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Playford in Pictures

posted 11 Oct 2019, 06:50 by Joyce Wiles

Thanks to Stephen Webb, we now have a pictorial report of September's Playford Ball.

Family Dance

posted 11 Oct 2019, 04:48 by Joyce Wiles

The next family dance of 2019 will be on 27th October with Val & Ian McFarlane calling and Toucan Play.

Autumn Newsletter now out

posted 11 Oct 2019, 03:18 by Joyce Wiles

The autumn 2019 newsletter is now available to download.

Sue Stapledon CD

posted 16 Aug 2019, 11:13 by Joyce Wiles

NOT QUITE FINISHED’

Sue Stapledon’s Double CD of Pat Shaw tunes, completed posthumously, following her sad passing on 27th March 2019, is now available!

£15 – all profits donated to Diabetes UK.

To order a copy, or to find further details of track listings etc, please contact her brother Richard: email - richard at stapledon.co.uk phone/text – 07970 272 196


Denis Leavey

posted 22 Mar 2019, 09:28 by Joyce Wiles   [ updated 4 Apr 2019, 03:13 ]

We are sorry to report the sudden death on 21st March of Denis Leavey, the treasurer for Chiltern Folk.  The funeral is to be held on 10th April at 2.30pm at Amersham Crematorium, followed by a wake at Liston Hall, Marlow. To assist catering at the wake, it would be appreciated if you could notify your attendance by contacting Janet Boothman or Sue Mayne, or by emailing

Greensleeves Morris Men

posted 16 Aug 2018, 12:18 by Joyce Wiles   [ updated 16 Aug 2018, 12:36 ]


Greensleeves Morris Men may be based in south-west London but they and their guests have been making an annual pilgrimage to the Chilterns every July since 1961. These weekends start and finish in Chipperfield with a tour round local towns on the Saturday. This year's stops were Chesham, Wendover, Tring and Dunstable Downs where passers-by were introduced to a variety of dances. Our photographs show stick and hankerchief dances from the Cotswold tradition and a rendering of the North Skelton sword dance from Yorkshire.






Photos: Mike Knell of Greensleeves
Click on photo for larger image


Ken Sheffield Tribute

posted 16 May 2018, 04:19 by Joyce Wiles

 Following a Tribute day to Ken Sheffield at Stonesfield FDC, Val & Ian McFarlane compiled this obituary with the help of dancing friends.  An edited version will be published in the Lives Remembered section of  the next edition of 'English Dance and Song'.  The full text is attached here.

Denis Smith R.I.P

posted 24 Feb 2018, 03:02 by Joyce Wiles

Judith Inman and Maggie Fletcher share happy memories of Denis Smith, an inspired accompanist for many forms of folk dance for over 50 years, in particular his links with the Chilterns.  See full article below.

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