Dance Camp North 2017 👣

Dance Camp North 2017

Dear Dance Camp Friends,

Dance Camp North is at a turning point. The creation of the 2017 camp is down to you. To make it happen at all, people need to at least show an interest and put some energy in. This can best be done via the Dance Camp North forum here with more details below.

Here is what has happened since last year’s camp. At our AGM the people who have organised camp for the last few years didn’t want to form a group to organise camp again. The 9 directors agreed to run the organisation and put some energy into Pools of Interest whereby members could offer to help with areas of camp which suited their interests. Two directors resigned. Pools of Interest were discussed at the Winter Gathering and plenty of interest and positive energy shown.

Following some discussions at May Camp at the beginning of May, John and Marilyn have declared an intention to make camp happen, Jamie is willing to put together a site crew and do the graft to build structures, water, showers etc. Bob is willing to host us again. (We have explored another possible location but that hasn’t proved suitable.) Marilyn is willing to continue as treasurer and take bookings. Kirk is putting together a group of musicians. Richard is happy to help with on-line stuff and communications. Other support and interest has been expressed.  This is a good start but people with energy are needed to draw together what is necessary for the gaps. Elders / Directors who have been doing this for many years don’t want to continue in leadership roles and new blood needs to come to the fore. The experience is there in the background on offer from the elders.

At the AGM, those who attended spoke about a vision of a more spontaneous, less prearranged camp where we had structures in place but the people who came formed the camp and the community. People offered to do jobs and got on with it without feeling overseen or criticised. Not everything was ready from the beginning. The programme could be created day to day, for example; people mucked in where there were gaps; the café could be run on a pay it forward type idea – so everyone got fed and between us we offered payment at the end so we could have a café the year after. Nothing needed to be as is always had been in fact the early camps were more like this. Lets make this vision happen.

One thing we have as an organisation is a good chunk of money in the bank account. We can book and pay for marquees without having to worry about ticket sales this year. Most of the rest of expenditure is variable depending on the numbers who attend. The whole thing is one family in a field, after all.

So we have a strong commitment to run camp a camp in 2017 but what happens – the look and feel – well that’s down to you – friends, members, supporters. How do you want to proceed?

With love and hope for a creative, spontaneous, fruitful Dance Camp North in 2017

The DCN Directors

How the DCN Forum works
Log on here
You need a username and password.  If you haven’t got one email John
Look for the Pools of Interest Section.  It’s a forum which is a bit like Facebook, only you can keep track of topics and conversations within that topic and easily find bits you have contributed and keep track of specific conversations.
How Pools of Interest might work
A number of Pools of Interest have been set up on the forum. 
Chose any you want to contribute to.  Your contribution may be in the form of suggestions or questions.  There are DCN elders who regularly visit the forum and can help.  Ideally you would like to offer to do something.  We would like you to make your offer and get on with making it a reality.  Your offer may range from a workshop, to organising a crèche session, to chopping some veg, to hanging a piece of bunting. Leadership is also welcome. It can be anything which you may feel will help to create the camp you want.
As always we have a difficult financial balance to make and some people’s contribution may simply be buying a ticket and turning up!  Everything is welcome, but the more energy we put into the forum the better camp can be.

 

May Camp 2017

Friday April 28th – Monday May 1st 
Newhouse Farm Kniveton, Derbyshire.

Hi All,
I am sitting here in Denholme, watching the rain hammering down on the moors and thinking HOORAY!! Its MAY CAMP TIME and the weather in Ashbourne will be GLORIOUS!!!!
We have checked things out with Bob and as usual we will have a designated area of the top field so that we can all camp together in a circle or if last year is anything to go by, possibly more of a wiggle! We will have a central fire pit for congregating and cooking, so wood donations would be marvellous. We can buy more from Bob if we wish and will ask for an additional contribution for firewood which we don’t anticipate being more than £1 per adult/50p per child per day, depending on numbers, although no doubt the sweltering May heat will have us hunting for ice-creams and paddling spots, not firewood! Don’t worry though, we have booked Bob’s awning to ensure we will always have a shady spot!!

