Sunday 2nd August 2015 – Weald of Kent Steam Rally

Steam

A very hot day at the airfield at Woodchurch for our first appearance at the Steam Rally. We were invited to do a lunchtime session between 12.30pm and 3pm at the beer tent. The heat meant that we did a few dances per session before resting. Dancing today were Dave, Robin, Chris the Post, Stan, Dan, Tom, Geoff, Bill, Terry and Keith. Musicians were Paytone and Brian and Colin was Crier. We decided to perform some of the dances that we hadn’t done for a while including Greensleves and Flowing Bowl. We also danced Valentine around Caroline (Bill’s partner). We were generously supplied with beer during the performance at which was an extremely busy and enjoyable event.

Wednesday 29th July 2015 – The Lord Raglan at Staplehurst with Weald of Kent Morris

We met up with our friends from Weald of Kent Morris Men at the Lord Raglan. It was a warm, dry evening and our hosts were in good number and spirits when we arrived. Dancing today were Dave, Richard, Robin H, Chris the Post, Stan, Dan, Tom, Laurence, Terry, Geoff and Del. Paytone and Tom were musicians and Colin M was Crier. We danced alternately with Weald and culminated with a joint Shepherd’s Hey and finally a mass Bonny Green. After some generously supplied refreshment we then went into the pub to sing and play music. A lovely evening with lovely hosts.

Saturday 25th July – New Romney Country Fayre

cupsThe 21st New Romney Country Fayre was special for us as, to celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we were given the chance to lead the procession through the High Street. The day started with heavy rain but the clouds slowly cleared and by the time of the procession it was bright and clear. Dancing today were Dave, Richard, Robin H, Chris the Post, Geoff, Stan, Dan, Tom, Laurence, Bill, Terry, Del and Grahame. Colin M was Crier and Paytone and Tom musicians. We had practised midweek a ¬†slight deviation to our usual Winster, namely stopping in front of the Mayor’s to dance an Old Twanger which went very smoothly. The Mayors and onlookers certainly gave it a big cheer. We completed the course and went in the arena to clap everyone in. It was here that it was announced that we had won the cup for the Best Small Side in the procession which we were very proud to receive from the Mayor of New Romney during our first arena session. Before then however, we retired to the Cinque Port Arms. Our first arena session was at 11.40am and we put on a good show with interaction with the watching mayors including the Mayor of New Romney being chosen to awaken the deadhorse and also to be in the Valentine. We also secured the services of the Mayor of Folkestone and Mayor of Deal for the Bonny Green at the end, ¬†Lunch was taken back at the Cinque Port Arms and then we returned to the arena for our 2nd session at 2pm. A more genteel session we danced for another half hour and sung Happy Birthday to Dan who was 21 the next day. A good day at one of our favourite fayre-type events.