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|We had our first camping
meet of the season at Cranage Village Hall with the use of the hall for the
full meet. After the weather being wet and windy for a few days before, it was
lovely to have sunshine and blue skies. There was quite a lot of hard standing
and a grassed area which had coped well with all the rain before we
It was our AGM and our Committee is as follows:
Chairman Fred Fearon, Vice-Chairman - Chris Scholes, Treasurer John Wilkinson, Secretary Jenny Wilkinson, Sites Officer David Scholes, PRO Irene Paddock, MC Co-ordinator Vivienne Hayes, Equipment Co-ordinator Carol Hewitt, Regalia Rep - Vivienne Hathaway, One Vacancy
Bob Hayes and Molly Clouston resigned from the Committee after being on it for many years.
We had two enjoyable evenings with dancing and being entertained by our talented members and a Jacob's Join tea on Saturday with hot and cold food
NOVEMBER, DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY 2017
|We don't have any camping
meets during the Winter but have four socials instead. We start at 2.30 pm,
have a brew and a chat until about 3.15 pm then dance and have spots, sometimes
the musicians have a get together in a separate room, and we have a Jacob's
Join tea about 5.15 pm. We then dance and have spots until 8 pm when we finish
with another brew and eat any leftovers, leaving by 8.30 pm. It is a very
pleasant way of keeping in touch with members during the Winter
We have various callers for dancing and here are the twins twirling their streamers around. It is nice to have some young ones at our meets and socials.
|We had good weather for our last meet of the season. We had 15 units and 10 visitors on Saturday evening which boosted the number of dancers. On Thursday we had a chat in the bar and we had a coffee morning in the Club on Friday and Saturday and coffee on the field (car park!) on Sunday morning. On Friday we had a very nice Jacob's Join tea. Carol was MC, Fred, David and Judith called. Eric played the keyboard and Iris sang, Len and Ann sang. Jack and Mary, the three year old twins who joined us at Whittingham for the first time earlier in the year enjoyed dancing. On Saturday we had a meal supplied by the Club, most of us had a curry served with rice and a nice salad, and some had the roast dinner. Margaret was MC and as she was visiting for the evening she managed to arrange an enjoyable evening, only starting to organise it about ten to seven after the meal. Bob, Fred, David, Tony and Judith called. Len sang and played the keyboard, Chris and Fred sang, Eric played the keyboard and Iris sang, Ann sang accompanied by Helena on the Cello and David on the Bodhran.|
|We had a very eventful meet
at Bolton-by-Bowland as we were camped on a very soggy field and had to be
towed on and off by the farmer, even with 4 x 4s, although they managed to
drive later without the caravan on the back, and we had to email some people
with large motovans that it wouldn't be a good idea to come. It actually turned
out to be a very enjoyable meet, even though we only had 12 units.
Unfortunately one of our members was ill as he couldn't breathe properly and
had pains in his chest and an ambulance was called at 5.30 am but fortunately
he arrived back on site later as he was feeling better and it obviously wasn't
a heart attack but they decided it was better to go home. Another couple who
were supposed to be attending it, and she was going to be an MC, weren't able
to as her husband ended up in hospital with an irregular heart beat, and one of
our members slipped at a style and pushed another member who went head over
heels and they both fell down from the style a foot or so onto the road with
one on top of the other. Although one had a sore knee it appears they were
lucky not to have been badly hurt.
We had a hilarious session one evening when John called a confusing seven person dance which the men did and then a different seven person confusing dance that the ladies did and the men - drat it - actually managed better than the ladies.
|Our THS at Halsall, near
Southport was well attended and a very enjoyable meet with good feedback. The
hall in the school is used each morning for Keep Fit, Music Workshop, Crafts,
Dancing and Coffee Mornings. The hall isn't normally used in an afternoon to
give people an opportunity to get out and about, but there two very wet days so
it was an opportunity to get together and play board games. In the evening
there were various games, quizzes, entertainment spots and dancing, most
evenings to a band.
The photo shows children and adults enjoying the dancing with more difficult dances later in the evening.
|Our THS at Tywyn was held in
July and August and is an opportunity to explore a pleasant area of Wales.
Unfortunately the weather wasn't as kind as the stewards would have liked but
there were more units attended than last year.
