In view of the numbers we are expecting the decision was taken this year to engage outside caterers for the weekend. The element to cover food built into the ticket price for the weekend is £8.00 and a voucher for this amount will be given to you on arrival to spend with the caterers. However, the afternoon tea on Sunday will be provided without any charge upon surrender of the "Spent Voucher".
The outside caterers are a local firm from Witney, "Hacketts" and they will be on hand from 7.30am through to 9.30pm. On Friday they will be available from 3pm and all set up for evening meal from 5pm to 7.30pm for those planning to arrive in good time for the start of the weekend.
Hacketts have kindly agreed to donate 10% of their takings which we will pass on to NYFTE so everything you spend will help them!
To give you some idea of prices TEA is £1. Filter Coffee is £1.50. Homemade Soup + roll is £2.95. Jacket Potato + filling + salad £3.50. Sandwiches £2.50. Any voucher holder will also be entitled to 10% off at any of Hacketts restaurant in Witney, Carterton & Farmoor Reservoir & Country Park - so go and explore the area.
On Friday 8th June the gate to the playing field will be opened at around 10am in the morning. Water will be available at the usual tap next to the Social Club. The only restrictions to vehicle movements would be during the afternoon of the Saturday when cricket is on. As for leaving, Monday morning is fine. There is no limit to caravans & tents so ask your friends! We regret that dogs are not permitted.
29 Oxford Hill, Witney
|Potters Hill Farm, Leafield, Burford
|Laurels B & B.
53 Burford Road, Witney
|Middle Farm B & B,
7 Burford Road, Witney
|Banbury Hill Farm B&B / Caravan & Camping,
|Hamilton House B&B,
43 Hill Rise, Woodstock
Boddington Lane, North Leigh, Witney
|The Town House,
15 High Street, Woodstock
We are being joined by the National Youth Folklore Troupe of England and to see how wonderful they are please see www.nyfte.org.uk this should be a memorable weekend and we anticipating tickets will be snapped up quickly. Anyone wishing to reserve a place at the price of £55 please use the booking form - Thank You.
The Artistes for our 46th Folk Dance Weekend are:-
NYFTE - 25 youngsters from all over the country aged 10 - 18 yrs. who sing, play and dance the whole range of English Folk Traditions.
Dampiers Round - Moira & Peter Gutteridge ex musical & technical director of NYFTE
Dave Byett - current musical director of NYFTE also plays with (Bristol) Cats Whiskers and Brewery Band.
Vicky Cooper - caller and dancer with City Clickers step dance group.
Rhodri, Rhianwen and Sioned Davies - dancers and callers involved with NYFTE for past 10 years. Rhi & Sioned as members of the team. Rhodri as a parent is well known to dancers for his excellent calling.
Out of Hand - up and coming dance band formed by NYFTE members in 2015, all have now retired from the current team!
Jess Arrowsmith - artistic tutor with the team since 2012 also performs with Melrose Quartet and Hekety.
Dave Leverton- caller, dancer, choreographer and leader of NYFTE since 1994.
Friday - Gate to Playing Field opens 10.00am - Des Thompson on 07977 291501 will be on hand to organise parking.
Friday - 3.00pm Outside Caterers "Hacketts" will arrive.
Friday - 5pm - Registration Officially opens come and pick up your welcome pack and Food Voucher.
Friday - 5.30pm St James's Centre opens.
Friday - 5-30 - 7.30pm Evening meal available from Hacketts.
Friday 8-11pm Welcome Dance featuring callers and musicians who will be providing the entertainment throughout the weekend.
Saturday 10-11.10am Workshop 1 - What makes a good display dance? - Dave Leverton with Dampiers Round and NYFTE musicians
Saturday 11.30-12.40pm Workshop 2 - Stepping in Social Dance - Vicky Cooper with Dave Byett and NYFTE dancers and musicians.
Saturday 1.30-2.40pm Workshop 3 - Rhodri and Rhianwen's Choice - with Dampiers Round & Dave Byett.
Saturday 3-5.30pm NYFTE Concert including interval 4-4.30pm.
Saturday 8-11pm Evening Dance - Rhianwen Davies with Out of Hand.
Sunday 10-11.15am Workshop 4 - A chance to have a go at Rapper with NYFTE.
Sunday 11.45-1pm Workshop5 - A Bit of Song and Dance - Jess Arrowsmith, Sioned Davies with NYFTE choir and musicians give you a chance to dance to some traditional(and not so traditional) songs and tunes with dances called by Rhodri,Rhianwen,Sioned & Dave Leverton.
Sunday 2.15-4.30pm - Farewell Dance - the complete ensemble.
Provisional Programme for NYFTE @ Stonesfield 2018 for events held at St.James' Centre, Stonesfield.
Friday 6-10pm Event for Parents of NYFTE members - Music & Dance.
Saturday 10am-10pm Practice time for NYFTE and events for Parents.
Provisional Programme for NYFTE @ Stonesfield 2018
Sunday 10am - 2pm - Why not explore Stonesfield and roundabout - Suggested walks include Roman Villa nearby.
The above programme is subject to alteration between now and June 2018 so please watch the website for details.
This folk dance weekend is generously supported by The Oxfordshire Folk Dance Association.
We are pleased to announce our Callers will be the husband & wife team ANDREW SWAINE & DAISY BLACK the musicians will be THE NIGHT BEFORE. We believe this is a fantastic line up having seen them at Dances & Festivals around the Country. Andrew has frequently found himself at The National Centre for Folk Arts at Halsway Manor. Indeed four of our Stonesfield Dancers will be at the Playford Weekend that Andrew is running in the Spring of 2018. The Night Before have appeared at many festivals playing for all the top callers. We can be certain of some wonderful music played with great sensitivity. This will be the first time any of them have been to Oxfordshire and we expect this weekend will prove very popular.