Folk Association of South Hants




The current situation with respect to coronavirus Covid-19 has led to vitually all folk clubs and folk dance clubs closing, at least for the time being. The diaries in the March and April issues of 'Solent Waves' are therefore no longer valid and few, if any, of the events scheduled for April and May, advertised in the these issues, are likely to take place. The two events FASH had arranged for the near future, the workshop on the 26th April at Twyford and the AGM/dance in May at Soberton have both been cancelled. We shall reschedule the AGM and send out calling notices etc. once it is deemed safe to hold public meetings again.



There have been major changes in the government recommendations to reduce the spread of coronavirus Covid-19 since this page was last updated. In light of the announcements on 16th March, most, if not all, folk clubs and folk dance clubs have reviewed their policies and decided to close, at least until May and probably for longer. Several, we have not yet heard whether or not all, of the Morris and other local display teams are no longer practising and it seems likely that few danceouts at pubs will take place early in what is often referred to as the "Morris Season" when it begins in May.

Typically 50% of our journal, 'Solent Waves', is diaries of local folk activities, and many of the advertisements are for events taking place in the near future. Very little of this is now relevant, and with many of our distribution locations, the clubs themselves, community centres etc., closed, we shall distribute the paper copies, which were printed before the announcements, only to members who receive them by post. A 'soft' PDF copy will be sent out to those who normally receive 'Solent Waves' by e-mail, and a copy will be posted on this website.

It is most unlikley we shall produce a May issue of 'Solent Waves' unless members and subscribers write in with copy - almost anything to do with folk - that they would like to see in print. Please send any contributions to It will only be a 'soft' electronic copy but at least our 40+ year run will not be interrupted.


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! Check the website to see when the club will reopen.


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." (But not at the moment. Check their website for news on when they will reopen).


We now have the 2019/2020 program of Twyford Ceildhs, which can be downloaded here. The last dance of the current season is on 4th April. Turk Town Troopers are providing the music with Ian Kirby calling the dances. Sadly this dance has also been cancelled.


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. Focsle music has cancelled all sessions and concerts until further notice.


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. Not surprisingly, Halsway Manor is also closed, at least until 24th April.


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.


Back to top