Dancing the harvest

Ivy Mill Farm came alive with music from The Taverners for the 2009 Harvest Supper & Barn Dance on the evening of 19th September.
 
 

The band was in full cry as about 130 guests arrived to find Richard & Liz Tyler’s barn transformed with an impressive stage and atmospheric lighting. Tables and chairs lined the walls, with additional seating on comfortable straw bales.

Caller Forbes Robertson was soon encouraging dancers to step forward for Buttered Peas – not the first course for supper, but a folk dance from Northern England to get everyone in the mood. After a couple more dances we all sat down to a good ploughman’s supper, rounded off with an amazing selection of desserts, before the dancing started once again.

 

The routines included favourites like the Dashing White Sergeant and Strip the Willow, accompanied by the band on whistles, melodian and guitar, as well as a mandola and Irish bodhran. All too soon it was eleven o’clock, and the band gave us a gentle hint with a quieter rendering of Steal Away

... earlier in the day, up to 100 people had made the trek up to St Giles church in the ‘lost’ village of Imber. Edington's vicar, choir and other parishioners took part in a special St Gilestide service to mark the completion of five years’ renovation work, funded by the Churches Conservation Trust.

 
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