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 (possibly not at Durley where there is no pub within walking distance of the hall). Tea and coffee will be available at the hall and you can bring your own mug if you wish. There is often soup at lunchtime.

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, shanties and more! Last year it was Maypole Dancing and Christmas singing.

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 shall be taking at the venues, and what we ask our attendees to do to protect everyone involved. We will ensure that seating is well spaced out for the singing session and the room will be well ventilated. In the light of the latest developments regarding the Omicron variant, we would encourage the use of a lateral flow test, as mentioned in the supplement.

Below is a list of the workshops we have planned for 2022/2023 as long as the guidelines in place at the time allow them to go ahead. Please also see our Facebook page for updates and news of FASH workshops. A flyer with more details will soon be available

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.

16th Oct 2022
Durley Memorial Hall

Victoria Yeomans - Royal Celebrations: music from Dave Yeomans
Dances to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen in this Jubilee year, with support from other members of the Royal family along the way.

13th Nov 2022
Soberton Village Hall
Dick Gurney - Dick's Dances through the Decades: music from Pete & Sue Hall
A mixture of styles and traditions - English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Manx, American.
11th Dec 2022
Durley Memorial Hall

FASH Winter Gathering - watch this space for more details .......

8th Jan 2023
Soberton Village Hall

Ivan Aitken - English dances from here and across the Atlantic: music from Pete & Sue Hall
A look at modern English dances by modern day composers

12th Feb 2023
Durley Memorial Hall

Brian Stanton - English Country Dances from North America: music from Pete & Sue Hall
A selection of dances from various choreographers on the other side of the pond

26th Feb 2023
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!

Please contact Daphne on or phone 01243 531497 to book your place and reserve a copy of the music.

12th March 2023
Soberton Village Hall

Rosemary Hunt - Allsorts Old & New: music from Orion's Ring (Steve Hunt & Genni Grainger)

Some favourite dances - let's give pleasure, enjoyment and support to those around us.

16th April 2023
Durley Memorial Hall
Louise Siddons - Lines of Beauty: music from Pogles Copse (Anne, Liz & Simon from Pogles Wood)
A selection of eighteenth-century dances that highlight intriguing patterns and pleasing flow

Our AGM for 2022/23 will be held on 14th May 2023 on Zoom. Details of how to attend will be sent to members with the calling notice. Read more

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


Pat Shaw workshop led by Madeleine Smith at Soberton. 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


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