*** Archive Spot 1970's ***
The 1970's saw us going from strength to strength. During the decade we added Austrian, Norwegian, Ukranian and French (Chalons) costumes to the existing Israeli costume, and we even replaced the Israeli with a new set.
We took part in a village fete, had a visit from a French group and celebrated our 10th Anniversary year. (we started in November 1967 for a trial period, but our first full year was 1968).
See How They Dance
We performed at two "See How They Dance" events in the 70's at Chatham Town Hall.
24th January 1970 - we performed 5 Israeli dances (Batsurym, Le'Or Chiyuchech, Kuma Echa, Hoi Harmonica and Hinei Ma Tov. The programme said about us "active membership now exceeds 60 from 15years upeards. Meetings Tuesdays, beginners 7:15pm, advanced from 8:15pm"
5th February 1972 - we performed 5 Austrian dances (Jägermarsch, Bayerischer Ländler, Kreuz König, Sänftenburger and Der Windmüller. Wilf played the accordian for us.
We were back in Chatham in November 1976 for the Gravesham Arts Council Folk Dance Festival. we wore Norwegian costumes and had enough people to do Renningan.
In January 1977 we put on our own "See How They Dance" in Borough Green. 50p - 32 dances !!
French Group and Exchange Visits
1977 - The Queen's Silver Jubilee Year
*** 18th March 1977 ***
Rotary Club of Strood puts on a Folk Dance Festival at Chatham Central Hall. 6 groups take part in a recreation of the 1976 festival. 1,000 people were expected, but only 163 turned up !!
*** 3rd - 8th April 1977 ***
The French Group come for a visit again. Dance swap afternoons and tourist trips, Le Chateau Knole (Knole house and park).
*** June 1977 ***
Demo at Kippington Old Folks home – The mayor was there and he cut the Jubilee cake celebrating the Queens Silver Jubilee. The mayor even joined in when we got the audience up.
*** 18th June 1977 ***
Dancing in Trafalgar Square with Merton. Not as hot as the previous year when we were dancing in the fountain.
*** 14th November 1977 ***
The 10th anniversary of our inaugural meeting. A 10th anniversary dance is planned for early next year.
1978 - Our 10th Anniversary Year
We crammed a lot in this year, 6 demos, a dance in the Borograds pantomime "Cinderella", A Barn Dance, two teaching sessions, 2 dances (one was our 10th Anniversary Dance), 2 walks, a coach trip to Cecil Sharp House with Ernie MCing and night out to see the Kosatka Cossacks!!
Highlights of 1979 were a problematic demo at Platt (they had round pin sockets and we had square plugs), seeing the Kosatka Cossacks again, the unveiling of our new Israeli costume (3rd variation, see picture above) and a visit by the Danish group Vordingborg Spillemandslaug. We had a dance swap afternoon, a fish and chip supper and a dance in the evening during which they performed a demonstration of Danish dances (one with wooden rakes and scythes).
Visit of a French Group & Twinning
*** 28th March – 3rd April 1974 ***
Visit of Association Folklorique Chaalonnaise to Borough Green. Highlights include Windsor safari park, London, Hastings and on the 30th a dance during which there was a “Jumelage” or twinning.
A write up in the local paper (undated) said that we gave a superb display of Austrian, German, Yugoslavian and Russian dances at the bowls club social, and even persuaded members to join in. "They deserve our wholehearted support of residents of Borough Green at the twinning ceremony with Association Folklorique Chaalonnaise during an international folk dance to be held in the village hall on Saturday 30th March, 7:30-11:00pm. Tickets 40p, including refreshments. The Parish Council is supporting this effort.
Ray, Ian and Jan in the Chatham Standard. The article said there were about 600 people at the evening show.
We got involved with a french group called the Association Folklorique Chalonnaise. They came over in October 1972 and amongst a teaching session and a demo from them, there was a trip to Dover and London plus attending the Sunday dance at Cecil Sharp house.
In April 1973 we visited them in Chalons Sur Marne and visited Chalons cathedral and the champagne cellars of Joseph Perrier and Moet et Chandon. Dancing at Mt-Saint Michal and an Easter egg hunt
Picture of a French boy and our girls from the 1974 visit.
We went to France in March 1975 for the second half of the twinning ceremony.
Paris was visited and we appeared on TV !!
1979 - Vordingborg Spillemandslaug