Ann Hammond, who has been a member of the club longer than anyone else was 80 this week, and we celebrated by dancing her favourite dances, and cakes…
St Michael’s Scottish Country Dancing club began in September 1982 in St Michael’s Hall in Yeovil (hence the name) and the first committee meeting was held in October. Joy and Peter Newman were leading founder members; Harold and Sheila Barnes were the first RSCDS trained teachers.
The first Christmas dance was in 1983, at the Old Digby Hall in Sherborne and this became a tradition for many years- in 1986 the dance was almost a disaster because the weather was so dreadful- really strong winds and heavy rain-& only 2 out of 4 members of the band arrived…and they were late! Fortunately, there was a demonstration by “Reading Dance Company” to fill the time… I can’t find any more details about this group, but I think the organisers were very grateful to them.
Apparently, the music was rather thin for the first half, but it improved when the rest of the band managed to get to the Hall-from then on, all secretaries are advised to bring “back-up music” just in case!
The photos are by Michael Bezzant, one of our early members, and they were bequeathed to the club by his daughter, Sarah after his death. The club keep them in their archives and during the summer of 2017, Tom Stokes digitised the collection for use on our web page and to preserve it for posterity. Thank you Tom.
AGM 16th May 2019
Last week at our AGM, we took a moment to remember Ann Peters, a member for over 25 years who died recently. Ann supported the club even when she no longer danced by helping in all sorts of ways. Our Chairman, Nic Hill and Treasurer, Christine Bailey had come to the end of their three year term and they were thanked for their support. Caroline Fisher was elected as Chairman and Caroline Hill as Treasurer- both unanimously.
Spring Dance 2019
This news page is where I will send news about the club and its members. If severe weather conditions mean that we have to cancel a meeting, this is where we will let you know as soon as possible. It doesn’t happen often, but we can’t put people at risk. If you are worried about the weather, please phone Nic Hill 01935 423203
Also, I’ve added photos of our Joint Dance with Taunton Caledonian Society on Saturday September 29th 2018: photo gallery … Jean Hill took photos…
Photos from our dances in August, June, April and the Burns Night dance are also in Photo Gallery