Arrival and departure dates and times are flexible as we are on the public camp site, however the majority of people tend to come Friday afternoon onwards and leave on bank holiday Monday.
If you do arrive early please let the owner, Bob, know you are with DCN so he can direct you to the top field where we have agreed with him that we would like to gather. 

Camp Fees: The cost for camping at Newhouse is still £6 per night for adults and £3 for children. Jen and Andy will be collecting money to hand to Bob so that he doesn’t need to catch us all individually.
Day Visitors – Day visitors will also be asked to contribute to both the wood costs and Bob’s hospitality.  Although Newhouse Farm is a “home from home” to many of us, it is also Bob’s livelihood.

Food: We plan to prepare vegetarian main meals communally. No doubt other spontaneous shared offerings will occur throughout the weekend, be they begged, borrowed, foraged or purchased!
Please bring suitable foods to share and any fire cooking equipment, pans and utensils you may have so that we have the resources we need to cook together. 

Any questions: You can contact  Jen on 0790307233 or email: hippygrins@yahoo.co.uk

Fun and frolics: We often have a trip out to Ashbourne, a park, swimming  pool, or Carsington Water so bring towels, swimming stuff if you fancy. Do you have any specific skills or equipment you can bring to May camp to share with others? The bliss of May camp is rooted in the lengthy, leisurely and (hopefully) sunny days we have to play together and we welcome offerings of music, arts, crafts, games and anything else you would like to share.
Bob’s Address is: Newhouse Farm, Kniveton, Derbyshire, DE6 1JL Google map location

Let’s create some real communal magic!
Lots of Love
Jen
PS the weather forecast is dry with easterly breezes which means it might be sunny and a bit chilly – whats new!!!

May Camp

Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May.
Hello one and all,  The time for our May Camp is rapidly approaching and we are inviting anyone to join a POI (Pool of Interest) to put some plans in place.    Jen and Andy have already been actively seeking possible sites but have not yet found anywhere that can offer all of our preferred criteria. If nobody comes forth with any other suitable suggestion we are proposing to return to Bob’s farm in Kniveton again for May Day weekend, Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May.    If anyone would like to look into somewhere else, the following requests would ideally be satisfied:  Flexible nightly payment per person, not per tent, with reduced rates for children  Unrestricted pitch space/orientation  Camper vans permitted, ideally in same camping space as tents  Day visitors accepted  Open fires allowed, preferably on the ground for cooking purposes  Drinking water supply.  Toilets and showers.    At Bob’s currently the issue is that there are no showers, however there is the local swimming pool for those who don’t want a dirty weekend away!!  On the plus side we usually get our own, reasonably private space with a fire which is hard to come by on commercial campsites, and it is accessible for Ashbourne and all its offerings – charity shops, play park, tea rooms etc.    If you would like to be part of the POI for planning May Camp, Jen can be contacted    by email Jen  by phone on 07903 072330    We will email out further information confirming the site, costs and suggestions for things to do and bring after Easter weekend.    With love,  Jen, Andy and Saffi xxx

DCN Winter Solstice Celebration December 21st

 

Winter Solstice Celebration

Dear DanceCamp,
Come and join us at St John’s Church, Windle Royd Lane, Halifax, HX2 7RX

DCN friends and family will once again be gathering together from 6pm on this longest night of the year to feast and celebrate the Winter Solstice! Not to be missed! We’ll start the evening off with a delicious hot vegetarian meal at 6.30pm cooked by Jen and Andy.

Family and friends, newcomers, ALL WELCOME, and it’s very suitable for young people.

This is an event that we’ll create together, so please bring your ideas and the makings of rituals, games, songs, dances; also fairy lights, candles, sparkles and decorations would be lovely!

Help setting up (from 6) and tidying afterwards will be much appreciated, also serving the meal and washing up. It won’t take long if we all muck in.

The cost will be £8 for adults / teens and £3 for children. Please book in advance so we know how many to cater for! Either let us know by replying to this email, or by phoning / texting Karen 07867 311602 or emailing Karen here

Also, please let us know of any special dietary needs at the time of booking

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👣First Director’s Meeting 📝Solstice Party🎉 Winter Gathering🔥

 

Directors Meeting

We had the first directors meeting of the year and despite a slightly dodgy Skype connection 7 of us had a really productive discussion, laying some ground work for events coming up. More excitingly, we talked about how the Pools of Interest concept is going to get wider groups helping to co-create our summer camp.  Themes of community and generosity along with doing things differently were emerging strongly in our thinking.  Look out for more information about this coming soon.  Meanwhile these events are coming up!

