, when Jane Thomas, accompanied by Andrew Purkiss, will be calling "A Medley of Contras in Minor Sets". Lots of different formations including improper, Becket, triple, indecent, Mescolanza and square - a treat for all you lovers of contras. Remember that the lunch arrangements are now Bring Your Own, rather than Bring And Share.


If you rely on EFFDSS to provide you or your organisation with Public Liability insurance, it may well be worth you reviewing the terms under which it is provided. Local caller, Nigel Close, writes:

"If you are a performer, or a group, who relies on membership of EFDSS to provide Public Liability insurance you should look very carefully at the guidelines in the last page of the Autumn 2019 issue of 'English Dance & Song Magazine'. Things have changed significantly. The previous guidelines were clear: £5M Public Liability cover "not intended for full-time professionals … but for amateurs and hobbyists" doing "Any folk activity … within the aims of the EFDSS, which are to promote folk music, dance and song". But in the latest version "activities must always be without a fee" and "any money collected … must be to cover expenses and operating costs, with no money distributed as profit".
As I (and other callers around the country) understand it, if I call, or a band plays, for a fee then there is no cover. Some small payments might be allowed as "expenses", but that seems to be a horribly grey area to depend upon if someone sues me for injury, or my equipment starts a fire. And if your club donates something to Halsway Manor or your local hospice it's the same story: money is "distributed as profit" and you're not covered.
For my own peace of mind I have taken out insurance with a commercial supplier. I will offset the cost by relinquishing my membership of EFDSS."

Nigel wrote to EFDSS to complain about these changes. The response implied that the policy has not changed but the insurers wished to keep within the letter of the law in defining "amateurs and hobyists", leading to a revision of the wording. EFDSS hopes to clarify things shortly and let everyone know. Whether this will actually make any difference to whom is actually covered is not clear, and indeed it would not seem impossible that many callers, bands and organisers were never covered anyway! A case of "watch this space". Editor


We have added a Google calendar for our workshops for those who use on-line calendars. For more details on how to access it, look on our 'Workshops' page


Please be aware that John Turner has had to cancel December 12th's Contras session at Chilworth due to some sort of election event requiring the hall for use as a polling station. He presently trying to find an alternative hall, but if you are hoping dance at this session, check on his website to find out whether it is running and where it will be. The 14th November session will be running as usual.


May Heydays (which has replaced the Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival) at last know whether they have what was the bank holiday Monday. Apparently it is not available for them, so the dance program has been rearranged and ticket prices adjusted accordingly. Until the end of January 'Earlybird' tickets are available, saving £12; if you book before the end of September you can save another £2 per ticket. Camping on-site is £20 per person. Booking at the moment is by downloading a copy of the booking form from the website (note that it is a Word document, not a PDF), filling it in and sending it back via e-mail, tranferring the cash by BACS. Alternatively, you can print the form out and post it together with a cheque. Campers are able to stay until early Monday morning - the last dance will end at 10.30 pm on Sunday, or possibly even a bit later.


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 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 web page is and you will also find a Facebook page. A licensed bar is available and doors are open at 7.30 for an 8.00 start. Details of the autumn program can be found on our diary page.


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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