At Great Alne Long Weekend: OK, there's Maypole: Morris: brilliant Dance & Music,but: What Else Goes on? - well there's Handbells - Part Song -Walking- Cycling - Playing Panpipes-Irish Set Dancing - American Contra Dance, Fri eve + late Cajun. AND: the SUNDAY AFTERNOON FRENCH BAL with live music- or Chez Meg 4tea & scones or / & Cycling. REGULARS COME FOR THE BEST 4 DAY OPPORTUNITY OF INTERNATIONAL DANCE IN THE MIDLANDS. EVENINGS: Fri eve - American Contra Dance + late Cajun .... On Sat & Sunday evenings -Varied social dancing.
Pre-Mayday Maypole. On Sat & Sun, we briefly plait ribbons to music in the traditional way. A pleasant short session for young ones, and some of the adults to enjoy. Put at times when it may be pleasant outside, and we hope parents & grandparents will bring young ones to enjoy.
Paul enables this. He brings his own Maypole.
Installed on the green.
It's fun dancing around it amongst the daisies.
(Or it's inside - maybe more briefly, if wet.) C Paul Lindley 2012
** Also Morris Dancing: Frequently Border Morris. Another tradition - Great to see - Fun to try. Around the middle of the day on Sat or Sun. A fun interlude for all - Liked by visitors & young ones. Bring kids. Give them chance to try it. A token £1 helps hall cost a little; but we most wish to share the enjoyment. ***
Short evening presentation spot by a few who were at the daytime workshop.
Handbells Paul brings his lovely set of restored handbells. Available each afternoon - outside under the Gazebo if weather is fine. Usually you start ringing 1 or 2 bells (though with experience - 4, 6 or 8.) Liked very much by all who have tried this guided teamwork.
Ringing using Paul's tunes is popular with children, seniors & all "between".
After just a little practise, their sound is particularly lovely ! Pic. C Lorraine 2008.
Cycling Most competently led along delightful country lanes around Great Alne by Janet S. PLEASE bring along your bike for Sunday afternoon. Note that you are responsible for your safety. And parents are responsible for safe conduct of their children at all times.