NORTH WEST CLOG DANCERS
June 25th 2002
May 1st 2002
April 5th 2002
January 15th 2002
June 18th - blood at Salhouse and Ranworth
June 5th - the Recruiting Sergeant at Horstead
June 2nd 2001 - Cromer
May 14th 2001
May 5th 2001
May 1st 2001
Well, didn't we have a lovely day, the day we went to Weybourne (and Holt and Sheringham.) It's becoming one of our traditional annual events; an outing to the world famous Poppy Line.
I could not agree more with the sentiments of a visitor last year "To whoops of delight, we set off through fields of red poppies............"; on our jorney down to Sheringham from Holt. (Technically, I would imagine that it is "up", being as that is the way one would attempt a rail journey from the quiet bustle of North Norfolk's most pleasant market town to the rude hurly burly of "the smoke").
So; the dancing. Our first of the day was at Holt, on platform 1, (O/K, not signed as such, but I can count). This is an interesting logistical exercise given that one of the design features of a platform is its narrowness and one of its prime functions is to get ex passengers from the train to the exit barrier. Faced with 8 determined, fully clogged FS'ers the ex and prospective passengers had to stay and watch.
Boarding for the journey to Sheringham we chose the Gresley buffet, and spent a pleasant 20 minutes or so, complete with tea and tunes chugging along with the wooded hills of Kelling Heath and Sheringham Park to the south, and the sea to the north.
We treated the good folk of Sheringham to a brace of performances at the station, separated by a fine pint of Adnams from The Lobster. Then it was back on the train for the short journey up/down to Weybourne for our last performance of the day.
What a lovely way to spend a summer Saturday!
We may not have "rambled half the night, nor rambled half the day - a", but we were assuredly "up as soon as day, to fetch the summer home-a."
May Day morning at 04:45 on St James' Hill - "The Fine City of Norwich" was an unexpectedly accurate comment on the weather.The pessimistic forecast of the previous day must have had many an experienced folkie rummaging around for galoshes, thermal long-johns and the like.
The assembly was complete by 05:00 with teams from Fiddlesticks, Golden Star and Kemp's (IAO), being ready to ensure that yet another year was fruitful, fertile and all those sorts of mysticalities. The deed well and truly done here, the gathering re-located, not as in past years to the quaint warmth of the Maddermarket Theatre forecourt, but to the paved area at the entrance to the Forum. This was something of a novelty, for at this location it was possible to stand, if not actually dance, in sunlight, a welcome contradiction to the the cold steel, glass and concrete of its construction. Looking west, with the sun rising behind the solidity of The Castle, itself to the rear of the magnificance of St Peter Mancroft, it was clear to me which building should be demolished NEXT!
With the dancers well warmed up a fine display was presented to the officers of The City and, as I noticed, awake at last, to some old friends, some travelled many a mile from Albert Square, others straight from their garden.
Once we had managed to walk to where we had parked (who'd have thought that finding somewhere for the car in Norwich at six in the morning would be difficult!) we moved to the final dancing stand, as usual, at the West Door of The Cathedral, and here the teams did their best, and successfully as it turned out, to ward off the rain and cloud, at least for today, and all because we can sing as well as dance.
And then breakfast.............
Thank you everyone.
PS - I've just run this through the spell checker, and it has suggested, instead of "Lacemaker", the word pacemaker - which is what some of the Fiddlesticks dancers may have needed after the band's rendition of The Abbey!
"Why not Join Us ?"
We are looking for more dancers to join us in September for the start of the practice season for next year. you don't need experience - just enthusiasm and a love of dance. If you fancy having a go we will be running a "taster" evening on Monday 23rd September 2002 at St Mary Magdalene Church Hall on Silver Road, Norwich from 7:30pm - 9:30 pm. This will be your chance to have a go and then, if you enjoy it, we would love to welcome you to join us and learn the dances we will be performing during 2003, our 20th birthday year.
Take the opportunity to come and see us during the summer at one of the venues listed on the programme Our 2002 Programme and other events. We are a friendly and outgoing group so stop us and talk to us about our dancing.
Having got the Christmas and New Year festivities done and dusted, some serious work now for the run up to our first 2002 event. Having said that, the programme Our 2002 Programme and other events is not yet finalised, so please revisit the site or call our sponsors Useful Contacts and Links before setting out.
