Dance group facing closure

A LONG-RUNNING dance group may soon be staging its last ever event due to its falling membership.

A LONG-RUNNING dance group may soon be staging its last ever event due to its falling membership.

Bleadon Folk Dance Club is used to having 30 to 40 members attend the dances it puts on twice a month, but the last few have only attracted two couples.

The club was set up nearly 25 years ago by Bleadon residents John Tomlinson and Jean and Brian Thorne.

Mrs Thorne, aged 77, said: “We have had to cancel two dances as we don’t think we can justify paying the rent for the venue, the Coronation Hall, when only a few people turn up. We are only funded by the money we get from our members. Although it was quite fun only having to share the hall space with two other couples, we would really like it to be busy again.


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“A lot of our members are at least 70 and I think the aches and pains that come with being that little bit older have forced some people to stop. I am hoping the drop in numbers may have been made worse due to people being on holiday.

“Young people today are not interested in this sort of thing, so we are relying on the older generation.”

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Mrs Thorne has put up a number of posters around the village urging people to come along to the next dance, but she said some of them have been taken down.

The dance will be held on November 15 at the Coronation Hall in Coronation Road from 8-10pm.

If you would like to attend or to find out more details contact Jean on 01934 814007.

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