We also had our two rolling meets, the first one at Crooklands Farm, near Kendal and we then rolled on to Marsh House Farm, Carnforth. At Crooklands we camped near the canal and some of us had a boat trip run by volunteers of the Lancashire Canal Trust and we learned about the history of the canal and surrounding area.
Some members visited the Brief Encounters exhibition at Carnforth Railway Station and bus passes were made good use of to visit Lancaster and Morecambe. We had a lovely red sky one evening but unfortunately it was wet the day after.
|Greaves Farm at Cabus is a
very nice site with a large flat field and by the side of the canal and it was
a nice walk along the canal into Garstang. Some took the opportunity to catch
the bus to Lancaster and some went to the Scorton Steam Rally.
Our next meet was at Astbury in Cheshire and it was the frst time we had camped there. There was a panic at one stage when the Sites Officer found out that there was going to be a Beer Festival and a Music Festival on the Friday and Saturday on the weekend we were camping. However, it wasn't a problem and any music had finished by 11.15 pm. It was a pleasant site with nice views and an opportunity to have a look at the farm shop and various other shops on site.
|Our Chelford meet at May Day
is always an enjoyable one and this year was no exception, despite the weather
which was cold and wet. However with having the use of the hall for the full
meet we were able to have coffee mornings and music get togethers. We also had
a couple of afternoons playing board games, doing crafts or just having a chat
which passed the afternoons on very pleasantly and we were dry and warm which
we wouldn't have been outside.
We had our usual Jacob's Join tea on Saturday and got a wide variety of food which made a lovely buffet. Sunday evening was our Cheese and Wine Bring and Share and the dancing always improves as the evening goes on! There was a Table Top Sale on Monday morning.
We had a different MC each of the five evenings who arranged an enjoyable evening with dancing and entertainment by our talented members.
The weather was much better for our two rolling meets at the Spring Bank Holiday, staying five nights in Gwernymynydd in Wales rolling on to Farndon, just over the border into Cheshire, where we were pleased to be able to use our Bus Passes! We had three dances at each meet and get togethers on other evenings, including a boules competition. We had some lovely walks and also eating out as well, with Wetherspoons being made good use of!
Games afternoon - playing Sequence and Quirkles
|We continue to get sad news
about our members having to give up camping because of ill health. The most
recent ones are Allan and Maureen and Kellet and Jean. It would be great if we
could get some younger members to join us, but if they do they will find that
most of us are old enough to be their grandparents or even grandparents!
However, it was really nice to have a young family with us at Whittingham.
Twins Jack and Mary discovered the enjoyment of folk dancing.
Our Committee altered slightly and now consists of - Fred Fearon - Chairman. Chris Scholes - Vice-Chairman. John Wilkinson - Treasurer. Jenny Wilkinson - Secretary. Vivienne Hayes - Sites Officer. Irene Paddock - Public Relations Officer. Bob Hayes - Catering Officer. Carol Hewitt - Music Equipment Co-ordinator. Molly Clouston - MC and Band Co-ordinator.Vivienne Hathaway - Regalia Sales. Tony Sudlow - Auditor. David Scholes - Auditor
Whittingham Sports and Social Club used to belong to Whittingham Hospital which has now been demolished. We were able to use the hall in a morning for coffee and music get togethers and danced each evening. Some people indulged in a sausage and bacon barmcake with as much tea/coffee as they wanted for breakfast.
|Astley Green was quite an
eventful meet because Keith fell on Thursday afternoon on a walk and jarred his
hip, On Thursday evening Bob tripped over Sheila's step in the dark and hurt
his knee and broke a flask. On Friday evening he ended up in Salford Royal
Hospital in a lot of pain and vomiting which was eventually diagnosed as a
kidney stone. Fortunately he was discharged on Saturday and managed to drive us
home on Sunday.
It isn't the most picturesque site we have camped at and the hall isn't the poshest but it is good for an early meet as we can use the hall for the full meet so were able to have coffee mornings. We also had a Jacob's Join tea and danced each evening.
Small hall but managed to dance
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER/DECEMBER/JANUARY, FEBRUARY 2015
|Our last meet of the season
was at Farmer Parrs, Fleetwood. This is a handy site for anyone who wants to
see the illuminations at Blackpool and for catching the bus to the centre of
Fleetwood. We made good use of the hall on site for three dances and had a very
nice buffet tea supplied by members.
