Folk Association of South Hants


FASH workshops and events

We hold workshops on Sundays from 10.30am to 3.30pm at Durley Memorial Hall SO32 2AD and Soberton Village Hall SO32 3PF. See the bottom of this page for maps of the two venues.

Bring Your Own Lunch or you could try the pub up the road (although possibly not at Durley where there is no pub within walking distance of the hall). Tea, coffee and biscuits (£1 for the whole day) will be available and you can bring your own mug if you wish.

FASH members £9, non-members £12 and it costs just £10 to become a FASH member.

We usually run eight workshops between September and April, comprising six of various kinds of folk dance with live music and excellent callers, one West Gallery music with the Madding Crowd and one 'Do Something Different Day'. Past 'different' sessions have included handbells, bones/spoons, miming, story telling, singing together, shanties and more! Last year we had an informal get-together instead, with lots of dance and some music, which we called a 'FASH Winter Gathering'. This proved so popular that we are repeating it this year on the 10th December.

If you fancy repeating any of these activities or can suggest new ones, please do contact us.

A copy of our 'FASH Workshops and Covid19' Supplement is here and we would ask you to read it before attending a workshop to see what precautions we will be taking at the venues, and what we ask our attendees to do to protect everyone involved.

Details of the workshops we have planned for 2023/2024 are below. Please also see our Facebook page for updates and news of FASH workshops. A flyer is available here.

We have set up an on-line calendar for those who might like to use it. You will need a Google account (if you have an @gmail email address, you already have an account, but if not you can register for a new account). Sign in to your Google account then go to your google calendar. On the left you should see something that says 'My calendars' and below that 'Other calendars' and a '+' sign. Click on the '+' and then 'subscribe to calendar', then where it says 'Add calendar' enter the account info for the FASH calendar which is

If you are a newcomer to folk dancing you might find it easier to try a ceilidh or a dance club first to learn the basics, but everyone is welcome - with a partner or on their own. We are a friendly crowd and will make sure you always have someone to dance with. These are workshops, as against "a dance night", by which we mean that the dances will be taught and there may be a focus on improving some particular aspect, or on different styles, or perhaps dancing in different positions. The emphasis on these Sundays is always on enjoyment.


8th Oct 2023

Durley Memorial Hall

John Turner: music from Pete and Sue Hall
Johnís Selection Box - Johnís own choice of dances in a mix of styles

5th Nov 2023

Soberton Village Hall

Barrie Bullimore: music from Linda Game and Carol Levi
Two Dance Styles – Compare and Contrast - A two genre workshop, combining the dances of Charles Bolton with Barrie’s choice of Contras

10th Dec 2023

Durley Memorial Hall

The FASH Winter Gathering! Not a workshop! Mainly dancing but with a few extras - a mix of callers, musicians and styles Only £6. Download a flyer here.

7th Jan 2024

Durley Memorial Hall

Colin Hume: music from Claire Coxwell and Judith Beton
Dancing through the Ages - Dances from the 16th to the 21st centuries, illustrating how English Country Dance has evolved and is still evolving

4th Feb 2024

Soberton Village Hall

Dick Gurney: music from Pete & Sue Hall
Dick’s All-Sorts - An eclectic selection with the emphasis on enjoyment and fun

3rd Mar 2024

Soberton Village Hall

The Madding Crowd - West Gallery Music
A popular annual workshop - come to sing or play your instrument or swap around and do both!
Contact Daphne on or phone 01243 531497 to book and reserve a copy of the music.

24th March 2024

Durley Memorial Hall

Elaine Shiers: music from Pete and Sue Hall
Let’s Face the Music and Dance - A selection of dances to lovely music to make you smile, laugh or even just sigh with pleasure

14th April 2024

Soberton Village Hall

Nigel Close: music from Pete and Sue Hall
Cumbria comes to Hampshire! - A wide range of dances collected over the years at the annual Morland Folk Dance Week

19th May 2024


To be held via the Zoom application. Meeting will start at 4.00; details for logging in and an information pack (officers' reports, accounts etc.) will be circulated nearer the time.

Our AGM for 2022/23 was held on 14th May 2023. The minutes are available here.

For those of you who plan a long way ahead............ Read more


A few images from our 2023 'Winter Gathering' in December, and a very short video, courtesy Dave McGlade and Dick Gurney.


Southern Stepping workshop led by Simon and Jo Harmer with JigFoot at Twyford. March 2014


West Gallery workshop led by Mike Bailey of Madding Crowd. February 2014


And some of the comments we have received about our workshops........

Mentally challenging but their dances were very interesting
Very clear instructions so it was easy to dance
Good dancing which seemed to be enjoyed by everyone
They are such skilled musicians and make it so easy to fit the steps into their music. Brilliant quality
Great music made you want to get up and dance


View Soberton Village Hall in a larger map

For directions to the Soberton Hall click here.

View Durley Memorial Hall in a larger map

For directions to the Durley Hall click here.

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