We’ve had the most brilliant and busy couple of weeks, hosting seven Christmas parties for our groups! We had our usual festive dances followed by food from Community Stars Catering Services, and fabulous music by Misspent Ukes and Harrogate Spa Town Ukes. With visits from Valentina from the Co-op, and photographer Steven Eric Parker, we think it’s fair to say the festive spirit was well and truly shining here at Dancing for Well-Being!
A big thank you to all our members for joining us in all their sparkles, our volunteers who support us week in, week out, as well as to Community Stars and the ukulele bands. See you all in the New Year!
Photo credits to Steven Eric Parker and group leaders/assistants.
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….
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)…..
Thank you to everyone who joined Marg, Jean and me for some brilliant dancing at the Starbeck Community Day today. You were wonderful! Even our local MP Andrew Jones and County Councillor Philip Broadbank couldn’t resist joining in!
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!
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.