And here we are

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These are the awesome members of Sutton Masque that braved the terrors of far flung parts to travel to Rattlesden in furthest Suffolk and dance at The Five Bells. This was in aid of a charity fund raiser for The St Elizabeth Hospice.

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The show must go on

It was with some trepidation about the 4th Halesworth Day of Dance that I went to bed on Friday night. The forecast was for snow overnight with more possibly to come. That’s not so bad, I have danced before with snow lying on the ground. However the 20mph winds gusting to 40mph were a bit concerning. That was not going to be pleasant, not at all. Would there be anyone that would stop to watch even if we were foolhardy enough to actually attempt to dance?
So it was a big relief on the Saturday morning when the email arrived with details of an indoor venue.
As we walked through Halesworth we reflected on what a nice place it was and that it was a shame we would not be gracing the various spots around with our dancing but the weather made it abundantly clear that our tactical retreat had been the correct decision.
The hall was hot and crowded but the dancing was somehow the better for it. With so many sides in once place it took a while for us all to get even one dance in but it was great to get to see so many other sides perform.
We retired to the White Swan for a midday ‘refreshment’ break which was very much appreciated. They had a BBQ organised for the Day of Dance so food was gratefully eaten and washed down by a drop or two of some excellent beers.
Then it was back to the hall for more dancing. Our turns came around more quickly now that other sides were taking their turn for a lunch break.
All that was left after that was to return to the pub and get ready for the Ceilidh in the evening. I mean what else do you do after a Day of Dance, but more dancing of course?
This was our first visit to Halesworth for the Day of Dance organised by Ox Blood Molly, but we are already talking about coming back next year. But maybe whoever books the weather will make a better job of it?

IVFDF 2017

This year the Inter Varsity Folk Dance Festival is taking place in Cambridge from the 24th to 26th February. You can read all about it here. If you like a ceilidh or three (or in fact more!) this is your thing. If like folk dance this is your thing. In fact this could well be your thing whatever your interest in dance is as there is such a huge range of workshops going on.

By very kind permission of Boggarts Breakfast we dance a couple of their dances so I was very excited to find out that they will be leading one of the workshops at IVFDF this year. The chance to meet them and learn from them is one that I do not intend to miss.

Newmarket Music Festival

So today we were part of the International Community Celebration which was part of the Newmarket Music Festival. There were international children’s choirs (Canada and Romania), Irish dancers and our good selves. We had a blast of a time and that was not completely because we were dancing next to the Rutland Arms Hotel where we availed ourselves of a beverage or two. The sun shone and the audience were appreciative and we even got some of them to join for a dance.

The truly amazing part was that we were dancing at the Bill Tutte Memorial who broke the Lorenz cipher in WWII. So of course we had to dance Lorenz’s Butterfly lent to us by Boggarts Breakfast who can rest assured that we are taking very good care of it.

On Friday evening we will be at The Lamb and Flag Welney with our good friends Ely and Littleport Riot from 8pm.

Firsts

Well it has been far too long since I last put fingers to keyboard in this place. A bit of illness and other such happenings in life and before you know it, six weeks have gone by.

Enough of that though, I should get onto explaining the title of this piece of rambling nonsense. So the first of the firsts will be tonight when we venture into another county for the first time. Yes, Norfolk will be subjected to our presence at the King’s Arms in Shouldham from 7:30pm.

The second of the firsts will be this Sunday when we shall join the host of other morris sides dancing for Ely Folk Festival. We are very excited about this as it is our first festival booking, not just our first time at Ely. We hope though that this will be far from the last.

A change of plan

Well I am not sure that it is actually a change as we did not have much of a plan to begin with. Anyway what am I going on about you may ask, well there was a tentative suggestion that we might dance somewhere else next week but tonight we decided that we would dance in Ely. We will start at The Cutter around 7:00pm and then move on to The Fountain for 8:00pm(ish). This is it. This is the plan. It will not change. Unless… – no stop that, we have a decision and we will go with it.

The Plough

No, I am not referring to the constellation otherwise known as Ursa Major amongst other things. Instead I am talking about the pub in Little Downham, and the reason I am doing so is that we shall be dancing there tomorrow, Wednesday, evening from 7:30pm. Unless that is the weather does not cooperate, in which case we shall be sitting inside and sampling their ales and ciders.

The Plough is famous (well amongst those who know anyway) for two things. Firstly it is the place where the last known performance of The Mepal Molly Men was seen in the early twentieth century before the current tribute act took over in the late twentieth century. Secondly it does a rather good Thai meal.

Come along, have a drink and enjoy the dancing.