2024's dates above suggest - if the committee wish - that a one off final event in - 2024 Great Alne Memorial Hall may be possible. Our special guest at many Great Alne Long Weekends & at Dorridge in 2022 - Karin Bellaart from the Netherlands. Was then teaching at International workshops etc on each day of Evesham's NEW - May Heydays over the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend. Go to - May Heydays - HERE its wide-ranging 2022: later its 2023 Programme Page. James Eisner - our brlliant organiser of part singing on Sundays at Great Alne - - was also leading similar, delighted small groups in song at May Heydays in 2022.
The 2020 Gt Alne Long Weekend. This was halted by Covid, and 2021 retained too much pandemic uncertainty. Paul substituted the Dorridge Day of Dance in 2022: (We shared Karin's postponed costs for her travel with May Heydays.) for 2023 the earlier idea of a Gt Alne Long Weekend is put aside (It is hoped that Paul can arrange another Dorridge Day of Dance in 2023). Many prevous attendees have asked if we intend to restart the - - Great Alne Long weekend of enjoyably varied & diverse Folk Activities. (Even for 2023 however, that is NOT really practicable.) The present committee would like to see something similar to this weekend continue - wishing most to hand over to a younger team - assisting if / or where needed. Do we have any takers out there? (Please do contact Paul.)
phone Paul Lindley on 0121 689 1802 or 07913 615002.
We hope you've kept safe and well. Looking forward to meeting at various venues : to dance, sing and have fun together again.
** Above pages - most need updating. But much will be left to interest past attendees. **
Meantime, YOU MAY ENJOY THIS - from our ARCHIVE section. Linda Moon had been teaching some cajun moves at a late-nite session. Pete Grassby shows simultaneous skills: as an accomplished dancer AND Musician. Unannounced, he began waltzing with Linda : brilliantly doing so whilst he was still playing his melodeon ! With others watching, is David Bradley, who put up the lovely celebratory decorations. Click HERE: To play this moment from the site archive of Great Alne's 25th year, with Karin our teacher from NL. The melodeon & its straps are closely around Linda's back. Pete - retaining a captivating clinch - you hear entertainingly to remark (since certain understandable distractions are affecting his playing) "I really have to concentrate" then "And she can't get away". It's an ace, spontaneous occasion, late on the Sunday Eve in 2008 at our 25th Anniversary. (Our website host is Weebly. It no longer supports videos directly: click then, on the BLUE "HERE" link ABOVE, to view this on You Tube.) (Try then, to return to THIS website, without getting entirely distracted within YouTube.)