We had a Winter Social at Adlington Community Centre in November and December and at Samlesbury Memorial Hall in January and February. They are a good way of keeping in touch during the Winter months. People start arriving from 2.30 pm and Bob makes a brew for them while we mix around and have a chat, then we start dancing about 3.15 pm until 5.15 pm when we have a Jacob's Join tea where everyone brings some food to share, then we dance and have 'spots' until 8 pm when Bob makes his third brew for us to eat up any leftovers.
Bob the Brew!
|It was the turn of North West Area to organise the National Autumn Gather and this was held at Cockshutt Millennium Hall in Shropshire. There were 65 units which was a good turnout. The site was ideal as there was a large flat field and also hard standing available. There was a large hall for dancing and 'spots' and two smaller rooms which were used for music workshops, singing and serving coffee/tea/biscuits. There was a Members' Meeting on Saturday afternoon and a Council Meeting on Sunday morning for the National Committee and representatives from other areas. Fortunately the weather was fine apart from one very wet morning. People made good use of the opportunity to catch a bus from outside to Ellesmere, a very pleasant town with a canal and mere, and in the other direction to Shrewsbury, a very nice town with some lovely black and white buildings and a wonderful garden down by the riverside.||
The musicians had a get together each morning
|Our THS at Tywyn has been
running now for over 30 years and was another successful event, although not as
many units as last year with the weather not being as nice and the dates for
next year are 15 July to 7 August. It is a lovely part of Wales to explore.
Our Halsall THS was a very enjoyable event with lots of activities organised. 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 was dancing, sometimes to a band, people doing 'turn's and family fun with the emphasis on dancing after the tea break. The dates for next year are 18-30 August.
Lots of different types of dancing at Halsall
|Parkfold Farm at Bradshaw
was another new site for us and handy with having a hall on site which we used
for dancing two evenings. Not a very posh one but it served our purposes all
right. It was only a few minutes walk to Jumbles Reservoir with a nice walk
either just around it for about two miles or to go further afield.
Thornton-in-Lonsdale was our third new site this year and a very nice one it is with only being half a mile or so away from the Falls and the centre of Ingleton. There was a very nice farm shop just across the road and we danced three evenings in the local village hall, which was about a mile and a half away. On the evenings we weren't dancing we had get togethers in the tent.
It is eight years since we camped at Gargrave but perhaps we shouldn't have left it so long as it is a really good site, large flat field, hall only a short walk away, canal nearby and buses to Settle and Skipton which were made good use of. We danced two evenings as the hall wasn't available on Saturday, but had some enjoyable get togethers in the tent with a fish and chip tea organised one evening followed by strawberries and cream.
The weather was disappointing for our ten night rolling meet as there was normally quite a cool wind, but fortunately hardly any rain and we still did lots of walks with Keith and Tony leading them.
Lovely walk at Malham
|It was our
first time at Belmont Hall, Great Budworth and it is a very nice site with
various meres in the grounds. Some people went to the Boat and Folk Festival at
Middlewich. We had two dances in nearby Comberbach Memorial Hall and Judith
organised a boules competition one evening followed by a chat and brew in the
tent and we had a very nice get together in the tent one evening with lots of
chat, laughs and singing.
We had news of new grandchildren with a boy Arthur weighing 7 lbs. 10 oz. for Ian and Maureen and another boy who beat the competition with a weight of 9 lbs 8 oz. for Len and Irene.
Judith called for dancing
|Our five night meet at
Chelford Parish Hall is always an enjoyable one as we have the use of the hall
for the full meet so had coffee mornings and dancing/entertainment each evening
with a different MC each evening and various callers and entertainers. We had a
Jacob's Join on Saturday teatime with a nice selection of food supplied by
members. On Sunday evening we had a Cheese and Wine Bring and Share and got a
varied selection of different types of cheese and crackers along with lots of
wine. Keith led a couple of nice walks and Judith organised Maypole
Our two rolling meets in Wales went well with five nights at Prestatyn and an opportunity to visit various places on the North Wales Coast and then five nights at Carrog where there are lovely views and you can travel on the steam train to Llangollen. We had three dances at each meet and get togethers in the tent on other nights as there was always a cold wind.
