The Midland Folk Group



Previous Meets

Sinton Green
September 6th to the 8th 2019


The last meet of the Summer at Grimley Peace Hall, Sinton Green proved to be a great success. The damsons this year were not very plentiful but the blackberries in the surrounding hedgerows were well plundered.The well attended weekend started with soup, rolls and cake on Friday evening following by a very varied programme of music and song.

Saturday morning was a relaxed affair with lots of chatting and exchanges of ideas. In the afternoon we were joined by Stan and Judy Witton who were attending their final Midlands before heading off to Ilkley and the Ridings group. At 2:00 pm the annual Boules competition started. There was a tea break before the fiercely contested final. The finalists were Stan and Shen  against Noreen and Janine. Stan suggested the final should be a handicap with extra points being awarded for the difference in ages. This was quickly rejected and the final began, with the target of being the first team to score 13 points. The game was very tight and as the last end began the scores were Stan & Shen 11 and Noreen & Janine 12. The winning position kept switching but the final winners were Stan and Shen.

Saturday evening started with a huge shared supper with lots of diets being ignored when faced with such temptations. The MC for the evening was undertaken by John Owen, his first experience of being MC. John presided over another great programme of music and song interspersed with dances called by John Jackson, Rosemary and Gaynor. During the evening a presentation was made to Stan and Judy in recognition of their forty years membership of the group, and to wish them well for their impending move to Yorkshire. The evening concluded with two lively dances from Gaynor, leaving everyone ready for bed.

Sunday was a beautiful summer day and meant that departures were very leisurely. Newcomers to a Midland meet were saying how much they had enjoyed the weekend and were looking forward to attending others.
John Curry

Bodenham Arboretum
July 19th to the 21st 2019

Bodenham Arboretum was a new venue for us and what a fantastic one it was!  The walks around the Arboretum featuring the Giants Trial with red bloomers (not belonging to Liz and Brian!!!), a Viking display, farm animals and pools where you could spot several dragonflies.  A beautiful setting and the weather enhanced our weekend.  Several people were tempted to cake and coffee in the café/restaurant.  Liz and Brian were stewarding and we had our coffee morning around their motorhome, meeting our friends and welcoming Geoff and Iris from North Central, Caroline and Paul from Shropshire DA and Clive from Birmingham DA.  We also met Sue and Keith from Netherton who had just bought a caravan and were very excited with the idea of joining our meets.  Jo celebrated her birthday on Friday and treated everyone to wine and cupcakes which everyone enjoyed.  Gay was MC and we had lots of various spots and dances.  Don was MC on Saturday evening with lots of memorable new dances.  Lots of laughter! 
Noreen Small


Aston Cantlow
June 21st to the 23rd 2019

Aston Cantlow, June 21st to 23rd.

We had a super weekend at Aston Cantlow in Warwickshire.  We had a social gathering on Friday with soup, rolls and cake.  On Saturday after coffee some of us went geocaching and some visited the local NT property of Coughton Court.  After a communal lunch our stewards, Jenny and Chris set up a course of “Field games for the less athletic” consisting of archery, snooker, fishing, skittles and football which was great fun.  Later we had a hunt for Bob’s keys ( which were in his car) before adjourning to the village hall for an evening of dance and song.  Some of us went to Flo’s studio on Sunday.  She painted the mural that adorns the back wall of Rick Stein’s Restaurant in Padstow. We welcomed two new families and hope to see them again. It was an exceptionally enjoyable meet.  Gaynor Butler


Sytchampton Village Hall
May 2019

Our Sytchampton meet was stewarded by Bob and Noreen with help from Mark and TC.

Friday evening started with soup and rolls and cake. This was followed by lots of musical entertainment and enthusiastic dancing with dances called by Mark and family. A very active and enjoyable evening.

Saturday evening’s entertainment commenced with a scrummy shared supper. We managed to squeeze in lots more music and dance, Bob was MC and our one and only caller for the evening was Mr John Jackson. John’s calling was first class and kept us all on our toes with a variety of folk dances. Very enthusiastic audience participation made the weekend very enjoyable.

It was good to see visitors join us, always nice to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Thank you to everyone who took part and made this meet memorable.

Bob Small

Astley Village Hall
March 2019

AGM weekend at Astley

The weather for our AGM weekend at Astley was very kind to us. A beautiful weekend brought us some new visitors and hopefully converts to our Folk Group.
We had a total of 21 units with visitors from District Associations and from Wessex Folk.
On Friday evening soup and rolls plus cake courtesy of Gay and Margaret was followed by our usual session of dances and spot turns with Mark as our MC.
Saturday was taken up with a variety of crafts and pop bottle "Rocket" decorating. Multiple pop bottle rockets were launched in the field on Saturday afternoon with Beth wining the prize for best decorated rocket - well done Beth. The result of the winner for distance is still being scrutinised - the winner on the day was Mark, but he was also in charge of the launches!!!
Late afternoon was the time allocated to our AGM; thanks to everyone who turned up for that. Our Shared Supper soon took over and business matters forgotten when Chris took the mic as MC.
The highlight of the evening was a Morris Dancer's Stick Dance demonstration. Audience participation followed and, I think more by luck than judgement, no one actually got hit by a stick.

A great weekend was had by all. Thanks to everyone who helped and took part.

Mervyn Jackson

Shatterford Village Hall
March 2019

Our first meet of the year was at Shatterford.  Mark and TC were our stewards and were busy making pancakes when we arrived.  It was lovely to catch up with friends and hear their news and also to meet some new ones.  We welcomed Tony and Liz from Birmingham, Janine from Bridgnorth and Geraldine, Belinda their Mum and hubbies from Kingswinford.

Friday evening was a relaxed affair - a mixture of song, dance and tales.  A  wet Saturday didn't deter folk from trips on the Severn Valley Railway, visits to Bridgnorth and Kidderminster whilst our new friends went geocaching and tried some new hostelries!  TC ran a decopatching  session where I produced a lovely cat.  After our yummy shared supper washed down with red and white wine courtesy of Mark and TC (who were celebrating their silver wedding anniversary) more fun was had singing and dancing. Rob was MC and Pete introduced some challenging new dances!

Thanks to everyone for making it a fantastic start to the season.


