Founded 1984

Report of Spring Weekend Dawlish Warren 2014

The Old Time Society held its 2014 Spring Weekend in the beautiful English County of Devon from Friday 21st March till Sunday 23rd March.

Our venue for the weekend was the superbly positioned Langstone Cliffe Hotel at Dawlish Warren - a world away from the hustle and bustle of normal life – with ample car parking, the hotel set in 20 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens rolling effortlessly down to the sea. With its swimming pools, and sun terraces around the hotel, many a lazy afternoon could be spent here idling in the sun!!  With excellent meals and menus, large spacious lounges, indoor pool and spa this hotel was designed for pleasure and relaxation, but there was so much more to do and see. With lovely old towns such as Exeter, Teignmouth, Torquay, Brixham and Newton Abbott, just a short drive or bus trip away, plus the sprawling magnificence of Dartmoor National Park in the distance, any thought of relaxation seemed as far away as the distant moors.

Our Friday Night Dance Leaders & Hosts were to have been Pete & Pat Jephson from Luton, unfortuneately because of illness it was necessary to find last minute replacement leaders.   Wendy & David Griffiths took over the reigns and danced Pete & Pat’s programme. There was considerable interest in an old dance which Pete had included in his programme – the 1920 Prize Winning Dance – the Parisienne Tango Saunter, particularly as our Musical Director for the weekend, David Ingley, having acquired the original sheet music of 1920 was able to arrange and play this old dance to its original music for the first time in many years.   

With the Saturday weather being bright & breezy it was a time for getting outdoors and shopping!!!   The Gents did the former – the Ladies – the Latter!  Our Hosts and Leaders for the Saturday Night Dance were Joyce Hutchins & Richard Purcell. Armed with an excellent & varied program, a great night was had by all. As always the sign of a good night was the bleary eyed stragglers coming down to breakfast next morning, (which incidentally was one of the finest breakfasts one could hope for).

The Sunday evening meal, as with the two previous evenings was preceded by a drinks reception in the bar.  The dance was hosted by the Societies President Fred Boast.   The Committee each took it in turn to lead off the dances on the programme and so we came to the end of yet another very enjoyable and successful weekend at this superb hotel and resort.

Our grateful appreciation and thanks go to our Events Organiser Paul Harding and the rest of the Committee who worked so hard to ensure that everything went smoothly and everyone had a good time.

We all look forward to our 30th Ball of the Year in Southport in May 2014.