Lunchtime on a nice walk
Our AGM was held at our meet at Kirkland with Catterall. Ray resigned as Treasurer because of ill health before the AGM and sadly died not long after. Liz resigned after four years as Secretary because of other commitments. Our Committee is shown below:
Chairman Fred Fearon, Vice-Chairman - Barbara Smith, Treasurer John Wilkinson, Secretary Jenny Wilkinson, Sites Officer Vivienne Hayes, Publicity Officer Bill Smith, Catering Officer Bob Hayes, MC/Band Co-ordinator Molly Clouston, Music Equipment Co-ordinator Carol Hewitt,Committee Member Irene Paddock
There was a shop nearby and bus stops to Preston, Garstang and Lancaster and we danced on three evenings.
Members waiting for the AGM to start
|Geoff and Nan stewarded our meet at Lydiate and Nan gave a picture quiz out for us to do over the weekend. On Thursday Molly, Bob and Jeff called, Doreen did a couple of poems and Jeff and Lynn sang. John Wilkinson was MC and did a couple of quizzes which Bill and Linda won. On Saturday Jeff was MC, Molly, Doreen and Bob called in the first half, Doreen did two poems, Steve and Maz played for us to dance in the second half, Jeff and Lynn called and sang. We got the answers to Nan's quiz and Steve won but shared the box of After Eight mints out.||
Steve and Maz played while Lynn called
DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY
|We had three more Winter
Socials on similar lines to the one in November. This photo was taken at
Samlesbury Memorial Hall at the February social. It wasn't as well attended as
previous socials but we still managed lots of dancing, some spots and a very
nice variety of food, both savoury and sweet.
|Our first social of the Winter at Adlington went well with a good turnout. They are always a very pleasant way of passing on a Winter Sunday. We had a variety of callers and 'spots' with Molly leading a skiffle session. Members always bring a nice variety of food which is put on a table for people to help themselves to. Bob brews up as people arrive about 2.30 pm when we have a chat until about 3.15 pm, then we have dancing and 'spots' until about 5.15 pm when we have our meal, then dancing and 'spots' until 8 pm when Bob makes his third brew and we eat any leftovers.||
Nice hall for dancing at Adlington
|We went out on a high for
our last camping meet of the season at The Cotton Arms, Wrenbury and the
weather was much better than forecast with blue skies and sun, although a cool
wind. We used the hall on site for coffee mornings and dancing each evening. We
enjoyed hotpot and apple pie for tea on Saturday in the hall and quite a lot of
campers went in the pub on Friday for fish, chips and mushy peas and on Sunday
for a roast dinner. Keith led a walk along the canal and through fields with
dozens of cows in. We have never seen so many in fields before.
We had one of our Winter Walks later in the month when Keith led a walk starting at Avenham Park in Preston, and, although we were never really far away from the Town Centre and busy roads we weren'et aware of it as we walked through woods.
Keith's walk at Wrenbury
AUGUST, SEPTEMBER 2014
|We had our two THSs in
August, one at Tywyn in Wales for 23 nights which started in July and one at
Halsall, Nr Southport for 12 nights. There was a heatwave for part of the Tywyn
meet and they nearly had to turn people away the first week. There were get
togethers morning and evening but folky activities depend on who is camping at
Numbers were down at Halsall but it was a very successful meet from feedback from people camping there who had enjoyed it very much. Some of the activities available, apart from dancing and music, were - zumba, aerobics, circus skills, zentangle, line dancing, morris dancing, skiffle, origami, paper trees, fabric wreaths, and pasta pictures and fish collage workshops for young children. It is an opportunity for the young people to make friends.
JUNE, JULY 2014
|The site at Darwen is within
walking distance of the town centre, but is high up with lovely views. We
struggled on walks from the site as the footpaths aren't very well maintained
in the area. We danced a couple of evenings in a local hall.
Last time we camped at Greenfields, Saddleworth a couple of years ago we had to pack up quickly after one night as there had been torrential rain and we were next to a fast rising river. Fortunately there was no problem this time. Again, lovely views from the site and an easy walk along the canal into Upper Mill.
Our rolling meets at Shap and Kirkby Lonsdale were well attended and members were doing something they don't normally do at our caravan rallies and complaining about it being too hot at Kirkby Lonsdale! However, it was much better than wind and rain. They are both very nice sites and people enjoyed the stroll into Kirkby Lonsdale passing Ruskin's View and it was nice to see families paddling and swimming in the river. We had three dances at each meet and members led walks.
Nice change to have to find somewhere to sit in the shade for our coffee morning
APRIL, MAY 2014
|There were 13 units from the
North West at the National Easter Meet at Evesham organised by the Midlands
Area. It was a very enjoyable meet at a good venue, and some of our members
then went on to the follow-on meet at Shipston on Stour.
