Burton Overy Parish Council

Serving the people of Burton Overy


Clerk: Kate Barker
Springside House, Scotland
Lane, Burton Overy, Leicester

Tel: 07827 797125

Burton Overy Dancers

Burton overy Dancers

Burton overy Dancers

Peter Meacock

Burton Overy Dancers

0116 279 3600 or 0116 259 2406

Email: petermeacock@btinternet.com or jandmpollard@gmail.com

Burton Overy Dancers is an established Folk Dance Club that enjoys English country and courtly (Playford) style dances as well as American square and contra formation dances. It is affiliated to the English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS) and was formed almost 40 years ago by a group who had attended English Folk Dance evening classes in Leicester led by John and Pauline Osband. After attending classes for three or four years the group met independently for a summer season and decided to form themselves into a club and invite others to join. As three of the couples lived in Burton Overy, and the Village Hall was available on Wednesday evenings that was chosen as the venue – hence the name! At that time the hall was a very draughty and rather small wooden hut, resulting in BOD having to restrict its membership. However a new, improved and larger hall was built in 2011-12 so the club could expand its membership to over 60, with attendances at weekly dances of 30 to 40.


Our club nights are held in Burton Overy Village Hall (Rectory End, Burton Overy, Leicestershire, LE8 9EW) on Wednesday evenings all year, except during July and August. Dancing starts at 8.00 pm and continues until 10.00 pm with a short refreshment break for tea or coffee and biscuits midway. We normally dance to recorded music with dances called either by club members or an invited guest Caller. Occasionally we have live music. All dances are explained and walked through before setting them to music


Each year we hold at least two public dances, primarily for experienced dancers, when we feature a live band and Caller of national or international recognition. In addition to our club nights and special dances the club also organises a number of social activities for members to meet, relax and enjoy each other's company. In recent years these have included;- A Christmas Lunch; New Year's Day Walk and Lunch; Summer Open-air Theatre trip; Summer Walk and "Fish & Chip" supper; Summer Garden BBQ


Membership of the club is open to anyone who wants to learn and enjoy English Country Dancing. People of all abilities, from beginners to experienced dancers and Callers, are welcomed. Annual membership fees become due after the AGM in September, and an attendance fee is paid on arrival to cover the weekly costs of hall hire and refreshments.


We held our 2018 New Year Tea Dance on Sunday January 7 when the Caller was Lynne Render from Loughborough with music from the excellent band "Patchwork"; and then on March 10 was the club's 31st Annual Dance when we welcomed another nationally-known Caller, Frances Richardson from Lichfield, supported by the multi-talented London-based band "Momentum" who played exhilarating music for the dancing. At both events we had a capacity crowd of around 60 people travelling from far and wide. Another notable occasion was our Playford and Regency Night on March 14th when several members donned period costume or formal evening wear for dances from the 17th and 18th centuries with piano accompaniment from a club member, Jennifer Hawley.

The club will continue its dancing programme until the end of June with other highlights to look forward to - a Maypole-Dancing evening on May 2nd, and the BOD Summer Party on June 27. Later, during summer or Autumn, we plan to work with the Village Hall Management Committee to run a "Village Hall Ceilidh" in order to raise funds towards the refurbishment of the Village Hall floor. This will be open to the general public and feature ceilidh dances and traditional barn dances that can be enjoyed by everyone, young and old, experienced dancers and beginners alike. We do hope that residents of Burton Overy and neighbouring villages will join us for a fun-filled evening. Watch out for posters around the village announcing date, time and ticket outlets - and come along!

We are always pleased to welcome visitors and new members who would like to take up this sociable and fun activity. Full details about these events and all BOD activities can be found on our web site at https://burtonoverydancers.wordpress.com/, or you can contact the current Chairman, Peter Meacock (tel: 0116 279 3600. email: petermeacock112@btinternet.com).