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ROLLING MEETS AND HOLIDAY MEETS 2018

COCKSHUTT AND WHITCHURCH

MILLENNIUM HALL, COCKSHUTT - 24-29 MAY, 2018

Cockshutt Millennium Hall, Shrewsbury Road, Cockshutt, Shropshire, SY12 0JE. MR 126/433293. Dance Fri, Sat & Mon. From Ellesmere on A528, after 30 mile sgn in village, trn R off mini rndbt. From Shrewsbury pass Church and School on R, turn L off mini-rdbt.

We have camped at Cockshutt a couple of times before and it is an idea site with a large flat field, the hall is on site and there are bus stops outside for Ellesmere or Shrewsbury. We will dance on Friday, Saturday and Monday. We have regular coffee mornings and get togethers on the field or in a tent on the evenings we aren't dancing.

ALDERFORD LAKE (PREVIOUSLY CALLED DEARNFORD LAKE), WHITCHURCH - 29TH MAY-3RD JUNE 2018

Alderford Lake, Tilstock Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 3JQ. MR 126/544396. Dance Wed, Fri, Sat. From Tilstock Road roundabout on Whitchurch by-pass take B5476 to Tilstock and Wem. For 400 yards. Alderford Lake is on left hand side. Green Fluid for toilet.

This is a new site for us and looks a nice area to camp. We will dance Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in a hall a couple of miles away, but lifts are normally offered to anyone in motorvans who don't want to move them. We have regular coffee mornings and get togethers on the field or in a tent on the evenings we aren't dancing.

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BOLTON ABBEY AND THORNTON-IN-CRAVEN

RALLY FIELD AT BOLTON ABBEY-19-24 JULY 2018

Bolton Abbey Car Park, Tourist Office Car Park, Bolton Abbey, Nr Skipton, BD23 6EX. MR 104/071539. From Skipton by-pass tk A59 twds Harrogate. At Bolton Abbey Bridge rdbt tn L twds Bolton Abbey at start of vill tn L into Car Pk. Go thru gate into Rally Field. Dance Fri, Sat & Mon

Trying another new site at Bolton Abbey adjacent to the car park with the hall next door where we will dance on Friday, Saturday and Monday. It is a really lovely area with a short walk to the Abbey and either enjoy a short stroll along the river or go for a longer walk in the area. This is a link to their website -https://boltonabbey.com/ We have regular coffee mornings and get togethers on the field or in a tent on the evenings we aren't dancing.

THORNTON HALL FARM, THORNTON IN CRAVEN - 24-29 JULY 2018

Thornton Hall Farm Country Park, Thornton Hall Farm, Thornton in Craven, nr Skipton, BD23 3TJ. MR 103/904482. Dance Wed, Fri & Sat. Travelling West along A59 Skipton. At roundabout with A56 take 1st exit onto B6252 twds Barnoldwick. Site on R in approx 1 mile, opp church.

We have camped at Thornton Hall Farm before. You can catch a bus to Skipton and various places in East Lancs. We will dance on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in a local village hall within walking distance. We have regular coffee mornings and get togethers on the field or in a tent on the evenings we aren't dancing.

TEMPORARY HOLIDAY SITE

20 July - 12 August 2018

PALL MALL FARM, TYWYN - MR 135/592014

The North West Section have run a successful THS at Tywyn for 37 years. The site is close to town, beaches and narrow gauge railway. Regular evening get-togethers are held for a chat but normally there is no dance arranged and folky activities depend on who is camping. Website for Site

Tywyn
Alan and Lilian Davies's grandson Matthew
at a music session
Tywyn
Lovely countryside- not always cloudy!
Tywyn Tent
There are get togethers in the tent in the evenings (different tent now)
Trains to visit near Tywyn
An opportunity to ride on the Talyllyn Steam Railway
View of Site Entrance
Site Entrance
Tywyn Music
Paul and Matthew entertain the campers
Tywyn Sunset 
Sunset at Tywyn
 New Steward
New Steward
Barmouth View 
Barmouth from point of Fairbourne/Cader Idris and train bridge
 Dolgoch Falls
Dolgoch Falls

TEMPORARY HOLIDAY SITE

16 August - 28 August 2018

ST CUTHBERT'S PRIMARY SCHOOL, HALSALL- MR 108/368100

We have run this THS successfully for over 15 years. There is a large flat field for camping and hard standing if desired, and we have the use of the school for the full period.There is quite a large hall which we can use for dancing and crafts, a smaller hall for dancing or music workshops, plus kitchen. The Canal is a short walk away with meals being served overlooking the canal at the local pub, from where you can walk along the towpath watching the canal boats pass.

Each morning there are activities arranged which vary a bit each year. In 2015 some of the activities available were zumba, aerobics, zentangle, line dancing, morris dancing, skiffle, pasta shakers, paper weaving, stitched cards, bunting for the caravan, pom pom people, friendship bracelets, coasters for the caravan, pasta colouring competitions, jigsaws, 4 quiz sheets over the 12 days, and folk dancing to encourage and teach the children and new dancers and the musicians had get togethers in a morning. Each evening there will be dancing, sometimes to a band, people doing 'turns' and family fun with the emphasis on dancing after the tea break.

