Folk Association of South Hants




Next FASH Event

The last FASH workshop for this season was at Soberton Village Hall SO32 3PF on the 14th April. Our AGM will be on the 19th May at 4.00 and will be held via the 'Zoom' application. If you would like to join the meeting and have not attended one of our AGMs before, email for the pack of reports, accounts etc. and the log-in details.

If you are not already on our FASH Supporters circulation list and would like to receive news of our events, please contact Daphne on or phone 01243 531497.

We are aware that Covid has recently become more prevalent, so our document 'FASH Workshops and Covid19' is unfortunately still relevant. It details the precautions we take and what we ask you to do to protect other people.



A couple of dances we have only just been made aware of:

On the 4th May at St. James Road Methodist Church, Shirley, Southampton, SO15 5HE, there will be a fund-raising Barn Dance with caller Ian Kirby and The Puddleglum Folk Band. Start time is 7.00 and the tickets at 10 should be booked in advance by calling 07929 759901. A light supper and non-alcohic drinks are included in the price.

Towards the other end of the folk dance spectrum, SusFA are holding their annual Playford Ball on the 18th May at St Mary's Church Centre, The Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE. The caller will be Madeleine Smith with music from Eclectic Regency. The dance starts at 7.00, but before that SusFA are holding their AGM at 6.30. Doors are open at 6.00, tickets are £12, pay on the door. Tea and coffee will be provided but bring your own snacks. For more details or directions to the venue contact June on 07908 353968 or Bob on 07732 797842, or email Costume is optional.


Please note that Louise Siddon's Winqeilidh has moved from Winnall and will now take place at The Nutshell, 15 Kings Walk, Winchester SO23 8AF. The start time has also changed, the class now starts at 8pm. Dates and details in our Dance Diary.


If you prefer contra-style dances, we have our local Solent Contra Dances with Barrie Bullimore calling. They are on the second Wednesday of the month at Shawford Parish Hall - details in the Dance Diary.


Have a look also at The London Barndance Company's website. They are again running live dances, mainly at Cecil Sharp House. All the dates and callers/bands are given on the LBC website; the dances can be found on the EFDSS website, which is the easiest way to buy tickets in advance (£15, members £13).

The regular contra dances at Egham (Ashford Folk Dance Club) have also restarted. These are afternoon sessions on the second Sunday of the month. More details here. These two contra sessions tend to be on the two days of the same week-end, and sometimes one caller leads both events.


A comparatively new website is now on-line: Friends of English Dance are putting together a directory of dance clubs, callers and bands/musicians to replace the well-established one, now no longer available, of "Set and Turn Single". If you run a dance club, are a caller or part of a band, do consider adding yourself/your club/your band to the site - it will take a while to collect all the information, but if everyone adds their own part it will soon grow.

Also on the site, you can find resources for dancers, callers and musicians, including videos, particularly for those new to English Country Dance, of many of the basic dance figures.


We have added a link on the 'Solent Waves' page to the 'Solent Waves' archive. All issues right back to number one have been scanned in and saved as pdfs. The most recent ones are in full colour, issues a bit further back are in black and white and issues prior to November 2013 are in greyscale as they were printed in blue.


Focsle Music now meets regularly at two different locations - The Guide Dog and The Wellington Arms. For all the details see the Focsle website and their Facebook page. (Facebook is more frequently updated but the website has the more complete diary). Even with all these 'live' meetings, Focsle is still running the Wednesday Zoom sessions. If you would like to be kept fully up-to-date, e-mail Paul and ask to be added to their mailing list.


Woolston and Bursledon Folk Club are suspending the Sunday 'Zoom' sessions; the 'Live' sessions, which have seen some really good nights, will continue. They are restarting the occasional guest night; if you would like to be kept up-to-date on what is going on at W&B, drop John Connell a line on and ask to be put on the mailing list.


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. Clicking on one of the headings in red you will find mainly what is taking place at Cecil Sharp House: gigs, workshops and dances separately. To see what dance events members of EFDSS have asked to be posted on the website, go to, or click on the heading "The Folk Dance Calendar" in black. This part of the website has taken over some of what used to be the on-line calendar of "Set and Turn Single".

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