CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
8th December was a beautiful sunny day.
Most arrived in good time (mentioning no names Dave and Sue) to enjoy
looking at the Christmas trees and chatting to the organisers.
The Sway school morris dancers, who we have been teaching for the last 2
or 3 months, were there to join us and we started our half hour spot with a
The second spot began
with Much Wenlock, a popular and super dance, and it went mostly OK.
By the summer we should be able to do it fault free!!
We finished with a perfect
Each dance drew a new passing audience and thanks to the collectors Bob, Sylvia and Chris, we managed to collect a hefty £28 odd, plus Dave Broom donated his Movember collection which nearly doubled it! Thanks to Dave B! Good start for the Gateway!
Our annual trek to Brockenhurst Fun Evening on 7th Dec had a forecast of frosty cold weather with biting north wind which wasnt wrong, but at least it was dry this year! Within the buildings it was sheltered from the wind so not too bad, but then we were told we had a half hour wait while the one man band played! Bob thought it was too long to hang around so we moved down the end where the funfair was and danced instead for the half hour.
We then returned to our designated spot to do our booked 10 minutes, but the organisers had rearranged the times and put the one man band back on, so we ended up at the other end of Brock where luckily there was no other entertainment, that is until we started our second spot and the Punch and Judy man started up on the opposite side of the road. Note to the other musicians if I stop playing in Duck and Dive early, it is not the silent chorus I have just got tangled up with scarf and melodeon , so no need to all cease playing! All good fun though and we did have an audience for each dance. Some of us carried on to the Royal Crown in Brockenhurst afterwards and warmed up nicely on soup, stew , beer and wine!