Hottest day on record, 37%, so perfect for raising a good ‘glow’ dancing. Half Moon car park was chocker so we parked where we could. One part had been thoughtfully cordoned off as a dance area but too small and sans audience so we asked to dance in the gorgeous garden. The view over the hedge up hill to St John’s church is sublime. Perfect. Super pub, managing the rare skill of being both restaurant AND pub – helped by great local beers such as Wimbledon and Thurstons.
Warm welcome from the many imbibers and diners and their sprogs. Datchett led us off as our ‘little pardners’ sat down in a tidy row to watch with percussion heavy border (suspiciously Cotswoldy in places…) to great applause. They danced hard & well all evening, drawing in the audience The tatter jackets looked very cosy….. We particularly liked their Jolly Sheepskins (?) and the quirky tweaks in Upton. YMM had good numbers, putting up to sets for a number of Bampton dances. Skirmish, Old Woman Tossed Up and our joinny inny were stand outs. Two long sets as the long evening faded, but not without a fabulous sunset.
Horse, bit sweaty, was in fine form and loved by the napkin waving little ‘uns and much admired by some of the bigger lasses…. Our blackshirt Fool was as noisy as ever and for once his water pistol was welcome. A final Shepherd’s Hey saw us all and most of the audience happily dancing around the garden, capping a lovely evening. Lovely children came and gave us a very formal and polite ‘thank you’ at the end of the evening. Aww.
Phil met a distant cousin, Emma enjoyed a rare Tuesday night out, badges flogged, rucksacks given away and gentle chit chat over a quiet beer. Dreamy.
Andrew Armitage, Paul Lethbridge, Steve Betts, Chris Chapple, Baz Crossman, Dennis Hausen, Phil Goddard, Tim Lloyd, Ross Healey, Ian Sutherland, Andy Pobjoy, Mike Clarke, Ian Young, Andy Young, Rod Crane, Brute.