Shatterford Village Hall
Nov 2018

23rd to the 25th Nov

Once again we were at Shatterford, a firm favourite with everyone. The car park steadily filled without incident until Bob and Noreen arrived. Many will remember Bob's record attempt for the number of shunts to get on site with his RV. It looked as if he was trying to beat the record with his caravan as it slowly edged back and forth. Luckily the road was quiet as we all stood around waving our arms and shouting encouragement.
We welcomed Sue and Mike who had travelled from Surrey to spend the weekend with us. Friday night began with a choice of soup, made by Von, with rolls and followed by tea and cake. Our entertainment started with a skiffle session which was very popular with lots of things to rattle and bang if you didn't have an instrument to play. The usual singing and dancing rounded off the evening.
Saturday, after morning tea and coffee, there were a number of choices. Noreen led a craft workshop making origami Christmas trees. Others caught the bus to either Bridgnorth or Kidderminster or travelled on the Severn Valley Railway. Games and music filled the afternoon for those of us who stayed on site.
The evening began with a shared supper accompanied by a choice of red or white wine from John Jackson to celebrate his Birthday. Mark was the MC for the evening of dance and entertainment. Have a look at the wonderful photos taken by Molly which are on Facebook.
Sunday we chatted over tea until it was time to leave and make our way home. Time to think about our next meet which is again at Shatterford in March 2019.
Don Wasdell

Astley Village Hall
November 2018

2nd to the 4th November

A total of 13 units arrived on a cold November day, for our Country and Western themed meet.

We were all warmly welcomed by Chris and Jenny, dressed in stunning Country and Western outfits. Supper was good campfire food, soup and jacket potatoes and beans!! This was followed by a lovely sing around and catch up on everyone’s news.

On Saturday there was an opportunity to visit nearby Stourport, take a cycle ride or join a jamming session in the hall and lovely cakes, made by Angie, were available for our afternoon tea. After a shared meal together with a birthday cake to celebrate 3 of our members recent birthdays, Beth was our MC for the evening. Once again Chris and Jenny wore some beautiful outfits and also set up a display of some of the guns and other items that they had collected over the years. We were treated to some wonderful entertainment, music, dance and stories all showcasing the wonderful talent amongst our members. A highlight was Molly calling her very first dance and demonstrating that she is definitely following in her father's and sister's footsteps! Well done Molly! Thanks to Chris and Jenny for all their hard work. All in all what a wonderful way to spend a dark and dismal November evening – who needs fireworks?!!!

Liz Bloomer

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Shatterford Village Hall
July 2018

20th to the 22nd July

Our hosts at this popular venue were Bob and Noreen and they made a wonderful job of organising the Medieval themed weekend. After 6 weeks of drought the heavens opened just as Bob was about to light the BBQ. This didn’t deter him and he did it under Kevin and Hilda’s awning. The grateful campers ate their delicious supper in the Hall. The evening was very enjoyable and all participated including our 3 new units. The hot weather returned on Saturday morning but the committee were shut inside for their meeting but they eventually moved into Mark s huge event tent. In the afternoon some of us walked to the beautiful Bodenham Arboretum and enjoyed refreshments by the lake. ( This will be a new venue in 2019). The American tea lived up to the Midland high standard. Several members dressed up in Medieval costume making a wonderful atmosphere. It was a close call but Bob and Noreen won the prizes for the best costumes. The evening went with a swing with Mark as M. C and several spots and dances followed the weekend theme.
During the day we were delighted to have a visit from Shirley Bird brought by her son David.   It was lovely to see John and Barbara Mitchell in the evening. On Sunday there was a coffee morning.
Another successful and super weekend.
Judy Witton

Fillongley Village Hall
June 2018

15th to the 17th June
Photos by Mark Burton.


Hanbury Village Hall
May 2018

4th to the 7th May 2018

Thanks again to Chris and Jenny.

April 2018

13th to the 15th April 2018

What a lovely weekend we had at Astley for our AGM.  Judy and Stan were our stewards and we provided soup rolls and cake to all on Friday night. We had nineteen units during the meet and a few visitors popped in during the day on Saturday including our young camping family.  It was a wonderful spread for our shared supper in the evening and then a wide variety of acts and dances followed on.  Our MCs on Friday and Saturday were Liz, an old hand at the job and Chris, new to it.  We had a music session on Friday afternoon and again on Saturday morning.   Some members went off to Alverley Country Park in the afternoon, some did craft and some sat about chatting in the sunshine.  On Saturday night we had some additions to the band, Alison from HC and a very young Alex on cabassa.  We were also delighted to see Lance, Janet and Wayne and Lance hasn't lost his talent for poetry.  We had our AGM on Sunday with Allan Ross as the Council Representative.

Thanks again to Stan and Judy for without stewards these meets could not take place.


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March 2018

The De Montfort School, Evesham

16th to the 18th March 2018

Despite the amber weather warning there was a good turn out for the Evesham Meet.
Our first meet of the year at Shatterford had to be cancelled due to the 'Beast from the East' so everyone was ready for a great get together after the long winter break. It was lovely to meet up again with old friends and new members Beth and Bill.
Snow on nearby Bredon Hill foretold bitter cold winds and snow but it didn't dampen the Saint Patrick’s Night Party as Leprechaun, Guinness hats and green wigs were popular and shamrock green sun glasses and sparkling green tinsel hair were modelled by Hazel. After a shared supper, dancers were in full swing to a live band interspersed with beautiful Irish ballads and amusing song spots. Gay did a brilliant job organising it all with the assistance of Mervyn and Margaret on the arrival gate in the freezing cold. Next morning snow lay over our vans and car park with a strong wind blowing the snow around but it soon started to thaw and we were all able to get off OK. Looking forward to a warm armchair to reflect on our memories of a great weekend.


photos by Liz Bloomer

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Novemberr 2017


10th to the 12th November 2017

By Gaynor Butler

Shatterford was our last Meet of the season and it was most enjoyable.
We had three new couples plus visitors, Pat and Paul from NC and Rosemary and Dave from Wessex.
Friday evening we had our usual soup, rolls and cake followed by a request ring, some dancing, some singing and some solo playing. We all met up next morning for coffee, a chat, crafts and later in the afternoon a music session. After a very quick EGM to appoint a new Auditor, Mr John Owen, we had a shared supper followed by a lively evening of spots and dancing using our very own live band. I especially liked the poem about revisiting Mons read by Dave and the rather macabre song from Peter, "I’m the man who slits the turkeys’ throats at Christmas"! We celebrated TC’s birthday with cake and Freda’s with wine – thank you both.
We had an early Committee Meeting on Sunday but interrupted it for an hour long coffee break so we could wish our friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We also listened to the eleven o’clock chimes both days to pay our respects. Thank you Mark and TC for stewarding. Our first Meet of 2018 is back here at Shatterford hosted once again by TC and Mark with the theme of PANCAKES! Midland look forward to seeing some of you there.