We had more bad news about our members when Bill Normyle, a longstanding member died in March, and Michael Hay, one of our callers, died in April.
Our May Day meet at Chelford was well attended with 38 units and was a very enjoyable meet with coffee mornings in the hall and socials each evening. We had a Table Top Sale on Saturday morning and a Jacob's Join tea on Saturday and our now very popular Cheese and Wine Bring and Share on Sunday evening. Some of our members visited Knutsford for the Royal May Day Procession. Judith organised Maypole dancing.
Our three rolling meets in Wales weren't as well attended as usual but they were all very friendly, enjoyable meets, despite the rain. We had dances in the local halls and get togethers in our two new tents which we joined together.
Pleasanter news was that Bob and Vivienne's grandson arrived in Switzerland eight weeks early at 3 lbs 1 oz, but came home after four weeks weighing 4 lbs. 6 oz. Bill and Barbara's granddaughter had a daughter weighing 8 lbs. 15 oz and is home from hospital after having to be treated with antibiotics for an infection.
Maypole dancing organised by
JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH 2014
|The year got off to a very
bad start as we were all distressed when our Chairman's wife, Barbara Fearon
died as she was such a lovely lady. We also got unpleasant health news about a
few of our other members.
Our January and February socials were at Samlesbury Memorial Hall when we danced, were entertained and ate lots of food supplied by members.
Our first meet of the season was at Cranage Village Hall and we had the use of the hall for the full meet so were able to have coffee mornings and evening dances. It was our AGM but because of various circumstances we only had five Committee Members out of nine so Bob was promoted from tea boy to Chairman for the meeting! Fortunately everything went OK. Our Committee is as follows:
Fred Fearon Chairman Barbara Smith - Vice-Chairman Liz Rogers - Secretary Ray Hartnell Treasurer Vivienne Hayes Sites Officer Bill Smith Publicity Officer Bob Hayes Catering Officer Molly Clouston MC and Band Co-ordinator Carol Hewitt Music Equipment Co-ordinator Irene Paddock Committee Member
It was our first time at Burscough Cricket Club and it was ideal for our needs with hard-standing as well as a field, the hall was a few minutes walk away and a bit further along there were shops and a bus stop to Ormskirk and Preston. Also we had the use of the Club House on Thursday evening and for coffee mornings and the sun actually shone on us!
Geoff Errington led a very pleasant 5 mile walk along the river and through woods at Cranage
|Our Harvest Supper meet was
the last one of the season at Whittingham Sports and Social Club. We had the
use of the hall for the full meet so had coffee mornings and craft sessions and
danced each evening. Keith led some walks, although the fields were rather
muddy. We had hotpot and apple pie for tea on Saturday.
Bill Smith was disappointed that no-one turned up for our Winter Walk, but a lot fortunately arrived for our first Winter Social at Adlington and we had a lovely buffet as usual supplied by members and our Christmas Social at Adlington was also an enjoyable event.
|A wet weekend was forecast
for Tarporley but fortunately, although we did have rain on Friday, there was
plenty of sunshine on Saturday and Sunday. People took advantage of the bus
stop outside to visit Chester and the Food Festival at Nantwich and we danced
two evenings in the village hall and Keith led a walk from the site on Sunday
It was a very nice hall for dancing.
|Our two THSs at
Tywyn and Halsall were once again successful meets made more enjoyable I am
sure because of the sunshine this year. At our Halsall meet there were coffee
mornings and activities arranged in the hall in a morning and dancing, games
and quizzes in the evening. The Halsall meet will be held again from 14th to
26th August 2014. Tywyn will be held from 18th July to 10th August.
Keith and Doreen must be very old because they are now the proud great grandparents of Sofie who is gorgeous and the daughter of Jordan and Denise and no doubt they will be enjoying lots of cuddles. She was actually born on the 3rd September but I had a spare place here for her! Jordan used to camp with us at Halsall.
|Another new site for us was
at Station House Nurseries at Burton on the Wirral where we had lovely weather.
It was a large flat field overlooking the estuary with paths for walkers and
cyclists. A new cafe had opened just down the road and some of our members
enjoyed all day breakfasts and afternoon teas there and we danced in a local
village hall on two evenings.
