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2015-16 Practice Venue is moving!!!

Slackspace, our practice venue for the last few years, is moving!   Therefore we will not be returning to the Old Police Station in Queen Street, Colchester.  Our winter practice season will start in October, and until then please contact us via the contacts page to find out where we’ll be.  We’ll post details of the new practice venue as soon as we know them.

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2015 Season Update

Our 2015 dance season is well underway and we are having a lot of fun.  Check out the updated gallery and music pages for some new pics!

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Website Update coming soon!

Thanks for reading our website!  We know it’s a little out of date and will be working to update it soon.   Since the summer we’ve changed our kit and we’ll have a list of 2014 events coming as well, along with some enhanced pages.  Please bear with us while this work is going on!

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New Town Open Gardens

The weather was just perfect for New Town Open Gardens last Sunday – the sun was shining, it was pleasantly warm with hardly a breath of wind. We started at The Artilleryman when the event was opened by the local counsellor, with our trusty favourite Tingley. The was a very small, but appreciative audience, boosted by a local wool spinning showcase. Even our musician Paul gave it a go! We did a few dances there then headed off to our next slot, passing the Royal Mortar on the way. More of this later.
We rocked up at Myrtle Grove where we were given the usual warm welcome by Ann (And Harry), with some very welcome refreshment and cake. Feeling slightly fuller we danced again, stopping the traffic the process. We had a bigger audience here, with some people coming out of their houses to see what all the racket was about.
Now, remember I mentioned the Royal Mortar? Well, as went trundled past the very cheerful drinkers there had asked us to dance for them, so after Myrtle Grove we retraced our steps and turned up to give them what they’d asked for. The crowd were even more merry than before and they gave us a joyous and enthusiastic welcome. They watched a danced or two but then, in a sudden burst of love for all things Morris, they decided to join it. Ever ready to nurture new talent, without a pause, we showed them how to do a Gisborn, and boy did they rise to the challenge. They were great, often in time and sometimes in the right place! It was great fun and then the landlady brought us out some free burgers. I wonder if any of them will turn up join us as they promised they would? They may not remember they said that though 😉
As is our tradition we then made our way to our usual finale spot – The Odd One Out. We always get a warm welcome there and the dancing space may be tight but John the Landlord certainly isn’t. It was a chilled out and friendly end to the day and we chinwagged well into the evening.
Can’t wait for the next one x
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The Foresters Arms midweek dance out

Well last night was a surprise! At the last minute we arranged a dance out at The Foresters Arms in Colchester, even though we were expecting to be somewhere else, and with the worry that we wouldn’t even have enough dancers!
In the end, we had plenty of dancers, the rain held off, and there was even an audience. Paul, newly arrived home from his bimble around the country only slightly marred by poor weather, played as usual with all the skill and verve we love; Bridget was still breathless from her made dash home from Canterbury, but we had a really good evening.
Thank you, Barbara and all at The Foresters, for the warm welcome, as always.
Next dance out at New Town Open Gardens on Sunday 2ny June. We’ll be at The Artilleryman at 1 pm, Canterbury Road at 2.15, Myrtle Grove at 3 and finish at The Odd One Out from 4.30. Hope everyone can join us for some more fun with bells on as well as some lovely loved gardens. There will also be guided tours of New Town, scarecrow competition, plant and tool swap, and other music and choirs.
The weather promises to be kind to us for a change so see you all there!
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Rochester Sweeps Festival May 2013

What a wonderful day we had last Sunday at the Rochester Sweeps festival! We all set off early to meet at our first dance spot outside the Visitor’s Centre at 10 am. Eight dancers, one still a bit sore caller and the musicians started off the day with a spirited Tingley, then followed this with a good old Cotton Reels. It’s always a good idea to start with those we feel safe with! We were very lucky that one of the other sides we were dancing with (I’m really sorry but I can’t remember their name!.

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Sunday 14th April

Practice as normal at Slackspace in Colchester, 11 – 1pm. I will be there to lead and coerce you all into some semblance of a group and Paul will be back to play for us again – thank goodness!

This means that there are only three weeks until Rochester. One of them will be our whole day of practice, which is good, but we still need to all pull together.

Remember to try to get together all your kit for the 21st April as well as deciding what you can bring for lunch

 

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Whole day practice

I hope everyone is looking forward to our whole day of practice on Sunday 21st April. We’ll be at Slackspace as usual, starting at 10 am and finishing at 4. If the weather is nice we could even do some of it in the road outside.

It’s a chance for everyone to drag out their kit from pre-Christmas hibernation and check it all still fits and to shine those bells

Please bring something to add to the table for a light lunch for everyone.

If people are still standing at the end of the day we can then all wend our way to The Forresters for refreshments

 

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