Little Witley
October 2017


13th to the 15th October 2017

Little Witley
By Noreen Small

Thanks go to Liz and Brian for a super weekend at the picturesque village of Little Witley. 

The theme was the 'sea' and the hall was decorated with shells and bunting to get us in the mood. 

On Friday evening  we were treated to a lovely fish and chip supper washed down with numerous bottles of wine.  It paved the way for a relaxing singaround with a few dances in between. 

Saturday was filled with various activities including crafts, painting and music sessions ready for a fun packed evening with Jill as MC. We had numerous dodgy pirates but lucky no-one had to walk the plank! 

Thanks for a super weekend me hearties!

Noreen Small

Photos by Liz and Brian

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Sinton Green
September 2017

1st till the 3rd September 2017

By Mark Burton

Despite my family and I not camping at Sinton Green we did attend both Friday and Saturday night, the stewards were Jill and Martyn, and fun packed evenings they were too, Friday we were all treated to home made soups and bread rolls, after that we all took part in a quiz with a difference, the difference been that Jill had forgotten the answers! So I still don't know if I got any of the questions right.

We welcomed some members from other folk sections and also new members to the folk group.

The evening was informal, we had a singaround including some Janet and John stories and a few dances.

Saturday evening we had our usual American supper, Jill was MC for the night, we all enjoyed music from John, Pauline our stewards and Steve with his scratch band.
All in all a good weekend with plenty of fruit being picked.

This write-up is been dedicated to Steve Henley who sadly passed away the day after this meet.

Hanley Swan
August 2017

11th till the 13th August 2017

A chance to breathe fresh Malvern air in good company. Gay and Jim Lilley stewarded admirably. Friday we were served with soup and rolls followed by an excellent informal evening of chat, music, dance, songs, jokes and stories. Saturday afternoon a blowy, sunny day saw our annual boules match underway. A visitor pictured here, ("I've never played before.") snatched the coveted chocolate prize from 'the regulars' Well done him.

Saturday evening after a filling super supper saw a pleasant dance and multi talented acts.

All in all another great weekend.
Don't forget all are welcome, audiences are always apprieciated.

Cutnall Green
July 2017

14 till the 16th of July 2017.
Write up by Liz Bloomer.

All arrived in beautiful sunshine to be greeted by Deputy Bob and Calamity Noreen ( think those names may well stick!). We all enjoyed a BBQ with hot dogs and plenty of cowboy jokes! The evening was a lovely mix of songs and a bit of line dancing with Hilda.

Saturday saw many of us taking part in craft activities and enthusiastic music sessions with a whole host of musical instruments to be heard. 
Bob was MC for the evening and there was a great band made up with Gill, Chris, Rosemary, David, Gay and Allan. Rosemary made us laugh with her impromptu Mop Dance accompanied by Gay and Allan. Great fun! Paul called some good dances but the men were doing some serious cheating and later on they were even tasked with being women- interesting to say the least. A lovely varied evening followed with spots and good dances!

Sunday morning saw us wend our way home after having a really good meet. Thanks to Bob and Noreen for all their hard work.
Liz Bloomer


Rowington Hall
May 2017

12 till the 14th of May 2017.
Write up by Judy Witton .

Our meet at Rowington was a great success.  We had 17 units out with one from Home Counties, one from Wessex, (although they are almost “one of us “) and a new couple who Judy and Stan recruited at Birmingham Coach Station last November, whilst waiting to go on a coach holiday.  We were also particularly pleased to see the young family again, who camp in a tent, with us again.
We got off to a great start on Friday afternoon , when our Stewards Jo and John Jackson, provided us with toasted teacakes and scones with jam and a choice of clotted cream, double cream or both!!!
Friday evening’s sing around was most enjoyable – more talent appearing at every meet.
Rowington is in an excellent position as well as having a lovely hall, so 6 members went on a ramble using the nearby canal and picnicking in the grounds of Baddesley Clinton,  a National Trust property.  Others practiced music and did craft.
There was an American tea in the evening, which was followed by a ceilidh ably M.C’d  by Jill.  On Sunday morning some visited Packwood house, another nearby National Trust property.


Our next meet is at Cutnall Green on 14th July and will be an American themed weekend with a barbecue on the Friday evening and an American tea on Saturday.  We look forward to seeing all our own members out and also any other Folk Group members’ who may be holidaying in the area or just passing through.  You will always get friendly welcome with the  Midland area.


Astley Hall,

28th April till the 1st of May 2017.

Another fabulous weekend!  Steve and Angie were the stewards and the weekend started with soup and rolls on Friday, followed by an informal get together in the Hall.

Saturday was our AGM, where we elected our new Chairman Mark, who took over from our able and successful chairwoman, Gaynor.

The afternoon was spent doing: crafts, bluebell walks and music practise.

The evenning started with a magnificent American Supper, followed by, a full programme of entertainment.

George updated us about Brenda's health and said his Farewells to us all, we wish him well.

Sunday morniing was quiet, again the hall was open the weather not far off foul, BUT what a treat was in store for us all. Angie (and Steve) had prepared a fabulous afternoon tea for the group. Sandwiches, cream cheese, salmon with cucumber and ham, scones with jam and cream, cake (various) and trifles huge, yummy, trifles that gave a satisfing shlump when prised from the bowls. Then another lovely evening of song, dance and chatter.

Monday coffee moorning saw us eating leftover cake. A wonderful weekend, filled with laughter, songs, dancing, awful jokes and great company.



Shatterford Village Hall,

17th to 19th March 2017.
by Gaynor Butler, Chairman.