Winter Solstice Party December 21st.

Keep December 21st in your diary – we are still planning a Winter Solstice Party on that date.  Please look out for more information on this coming soon.
Stop Press! We’ve just booked St John’s Church Hall in Warley, Halifax – a lovely hall weve used a few times before with great success!

Winter Gathering January 27-29th 2017.

Book now to reserve your place!  Winter Gathering is booking up fast.  We have a limited number of beds available and only a £20 paid deposit will reserve your bed.  Full payment to be made before the weekend.  Use the website to book here including the opportunity to pay using PayPal or bank transfer or see the end of this email.
Part of the weekend, along with the usual festive fun, food and walks, will be dedicated to innovative ways we go about co-creating our next camp.  The theme emerging this year seems to be ‘doing it differently’.
Here’s what else you need to know!
Why don’t you join us at the beautiful Ravenstor Youth Hostel in Derbyshire (SK17 8SS) for our Winter Gathering over the weekend of 27-29th January? Now is the time to book and pay for your place.
If you have been to a previous Winter Gathering then you will know what a rich and full weekend it can be. If not, please let me set the scene for you.
We gather on Friday evening from 4pm onwards, with open fires, friendly faces and all the anticipation of a wonderful weekend ahead. As part of the ‘doing things differently’ intention set at the members meeting after camp, you will already know, by the time you arrive, how we will co-create the gorgeous food we will be eating, so you will either be settling in, or helping prepare the first meal together in the large dining room.
The children and those who enjoy being more active can make full use of the games room and table tennis room.
There is plenty of space. Accommodation is in warm bunk rooms, typical for a youth hostel, not luxurious, but definitely clean and functional, on the first and second floors with plenty of toilets and shower rooms dotted close to the bedrooms. All bedding is provided, but if the forecast is for cold weather you may need blankets.
Saturday will bring different things for different people and you can do whatever suits you best. Some people will stay in and around the hostel all day and there are usually at least two groups who go out for a walk of differing lengths and difficulty. Last year this included calling into a local hostelry.
Saturday evening will be fun, food and celebrations. The evening is all ours to enjoy as we wish. Please bring ideas for your part in the evening’s entertainment– a song, a dance, a story, a poem or games that you think will work for a large group of mixed ages.
We usually allow space on Sunday morning for the second members meeting of the DCN year.  This year we will be doing it differently!! Sunday morning will be a creative space to feedback the results of conversations we have had during the weekend about how we are going to co-create the camp we want to be part of.  There will be opportunity to be inspired by what has already been done and groups and conversations to join or leave about all aspects of camp.  You will be able to choose where you fit and what you can offer.  Coloured pens and paper may be involved!!  Co-creating camp will be a theme for the whole weekend.
We then share our final meal of the weekend, help to tidy up and gather all our belongings and all leave the hostel by about 2pm.
It is amazing value for money.  We have still to decide how the food will work out, but last year we agreed that adults pay £50 each and young people up to 18 pay £25 when food was included in the cost. We have already made a substantial non-returnable deposit on the event, which is why your deposit will be non-returnable.  We do not aim to make a profit at this event as we do not want to make it difficult for anyone to attend based on the cost. If you prefer to come in a van to sleep in there is an option to pay less.  As we are not clear how the food will work out at the moment, £50 is the most you will pay!
Marilyn is taking bookings again this year. Bookings are normally made on line here.  Use the Special Requests box add any dietary requirements so they can be factored into the food planning. Pay your deposit of in full by PayPal or via Pay Bills in your personal online bank account.  If you can’t book on line, you can email Marilyn directly here.
Hope to see you there!

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🔥 Bonfire Party 💥 and First Directors Planning meeting 👣

 

 

 

 

First Planning Meeting & Bonfire Party Reminder

The Directors are meeting next Saturday – have your say!

