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SIDMOUTH: Dancing for charity

Friday, 07 February 2014

For six years now, John Davies and David Laidler have run tea dances in Sidmouth in order to help raise money for charity.
Initially set up for the Kennaway House Restoration Fund, the dances continued to be very popular after Kennaway House was finally finished and opened, and so now the money raised goes towards Children's Hospice South West.
Two dances are held each month, with the venue alternating fortnightly between St Francis Church Hall in Woolbrook, and All Saints Church Hall in Sidmouth.
On Tuesday, January 28th, John Davies and his wife Sonia were at All Saints Church Hall running their very popular mix of Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Dancing.
“I think the Sequence Dancing is popular because it’s quite easy to pick up the steps, and of course it’s great exercise for all ages,” said John.
Bev Thomas, Sidmouth Co-ordinator for Children’s Hospice South West, and her husband Geoff, are always on hand to help out with collection of entrance fees, making the tea and organising the raffle, and over the last year nearly £2,000 has been raised.
John and Sonia also hold a weekly dance class each wednesday at the Sidmouth Conservative Club, where all the proceeds are donated to local charities – most recently £1,000 to the 1st Sid Vale Scout Group in order to help with the building of their new hut.
David Laidler and his wife Jean run the dance at St Francis Church Hall on the second tuesday of each month. They also run another dance at Stowford Rise Community Centre on the third sunday of each month, the proceeds of which go to the charity Shelter Box.
All of the dances start at 2.30pm and there is ample parking at each venue.
For more information please contact John and Sonia Davies on 01395 577122 or David and Jean Laidler on 01395 379856.

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