Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Review of 2015

As we go into 2016 we can look back on just how busy 2015 was. 

New Moon was only formed at the very end of 2014, but danced out at 18 different events, has gained several new members and we have made many new friends. 

We danced at many places, these are some of the highlights - some of the fun we've had, and some of the many friends we've made:

Our first public 'dance out' was at Pitstone Museum, closely followed by dancing with many other sides in Oxford.

Pitstone Museum
Oxford, at Pitt-Rivers Museum - Argghhh!

Photobombed by a horse - Oxford

Very soon after that we found ourselves dancing in Rochester, Kent. We danced with many friendly sides, and even found ourselves with someone joining in from the audience! Jackie rose to the occasion and learned a dance in 10 minutes when Cath injured herself.

Dancing with Magog Ladies, and Sue - from the audience
Louise - giving it some
Flourish on the turn
Argghhh - Rochester version
Jackie learned a dance in 10 minutes

We danced in Stoke Bruerne, Rickmansworth, Swanage, Tring (twice), Stony Stratford (twice), Milton Keynes...
Vampire Moon - Rickmansworth

Circle dance - Tring Apple Day

David and Charles - Apple Day, October, Tring
  ...and spent a lot of time avoiding falling into canal locks:
Arggghhhh! Stoke Bruerne Version

Stoke Bruerne Family Festival
Dancing by the Lock - Rickmansworth
David leads off in Rickmansworth
Dancing with Wicket Brood, Rising Sun Lock, Berkhamsted

We made loads of new friends, and had huge amounts of fun.
Squire Martin admires a Phoenix Morris hat
Jack in the Green - Rochester

We (or some of the more hardy ones, anyway) danced the sun up on top of Pitstone Hill on May 1st, then danced it down again on November 1st.

Dawn May 1st
Sunset November 1st
The New Moon musicians have encouraged those of us who are less experienced, and we have regular band practices - in a variety of locations.

Band Practice June
Band Practice July
Band practice November

Band Practice at the Apple Orchard
New Moon performing in the Beer Tent - Stoke Bruerne
Impromptu performance by the Lock Stoke Bruerne

We've had a great first year, and already have a busy calendar for 2016 - here's to more dancing and more music!


  1. Wonderful blog Cath, you caught the memories of fun times perfectly ;)

  2. Loved reading this Cath. Hope to see you all dancing at some point in 2016