Following our exciting AGM and plans to change the way we are intending to organise camp next year, the directors are meeting for the first time.  If you remember from my last email we are intending to move away from a small group being responsible for particular areas and look at ways of involving more people in that process.  We talked about Pools of Interest to focalise good will and intention on particular camp related tasks or areas and we need to start thinking about how that can work.  This is your first opportunity to GET INVOLVED!  Please let us know of any offers of time or energy you would like to make. Just reply to this email.

Bonfire Party next Friday 11th November

In among all the fireworks this weekend, don’t forget we are having our community bonfire next Friday, on November 11th – details below.

Anthony, Andy and Jen have offered to host this year’s DCN Bonfire:  Cavewell, Manor Lane, Ossett. WF5 0LJ  Friday 11th November  Food and Fire 6pm onwards  (arrive straight from school/work for early tea and biscuits if that suits).    We will have jacket potatoes ready from 6pm with various toppings. Please bring veggie foods to share which can complement this, particularly drinks, salads and naughty bonfire treats. As with all DCN events, music, song and dance are especially welcome, as are fireworks, sparklers and of course great company.  There will be a lovely big bonfire with plenty of space to sit around it so do bring your camp chairs, sheepskins and blankets.  Please let us know if you are planning to come so we have an idea of numbers.  Jen: 07903 072330  Anthony: 01924 273670  or reply to this email and I'll pass the message on  Directions:  •	Leave the M1 at junction 40 and drive in the direction of Wakefield.  •	At the second set of traffic lights, turn right onto Queens Drive.  •	Drive for half a mile to the next set of traffic lights and turn left onto Teal Street.  •	Drive for another half a mile then make a right turn into Manor Road.  •	Go for another three quarters of a mile further on and Manor Lane is on your left.  •	When you turn into Manor Lane, drive past the houses on both sides of the road until you reach the high wooden fence on the right hand side. The gate to the house is at the end of this fence.  •	Please park on Manor Lane somewhere because if you come up the drive you may get blocked in.    It will be great to see you!  

Some dates for your diary

DCN Bonfire 2016

Anthony, Andy and Jen have offered to host this year’s DCN Bonfire:  Cavewell, Manor Lane, Ossett. WF5 0LJ  Friday 11th November  Food and Fire 6pm onwards  (arrive straight from school/work for early tea and biscuits if that suits).    We will have jacket potatoes ready from 6pm with various toppings. Please bring veggie foods to share which can complement this, particularly drinks, salads and naughty bonfire treats. As with all DCN events, music, song and dance are especially welcome, as are fireworks, sparklers and of course great company.  There will be a lovely big bonfire with plenty of space to sit around it so do bring your camp chairs, sheepskins and blankets.  Please let us know if you are planning to come so we have an idea of numbers.  Jen: 07903 072330  Anthony: 01924 273670  Directions:  •	Leave the M1 at junction 40 and drive in the direction of Wakefield.  •	At the second set of traffic lights, turn right onto Queens Drive.  •	Drive for half a mile to the next set of traffic lights and turn left onto Teal Street.  •	Drive for another half a mile then make a right turn into Manor Road.  •	Go for another three quarters of a mile further on and Manor Lane is on your left.  •	When you turn into Manor Lane, drive past the houses on both sides of the road until you reach the high wooden fence on the right hand side. The gate to the house is at the end of this fence.  •	Please park on Manor Lane somewhere because if you come up the drive you may get blocked in.  

Winter Solstice Party

A heads up on this one.  We are planning out annual Solstice Party which this year falls on December 21st.  Not sure where it will be yet, but put the date in your diaries.

Winter Gathering

Already planned and booked for the weekend of January 27th – 29th at Ravenstor Youth Hostel, Derbyshire.  A lot of people have already paid their deposit and reserved their beds!  Find out more about how to pay your non returnable deposit and make an on line reservation here. During some of the time there will be an exciting camp planning meeting at the gathering, so bring your ideas and contributions.

Keep your mailboxes open for more emails about how camp will work next year, more dates and more details about these events.
Bye for now!
 

Exciting News!

We held our AGM last Saturday in Marsden.

