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Recently at Waggoners

Monday 19th December 2016 - 
Our Club Christmas Party - alongside dancing to Simon and Trudy, we raised over £450 for Canine Partners by donating our entrance fees, caller fees, lucky squares, raffle, ladder game, donations for balloon hats and guess the contents of hanging socks. We enjoyed mince pies and winter berry punch during the interval and were entertained by David S playing his ukulele and singing with Anne and Gaye. There was even a surprise visit by Father Christmas who gave sweets to everyone.
Our Chairman, John, conferred on Ron Rous, our former Treasurer, Honorary Life Membership, and a Certificate, in recognition of his long years of service to the Club.

Friday 30th December 2016 - Sunday 1st January 2017 - 10 Club members along with Simon and Trudy, who were calling the event, went to the Bishops Eight New Year celebration at Swanwick, Derbyshire and had a great time with dancing, quizzes and a guided walk around the area.

Monday 9th January 2017 -
We all wished each other a Happy New Year and had a good evening dancing 5 squares to Simon who, unfortunately, was feeling a little under the weather.

Monday 16th January 2017 - 
Despite it being a chilly evening we danced 6 squares. Trudy taught the Students to "Tag the Line".

Saturday 21st January 2017 -
 16 members of Waggoners, including 4 Students, attended the last ever Snowflake Dance at Wheelers and Dealers in Wendover. We all had a great time dancing to Alan Covacic and guest callers: Becky Peel, Phil Peel, Debbie Peel, Eddie James, Paul Radcliffe, Kevin Lovell, Eric Webb and Alan Evans. Simon and Trudy were there with the GSI UK 2nd Hand Square Dance Clothing Shop and raised over £400 which will be used to train callers and cuers in the UK.

Monday 23rd January 2017 - 
On a very chilly night we danced 4 Squares. After learning to "Tag the Line" last week, this week the Students were taught "Half Tag".

Friday 27th - Sunday 29th January 2017 
- 4 Waggoners members, Bob, Janet, Janet and David, went to the Thornbury Squares weekend in Torquay and had a good time dancing to John Boxall and Mike Belston.

Monday 30th January 2017 - 
We celebrated the 80th birthday of our club member, Joe B, who brought cakes for everyone to enjoy during the break. Trudy presented him with a card signed by all the members and a gift of a bottle of wine and we all sang "Happy Birthday" in the usual way. David S had made him a celebratory balloon crown. During the evening Trudy taught the Students to "Fold".

Monday 6th February 2017 - On a wet and chilly night we danced 6 squares in the Main Hall with Simon while Trudy was with the Students in the Dining Hall teaching them the last few moves they need to learn to complete the programme. Andrew did a guest tip with the full Mainstream dancers - his singing call was "Only a Woman Knows". It was announced that, when our new Beginners' Class starts on the 6th March, Andrew will become one of our rota callers teaching them.

Monday 13th February 2017 - Valentines Hoedown - We were pleased to welcome guests who wanted to try Square Dancing, to our free Valentines Hoedown. Everyone had fun dancing to Simon and Trudy and learning some basic dance moves alongside our own more experienced club members. We hope to see many of those who came along at our new Beginners' Class which starts on the 6th March.

Saturday 18th February 2017 - 
14 Club members took the banner to Hemel Hempstead for the Winter Extravaganza 2 Charity Dance in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. We all had a great night dancing to Paul Bristow, James Wyatt and Neil Whiston (with the Round Dancers being "cued" by Matt Baldry and Paul Hart) and the sell-out event raised over £2000 for the charity.

Monday 20th February 2017 - 
Trudy was again with the Students and some "angels" in the Dining Hall revising the last few moves of the Mainstream Programme. Meanwhile Simon was calling in the Main Hall and featured a lot of "left" moves.

Monday 27th February 2017 - Shirley brought along flyers for the Ware Operatic's production of Chess, The Musical, in which she is appearing, and will take place at the Hertford Theatre between the 7th and 11th March. 

Saturday 4th March 2017 - 21 Club members attended the Square Dance Callers Club of Great Britain evening dance in Hertingfordbury. The dance was called by Simon and Trudy, who are the President and Vice-President of Callers Club, along with Trevor Day. Between Mainstream tips, Rounds were cued by Nick Wright and we all enjoyed watching Eric and Sara "strutting their stuff".

Monday 6th March 2017 - 
We were very pleased to welcome 11 new dancers to our Beginners' Class where Simon began teaching them the basics of Square Dancing. There is still time for anyone wanting to learn, to join the Class.

Monday 13th March 2017 - We were pleased to welcome Andrew Agathangelou to the calling staff at Waggoners. Andrew will be taking turns on the rota of callers teaching our new Student class.

Saturday 18th March 2017 - Members of Waggoners attended the Mainstream dance hosted by Tudor Squares in Hemel Hempstead and danced to Gene Turner and Cliff Anderton. Simon and Trudy were there selling pre-loved Square Dancing clothes to raise funds for Grand Square UK.

Monday 20th March 2017 - Our 2016-2017 Student Class (Cherie, Angela, Gaye, Iris, Joyce, Shirley and Terry) received their "Completion" certificates, badges, complimentary issue of Let's Square Dance and welcome letter from the BAASDC President, John Wheeler, and became full members of Waggoners. (For more photos see page "Completion Evening")

Monday 27th March 2017 - After the refreshment break, Students from our new class joined members for a tip in the Main Hall. We were all impressed by how much they had learnt in such a short space of time.

Monday 3rd April 2017 - We were pleased to welcome to the Club Shelley and Sarah with their dogs, Kibble and Pebble, from the Charity, Canine Partners. Our vice-Chairman, Pat MacDonald, presented them with a cheque for £500, money which had been raised at our Christmas party. For more photos see page "Charity Presentation to Canine Partners".

Monday 10th April 2017 - Open Mic Night 
- Five of our members, Dave R, Rod C, David S, Jacqui N and David H took part in our annual Open Mic Night. For more pictures see page "Open Mic Night 2017".

 Monday 24th April 2017 - We danced 4 squares in the Main Hall and 2 squares in the Student Hall. After the refreshment break the Students joined the main club for a tip.