21/10/17 - Saturday Night Dance
Alan has kindly organised a Saturday night dance for us, on 21st October (pot luck and raffle). To quote Alan: 'Oh boy, when did this last happen in Staffordshire'?
It should be a really good evening, but as those of you that dance at Village Squares on a Monday will know, there’s no bar at Hilderstone village hall, so if you want anything to drink (other than tea and coffee), then you’ll need to bring it with you.
27/07/17 - Pot Luck & Raffle
As usual, we finished at the end of July with a pot luck and raffle evening, which was a great success... The raffle alone, raised a much needed £36 for club funds, so on behalf of the commitee, it's a big thank-you to everyone that supported us.
One notable absence on the night, was Alison, who was visiting her friend in Lincoln at the time. At least she still managed to go square dancing, even if it was at a different club (Bishops Eight SDC)!
16/06/17 - Broseley Jitty Bugs SDC
As you may know, Trevor has alternated with Alan as caller at Blue Diamonds for many years, but he's recently moved to Lancaster and is now only able to call for us occasionally. So, we were pleased to hear that Steve (from Broseley Jitty Bugs), would be able to call for us every now and then.
Steve has called for us twice recently and both times, we've had an enjoyable evening. However, on the second occasion, he announced that it would be the last time that he would call in the UK, before moving to France. Whilst we wish him well, this has left his old club (Broseley Jitty Bugs) without a caller. I understand that they are hoping to get another occasional caller, but in the mean time, we've been pleased to welcome them to Blue Diamonds and hope that they will continue to visit us.
02/02/17 - Over £100 raised for Katherine House Hospice
Once again at Christmas, we opted to collect for Katherine House Hospice's 'Give Care not Cards' appeal, raising a splendid £74.60 to help this very worthy cause. In addition, our friends at Village Squares kindly donated the proceeds from their raffle, which raised £30, so together, we managed to raise a magnificent £104,60... Thank-you!
07/01/16 - January award for ‘Best excuse for not getting to square dancing’ goes to Pippa and Francis
‘Sorry we never got to the first evening of the square dancing 2016... at 6pm this evening I found this young lady on the front lawn so, because she wouldn't survive the anticipated cold spell, we drove her to a wonderful hedgehog person we know in Cheslyn Hay. Sadly - the opposite direction to Stone, otherwise we could have come dancing as well’ :-)
31/12/15 - New Year's Eve with Bishops Eight
Some of our members represented Blue Diamonds at the Bishops Eight New Year Event. The theme was Nursery Rhyme Characters… You may recognise some familiar faces (or even the rear view in some cases) from the attached photo. Apparently, a good time was had by all and the message from John Turner at Bishops Eight is: ‘Happy dancing in 2016, we hope to see club members sometime through the year’.
01/12/15 - New Dancers & New Life for Old Club Video
I'm pleased to say that we've had two new dancers join us in recent weeks (Pippa and Francis), who seem to be picking up all the basic steps really well! So, I thought it would be good to dig out a copy of 'The illustrated BASIC and MAINSTREAM Movements of Square Dancing' handbook, as well as a DVD copy of on old (VHS) demonstration video that was recorded by experienced dancers at the club many years ago... And then I though, why not convert the sections into short clips that could be uploaded and viewed on-line. You may have noticed the video player window on our home page... Why not take a look? I know that the quality is not great, (some in colour, some in black & white and some that flick between the two) but the content is still good. Enjoy!
25/09/14 - Permanent Change of Venue
Following a unanimous decision, by the Blue Diamonds members, the club has now relocated permanently to 'Stone Lawn Tennis & Squash Club'. We would like to thank the tennis club committee, for kindly agreeing to let us use their facilities.
The tennis club is located on the left hand side of Newcastle Road (when travelling North, from Stone) between the railway bridge and Trent Road. There is an on site car park, that we can use free of charge.
20/03/14 - Birthdays!
Congratulations to Gina and Joe, who gave us a good reason to hold a Pot Luck & Raffle Evening... Celebrating their significant birthdays!
A good time was had by all, with a joint birthday cake, plus another that Gina kindly brought along to share... They really seemed too nice to eat, but we managed! (see photos).