We have a new dance for this season, notably "The Abbey".A dance from Northumberland, courtesy of Hexham Lasses, learnt in Whitby at the 2001 festival and honed in Norfolk to a Sussex tune! The archives have been mined and we are resuscitating "The Lacemaker" and "Mobberly". My tune book (Yes we do have one, courtesy of Phil) numbers 19 dances, although I doubt whether they will all feature in this year's repertoire (Well Alison, there's a challenge!)
We also have high hopes of an early season debut for our "new" (80 quid at Whitby) baritone horn.
So, read more about us Fiddlesticks Home Page, or better still, come and see us!
Now we expected to see blood at The Maltsters, not in response to our dancing, but on account of the particularly vicious Ranworth mosquito, However the coming together of the boot lid of a car and Susan's head at The Bell made scenes from Buffy The Vampire Slayer look positively tame! (I hope David recovers soon).
As it was she and David missed Weavers from North Walsham (dancing in the Cotswold style) and Fiddlesticks entertaining a reasonably sized crowd at both spots, and it was good to see some familiar faces in the audience as well.
Despite being advertised as being at Horsford, most of the team arrived on time (mind you, we don't know about those who did not arrive!), with the dancing beginning after a short delay. The small but enthusiastic crowd were shown the full canvas of our dancing skills, and having done our duty we retired inside for a very tasty sandwich, a chip or two, and oh yes, a small glass of lemonade.
We had a good turn out for this event - pre and post lunchtime displays on Cromer pier. In the morning we were joined by our friends, The Lobster Potties, from a couple of miles or so along the coast at Sheringham, and both teams braved the wind and distinctly chilly air, performing for near on an hour for a few hardy spectators.
It's a jolly good thing that our team wear decent "underpinnings" as gusts of wind threatened to blow the clothes from off us. Making our way back to land we discovered why the local crustaceans have such difficulty walking in a straight line.
After a lunch, variously of excellent Fish and Chips, local pub fayre and a fortifying glass of sherbet from the Red Lion, we made our way once more to the pier. Fortunately, although the wind had not abated, there was more warmth and we could enjoy the dancing and a larger audience.(We also had ample time to admire the strength of the slender planking as it bowed and twisted beneath the clogs of the dancers.)
What a wash out! The first Monday evening dancing for the summer season and the heavens opened. We were meant to be entertaining the crowds in Wymondham town centre (sad aren't we!), but less than a dozen of us made it, and alas no dancing was done.Some, quite sensibly probably found the idea of doing the ironing more attractive than turning out on this particular night. (Others spent a pleasant evening sitting in the Sainsbury's car park, having nearly come to a very sticky end on the A140 - still at least we got the weeks shopping done.)
On Saturday 5th May we enjoyed a free trip on the North Norfolk Railway from Holt to Sheringham and back again. Unfortunately our friends from Gyppeswyck were unable to join us but we entertained an appreciative crowd at the station in Sheringham both before and after lunch. The reception in Holt in the afternoon was not quite so welcoming, some of the shop owners not appreciating the noise (or the crowd we attracted) Ah well, you can't win them all! We enjoyed ourselves and those who stopped to watch seemed to enjoy it too.
Fiddlesticks May Day celebrations commenced at a shade past 05:00 this morning with the traditional opening dance (Churchtown of course) on St James' Hill overlooking the Fine City of Norwich. Although breezy and chilly it was at least dry and all those brave souls who promised to turn out so did.
Thanks to some excellent preparatory grass cutting by the back stage crew, and some even finer poop scooping, there were none of the problems that we usually associate with dancing at this location. Golden Star and Kemp's were also in evidence and gave their displays of the Cotswold tradition. After 30 minutes dancing turn and turn about we all departed for the much more sheltered courtyard of the Maddermarket Theatre.
The Maddermarket courtyard is a much more civilised venue, especially at that time of day, and this morning could almost have been described as warm. (I am advised that cold, rather than bloody cold is a better description!). Good dancing here, and then on to the West Door of the Cathedral where the musicians were able to do justice to the tunes, especially as Peter and Dave had heretofore been treating the ears of sleeping Norwich folk with due sensitivity.
For once, the Cathedral precinct was not the coldest place on earth and the dancing, with the Lord Mayor looking on, was enthusiastic and energetic as the dancers, reinforced by a couple of tardy sleepy heads from Kemp's were able to see an end to the ordeal; breakfast; the smallest glass of sherbet and sleep.