What a fabulous weekend!  We had twenty units out, including one from Essex and two DA couples trying the Folk Section for the first time.  Among our members we had twenty five singers and musicians and five callers.  After soup and rolls on Friday, Mark led a song and dance session.  On Saturday after coffee, there were several choices – a ramble with Stan and Judy, geocaching with Gay and Lisa, beginners dance workshop with Mark and crafts with Noreen.  Crafts continued throughout the afternoon while we had a music jam session.  We had an American Supper during which Molly was serenaded with “Happy 14th Birthday To You”, and presented with a beautifully decorated trifle made by John J.   Allan was MC and we had a great evening of spots and dances. 


    On Sunday we had a Committee Meeting and coffee before everyone went off home. 
Our next meet is at Astley near Stourport DY13 0RF on the weekend of 28th April. 
Thank you  Mark, TC, Amy and Molly for a lovely weekend.     Gaynor Butler ( Midland Chairman)


Shatterford Village Hall,

25th to 27th November 2016.
by Gaynor Butler, Chairman.

What a wonderful weekend to finish our 2016 season.  We had seventeen units out.  On Friday we had pumpkin and apple soup or Mediterranean vegetable soup with rolls followed by cake.  Stan was our MC for Friday and we had an evening of dancing and singing.  On Saturday we laid out a variety of crafts which went on all day.  There were Christmas tree cards, Christmas wreathes made of rags, laminated leaf mats, origami boxes, folded paper hedgehogs and encaustic art.  Later in the afternoon we had a music session and a “girl” band practice.  Judy and I provided jacket potatoes to add to the sumptuous American supper.  Jill, our MC for the first time, kept the pace up with spots, songs, folk and line dancing.  Our thanks go to Judy and Stan for stewarding and working so hard to make it such an enjoyable weekend.


Shatterford, between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth, will be the first Meet of our 2017 season, March 17th to 19th, so if your Area isn’t hosting a Meet, come and join us.  The field is firm ( even after all the rain we have just had) and the company is great – you will be made very welcome.
May I take this opportunity to thank all our stewards and those members who have helped during the year, moving tables and chairs, making tea and coffee, laying supper, washing up – just being willing hands wherever needed.

Gaynor Butler, Midland Chairman     

September 2016
Colwall Village Hall,
Music Gather

30th September to 2nd October 2016.
by Gaynor Butler, Chairman.

Colwall was a new venue for us and it is in a beautiful part of the country, just below the Malvern Hills. 

On Friday Gaynor and Shen provided tasty home made soup which was followed by cakes to start this friendly weekend. Gaynor organised the evening session of dancing and spot turns.

There is a handy bus service from the site and on Saturday some members caught the bus into Ledbury.

Despite the drizzly weather others took the short walk to the local church.

We were glad the hall was available all day and we made good use of it with crafts and music sessions in both the hall and side room.

Encaustic Art
Several members tried their hand at encaustic art and some made prick and stitch cards.
After a sumptuous American Supper Bob Small was MC for the evening of social dances and song spots, including an hilarious version of "Allouette".

Sunday dawned beautiful and sunny, so after mid morning tea and biscuits two members took advantage of the weather to go geocaching whilst others sat and enjoyed the sunshine.

A picnic lunch in the car park put the final touch to the weekend before heading for home. 

Thank you to Margaret and Mervyn for stewarding.

Sinton Green September 2016
Damson Time

9th to 11th September 2016.
by Gaynor Butler, Chairman.

Fifteen units came to Sinton Green which was more than last year. Ivan came with a long pole for damson picking but he must have left some as Judy and Stan still managed to pick two basketfuls on Saturday. We had soup and rolls on Friday followed by a sing a-round and a social chat. Next day was drizzly so some of us went to the Bromyard Festival for a few hours, some formed a Sinton Green Folk Band ready to play in the evening and we had a small turn out for a ukulele session. We had an excellent American Supper with plenty of variety and that was followed by dancing and spots in the evening with MC Dave keeping events going. Sunday was much better weather and after the Committee Meeting we sat outside for our coffee break. Later we had a craft session run by Rosemary and archery with Dave which, those of us that attended, really enjoyed. Glen and Mandy went out on their bikes. During the Committee Meeting Mark our Vice Chair produced a box of goodies intended to keep all our and your youngsters entertained so thanks to the Burton family for that. Thanks also to Rosemary and Dave for stewarding. ( We also feel you are part of Midland!)

Stan and Judy picking Damsons at Sinton Green

Kevin looking for whats left


Friday Evenning sing a-round and a social chat

A few of the spots on the Saturday

A selection of dances for everyone to enjoy


National Feast of Lanterns August 2016

25th to 30th August 2016.
by Gaynor Butler, Chairman.


The NFOL was held at Malvern Three Counties Showground this year so it was a good opportunity for Allan and me to go and see what it was all about.

Gaynor Butler current Midland Chairman
with the Midland Pennon


Dancers at the NFOL

Allan dressed for the theme
"Pride and Prejudice"
in Regency costume for the Mardi Gras.

The Folk Band playing for the Barn Dance


Hanley Swan, August, 2016

5th to the 7th of August 2016
Write up by Noreen Small,

Bonjour Hanley Swan!  Our French week-end began with a sing around on Friday evening when we met some new members.  Later we enjoyed a selection of cakes to complement our tea/coffee break.  On Saturday after a relaxed coffee morning on the field in glorious sunshine some ladies made paper hedgehogs (or should I say herrison) under Gay’s supervision.  Great fun.  There was an Art Exhibition in the village hall where Jill was showing her work and we were able to meet some of the artists.  Over 100 paintings were on display using different mediums and we were invited to select a favourite which wasn’t easy as the standard was extremely high!  The fun continued with our annual Boules tournament.  Stan paired the entrants and the coveted trophy complete with an onion was won by Mark!  We continued our French theme in the evening when several members dressed in costume and where Eve wore garlic ear rings. Not a vampire to be seen…  We enjoyed French bread, cheese and pate with tea/coffee or the obligatory wine.  Rob was our MC and we had several dances and spots.  Thank you everyone for celebrating my birthday weekend with me and to Gay and Allan for stewarding.

Great weekend.  See you soon.