The main part of the AGM, apart from some routine legal requirements, is the selection of the next management group which we have called the Development Group (DG).  In the past this has sometimes been an awkward process with people feeling uncomfortable about putting themselves forward and other people frightened they would have too much to do.  This last summer’s camp was organised by 6 people and they did a fantastic job.  Many people had a amazing experiences.  The DG felt the strain all year and some of this was noticed at camp and the members meeting held at camp offered some suggestions which might help.  The DG in the past had comprised of people offering to do certain ‘jobs’ relating to area’s of camp e.g. cafe, wellbeing, gate, etc. People have said these jobs are too big and would be better shared out in smaller groups.  Others have also suggested that the DG meets a lot and the meetings take a long time and can be difficult to get to. Still others suggest that some things don’t need to be looked at all year and can be done during the run up to camp itself, and also dont always need face to face meetings.  There is a sense that camp is being put on for us, but our roots are in being a community and building camp together.  Feedback from this years camp and talking to people has led us to take a different approach.

A new idea called Pools of Interest (POI) was suggested.

These will consist of people, individuals or groups, who want to take a set of tasks in a particular area forward.  That group may or may not have input from the management group, but they will be trusted to get on with the tasks, meet or not meet, add people, invite contributions, sort out their own way and deliver their creation, what ever it might be.  This is a list of the POI she has suggested. 

* Bookings and Finance    * Programme (icl. Wellbeing, Creativity and the main marquees) * Cafe    * Night Cafe    * Promotion, Website and Mem Sec.     * Wellbeing, Gate, Hearth * Creativity    * Site    * Musicians and Scratch Band    * Young People    * Beautifying spaces * Other DCN Events (each event may have its own group!)   
* Special events at Camp e.g. Quiz, Auction, Olympics * Moon Lodge, Sun Lodge, Ceremony.

This is just a starting list. 

Some may not be needed, others may be added, but they all involve you, the members.  You can join or leave, contribute or not, but the idea is that we co-create camp together.  This is exciting because it has a feel of the early days when camp was a bit more turn up and see what happens.

The final piece of the jigsaw is what about the management committee? 

We still need one for the legal purpose of running the Limited Company, but we also have a group of directors.  At the AGM 3 more people we selected to be directors and there are now sufficient directors to form a management committee without the hassle of deciding who has to do what job. The intention is for this group to provide the leadership and support of a group of elders and a heart centred holding role.  Marilyn will continue to be treasurer because this is the only post we need to define. 

So there we are. A new exciting direction in terms of who can contribute their time and energy to organising camp – all of you! The next step is for the directors to meet soon and decide how we can inspire this process among the Dance Camp Membership.  If you are already inspired, please get in touch and let us know what you would like to help create.  We have the experience of 21 camps and many resources already, so lets talk.  Watch out for more information coming your way soon!

Just keeping in touch!

So, camp is over for this year. I can’t quite believe it.
The laundry is getting turned around, things are being put away, nobody in our house smells of wood smoke anymore and I’ve got used to not walking across the field first thing in the morning!
I’m loving the messages and photos being posted on the Friends of Dance Camp North Facebook closed group. It’s helping to keep my camp memories very much alive. You might like to join it if you haven’t already.  If you want to recommend a Facebook page to friends who may want to know whats happening then they can ‘like’ our Dance Camp North page.
The DG and directors sincerely would like to thank you for coming to camp this year, either by yourself or with your partner or family. Your addition to our family in a field and your contribution, whatever that was, is very much appreciated.  I know some of you reading this did not make it to camp this year, but I hope you don’t mind being kept up to date all in one email, and maybe you’ll make it next year!

Feedback

I’m conscious this year, that there wasn’t any means during camp for feedback and hope that you will be able to spend a few minutes, now camp has finished, to give yours.
We have devised an anonymous online feedback form and hope you will fill it in and send it back to us.  Find it here.  If you are short of time only the first 2 questions matter, but the more you tell us the better we can get!

