Folk Association of South Hants



Looking forward to dancing "live" in October 2021

We are planning workshops for 2021/2022 and very much hope that by then we shall all feel able to venture out and dance together again. We hope to hold a brief AGM during the lunch break of the October workshop.

If you are not already on our FASH Supporters circulation list and would like to receive news of our workshops, please contact Daphne on or phone 01243 531497.

Please see the Workshops page for information about past Zoom events and workshops that have been postponed.

For details of local dance events currently being held on Zoom please see our Dance Diary and for information about what is happening in Folk Clubs and Arts Centres please see the recently updated Folk Club Diary. There is more information below about other Folk events being held on Zoom at the moment.

After a successful 'Zoom' version of his series "as many as will", Nigel Close is restarting live meetings on the first Thursday of every month from October. If you would also like to join in, please email Nigel on 7.15pm for a 7.30 start, the venue is Shawford Parish Hall, SO21 2AA.


If you prefer contra-style dances, have a look also at The London Barndance Company's website. They are again running live dances, mainly at Cecil Sharp House, although the 9th October session will be outside London.


Our local folk dance groups are once again meeting from this September. For some it is something of an experiment to see how many of their members return after the pandemic. We would urge you to to support your clubs as without your regular attendance, at least some are likely to fold, simply due to economics.


You cannot keep a good sailor down below, and you can now listen to Shep Woolley 'on-line'. Thursday evenings 7.00 to 8.00 he has a Folk session on Victory on-line, repeated on Sunday at 4.00. Click on the "Pop-up Player" words to listen. For early risers, he has a session on Angel Radio at 5.35 on Thursdays that he calls "Shep Woolley's Suitcase". From the home page click on "Find us ONLINE" or use DAB radio (the FM transmissions do not seem to cover much of Hampshire - or maybe my aerial is pointing the wrong way).


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 in the coming months and to book tickets.


We have added 'Friends of Cecil Sharp House' to our Links page. This organisation promotes the participation in English Folk Dance and Music, and at the moment is running a series of on-line, or virtual, dance and calling workshops. At the end of August it held a Zoom discussion between Colin Hume, Louise Siddons and Bernie Culkin in which they addressed the problem of reducing numbers at so many of our folk dance clubs. Colin has suggested a rather radical way of approaching this, and leads the discussion. You can see the recording of it at but be prepared - it is a long session (nearly an hour and 35 minutes) although you can safely skip the first 5 minutes.


The Guildford Institute has at last reopened and the Music Institute is again holding concerts there. However, their established "Come All Ye Open Zoom" will continue. See their website for a link to send an email saying you would like to attend. Note that their "singers list" fills up quickly, so contact them early if you would like to contribute a song or poem etc.


Courses and events are running regularly again at Halsway Manor, near Crowcombe, Somerset and it is well worth looking at their website as there are a great many exciting things listed and they are now taking bookings.

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