Photos by Allan Porter


more photos from Allan can be found here



Shipston on Stour, July, 2016

22nd to the 24th of July 2016
Write up by Gay Butler, Chairman

We had twelve units out this weekend at Sheldon Bosley Hub in Shipston, including Stella and Mark from Wessex and didn't we pick the weather. We enjoyed a sing around with a bit of dancing on Friday MC'd by Don. Saturday was beautiful too and we set up our Bring And Buy stalls. I think it involved bartering as well! Several of us went geocaching and some set off for liquid refreshment in Shipston. The evening was hosted by Mark our Vice Chairman and we had a session to finish the night. Next day we had coffee on the terrace followed by a play around. Two of our visiting members, Ray and June, line danced to our waltzes. Thank you to Barbara and Tony for stewarding and for the cakes and scones!


Just a few of the spots, more photos can be found here


Bromsberrow Village Hall, May 2016
Iinvite from the South West

25th to the 31st of May 2016
Write up by Mick and Jude

This was a 5 day meet hosted by the South West.

Lovely walks from site, not far from the market town of Ledbury. This was also the Midlands first visit to this beutifull Hall

The meet was stewarded by Alison & Andrew Ramsay - Beattie.

There was a selection of crafts in the afternoon followed by the usuall dancing and spots in the evenning.

A selection of crafts, with different workshops each day

There were different callers each offering a good selection of dances

Just a few of the spots, more photos can be found here


A great weekend and a big thank you to the South West for inviting us.

Mick and Jude. Midland Folk Group


The Holding Stables, Wilmcote, 2016

13 to the 15th of May 2016

Write up by Mick and Jude

Well, what a weekend!  The weather was glorious, the field as usual was in pristine condition. 9 units came... We provided tea and coffee on arrival, followed by a leisurely afternoon outside our van.
The room in the Social was booked for the Saturday only, but most of us were welcomed over for a drink on Friday in the bar at about 7.30, we played darts and pool followed by a sing-along.

Saturday was another glorious day with Gaynor geocaching while others went for a short walk, Stan walked into Stratford; the remainder of us took advantage of the weather and just lazed around in the sunshine.

Pauline held a workshop in the afternoon for creative writing and poetry, it was a huge success and another is hoped for in the future, later we were entertained with examples of poems and rhymes produced from the session.

There was music practise on the field followed by the evening entertainment, again at the social club; The evening started with our usual American supper, a great selection of food with plenty to go round.

Gaynor was the host for the evening with a fabulous selection of tunes, verses and dances.

It was nice to see John and Wendy Collins, George, and also John and Barbara, who we don’t see as often as we would like.

Sunday, we had coffee morning on the field as usual, followed by everyone doing their own thing, great weekend lots of fun, everyone looking forward to Upton.

Mick and Jude.

Astley, April/May, 2016

29th April to 3rd of May 2016
Astley & Dunley Village Hall, Astley.

Write up by Teresa Burton (TC)

The Midland Folk Group celebrated their 50th Anniversary by having a Golden Theme weekend between 30 April – 2 May 2016.

The weekend started with our usual home made soup, made by members of the group, and rolls on Friday, it was great to see so many faces who have not been able to attend regularly due to ill health or other commitments and to welcome members who have never been to a folk group before but see how much fun we have and hopefully will join us again.
It was great to see Sarah Perry, The Chairman of the Folk Group Section join us for the weekend with other area groups joining in our celebrations. We were all able to catch up on all the latest news before John, our MC for the evening, organised wonderful entertainment from our visitors from other areas and Midland. Saturday was busy decorating the hall , buying food and drink, ready for our great Golden Theme Evening.
What a great job Mark and Kevin did in the kitchen all afternoon, cooking all the food for us to enjoy later, all hands on deck to lay the tables with what I can only describe as a wonderful banquet.

Almost everyone wore something gold.
The evening started with a toast and speech from Gay who then let one table at a time go for food due to our numbers, over 70 members and visitors, (a great turnout), good idea Gay.

The cake was cut by the longest serving member ( Pam) and the youngest member (Molly Burton), it was a very nice cake.

Past Chairmen
Gay was MC for the evening. Plenty of entertainment throughout the evening from singers, musicians, dancing and recitals, we have so many talented members in the folk group. During the evening past and present Chairman's were thanked for all their hard work and remembered those that are no longer with us.

A great evening full of memories and fun.

Mark was MC Sunday evening after we had an American Supper, another banquet, well done everyone in contributing to a wonderful spread.

Mark organised the evening well with again so many talented members dancing, playing instruments, singing and telling jokes. Monday afternoon was home time, was sad the weekend had come to an end.

Thank you to everyone who attended over the weekend because without you we would not have had such a fantastic 50th Anniversary.

Teresa Burton (TC)


Cutnall Green, April, 2016

15th to the 17th of April 2016
Cutnall Green, Village Hall

The April Meet at Cutnall Green.   A very nice venue which hopefully we can use again.  Gay and Allan were stewards and everyone arrived in party mood to celebrate Allan’s 70th birthday.

Friday – soup made with produce from Mervyn and Margaret’s garden and Gay’s delicious meat and veg.  We had visitors from Kettering, Lancashire and Sidmouth adding lovely songs and music to the mix of regular talent.
Saturday saw early risers waking to huge flakes of snow covering the site.  It soon cleared and the sun shone.  Some went geocaching, cycling or walking/birdwatching on the Monarch’s Way. 
In the afternoon we had a ladies sewing circle accompanied by songs and tunes!
More visitors arrived in the evening to celebrate with Allan, a great American supper, birthday cake and wine. Then followed a good number of spots and dances in fine form.
Sunday the sun shone as we said our farewells.  A great time had by all, a fine community spirit, everyone having a chance to contribute in their own way whether setting up, making tea, performing or joining in.  Allan had a send off into his next decade in fine style. Pauline F

A Fab photo of Alan, taken by Mervyn Jackson.


Rowington, March, 2016

4th to the 6th of March 2016
Rowington Village Hall
Write up by Gaynor Butler
Rowington is a lovely site and a really nice hall. John and Jo had laid on teacakes to toast with butter, jam and cream.
Our new member, Kevin, even brought whisky marmalade! I was MC on Friday - an easy task with a party atmosphere.
There were two walks on Saturday morning. Some of us went geocaching and some walked along the canal. Later, in the afternoon we had a leisurely song and music session.
In the evening, after a fantastic spread of cheeses and a variety of wines, Liz had to get us moving for dancing and spots.
Sunday was our AGM and members were treated to soup and pizzas between meetings.

