MEMBERS - For more information about meets, please refer to the Newsletter or Out and About, online or in the magazine
NON-MEMBERS - Please contact the Chairman (details on the Contact page)
Fees Camping North Central Area fees are currently £10 per unit per night for two adults (to include camping, use of hall and dances) with reductions for single person units, unless otherwise stated. These charges do not apply to THSs.
CCY and children under 18 years of age, no charge.
Dancing: £3.00 per visitor.
Note: Meets start at 2 pm unless otherwise stated.
Stewards mobile 07907 888 600 - not available for all meets
Aug 2nd - 13th Bryncws Farm, St. DOGMAELS, Pembrokeshire MR. 145/156454
Postcode SA43 3BQ. THS 2845/2018. 11 nights. Directions follow Siteseeker Book p318 site CS369. Do not approach site through St. Dogmaels. A new Holiday site AND it's near the sea!
Aug 9th- 13th Thoresby Hall Estate, PERLETHORPE, Notts. MR. 120/639714
Postcode DE45 1AQ. Morris Car Collection Rally. Invite to The Ridings. From Nottingham take A614. At Ollerton roundabout continue on A614 (Blyth Road) in 2 miles turn left at Thoresby roundabout onto Netherfield Lane. Site on left. Camping in estate grounds with Tank museum and Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park close by. Village Hall most evenings, 5 minutes in car.
Aug 24th- 28th Church Farm, Hackney Lane, BARLOW, Dronfield MR. 119/344748
Postcode S18 7TR. 4 nights. Bank Holiday Meet From Chesterfield take B6051 to Barlow Village and Follow N C F A signs. We are again returning to one of our old favourite sites, a working farm. It is on the bus route to Chesterfield with its twisted spire and Super markets! There will also be a car boot on Monday. Hall available on most evenings.
Sep 7th - 11th Little Dunstal Farm, ABBOTS BROMLEY, MR. 128/073259
Staffordshire. Postcode WS15 3EP. Horn Dance Meet. Take A50 to Uttoxeter, take A518 signed Stafford, at Plough take B5013 signed Abbotts Bromley approximately 6 miles, approximately 1 mile before Abbotts Bromley turn Left, site on Left. See Signs. We are pleased that we have been invited to return to Little Dunstal Farm (our original site) to join the Froggatt family for the celebrations/garden party with dancing on the lawn. The Horn Dancers will visit and dance at the farm on Monday. Hall Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Sep 20th - 25th Ukrainian Centre, WESTON-on-TRENT, Derby MR. 128/400288
Postcode DE72 2BU. Folk Group Autumn Gather.
Oct 26th - 28th Chads Nature Study Centre, HANDSACRE, MR. 128/103168
Armitage, Near Rugeley. Postcode WS15 4ED. Halloween weekend. Booked Meet. From Rugeley take A513 East. Through Armitage and Handsacre. Cross canal next to Crown Inn. Turn right at next main junction (staying on A513). Site on right, in approximately 0.8 miles. From Kings Bromley take A515 south. In 0.4 miles (at end of village), turn right on A513. Site on Left, in 1.0 miles (obscured entrance; look for NCFG signs). This meet is limited to 20 units, so please book in advance. The hall is available all weekend and is one of the cosiest halls we use. There will be a party atmosphere with a Halloween theme. Do come decked out in your scary costumes and we'll see who we can recognise. A fish and chip supper can be pre-ordered for the Saturday tea time - please bring a pudding. This Meet concludes North Central's camping for the 2018.
Extract from Folk Dance and Song Group Newsletter September 2018
REPORTS FROM PREVIOUS MEETS
Cauldon Low - June 15th - 18th
This was a very natural site with a few of us experiencing the sight of wildlife and at the entrance a beautiful horse grazing on a sparse grassy bank. The hall was very good with excellent acoustics. Our stewards, Cindy and Clive, made us very welcome, as usual, and provided delicious cakes - no good for those of us on a diet! We all caught up with our news and some played board games, while others did a bit of painting. Some people went walking - such a nice area. The dancing was great fun and we were entertained with brilliant talent! Everyone worked to make this weekend a success as are all our Meets organised by such a hard working club.
Extract from Folk Dance and Song Group Newsletter - June 2018
FROM PREVIOUS MEETS
FULFORD - This was an important Meet with our AGM, which went smoothly, but this didn't take up a lot of the members - we even persuaded a couple more people to join the committee, leaving some people free to explore the area etc. Again, this was another great gathering with music, dancing and various spots - great home grown entertainment! We laughed until we couldn't stop and enjoyed a good chat. There were cakes-a-plenty and a wonderful atmosphere. A big thank you to the Stewards for being brilliant hosts.
HANBURY - We thank the Midlands for their invite and hope that they will be able to attend Seagrave with us next year, where we hope to reciprocate your warm welcome.
Those who managed to attend this Midland Meet had a lovely time, were lucky with the weather and a couple of our members even managed to win the fancy dress. The alfresco coffee mornings were very popular and much appreciated.
It is so good to go to other groups (a couple of us even visited the South West group) and be made to feel like family.
SWYTHAMLEY - This has been a very successful Bank Holiday weekend with a very full turnout! As well as regular attendees, we had several new people turn up and also welcomed visitors (from the Netherlands), who were staying locally, to our evening ceilidhs. Thank you to members with expertise who support less experienced members when performing a song, instrument etc. This is the way we all learn, gain confidence and progress so that skills can be passed on, plus have a lot of fun. At one point we had a group of scouts arrive quite a quick fleeting visit! Music and games were enjoyed on the field - what a pleasant way to spend the day! As usual, we have had plenty of dancing and spots - we are so lucky to have such talented musicians and callers in our club - on Saturday night it looked like we could have gone on until midnight! A big request was for, which is becoming a tradition, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - with actions! The weather has been fantastic and we all settled down to a delicious shared supper on Saturday. The stewards worked very hard (this is rewarding as well!) at this popular Meet - thank you!
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Brian Edge. Many of you who attended our THS at Thorpe St. Peter will have known Brian as not only was he the landowner of this lovely site but also its very heart. Brian looked forward to our group visiting and threw himself with great gusto into joining in wherever he could be it playing wonderful tunes on his accordion or calling and joining in the dancing. He also encouraged friends and neighbours with musical talents to join us and add to the merriment. Being at this THS was like visiting family or old friends and Brian loved stopping by for a cup of tea and a chat and he, together with David and Pat, were very talented, welcoming hosts.