We went back again to Askam in Furness and Baycliff for our July rolling meets with five nights at each. Hard to believe we had had sunshine every since Burton and it carried on to the end of our meet, with just a very occasional shower. We were able to use the Club and also had a couple of dances in the village hall. It was a good site with a large flat field and handy for the bus, train and shop and a few minutes walk to the shore. We also had the use of showers and toilets which was a bonus and not something we are used to on rallies.
Boules Competition at Askam
MAY/ JUNE 2013
|We camped at Chelford for
the second time for our May Day meet and it was useful with having the hall on
site and having the use of it for the full meet. We did have a bit of trauma at
first when we found out a new sports court had been built on the field we
camped on, but fortunately it was a large enough field to fit us all on and we
had hardstanding as well. We made good use of the hall during the day as well
as evening and had a table top sale, Jacob's Join tea on Saturday and our usual
Cheese and Wine Bring and Share on Sunday evening which always goes down well
and the dancing improves as the evening goes on! Judith organised maypole
dancing and we helped George Large celebrated his 90th Birthday.
We had a change with our rolling meets this year and instead of going to Wales we went to Shropshire and stayed for five nights at Upton Magna, five nights at Welsh Frankton and five nights at Cockshutt Millennium Hall. It was very enjoyable having different areas to explore. We had some pleasant weather but also some extremely not so pleasant weather! However, everyone got out and about visiting various places and enjoying walks.
Lansdowne Camping at Hesketh Bank was a new venue for us but we didn't have as many join us as usual which was a shame as it is a nice site with a pond to have a stroll around, walks from the site and handy for the bus to Preston or Southport. We danced in the local village hall.
Lovely buffet supplied by members at Chelford
|Our first meet of the season
was at Bolton Indians Club where we had the use of the Club for the full meet
so had coffee mornings and music get togethers and in the evening we danced and
had 'spots'. We had a curry one evening supplied by the Club and a Jacob's Join
for tea on Saturday where everyone brought along some food to put on the
Our AGM was held at Langho Community Centre and the following were elected on the Committee:
Fred Fearon - Chairman
Barbara Smith - Vice-Chairman
Liz Rogers - Secretary
Ray Hartnell - Treasurer
Vivienne Hayes - Sites Officer
Bill Smith - Publicity Officer
Bob Hayes - Catering Officer
Molly Clouston - MC/Music Co-ordinator
Carol Hewitt - Music Equipment Co-ordinator
Lots of room for dancing in the Sports Hall at Bolton Indians Club.
|October saw our last meet of
the season at Wrenbury which is a nice site by the side of the canal and we had
the use of a room on site for the full meet which we made good use of for
coffee mornings, music get togethers and a craft session. We also danced in the
evening and had a very nice hotpot and apple pie tea one evening.
Bill Smith led a Winter walk round Yarrow Valley Country Park, and despite it being very wet 6 people and Molly the dog joined him.
We had four Winter socials which are a good way of keeping in touch during the Winter and these run from 2.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Bob makes a brew when people arrive and we wander around and have a chat, then there is dancing and probably 'spots' until we dine on a buffet supplied by members about 5.15 pm, after which we have more dancing and 'spots' until about 8 pm when Bob makes another brew and we finished off any leftovers. Normally in an afternoon the musicians have a get together and sometimes we have a band in the evening.
It has been sad that we haven't seen much of some of our valued members this year because of ill health.
|Halsall THS was held at an
earlier date this year and was an enjoyable meet as usual with crafts, music,
singing and dancing but next year will change back to its usual dates which
will be 15-27 August.
A lot of our members attended the 50th Birthday Meet of the Folk Group which was held at Weston-on-Trent.
We had a disappointment when our meet at New Longton had to be cancelled because the field was water-logged. It was booked so that members wouldn't have far to travel to dance at the Folk Spectacular at the Guild Hall to celebrate Preston Guild. However, a lot of our members did enjoy dancing along with people from a lot of other dance clubs in the area.
Past Chairmen of the Folk Group taken at the 50th Birthday Meet
|We thought we had seen the
last of torrential rain after having to abandon our meet at Saddleworth but
more arrived while we were at Edisford Bridge, although fortunately we weren't
as near to the river this time. This photo was late in the evening on our way
down to see what the river was up to and this is the road outside the campsite
which was flooded, as was the drive leading to the road. Fortunately the river
We had a disappointing turnout at Cabus with only 10 units and three of these were visitors which is a shame because it is a very pleasant site.
