Folk Association of South Hants




We had planned a 'physical' AGM on the 4th October, but new rules for gatherings will have come into play by then. Although Soberton Village Hall is classed as a 'Covid-secure' community area, and strictly speaking we could still hold our AGM there, our feeling is that the changes may discourage some people who would otherwise have attended, and accordingly we have decided to go to our 'fall-back' position, and hold the AGM on-line. It will be held at 4.00 pm on Sunday October 4th using the now well-known ZOOM application. We shall be sending out invitations to this meeting via e-mail, but if you are a member of FASH, or have regularly attended our workshops, and would like to join the meeting but have not received a calling notice, please contact our secretary - details on our Contacts page.

Shortly after the AGM, we are holding an on-line workshop on Sunday 18th October. Victoria Yeomans will be leading the workshop which will come to you via the ZOOM application. If you have already expressed an interest, details of how to take part will be sent to you together with any information you might need about using Zoom. If you would like to take part but have not yet let us know, contact us via . Save the date in your diary, the workshop will take place in the afternoon, the exact time still to be confirmed.


We can only hope that by the start of 2021, the situation with Covid-19 will have improved sufficiently that we can run the workshops planned for January through to April. It is a case of 'watch this space'.



Events in folk clubs and arts centres are beginning to restart although for many, seat numbers will be limited. Our folk club and arts centres diary is as up-to-date as we can get it, but of course government regulations and advice change often and some events might not run even though scheduled. Sadly, many of the smaller clubs, especially those whose main activities are singarounds and sessions, are unable to meet other than on-line; some hope to restart in 2021. We shall keep our fingers crossed.

The Music Institute is still unable to meet at the Guildford Institute as although now opening, it closes too early in the evening. However, they have 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.

While the premises used by the folk clubs for concerts are all 'Covid-secure' so that even with new restrictions the concerts should still go ahead, it is likely to be quite a bit longer before people can meet again at their dance clubs.


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. Halsway Manor is presently closed; however the office is open Mondays and Fridays for bookings and the first autumn event will start on the 28 September, the Guitar Study Week. Not surprisingly, dance and song do not yet appear to be scheduled into the program


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.


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