Folk Association of South Hants



There are two FASH workshops in November: on the 5th, in the morning, Pete and Marj Hendy will call "Modern Playford Style and some of our own" and in the afternoon Nigel Close will call "So Ron it's Right! A selection of dances by Ron Coxall". Music for the whole day will be provided by Andrew Purkiss. Then, on the 26th, our own John Turner will be calling "Dances from Two Barns", these being dances from a series of 10 books written by Ken Sheffield. Music for this workshop will be from Pete and Sue Hall. More detail is available on our Workshops flyer and still more information will be found in the July/August issue of 'Solent Waves', available here. The workshop on the 5th will be at the Soberton Village Hall, the one on the 26th will be in the Twyford Parish Hall.



We have to pass on the very sad news that Stroph Rayner died on Friday 6th October from the cancer first diagnosed two years ago. The funeral service will be on Wednesday 25th October at 1 pm at the Wessex Vale Crematorium, Bubb Lane, West End, Southampton, SO30 2HL. 'Non sombre' clothing would be preferred and Morris people can wear kit if they would like to. Also, Stroph asked that anyone who plays, sings etc. comes prepared to do so at the wake, which will be held at Fryern Pavilion, Greenways, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 2LE. If you are proposing to go to the wake, please contact Lin Rayner (contact details here) as soon as possible so that they know for catering purposes how many people are coming.


A new folk club is opening in Whitchurch. See our Folk Clubs and Arts Centres page for what's on; see their (temporary) website for details, times etc. Days vary, so check your calendar carefully.


Are you able to help Devil's Jumps Step Clog dancers, based in Emsworth? Their regular musician is presently unable to play for them and they seek someone who can play Folk Dance and Old Tyme Music Hall tunes for their practices and occasional performances. They meet during term time at Emsworth Community Centre on Thursday Evenings. If you are able to help, please 'phone 02392 571946 or e-mail


We are pleased to be able to report that Focsle Folk Club will rise again, albeit with a slightly different name, in a different location and on a different day. The club will become 'Focsle Music' and will meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at The Guide Dog in Earls Road, Southampton. The 'Doghouse', the room at the rear of the pub, might be a bit cramped for guest nights, and these concerts will probably take place elsewhere - one suggested venue is Café Reflections in Shirley High Street. Paul Clarke and Jon Ellis will be running the club - contact Paul via - the website address will remain the same, i.e. They do not anticipate regular guest nights until after the New Year.


Running the Twyford Ceilidhs has been taken over by Ian Kirby, a local caller who will be known to many of you. The next ceilidh will be November 4th 2017, with the band Corn Rigs. And a copy of the flyer for you to download is available here.


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. They write "From 6th to 10th November there is a wonderful week for callers, musicians and dancers. Larry Unger and Audrey Knuth will be running musicians' workshops every morning in order to play for the tea dance every afternoon. The fabulous Ted Morse will be calling dance workshops in the morning. In the afternoon there will be a callers' workshop with those callers calling the tea dance and a chance to call with Larry and Audrey at one of the evening dances. The other musicians will be Meg'n'Mor who will play for the dance workshops and part of the evening dances. Dancers can dance all day if they want!! There will be so much fun. Monday night will start with an American evening with Larry and Audrey playing."


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 this month and to book tickets.


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