We had our usual THS at Tywyn and, although the weather wasn't particularly good, it was better than in some areas.
|Our three rolling meets this
year were all on Anglesey at Moelfre, Llanfaethlu and Dwyran. We had lots of
sunshine for the first week, apart from one wet day but only two days of
sunshine the second week with a lot of rain which was very disappointing.
However, you have to just get on with it and still enjoy yourselves. We did
have the use of a barn at Dwyran so were able to still have coffee mornings and
get togethers on the two evenings we weren't dancing.
We celebrated the Diamond Jubilee with a field party at Llanfaethlu and just managed to finish eating before the rain started, then were able to dance in the local hall. We had a patriotic evening on Monday and dressed in red/white/blue and sang patriotic songs and did a Royal quiz.
We had an eventful meet at Greenfield when we had to abandon the meet after one day because of a fast rising river getting ready to overflow after torrential rain. This was very disappointing as it is a lovely area.
PRESENTATION TO COLIN PALEY
Colin Paley, a longstanding member of the North West Folk Area was presented with a Certificate of Honour by Anne Dearling, Vice Chairman of the Camping and Caravanning Club. Colin was nominated for the Certificate of Honour because of his services to the North West Region. Valerie Paley was by his side when he received the Certificate which was presented to him at the North West Regional Meet held at St Michaels on the 20th May 2012.
|Another first for us at
Chelford Village Hall and a surprise as we had 51 units which is a lot more
than we normally have for our May Day meet. It was a very enjoyable meet with a
great atmosphere. There were coffee mornings, music workshops, the band played
for dancing, Allan Spurr did a craft workshop, Keith Nunnerley led a walk, we
had a lovely buffet on Saturday and a Cheese and Wine Bring and Share on Sunday
evening. The dancing improved tremendously as the evening went on!!
Photo shows preparations for for the Cheese and Wine evening.
|Members liked the new site
we used at Mouldsworth for our AGM meet, but we had a lower turnout than ususal
with 14 units as there were various reasons why members could not join us.
However, we had three coffee mornings and evening dances and 'spots'. Our
Committee now is Fred Fearon - Chairman, Barbara Smith - Vice-Chairman, Ray
Hartnell - Treasurer, Liz Rogers - Secretary, Vivienne Hayes - Sites Officer,
Bill Smith - Publicity Officer, Bob Hayes - Catering Office, Molly Clouston -
MC Co-ordinator, Carol Hewitt - Music Equipment Co-ordinator. We have one
Photo taken from Kevin and Pat's van just as we arrived in a hailstone storm.
34 units from the North West Area enjoyed the Easter Meet at Wetherby organised by the Ridings Folk Area.
|Our first meet of the season
was at Astley Green Colliery Museum and we had a good turnout of 20 units.
Although not a very picturesque site we had the use of a room for the full meet
so we were able to have coffee mornings and music get togethers during the day
and dancing and 'spots' each evening. The room wasn't very big but we managed
to fit everyone in with room to dance as well - just!!
Jim and Liz Rogers became the proud grandparents of twin boys - Andrew and Daniel who arrived four weeks early and had trouble at first with feeding but are now home and doing well.
Jim and Andrew
Liz and Daniel
|We had two enjoyable socials
in January and February at Adlington Community Centre with the musicians able
to have a get together in the afternoon in one room and dancing and 'spots' in
the hall with a lovely buffet supplied by members.
There is a folk dancing holiday for a week organised by Folk Group Members in February, November and December each year at Parkside, Arnside which is a lovely walking area and a lot of our members go. There are vacancies for February next year and November this year and if you are interested email me and I will pass it on to Judith Veevers who is one of the organisers. This photo was taken on a walk with Allan and Ann Smith and Ian who was staying at Parkside. Bob is our Catering Officer but unfortunately didn't have a key to the canteen so couldn't make us a brew.
|We had sad news that Derek
Clarke, a member for many years, had died. Fortunately Jackie has family not
too far away so will spend Christmas with them.
It is always nice to have some good news to report as well, and little Charlotte Rose arrived three days before Christmas and is the first grandchild of Ian and Maureen Revill and Paula's first child.
