Folk Association of South Hants




The next FASH workshop will be on 1st March at Soberton Village Hall. This will be the ninth of our annual workshops with Madding Crowd, an opportunity to join in, singing or playing, with West Gallery Music. Space is limited, so if you would like to attend, book your place by e-mailing or calling 01243 532497, and we shall have a copy of the music ready for you. There is a bring and share lunch for this workshop.


Maypole dancing never used to be something you only saw children doing, and anyone living within striking distance of Alton now has a chance to try it themselves. Poppy Bastin is starting a group in Alton to explore the patterns that can be generated on the Maypole, and looking at suitable music, perhaps even expanding a bit on the traditional skip step. Have a look at her website at or give her a call on 07749 973310. The first session will be Thursday 27th February at Wooteys Junior School, Wooteys Way, Alton, GU34 2JA. No partner needed, just come along!

John Turner writes:

"It is with sadness that we report the death of Paddy Searle. We remember Paddy & the family band ('Itchen Scratch') playing for barn dances in the Southampton Area, and for many years at open-air dances in Sidmouth town centre on the first Friday Night of the Folk Festival. Others will have known Paddy through his involvement with Petanque (French Boules to the uninitiated), where he & Joan were a driving force in the local & national scene for many years.
In later years Paddy was our 'door man' at Chilworth Contras until quite recently; no doubt there were many other spheres of influence in their very active lives.

There will be a service at St Boniface Church, Shirley Rd, Southampton. SO15 3JD at 12:00 on 19th February 2020, followed by a service at Southampton Crematorium, West Chapel (SO16 3QB) at 13:00.
There is also a gathering with Joan & Family at the White Swan at Mansbridge (SO18 3HW) later that day; numbers are limited so please phone Lizzy on 07946752771 if you would like to attend this event."


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 note that from 16th January, the Wimborne Folk Club will be meeting in the Cafe@Allendale Centre, Wimborne, BH21 1AS.

Before the move was announced, Peter Green wrote, "In the folk world Wimborne is best known for its three day Folk Festival every June, but there is a mini folk festival every Thursday at the Horns Inn at Colehill, just outside the town. This free event attracts many local, and not so local, performers to an evening of an eclectic mix of folk and acoustic music. Over this last summer over seventy different acts have performed from the point of the L-shaped room. These include well known performers like The Polly Morris Band, Paul Openshaw, The Warwick Slade Collective, John Meriton and No Direction, to name but a few.
The Wimborne Folk Club has been running weekly since 1978, and still includes founder members, so it must be doing something right. Why not come along to see for yourselves but come early if you want to have a spot, or even a meal before hand. Every one is welcome. They even admit banjos."


We understand that after a brief period of uncertainty the White Lion Folk Club at Wherwell is still meeting. However, they are no longer in the "Barn" at the rear but meet now in the rear dining room of the pub, which has the added advantage, especially at this time of year, that it is warmer. The dates are included in the Folk Club Diary

We now have the 2019/2020 program of Twyford Ceildhs, which can be downloaded here. The next dance of the season is on 1st February. Spike Island are providing the music with Ian Kirby calling the dances. The following month the date will be the 7th, when Ian will be supported by Pogles Wood.


Please note FOCSLE Music will run weekly from January 8th , except for first Wednesdays (when Sam's Session happens in the same place). If these weekly sessions are well supported, they will continue, otherwise, the club will return to its twice monthly program.


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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