Halsall is only a few miles from Southport, which is an elegant resort town, with its pavement cafes, tree-lined boulevards and stunning floral displays. Charming Lord Street, with its glass-canopied shops and the stunning Wayfarer’s Arcade, is home to a superb range of specialist shops, high street names and department stores. For a change of pace, explore the 22 miles of beach along Southport’s coastline, with dramatic dunes that are a haven for many rare examples of flora and fauna. The area is also one of Britain’s premier birdwatching locations. There are buses to Southport and Liverpool near the site.

Martin Mere Wildfowl Trust, Camelot Theme Park, Country Houses and Parks, Knowsley Safari Park, visit Liverpool, the home of The Beatles with its two cathedrals, Albert Dock and either ferry or tunnel to the Wirral and great museums. If you like beaches there is Formby Point which is a lovely nature reserve with a gorgeous beach and sand dunes and also Ainsdale beach and sand dunes. The Fylde Coast is worth a drive to visit Blackpool and Lytham, and there is Fleetwood with its Freeport Shopping centre for those attractive bargains and if you like walking the Forest of Bowland and Pendle Witch Country are lovely areas. Rufford Old Hall, a National Trust property is nearby.

Southport Flower Show will be held the first weekend. It is normally cheaper to purchase your tickets beforehand - website

For further details telephone Fred Fearon- Tel: 0161 336 4464 - Mobile No: 07903586947

PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN AT HALSALL - VARIOUS YEARS


Band
Band played most evenings
Crafts

Craft Session
 Games Afternoon
Games Afternoon on a wet day
 Dancing

Dancing Fun

Maypole
Judith Veevers organised Maypole Dancing

Clogging at Halsall
Charlotte Warin clog dancing
Halsall Fred Breadmaking
We even had a breadmaking demonstration from Fred Fearon-see recipe below

Music
A chance to play music together

Halsall Youth
Making friends at Halsall

Youth
Younger members meeting up again another year
Band Workshop 
Band Workshop
 Dancing
Lots of dancing fun
Keep Fit 
Lynn organised a Keep Fit Workshop each morning
 Verity Rose
Verity Rose entertaining us
Morris Dancing 
Morris Dance Workshop
 Skiffle
Skiffle Session
 Young Caller
Our youngest callers - Ella and Imogen with John and Elaine
 Shoes
Shoes were taken off to keep the hall clean

IT WAS SUGGESTED WE PUT FRED'S BREAD RECIPE HERE FOR ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN TO HIS DEMONSTRATIONS AT HALSALL

Fred's Bread at Halsall This is the promised recipe for Fred's Bread as demonstrated at Halsall when everyone returned to the caravan with some dough to bake their own. Fred has been making bread for breakfast almost daily for many years. It is tasty, easy and varies according to his mood. Everything is from cold. He mixes all the dry ingredients and then takes smaller quantities and adds any liquids. Basically it is as follows:

Take about half a large bag of any flour, cheapest will do or mix different types of flour. At present bread flour is available at some shops for 48p for 1.5 kilo's 1 individual pack of yeast or ½oz from a large packet. (This will freeze) 1 tsp salt. Mix well Take three volumes of dry bread mix to one of water with oil, but have extra bread mix to add. (It usually needs it). Mix well and knead on a floured board. The dough for the breakfast rolls is made just after breakfast the previous day. Leave in the fridge during the day in a poly bag. Then, last thing, before going to bed, pull off enough dough for the number of breakfast rolls needed. Knead, roll and flatten with a dusting of flour then lightly oil with olive oil and place onto a baking tray in a cold oven to raise overnight.* In the morning bake for 12 minutes on gas mark 5. (In our house)200 oC Switch the gas off, turn the bread rolls over on the tray and put back into the hot oven to slowly cool down. (Use as much of that expensive heat as possible) The rolls are cooked when they sound hollow on the base. Timing varies in different ovens and may take longer.

If the rolls are wanted at lunch time mix the first rising at tea time and knock back in the morning. Bread can also be fried. Let the dough rise in the frying pan and cook for about 20 minutes on each side on a very low heat. The main thing bread making is fun and not as complicated as we were led to believe. Dried yeast is very good tempered and will support a small amount or a large amount of flour.

Experiment: Fred's grandchildren tried "Jaffa Cake" bead which was not as exciting as expected. Eventually the Grandchildren, and Fred, made a chocolate coiled bread: Roll the bread dough into a long thin strip. Coat on one side of its length in chocolate spread. Coil it up with the chocolate spread on the inside. Sprinkle with a little sugar. Leave to rise and bake as normal (12 Minutes gas mark 5). It was scrumptious.

A new thing: Dusting the top of the bread rolls with dried milk powder after they have been flattened and light oiled.

*If baked on a Teflon sheet the dough does not stick, purchased from Home Bargains at £1.99 either round or rectangular and useful for so many cooking situations. Supermarkets also sell it.