16/02/18 - Grange-over-Sands WeekendYet again, Alan organised another great weekend, at the Cumbria Grand Hotel, Grange-over-Sands. By all accounts it was as popular as ever, with around 120 dancers on the Saturday evening.
Unfortunately the same weekend, we recieved the sad news that Sue's Mum, Margaret had passed away. The following item should appear in the April edition of the LSD magazine.
Obituary ~ Margaret SturgessMargaret started dancing aged 84, soon after her daughter Sue joined Blue Diamonds. Because they both enjoyed square dancing so much, like many Blue Diamonds members, they also joined Village Squares at Hilderstone. ‘Sue’s mum’, absolutely adored square dancing and if you were to speak to anyone at either Blue Diamonds or Village Squares, I’m sure they’d agree that the feeling was mutual.
Sadly, Margaret passed away in February, following a short illness, aged 97. Needless to say, she was our most senior member and still enjoyed dancing regularly, until her mobility became impaired in recent months. Sue and her mum also regularly attended Christ Church in Fenton, where I’m sure Margaret’s good humour and lively personality will be missed as much by the congregation there, as it will by the local square dance community.
Our thoughts are of course with Sue and family at this time and we look forward to welcoming Sue on club nights again in the near future.
Katherine House appeal - Christmas 2017With the help of our friends at Village squares (who donated their Christmas raffle proceeds), between us, we've managed to raise another £100 for the Katherine House Hospice 'Give care not cards at Christmas' appeal. We've been raising money this way since 2011 and I'm pleased to say that this brings our total donations so far, to a magnificent £545.60. Thank-you everyone for supporting this very worthy cause.
28/01/18 - Sunday Tea DanceFollowing on from our successful Saturday night on 21st October, Alan organised a Sunday Tea dance on 28th January. As Alan said, “any better ideas for a winter’s afternoon”? Well to be perfectly frank, no, it was a good idea… Good company, good food, good raffle prizes and good to dance in a friendly environment. Thanks to everyone who that supported this event and thank-you again to Alan and Tess. Poster
21/10/17 - Saturday Night DanceAlan kindly organised a Saturday night dance for us, on 21st October at Hilderstone village hall (pot luck and raffle). To quote Alan: 'Oh boy, when did this last happen in Staffordshire'?
It really was a good evening (the raffle alone raised £40 for club funds). So on behalf of the club, I'd really like to say a big thank-you to Alan (and Tess of course) and all the dancers from various clubs that supported us on the night.
27/07/17 - Pot Luck & Raffle
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
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.
07/01/16 - January award for ‘Best excuse for not getting to square dancing’ goes to Pippa and Francis
31/12/15 - New Year's Eve with Bishops Eight
01/12/15 - New Dancers & New Life for Old Club Video
25/09/14 - Permanent Change of Venue
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).