From: SCoFFnews_at_yahoogroups_dot_com on behalf of lhheath [borodance_at_ntlworld_dot_com]
Sent: 10 October 2008 09:11
Subject: [SCoFFnews] The Big National Ceilidh at Godalming Borough Hall

Event : The Big National Ceilidh at Godalming
Where : Borough Hall, Bridge St., Godalming GU7 1HR
When : Saturday 18th October 2008, 8.00pm

The Big National Ceilidh in support of the charity WaterAid will be
taking place on Saturday 18th October. Over sixty barn dances will be
taking place throughout the UK, one of which will be hosted by GBH
Ceilidhs at Godalming Borough Hall.

The dance will be the first in the 33rd season of public barn dances
that have been held at the Borough Hall since 1976. For this special
occasion local musician Gareth Kiddier has brought together and
exclusive line-up featuring some of the top folk dance musicians from
around the country including Nina Hansell, from The Bismarcks, Fi
Fraser from The Old Swan Band and Katie Howson and Jeannie Harris from
The Old Hat Band. Talking the audience through the dances will be
local dance caller Cat Kelly. Tickets will be available on the door or
from Record Corner, Godalming. Details from 01483 871443 or

The event is part of The Big National Ceilidh, when in cities, towns
and villages all over the country thousands of people will
simultaneously be dancing to the music of live bands local events
with a national significance. Two main elements will bind all of the
events together:
- the proceeds from all the events will be given to a single, hugely
worthwhile, charity, WaterAid; and
- at 10.00pm all the bands will be playing the same tune ("Jamie
Allen") and as many people as possible will be dancing The Circassian

WaterAid is an international charity whose mission is to overcome
poverty by enabling the world's poorest people to gain access to safe
water, sanitation and hygiene education. WaterAid is driven by a
vision of a world where everyone has access to safe water and
sanitation. In the world today:

- billion people in the world do not have access to safe water. This
is roughly one sixth of the world's population.
- 2.6 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate
sanitation. This is roughly two fifths of the world's population.
- 1.8 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused
by unclean water and poor sanitation. This amounts to around 5000
deaths a day.

WaterAid is doing something about this, and the ceilidhs will help
their work. Of course there are many good causes we could support;
this one will make an immediate, radical and permanent difference to
many lives.

Further details about WaterAid from
Sarina Jesudason
WaterAid, 47-49 Durham Street, London, SE11 5JD, UK 020 7793 4500

Further details about the Barn Dance from
Lawrence Heath
01483 871443

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