Fantastic Start to New Season
Thanks to everyone who came to our first session of the new autumn season last night - we had an excellent turn out and four new visitors who we hope to see again. There was a lot to take in but everyone worked hard and - hopefully! - enjoyed themselves. The atmosphere was great and there was a real sense of achievement by the end of the evening. We look forward to dancing with you all again.
Our dancing starts again this week on September 4 with a special workshop - your Club Callers have looked at moves that trip people up and tricky dances where some people lose their way. It all adds up to a fun night of learning and improving - see you there!
Our season ended on a high with lots of members enjoying the extra dances we put on this year. As one member said, it was a "Brilliant idea to carry on till end of July". We even had a good turn out on one of the hottest nights of July, and attracted new visitors, some of whom we hope to see again (those on holiday from Leeds may return next year!).
Over the summer break we will be working on a new website for Banwood as, sadly, the host for this site will be closing next year. Once it's up and running we will provide a link from here to take you to the new site.
Dancing starts again on 4th September with a special workshop led by your Club Callers - a chance to practise new moves, tricky moves and some harder dances.
Enjoy the summer break and see you again soon!
Don't forget we've got extra dancing nights for you this summer as we are continuing to meet up until the end of July. This Wednesday (10 July) we have Carol Hewson calling our dances, and still to come are Michele Odell, Crys Rothon and the last night with Ruth Gwilliams on the 31st. That's a lot of extra dancing and fun for your money!
Club Callers nights are a great opportunity to practice any moves some members are unsure about - last time we worked on the Grand Square, which came in handy the very next week. So if you have any steps you are unfamiliar with, don't be shy - just ask us and we can spend some time on them. Grimstock Hey, Petronella, California Twirl......?
American Evening as Dancing Continues in July
We're having a shorter break this year - we're dancing through to the end of July and only stopping for the month of August. We'll be welcoming a new (to us!) caller in July too, so put the dates in your diary. The first Wednesday, 3rd July, will be an American evening with our Club Callers - dig out your cowboy boots and stetsons. The music will be our usual mix.
Check Your Diaries for These Events
There's a lot coming up over the next few weeks - make sure you don't miss out on the fun. On April 24th there's the chance to dress up in red and white for our St George's evening. On Monday April 29th Noel Phillips is hosting a Quiz and Games night at Walton-on-the Hill community centre, and May kicks off with a night of live music with Ivan Aitken calling to JIP.
Join us for another walk on Sunday April 7th at 2pm. Marion will be leading us on a walk around Epsom Downs - meet in the public car park opposite the Beefeater pub in Tattenham Crescent. It was a misty walk but we learnt a lot of history about the Derby from Marion.
Another chance to dress up next Wednesday (20 March) for St Patrick's Day. Get out your shamrocks and dress in green & white...
New Members Evening
There will be a special night on March 13 when we welcome new members - experienced or beginners - to give our Club a try. The night is free for your first visit. Current members are encouraged to bring a friend.
Don't forget we are marking St David's day with a Welsh evening on Wednesday 27th February. Will the hall smell of leeks or daffodils?! Lots of people dressed up - a fun night.
Live Music Night
Another great night of Live Music next Wednesday (20th February) with Pete and Sue Hall playing. Carol Hewson will be the caller. And there's a rumour cake will be on the menu.... There was lots of cake! Birthday boy Alan Wilson (left) cuts his cake.
Lucky for Some! Successful Ramble
We couldn't have asked for better weather last Sunday, when chairman Roy led a ramble round Brockham. A total of 13 turned up, including some friends and partners, and we didn't lose anyone! It was great to have time to chat, and we finished up in the pub for a swift half. Looking forward to more social events planned for the coming months.
Programme Changes - plus NEW Dates
Eagle-eyed readers of the programme page will spot a couple of changes in our callers in March and April: Carol Hewson will be taking a rest after her operation in February. We wish her a speedy recovery. Many thanks to Crys Rothon and Philip Barber for taking over the vacant slots.
Plus, we have now added three more dates for your dancing diary in July, with three excellent callers confirmed. We will be meeting right up until the end of the month and just taking a short break for August. So that's more value for your £30 sub - in fact, if you come every night between 1st Febuary and 31st July, it will cost about £1.15 per night. You can't get better value than that!
Bring a food contribution tonight to make it a jolly evening - but let's hope we can still dance with full stomachs after the interval!
Don't forget it's our Christmas Party on Wednesday (12th December) - looking forward to a great night of dancing to The Joneses.
And well done to our Club callers who stepped up on the night when our caller Sibby fell ill last week - great to know we can rely on enjoying an evening of fun dancing no matter what.
More Live Music
We've got another great night of live music lined up for you in the New Year - on February 20 Carol Hewson will be calling to Pete and Sue Hall. Keep an eye on our Programme page for the latest updates.
Tartan Evening Reminder
Don't forget your tartan this Wednesday 28th November for our St Andrews Night!
Theatre Visits - Expanding Our Activities
Two of our members are also thespians - so we thought it would be nice to support the plays they are involved in. Carol Hall is directing the comedy The Lady Killers at Horley's Archway Theatre next month. We will be visiting on Tuesday December 4th and Friday December 7th. Tickets are £12 and the play starts at 7.45pm - please book your tickets direct with the theatre.
Avril Swift is appearing in Daisy Pulls It Off at the Miller Centre, Caterham, in January. This is another comedy and tickets are £11. Avril's husband Nigel has offered to arrange visits on Friday January 11th at 8pm and Saturday January 19th at 2.30pm. Please collar him on a Wednesday evening if you're interested in going.
Change of Callers
Dave Kerridge can no longer make the 14 November so our Club Callers have stepped into the breach. Crys Rothon has kindly agreed to call on 28 November so we will be welcoming her back again soon.
Christmas Party - with Live Music
Not one to let the grass grow under his feet, Roy has already arranged another band for us to dance to. December 12 will be our Christmas Party, with Carol Hewson calling to The Joneses.
We are hoping to arrange more live music nights over our coming season - keep an eye on this page and the programme for details.
You requested and your new Chairman listened. The idea of themed nights is a fun one and we are kicking off on November 28 with a Tartan Night, to mark St Andrew's Day.
How much tartan you sport is up to you - kilts are not compulsory! Maybe we can have Scottish shortbread with our tea that night?
Welcome to our new chairman, Roy Trayfoot, elected at the Club's AGM on October 17.
Many thanks to Alan Wilson who held the post for 12 years (if he recalls correctly!) and has been a stalwart of the Club for many more.