OCTOBER, NOVEMBER 2011
|Bill Smith led a nice walk
round White Coppice on a rather misty day so unfortunately we didn't see the
views as he had hoped we would. However, it was a pleasant walk and we didn't
We had a social at Urmston and fortunately it was warmer in the hall than last year when it was freezing fog outside and one of the coldest days we had had. As usual a nice buffet was supplied by members
|It is always nice to hear of
good news instead of illnesses which appear to be happening more often these
days in our Section so it was lovely to receive a photo of little Edie May.
Some of our members attended the Autumn Gather at Sykehouse organised by the Ridings Section.
Farmer Parrs at Fleetwood was our last meet of the season and we went out on a high with gorgeous weather for three days which more than made up for the rain on the last day. 37 members had an interesting visit toThe Jacinta Heritage Trawler and over 60 members enjoyed a hotpot and apple pie tea and we had dancing three evenings and were entertained by our talented members
Geoff & Nan's granddaughter Edie May
|A THS is held at Halsall,
each year and runs for 12 nights. This is a very popular meet with music and
craft workshops in a morning and in the evening the school hall is used for
dancing, games, quizzes, singing, music etc. The site is only a few miles from
Southport and the first weekend of the meet it is normally the Southport Flower
Festival. You can catch the bus outside to Southport and also to
We also run a THS at Tywyn in Wales and this is on for 23 nights and there are coffee mornings and get togethers in the tent.
Judith Veevers organised Maypole dancing
|We had four
nights at Salterforth which is a nice walking area and were able to walk into
Barnoldwick which is a pleasant town with a lot of individual type shops unlike
a lot of the towns today. Two dances and two evenings having a chat in the
Unfortunately we have had more ill health among our members, with treatment for recurring cancers and a stroke. Two members broke their wrist, another one her arm, another her shoulder and another her ankle. Me thinks our members are getting very careless!!
Greasby was an opportunity to visit some lovely places on the Wirral and 15 members took the opportunity to walk to Hilbre Island from West Kirkby as the tide times fit in very well for us. We danced a couple of evenings in the local village hall and had sing-a-rounds in the barn on the other two evenings.
Just had lunch on walk to Hilbre Island
|We had our usual enjoyable
meet at Siddington and celebrated the Royal Wedding with a buffet supplied by
members. We dressed in red, white and blue, had a Royal quiz, Royal charades
and sang patriotic songs. Tony and Keith led walks from the site.
What a change in the weather for our meet at Dale Hey Farm, Ribchester as it was very windy and wet a lot of the time. Keith and Jeff led walks from the site and, although we did get some rain and even a hail shower, we managed to eat our lunch without having soggy butties. We dance in the barn on site for two evenings. Unfortunately Judith Veevers broke her ankle on one of the walks which followed on from Ann Chamberlayne breaking her wrist whilst dancing at Easter and Maureen Downing breaking her wrist the week before at her local folk dance club.
Our three rolling meets in Wales were very successful with five nights at Gwernymynydd, five nights at Abergele and five nights at Carrog, although the weather wasn't very kind to us at the start of the meet with high winds. We had nine dances during the meets and lots of walks and get togethers. Next year we will have three rolling meets on Anglesey at Moelfre, Llanfaethlu and Dwyran.
Celebration Buffet at Siddington
|It was the turn of the North West Folk Area to arrange a National Easter Meet which was held at Uttoxeter Racecourse. This was a very successful and enjoyable meet with over 250 units attending. There were a lot of different activities taking place - crafts, music, singing and dancing. The weather was very hot and it was really too nice to be inside. There was a follow-on meet for three nights held at Abbots Bromley and the sun kept shining on us. We had coffee mornings and Bruce led a walk and we danced two evenings in the local village hall||
One of the many dance sessions at Easter
|We had socials at Heskin in January and Adlington in February. Unfortunately Bill Smith was in hospital so unable to lead the walk in February. Our new site at Bolton Indians Club turned out to be a good one, and the chef cooked us a curry one evening and we had a Jacob's Join another evening. Our AGM was held at Kirkland with Catterall Village Hall and our Committee is as follows: Fred Fearon - Chairman Tony Sudlow - Vice-Chairman Ray Hartnell - Treasurer Liz Rogers - Secretary Vivienne Hayes - Sites Officer Bob Hayes - Catering Officer Margaret Sudlow - Publicity Officer Molly Clouston - MC Co-ordinator Carol Hewitt - Music Equipment Co-ordinator. Our powers of persuasion weren't good enough as we still have a vacancy|