by Joan Cowell

A Coffee Afternoon was held on Saturday 26th March 2011, from 2.15pm to about 4pm at Onchan Methodist Hall. A lot of people came along and spent their money at the stalls, enjoyed the coffee and tea and biscuits – although most bought some cake to have with their drinks and were entertained by the Manx Folk Dance Society dancers and musicians – the dancers were very grateful to John Kaneen, Shaz Christian and Kevin Mort for providing the music. The money raised is to help finance the Manx Folk Dance Society International Festival of Dance in August 2011, as part of their 60th Anniversary celebrations.



by admin

Norma & Dave Hodgson’s daughter, Marion, gave birth to a daughter, Emily Rose, at 22.18 on Saturday 12th March 2011, weighing 7lbs 4oz. Both doing well! Congratulations!



by Joan Cowell

Congratulations to Rachel and John on the birth of their son! Joshua Daniel arrived at 2.55am on Saturday 19th February 2011, weighing in at 7lbs 1.5oz. Mum Rachel, Dad John and Joshua Daniel are all doing well!



by Rachel

On Saturday 16th October members of the MFDS went down to a local supermarket and packed bags of those shopping.

We raised over £500 which is a fantastic effort.

A big Thanks needs to go to Freda Black who arranged this bag pack and who stayed for the whole duration of the day. (9am – 6pm) and thank you goes to all those people who took time out of there busy schedules to go down and give an hour or two to help.

Well Done!!

Friday 8th Oct there was yet another successful Bingo evening.

Approx 20 people were there that evening and were entertained by our bingo caller. There were plenty of prizes to won along with a great selection of raffle prizes.

Clare had laid out plenty of nibbles for everyone and drinks kept on flowing.

Thanks go to Clare for her hospitality and Margie for being a great Bingo caller!!



by Rachel

On Saturday 18th September 2010, the MFDS held a coffee morning at Castletown Civic Centre.

Members of the MFDS had been extremely busy making crafts and cakes to sell during the morning.

Thanks go to all those who had made things.

We had plenty of people come who also got entertained by the MFDS when they put on a display of dances. Plus they had the chance to win in the raffle.

We made over £300 that morning, so well done everybody for their brilliant efforts yet again!



by admin

Congratulations to 7 of our Junior Memebers who took part in Chruinnaght Aeg  Concert/Competition on Wed 19th May 2010.

They performed a balance programme which had a selection of traditional and newly created dances. Our only male dancer that night performed a polished performance of Gorse Sticks (Well Done Tim!), and the girls performances of Harriers in the Heather, the Ladies Jig and Gyn Ennym were also very well performed (Well done Girls).

Four of the girls competed in the group dance category in which they danced Kerrin Rinkee. They were foot perfect and extremely enjoyable to watch, couldn’t have asked for anymore. They won this category with 89 marks.

We got the highest overall mark of the evening and walked away with the Chruinnaght Aeg Glass Trophy.

Thanks go to Rachel for all her hard work that went into putting the programme together and putting the time in to practice with them.

Well done, very proud of you all!!



by Rachel

Manx Folk Dance Society visit to Ladies’ Mockbeggar Morris Side of Clog Dancers, Wirral


Friday 30th April to Monday 3rd May 2010

Taking a break from their fund raising activities, to raise money to hold an International Dance Festival on the Isle of Man during August next year, on the evening of Friday 30th April, 13 members of the Manx Folk Dance Society travelled to Liverpool by sea or air, to be met by some of their hosts from the Ladies’ Mockbeggar Morris Side of Clog Dancers, before being taken for a meal at the Farmers Arms, Frankby.

At 4.45am on Saturday 1st May, the now 18 members of the Manx Folk Dance Society (Norma & Dave joined them with their camper van, and the Evans family arrived in the early hours from the late night sailing to Heysham) gathered at Thor’s Stone, Thurstaston Hill, with the Mersey Morris Men and the Mockbeggar dancers to dance and see-in the May Day dawn. Luckily the weather was kind (although a little chilly) and there was a wonderful sunrise!

At 6.30am a welcome breakfast was provided at GJ’s Coffee Shop at Thurstaston Visitors Centre.

After a quick visit back to their hosts’ houses, the 3 groups went to dance at 10.30am for some of the children at Claire House Children’s Hospice, Clatterbridge Hospital. They danced outside and a couple of the visiting siblings were enticed in to join the Morris Men.

It was then on to Birkenhead Park, which was celebrating the reopening of the Main Gates. The 3 Groups danced once before lunch and again afterward to an appreciative audience by Main Gates and briefly outside the Cafe after their picnic lunch at Cafe. Then it was time to go home and relax for a short time before attending an informal Ceilidh Evening in Heswall. The Manx Dancers and Musicians were each given a mug celebrating the visit to Mockbeggar Clog
Dancers for the May Weekend and they reciprocated with a DVD and IOM Book featuring a photograph of the Manx Folk Dance Society. Luckily the only rain came when they were dancing INSIDE the Hall!!

After a good night’s rest everyone met at the Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port at 11am on Sunday 2nd May, to dance by the Canal – unfortunately the  weather was cold and grey, with a biting NE wind, so after frequent breaks to get warm
again, the dancers moved in to the education room for a wonderful picnic lunch, when small gift were presented to the Manx Folk Dance Society musicians in appreciation from the dancers – including a small ‘shivering penguin’ each as a
reminder of the day!! It was decided to continue the dancing inside – to a much bigger – and warmer!- audience. The displays finished with the Manx  dancers performing the ‘train dance’ when all their dancers, as well as the dancers from the other 2 groups joining them on the “train” for the final bow!! Then it was home for a meal before meeting later at the White Lion Pub in West Kirby for a final full get-together.

Monday 3rd May was free for shopping and or sightseeing, although some people followed the Mersey Morris Men, who were dancing at The White Lion, Childer Thornton, then at The Nag’s Head, Willaston and finishing at The Pollard
Inn, Willaston. Most of the Manx Folk Dance Society then left by sea or air for home – tired but happy after a very enjoyable weekend with long established dancing friends.



by Rachel

On Saturday 17 April 2010 the MFDS held a coffee afternoon to continue raising funds for their 60th anniversary celebrations.

Although the sun was shining, we still had a small crowd of people who joined us for the afternoon. They were able to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while there was a performance from the dancers. They even invited the audience up to dance the Mhelliah with them for the last dance.

There were plenty of homemade cakes to choose from, and  some members of the society showed off their creativity with a selection of their handmade crafts. A raffle took place with lots of prizes to be won.

An enjoyable day had by all!



by Rachel

On Friday 26th March another successful Bingo night was held by a member of the Society to continue raising funds for our Dance Festival in 2011.

There were Easter eggs and bottles of wine to be won. Also friends and members of the society donated prizes for a raffle.

All had an enjoyable night with plenty of laughs along the way.

Thanks go to Margie for organising another great evening!!