Folk Association of South Hants



On Sunday 18th October we are holding our first on-line dance via Zoom. It will be led by Victoria Yeomans, well known for her clear, light-hearted calling, with live music from her husband Dave. The session will start at 2 pm and last for approximately 2 hours.

Dances will be adapted to be satisfying for one couple or one person to dance whilst still retaining the essence of the original. There will be a demonstration of each dance followed by a walk through and dances will run a little shorter than usual to accommodate dancing in confined spaces and/or on carpet.

If you are not already on one of our FASH emailing lists and would like to attend, please contact for this event's Zoom Link. If you have never "Zoomed" before, you can download instructions here.

Sadly, as announced at our very recent AGM, we have decided to cancel our January and February 2021 workshops. Watching carefully how the pandemic is progressing, even if dancing in large groups were possible by then, we doubt we would get sufficient numbers attending to make the workshops practicable. We have left the March and April workshops in the program in the hope that things will have improved sufficiently by then, but whether they run or not is still subject to review. We shall let people know in good time whether or not they will take place.


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 which can be 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. Note that we have just heard that Wessex Acoustic are not able to use their venue as they had expected, and have had to cancel the autumn concerts.


We have added 'Friends of Cecil Sharp House' to our Links page. This organisation promotes the participation in English Folk Dance and Music, and at the moment is running a series of on-line, or virtual, dance and calling workshops. At the end of August it held a Zoom discussion between Colin Hume, Louise Siddons and Bernie Culkin in which they addressed the problem of reducing numbers at so many of our folk dance clubs. Colin has suggested a rather radical way of approaching this, and leads the discussion. You can see the recording of it at but be prepared - it is a long session (nearly an hour and 35 minutes) although you can safely skip the first 5 minutes.


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 once again running after their "Covid closure" and their first autumn event started on the 28th September, the Guitar Study Week. Lots of workshops, of course, but also included on the calendar are their 'Christmas House Party' and the 'Winter Warmer' both of which include dance - the first scheduled dancing we have seen!


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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