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.

2018 / 2019 EVENTS

The club has a busy Wednesday evening programme planned for 2018-19, featuring several visiting Callers as well as our own club Callers. We shall be dancing to live music from some great bands on three occasions before Christmas ;-The Camping & Caravan Club's Kevin & Bob with guest Caller Lynne Whapples on October 24, Belzebub with Roy Garrington at Halloween (October 31), and Kurly Kale with club Callers Margaret, Norma and Ken at the Christmas Party on December 19. We have been very pleased to welcome some new members recently, and we are always open to visiting dancers or anybody else who wants to try this fun and sociable activity. Why not come along and join us on a Wednesday evening, 8.00 to 10.00pm?

In early in 2019 we have two weekend "Dancers-dances" planned. Firstly, on Sunday January 13 we have an afternoon Tea Dance (2.30 to 6.00pm) with the renowned band The Falconers and Guest Caller Brian Stanton. Then, on Saturday March 9 the club will hold its 32nd Annual Dance with the nationally-known Caller Ivan Aitkin supported by the ever-popular band Kelly's Eye. Both events should be great fun and we hope they will be attended by dancers from near and far; ticket prices and contact details are on the club website at https://burtonoverydancers.wordpress.com/

The club was hoping to run a Ceilidh/Barn Dance for villagers during the Autumn, in association with the Village Hall Committee, to raise funds for the Village Hall. However because of the current hall refurbishment work this has now been put on hold. We hope that the event will still go ahead sometime in the new year, and we invite residents of Burton Overy, and nearby villages, to join us for a night of fun and frolics. Watch the Newsletter and village Notice boards for further details!

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 Peter Meacock (tel: 0116 279 3600. email: petermeacock112@btinternet.com).