A very enjoyable weekend.
Thank you Jo and John.
Gaynor Butler


Shatterford, February, 2016

19th to the 21st of february 2016
Shatterford Village Hall
Write up by Jill Peer

Our first meet this year was brilliant, stewarded by Mark Burton and his family, It was the best I have ever been to so far. Thanks for the delicious selection of soups from TC and Julie Eaton, to welcome us all on Friday evening and pancakes on Saturday night with yummy maple syrup filling. These were produced with help from John Jackson.

The music was a brilliant, varied and entertaining programme peppered with various jokes and lymerics. My personal favourite item was Amy's dance and the way it was choreographed by dad, Mark. I' m looking forward to seeing the final finished product.

Following the weekend raffle there was an amusing ‘mini car auction' which raised £2.01 was won by young mandolin player Lisa.

Kevin  Dempsey,  who was welcomed as a newbie to the group this weekend promises to be a very helpful and active member as he enthusiastically joined myself and Martin very ably with  his ukulele and also took part on the dance-floor.

The line dancing was great fun and even those, like me, who were forced to remain seated due to disabilities managed to take part.

We all had a good time and the next meet is at Rowington, 4th -6th March

Jill Peer


Lower Brailes, October, 2015

30th to the 1st of November
Brailes Village Hall & Sports Ground, Brailes

Another fantastic meet to finish this year’s calendar.
We had a good turn out with fifteen units. Gay and Allan did an excellent job stewarding and making everyone welcome.

    Mervyn and Margaret grew a stupendous pumpkin, which made delicious soup for Friday evening and a lovely centrepiece for the table. Gay also made minestrone soup which was also very tasty. The rest of Friday evening was an enjoyable informal social gathering consisting of singing, poems, story-telling and interspersed with a few dodgy jokes from Martin. Hopefully he’ll be getting some fresh material from this year’s Christmas crackers.  
The weather was excellent over the weekend which encouraged some to go for walks on Saturday morning whilst others spent the day participating in crafts, costume making and playing music, including band practice.  
    Saturday evening was a splendid occasion. Dave did a good job of decorating the hall with creepy scenes. Virtually everyone dressed up in Halloween costume and they all looked absolutely fantastic. Thank you for making the effort, you created a fantastic atmosphere. The evening started with an American supper and then Allan had the difficult task of picking the best costumes from such an excellent group. Mark was MC and organised the remainder of the evening with a mixture of dances, poems and song spots.  
  Allan led a small band and we managed a couple of dances to live music. We also celebrated a couple of birthdays with wine and cake from TC and Shen. We managed to squeeze a lot into the evening.
  Sunday’s weather continued to be sunny and individuals were spotted sun bathing whilst their better halves were in a committee meeting in Judy’s van.
A delightful end to our year and I look forward to seeing you all next year.



Hanbury, October, 2015

2nd to the 4th October
Hanbury Village Hall, Hanbury

Hanbury folk weekend, by Mark Burton

A good turn out of units I counted approximately 15,and a first for me on this site, this weekend has been stewarded by Stan and Judy.

    Friday evening we had soup and rolls provided by John and Judy also extra soup provided by Chris and John, and very good it was too and plenty of it, for entertainment we sat around and took turns to play,sing and tell jokes and poem's.  
  Saturday there was a coffee morning outside the stewards motorhome, after, some people went to the Jinny Ring which was just up the road from the site.    
    At 6:30 there was an American supper, with plenty of food and there were drink's provided by Barbara and John for their wedding anniversary. Bob was MC for the night, we saw a variety of entertainment including singing, dancing , instrumental and poetry.  

Sunday was a beautiful day the sun was out from the start, we all gathered around outside Stan and Judy's motorhome for coffee and tea. A very good weekend.

Thanks Mark for a fabulous photo.


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Sinton Green, September 2015

4th to the 6th September
Sinton Green

We had a lovely weekend at Sinton Green at the beginning of September.  It was called Damson Time and the site provided us with Worcestershire pears, apples, blackberries and damsons.  The village also sent us bags of cooking apples so it was a great harvest!  We had  visitors from HC and Wessex.  We also had day visitors - Jim and Nadine on Friday and then John and Jo bringing with them the usual boozy trifle and some celebratory bottles to open the American Supper on Saturday.  We had Judy and Stan whom we are pleased to note is recovering well after a spell in hospital and then Mike and Hilary who have sold their van but popped in to see us on Saturday afternoon.  On Friday we had a social with singing, poems and dances. Next day, some went out and some walked to the local hostelry - the one that sold cider!  The band practiced, among other tunes, a couple of Israeli dances led later by Freda.  Well done Chris for sight reading on your concertina.  Thanks to Lance for MCing on Saturday and to Margaret and Mervyn for providing soup for Friday and stewarding such a friendly weekend.
Gaynor Butler


Hanley Swan, August 2015

7th to the 9th August
Hanley Swan

Report on Hanley Swan.
We had eleven units out to Hanley Swan, including one from HC and two sets of visitors.  We had beautiful views of the Malvern Hills. 

John F knocked his coffee cup over his foot while trying to close a window in his van.  The resulting scald quickly began to blister so thanks to John C he was whisked off to hospital...and was cycling the next day! Later, on Friday, we had a "spot" around as it contained songs, poems and stories.  Saturday's weather was warm and sunny and members cycled, walked and generally sat about chatting.  Some visited the local butcher/ greengrocer who had some really tasty stuff on offer.

Our Annual Boules competition run by Stan, brought more afternoon visitors and caused tense moments as distances were measured with line and tape. It was ably won by Judy and Phil.

 Later we went in to the village hall and Allan, our MC for the night kept things rolling along with dances, poems and song spots.



 There was no rush to get off the site on Sunday so we had a leisurely coffee break and then once again some walked, some cycled and some chatted. Thanks again to Janet, Lance and Wayne for stewarding the weekend.




Gaynor Butler



Shipston on Stour, July 2015

24th to the 26th July
Sheldon Bosley Hub, Pittway Ave

"Tony and Barbara thank all those who attended particularly as some travelled quite a long way to the meet. Special thanks got to those who helped in the smooth running of the event in providing entertainment, advice or tea. We couldn't have done it without you."

The site at Shipston is large flat and attached to the bowling club. 
There were 27 units out including Home Counties whom we had invited plus visitors from SE, SW and Wessex.

