Boxing Day, 2006
saw an influx of new members and culminated in us being
able to form two completely different sets (and different captains) for
dances on our traditional day.
The team was at Cecil Sharp House for the Return of Albert weekend; a re-union for teams who had danced at the EFDSS’s International Festivals at the Albert Hall. Time was spent in the Ralph Vaughan Williams library and here we found confirmation in an article by Norman Peacock (Folk Music Journal, vol. 8, no 2) that our dance was collected by Cecil Sharp in a barn at Hill Top Farm on Wheel Lane, on Sat Aug 27th, 1910. We have now identified the precise location and hope to dance in the barn on 27th August 2010, 100 years to the day.
The team was in Italy as guests of Bal do Sabre from Bagnasco in the Piedmont region where many new friends were made as well as renewing old acquaintances with Lange Wapper.
quiet time, September was very busy, and included
a splendid Day of Dance in the
village with our guests Monkseaton and
Kirkburton. Pecsaetan joined us in the evening. We also took possession
new costumes and danced them out for the first time at the University
where we bade ‘Bon Voyage’ to Pete and Annie Smith who were off on the
SDU Sword Dance Tournament in Derby. The team’s first competition for several years. We carried off two awards; ‘Best Turned Out’ for our new costumes and ‘Best Character’ for our Captain (on this occasion Gerry). It was pleasing to note a comment made at the SDU AGM, which said how the whole event had been ‘enhanced by the presence of the Grenoside Team in their splendid new costumes.’
Carol Traipse, another team initiative to take the
local carols around the area. The lovely Grenoside Carols resurrected
by Ray Ellison our musician, are now firmly embedded in our repertoire.
15th Annual Traipse. The Newcastle Kingsmen joined us for the weekend.We danced in front of large audiences; 60 at the coffee morning and over 100 at the opening of the Village Green. Six Teams danced at the evening party, which was attended by over 100 people.
Some notable birthdays in the team saw us dance at Ray Ellison’s 60th birthday party, following a presentation earlier in the day to Graham Stothard, who was also celebrating his 60th birthday.
At the time of writing, the team is about to take part in the International Sword Spectacular in York. We have a very strong turnout should see all 16 members attending.
Workshops, Talks, Village Groups
These have been an important feature of our work as we attempt to further the standing of the team and extend its influence.
Engaging Young People
(without doubt our greatest challenge!)
Schools. Despite repeated attempts to engage both the local Primary and Comprehensive schools in projects of various kinds, the response in both cases has been extremely disappointing. However, we will persevere.
Scouts. Good news here. Grenoside is the meeting place for the North Sheffield Venture Scouts. They would like to include sword dancing in their programme. Work will begin after Whitsuntide.
In order to further our friendship with Newcastle Kingsmen and celebrate the first collection of sword dances in 1910, we hope to develop a combined project. The first workshop for dancers will be held in Newcastle in June.
2010 Centenary CelebrationsPossible events for discussion are:
This years’ SDU tournament (2008) is Saturday, October 4th. In Derby.
Joe Dunn, Grenoside, May 2008.