A new dance has been named after The Speedwell, a community hall in Abbey Street. The dance called Speedwell Masquerade was devised by Leslye Stansfield, who is caller at the Crewkerne Folk Dance Club and leader of the Crewkerne U3A folk dancing group. It was performed for the first time at the recent Chance To Dance session at the hall, which was attended by 30 people and raised £100 towards the £80,000 needed to provide a new wooden floor, redecoration and upgrading of the lighting and heating.

Christine Rawe, a trustee and secretary of The Speedwell said: “Another successful event and another step along the way towards our appeal.” Leslye Stansfield said: “I used the music of a well known folk/ceilidh dance called Swedish Masquerade and adapted it so that everyone was able to join in. I decided to call it the Speedwell Masquerade as apart from the basic circle formation and the music, I changed the choreography and it seemed appropriate for the event. Everyone seemed to enjoy it.”

The afternoon included a cream tea and a performance by singer Victoria Starr. The Speedwell is a registered charity and the hall is used by many local organisations, including the Guides, Brownies, toddler groups and music classes. The next Chance To Dance will be on Tuesday September 25th. Before that, The Speedwell will be holding a number of fund-raising events, including taking part in Crewkerne Open Gardens on Monday May 28th and Music at the Speedwell on Saturday June 30th, when weather permitting, live music will be performed in the garden. For more information, please contact Christine Rawe on 01460 271220.

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