We were very pleased to see all of them especially Nicole and Pete as he hasn't been well.  It rained on Friday but we all gathered in the hall for coffee and cakes made by Barbara and an evening of entertainment.  Saturday was a lovely day so some went walking, some site seeing but others had a Committee Meeting.

There was a music session in the morning and the afternoon and after tea, mostly of Chinese,

we had yet another very enjoyable evening of dancing and spots culminating in the MUG Ukulele Band all MC'd by Liz.

On Sunday - it rained.  The hall was in use by the Baptist Church so after paying our dues many
of us were on our way by lunchtime.  It was a fabulous weekend seeing all our friends again
and our thanks go to Barbara and Tony who were stewarding for the first time,
our thanks again to Pete for leading the band both nights and to everyone who came and made it so special.

More photos and videos can be found here PHOTOS VIDEOS

including a selection from our junior photographer Katie


Upton on Severn July 2015

3rd to the 5th July
Upton Playing fields / Church room

The site is a lovely open ground used for sporting activities. 
This is an annual visit and we had sixteen units out, which included four visiting vans.
Our Stewards, Noreen and Bob, collected the fish and chip order and we all congregated around communal tables under gazebos and  Jo and John’s awning. 

George joined us for the day. It was a beautiful evening and soon the ukuleles came out and we took it in turn to lead a song or play a tune.

  Next day was also bright but with a strong gusty wind so the wind breaks were put away.  Some went walking, some geocaching and some site seeing in Upton.


Grandfather Bob celebrated his birthday with his family and Roger and Mon visited John and Jo.  In the evening we went to the Church Rooms across the way and Don as MC did a good job of keeping the evening flowing with dances and spots.  Malcolm, a visiting caller from Didcot called some new dances.  Some of us had to leave early on Sunday and hopefully everyone had packed up before the storms later in the afternoon.

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Wilmcote, June 2015

12th to the 14th June
Holding Stables, Aston Cantlow

The weather didn't seem to dampen the spirits of the 11 units who attended the meet at Wilmcote. Gay and Jim were our stewards for the weekend and, thankfully they bought a small party tent so that we could gather together in the evening.  
Wilmcote is a beautiful site with almost manicured grass all units were able to get on to the site without too much trouble. 
Later on the Friday night we had thunder and lightening and Bill woke up to a crash as his awning collapsed onto his motorhome! Quite a bit of damage was done making him wonder if it was the lightening.
Saturday saw another rainy day but, fortunately the club next to the site had a coffee morning with a few stalls. The most popular stall was selling homegrown bedding plants, hanging baskets and house plants, many of which were bought by the Midland Folk Group. They certainly brightened up the field for the rest of the weekend!
Tea was served in the party tent in the afternoon and the room in the neighbouring club was used for the entertainment for the Saturday evening.

Chippenham, May 2015

22nd 26th May
Chippenham folk meet, invite from Wessex group.
By Mark Burton

A new venue for this meet, quite different from the other site that we knew.

The field is very uneven and the access is not to great for big units, but there is space at the front of the hall.

The hall is a traditional type of village hall with a good kitchen, serving areas, a stage and toilets by the main door.

There is a bus service from the site to Devizies although you do have to phone a number to let them know that you will need picking up, best thing to do is see the stewards first.
You can then get a bus to Chippenham.

We did not get there till 8:30 pm and by the time we finished setting up,we just had time to get the last of the tea in the hall, they were having a music sing round on the Friday.

Saturday everyone just did there own thing till 7:30 pm that's when the evening began, with Mark as MC,there was a good amount of dancing with plenty of dancers and solo acts were very good too.

In the tea break I thanked the Wessex group for the invite for the Midland group.

Sunday there was a coffee morning, it was going to be out side by the stewards caravan, but as it was very overcast,  it was held in the hall with a music sesssion after.
We did not attend this as we and quite a few others went to Chippenham's folk festival for the day.

Sunday evening started about 7:45 with Mike as mc, again some very good dances by Rosemary, Mark and myself to name but a few.

The acts were very good too what with David singing funny songs, Amy performing a dance to the modern folk group" The 3 Daft Monkeys", and a good trio of musicians performing two tunes with Anna on violin Caroline on the tin whistle and Mark with his mandolin.

The night finished at 10:30 on the dot, but not before we all danced Devils Dream, a great end to a great evening.
Monday was the day we had to go back home, work for me Tuesday!

All in all a very good bank holiday weekend, thank you to Pam and Geordie the stewards for the weekend, and thanks to everyone else from Wessex group.

Astley May 2015

1st to the 5th May 2015

Jo & John Jackson would like to thank everyone for the "80th Birthday" Party @ Astley!

Write up by Gay Chairman.

This was a three day meet stewarded by Brian and Liz.  We had nineteen units out, including members from HC and SW and, after soup and rolls on Friday we had a very relaxed circle of entertainment with songs, stories, jokes and poems.  Mick was MC – well, he had the video camera and when he faced it towards you – it was your turn!


During Saturday our members took advantage of going to Worcester, Stourport and Upton for the Folk Festival while others stayed for a music session in the hall.  Our guests began arriving as the afternoon drew on because we were celebrating four eightieth birthdays, - Shirley, Malcolm, Shen and John, and friends had come to join in the festivities.  After the American Supper, we toasted them and wished them lots more birthdays and, thanks to Liz, we had a substantial piece of cake.
I was MC for the evening and the acts were varied and great fun with lots of members taking part. We ended the night with Devil’s Dream, a great favourite, followed by a skiffle session, with everybody playing something.

We had a Committee meeting on Sunday morning and then sat sunning ourselves until it was time for another music session in the hall.  Later we had a BBQ followed by Tony our MC for the first time.  He did a good job – we’ll ask him again! Once again we had many varied acts, just look at the photos and a skiffle session to finish. My highlight was the piece played by Jackie, spoken by Mary just as the night was falling – Erev Ba.

We had a relaxed coffee break after clearing away on Sunday morning.  We had some super comments as people were leaving. “ Midland are so welcoming.” and “ I loved the hugs when we arrived.”  So come on and give us a try.  We are looking forward to welcoming Home Counties to Shipston- on - Stour, the weekend of 24th to 26th of June and thank you to Liz and Brian for all your hard work, making the weekend so enjoyable.

Rowington April 2015

24th till the 26th April 2015
Write up by Don

A big thank you to Don for doing this weekend's write-up.