AGM

We’d love to see you at our AGM on Saturday 1st October in Marsden near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. It’s at the United Church Warehouse Hill Rd, Marsden, Huddersfield HD7 6AD (map) and is a very sociable day, coming together at 10:30 am. We enjoy a shared lunch after the AGM which is a short, partly formal meeting at 11:00 at which the new DG (Development Group – our management group) will be formed, please bring some food or drink to share. Following the members meeting at camp the DG are looking at exciting and different ways of creating and running the DG. If you are moved to contribute towards the next 12 months of our wonderful, unique and vibrant community in any way then please come if you possibly can.  A chance to work closely in a group gives a fabulous way to grow and develop as well as feeling more involved in camp. There are very varied roles available and wonderful opportunities for feeling a real sense of satisfaction.
In the afternoon we have a members meeting where the new DG can receive direction from the members. By attending camp this year you are now automatically a member for the next 12 months. People who didnt attend camp will need to pay a £1 membership fee.
The day finishes in the evening very sociably with a hot meal. This could also include people who couldn’t get to the meetings during the day. There is a large fridge for storing food during the day and a big oven if anything needs reheating.
In the past we’ve had fresh coffee and pastries on arrival  dancing, singing, a short local walk, trips to the park and to see the ducks for the children, during the day. Marsden is a lovely little village with independent shops and pubs, a canal, railway and station and a co-op. As long as the meetings happen this day can become anything that the members want it to be and is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect just 5 weeks after camp ended.

Winter Gathering

Remember too that bookings are open for the Winter Gathering in January at Ravenstor Youth Hostel in Derbyshire. 27-29th January 2017 You can book on line here: – there is a link at the bottom.  £20 will secure a bed and the weekend will cost £50 in total.  I’m not sure if this total amount will cover the food costs as it has not yet been decided how we will cater for ourselves.

Keeping in touch

As I mentioned above we have a Friends of Dance Camp North Facebook page which is quite active.  You need to have attended camp to join this group.  We also have an open Facebook page – Dance Camp North which your friends can ‘like’ and then keep in touch with whats happening – maybe they’ll come with you another year.
We also have a website here which we do our best to keep updated.  You can sign up to this email list from there so you will receive an email every time we want to tell you about something.
Talking of which, you can manage your subscription to this email using a link at the bottom.  So if your email address changes you can update us, or if you don’t want any more emails, you can sort that too.
Finally look out for another email!! Those of you who came to camp will get another email telling you how to access the 2016 Camp Address list.

Hope to see you soon
your MemSec

Last chance to book for Dance Camp North 21st Birthday Camp

Bookings close on Monday August 15th at midnight.

Sorry if you are well organised and have booked already and are fed up with our reminders, but Dance Campers can be late making up their minds or leave things to the last minute so we felt one final reminder should do the trick.  Also some of you are waiting for the weather forecast, but I can assure you this camp will be most excellent, and the weather will be weather, whether we like it or not. Lost of good things are planned and the usual varied programme is in place with some new things and some favourites.  A revitalised night cafe is foreseen and a Fantastic 21st Birthday Ball is happening.

If you are able to, please book and arrange to pay online. Marilyn is processing the bookings this year. If you have any questions that need answering before you book then please contact her. You can also download a booking form and post your booking and payment. You can also ask Marilyn to post you a form!

The camp phone is operational and Marilyn has it on and charged from now until camp starts. The number is 07549 247727 If you have any questions then please call and, if you don’t reach her straight away, leave a message with clear instructions of how sh e can get back to you. Also you can email her here   If you are thinking of coming for he first weekend, please contact us directly.

Please go through the booking process even if you don’t have anything to pay. We still need your details. You may also be bringing others and we need their information and payment.

Weekend Tickets

There are a limited number of weekend tickets for the first weekend only, from midday Friday until tea time on Monday.  These tickets offer a taste of camp for people who cant commit to the whole week and will be popular so please don’t delay in getting in touch.

Working Tickets

We still have working tickets and half working tickets in several areas of camp.  Please get in touch if you are interested.  Email here

Book Soon!!

It’s very helpful to know who’s coming, and the number and ages of children you are bringing. This allows us to tailor activities and book enough people to work in the children’s area. We also make other commitments based on numbers.

Deadline for bookings this year is strictly by Monday 15th August. You cannot come to camp without a ticket. We are a members only organisation so no ticket means no membership and we need a complete list of members before the event otherwise we put our insurance at risk.

Hope to see you at camp