Our Hampsthwaite group welcomed Harrogate’s MP Andrew Jones to our session on Wednesday 24th August to learn more about what Dancing for Well-Being is all about. We couldn’t resist putting hm through his paces with “I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts” and he rose to the challenge admirably.
After 4 attempts to get married – all of which were scuppered by COVID restrictions and lockdowns – our lovely Group Leader Jann Forde finally got married to Nick Goodman on 21st July! In the weeks and days before the wedding the groups gave Jann a good send-off with a lot of fun and some lovely lovely gifts….
Seven Jubilee Parties
We’ve had a very busy couple of months at our groups celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. One of our parties involved year 2 and 3 children from St Peter’s School, Harrogate who enjoyed learning some of our specially choreographed dances to some songs from the 1950s. They also made up their own choreography to ‘Dancing Queen’ and did a fantastic performance before we sat down for tea and cake.
For the Jubilee we danced to music from the 1950s; we shared memories of the Coronation, meeting the Queen, and 1950s fashion and food; we donned red white and blue outfits, tiaras, crowns and hats, and we waved flags – check out Maria from our Bilton group in her Ginger Spice Union Jack dress; we were entertained by the amazing Misspent Ukes; we ate wonderful food provided by Community Stars Catering Services; we made patriotic cakes (well, volunteer Muriel did, and she made a superb job of it); and the Friday Knaresborough group actually met the Queen – well, a life-size cardboard version of her, kindly provided by group member Anne)…..
We were able to sit outside to enjoy refreshments and a good natter after dancing today (at our Bilton group. Larrie, Bilton Community Centre’s Caretaker, very kindly put the umbrellas up so we had the shade we needed. No-one wanted to leave!
Thank you to everyone who danced with us at the wonderful Knaresborough Community Festival this year held at Aspin Park Academy. Great weather, lovely people, brilliant event!
We celebrated Easter with our Bilton group who are always ready to wear hats and head-dresses.
We were lucky enough to have a visit from the Mayor and Mayoress of the Borough of Harrogate, Cllr Trevor Chapman and Mrs Janet Chapman, to our Bilton group on January 19th. They were great sports, joining in enthusiastically with every dance.
Mayor, Cllr Trevor Chapman, said “The Mayoress and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit, and we fully appreciate all the benefits that it brings after taking part. We wish Dancing for Well-Being every success in the future”.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Arnold Clark Community Fund this year we were able to treat everyone in Dancing for Well-Being to a tea party at The Cairn Hotel on 17th September. We had fun and frolics with “Yorkshire Life Aquatic” – https://www.yorkshirelifeaquatic.co.uk/ – who danced us back to the glamour of 1950s Hollywood and the Million Dollar Mermaids. It was wonderful! Just what we all needed to lift our spirits and keep us going through the autumn and winter months.
Absolutely thrilled to be starting up our groups again. It’s 17th May 2021 and after a very long 14 months when we couldn’t meet because of the Covid pandemic it’s absolutely wonderful to get together again at our groups. We are dancing for joy