Also Jo & John Jackson would like to thank everyone for
making their Anniversary @ Rowington so pleasant & memorable.

Rowington is a new venue for us and must be the best site I have been to. The building was superb with a large hall (nice floor for dancing), rooms off, well equipped kitchen and a large stage. Outside it was all hard standing with room enough for many units. Opposite was a cricket club where we were welcome to use the bar and even bring back drinks to the hall. Just down the road were two canals to walk along, a National Trust wood not far away and Warwick and Leamington Spa were close. What a pity that only 12 units were able to come to the rally stewarded by Jo & John Jackson.
Friday, after setting up, started with an TIY afternoon tea. Jo & John provided tea cakes, crumpets, pancakes and scones for us to Toast It Yourself accompanied by jam and cream. Our evening meal was soup and rolls with wine from Diana to celebrate her birthday. She also gave us melon, grapes and strawberries for dessert. We had a sociable evening catching up on news, drinking the wine and enjoying being together. Although Mark, our new Vice Chairman and his two daughters, Amy and Molly, arrived late as Mark had to finish work, Jo and John were delighted to see them.

It was a surprise to see Kath and Mick Dawes parked up in their caravan. They were over to visit family and had come to spend the weekend with us. We really enjoyed their company.
 Saturday, after morning coffee, there was a choice of a walk, crafts with Jill or visiting the local area. The walk was very pleasant down quiet country lanes and along the two canals. After lunch we had a beginners' ukulele workshop followed by a music session.


 Our evening began with champagne from J&J to celebrate their 56th Wedding Anniversary. There were many toasts to congratulate them and wish them many more. The American Supper had, as usual, too much even for those of us who like 'seconds'. Wine was also provided by J&J. Desserts included John's famous alcohol with a bit of trifle thrown in, carefully decorated with the number 56 on top. The final course was a piece of Anniversary cake which tasted even better than it looked.

Jo's brother and sister in law were able to join them for their special celebration.


 MC Don had a varied programme of dance, song, music and dialogues. Nearly everyone took part. George came for the evening. Sad to say Brenda is not well, we send her our best wishes.
Stan & Judy came without Stan's music. He sang 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda' to commemorate Anzac Day with Don hiding behind him with the words on his ipad to prompt him. Stan's music stand was found on Sunday morning and will be returned to him.
Sunday, after morning coffee and fees, people began to go home although there was no rush. The sun was shining and we could stay until 4.00pm. It takes a big crowd of people to guide out the large RVs especially when everyone is pointing in a different direction.

So, to sum up, a good weekend, excellent site which we will have to use again and surprise visitors to help celebrate Diana's Birthday and Jo & Johns' Anniversary.

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Easter Meet April 2015

2nd to 7th March Sawston Village College. 

The Easter Meet this year was quite early, from Thursday to Tuesday, April 2nd to 7th. The meet was hosted by Home Counties in Sawston Village College not far from Cambridge. There were twenty three units from Midland and we all had a very good time.

Hazel and Peter at the Concert

Dinah and Stan in the Concert

Moira and Peter leading the musicians in one of the dance workshops.

Hazel and Peter taking it easy before their workshop

Home Counties

Can you spot Dinah in among the kazoo players?

Amy wrapping herself up in the Rapper display!

Allan in the Fiddling for Fun workshop

Nathan leading the Skiffle Session

Dinah again but with the West Gallery Singers.

Nathan, Bob and Don in the Songstruments workshop

You can just see your Midland Chairman tucked in

A selection of crafts on display


Midland members contributed to the workshop programme of the 2015 Easter Meet.
Noreen, with help from Von, ran Button Necklaces, David B ran International Music, Linda ran Encaustic Art,
Peter and Hazel ran the Transatlantic Session, Peter and Moira led evening dance bands and the Playford Music session while Gay led a spoons workshop and one for New Callers. We also joined in both the Concert and the Variety Show.

Our thanks go to Alison and her team and all at Home Counties for a very enjoyable time.
We know how much work goes in to making "it happen".


Brailes March 2015

20th to 22nd March Lower Brailes Village Hall. 

Our Stewards were Margaret and Mervyn and they brought with them home made soup from produce from their own garden for Friday night.  Everyone was content to chat and unwind that night, catching up with old friends.  Saturday was bitter but some brave souls took a walk into the village to see the new lambs and the extensive rookery.   We had a music session in the hall in the afternoon with members swapping from one instrument to another.  After a very welcome American Supper, we had an evening of social dance, song  spots and poems hosted by John Jackson finished off with the Brailes Blarney Band – Irish music and Irish hats.  There were eleven units out and several visitors so not a large gathering but very enjoyable.

Shatterford March 2015

6th till the 8th March 2015

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the AGM at Shatterford 6-8/3/15. We were at maximum capacity with no room left on the car park. I was very worried when I arrived to set up and found a HGV broken down opposite the entrance and no doors on the hall. Thankfully, the artic was repaired and the doors replaced before most people turned up. It was a nice warm sunny dry day but the field was a little soft as Brian found. He came to a halt and slowly sank. mats and pushing would not move him so John Jackson hitched up his motorhome and gently, with the engine just ticking over, pulled Brian sideways out of the mud.
The next highlight was Bob & Noreen turning up in their new RV. After holding up the traffic while he did a 237 point turn, Bob managed to get it onto the site despite the conflicting directions coming from every corner of the motorhome.
After soup and rolls from Von and wine from Ivan and Shen we had a pleasant, if loud, evening.
Saturday started with a coffee and a chat. Many took advantage of the nice weather (hottest day of the year so far) and had a stroll down to the river or went to visit local attractions. There were guided tours of the new RV and no one was lost in the vast interior.
On the afternoon we had a ukulele workshop and a music session.
The evening started with a cheese, wine, pate, bread and garlic bread supper plus the usual additions from everyone.
Bill was MC for the evening of song and dance.
Sunday was the AGM and members meet. We have new committee members and all the roles have shuffled round. Please look at the list in the newsletter or on the website to see who is doing what.

Thank you to all who have helped and supported me for the past three years.

Don, Chairman, from March 2012 till March 2015

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Previouse meets 2014

Club Head Office, Camping and Caravanning Club, Greenfields House, Westwood Way, Coventry, CV4 8JH.