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Jon Pearson  (Treasurer)
and wife Jayne (Committee member)
Saw a poster advertising an open evening and went to find out more (October 2008). Loved the friendly atmosphere, loved the complexities and unison of patterns weaved by the dancers, loved the challenge but also the fun, the support and the teamwork. At a time when children were leaving the nest, we found not only an activity we could both share and enjoy, but one where we have met and made many new good friends. At the end of a long working week, the need to listen to the caller and concentrate on what is being called has proved a brilliant way to relax. The necessary mental exercise is as good as solving puzzles in keeping the brain fit and active. Our goal is now to help more of you who have not discovered the camaraderie and the fun of square dancing to give it a go, whatever your age.
Colin Pett   Club Caller.

Colin started calling in 1972 for Cheltenham Swinging Squares,  then added firstly Portishead Square Dancers, then Winterborne Clubs.  He enjoyed calling at Night Owls, Weekends and Saturday dances over the years, and still does, ably supported by his wife Brenda.

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Rita Holder (Bookings Secretary)

I started square dancing in 2004 with my husband Don.  We graduated in November and went to our first dance in Bristol the following evening, this was the beginning of an adventure and certainly a great social experience for us. For many years we attended local dances and regularly travelled to many parts of the UK, Germany, Malta, Spain and the USA for square dance holidays and weekends. We made many friends and acquaintances over the years. One regret is that we did not hear about square dancing 10 years earlier. It's a fun and challenging hobby, do come and join us.

Bob Sillitoe (Chairman)

I first started square dancing in the late 70’s but didn’t do it seriously until the 90’s. Since then my wife and I have danced most weeks. When I had a real job, I found square dancing on a Friday night to be a great way to help me forget the trials and tribulations of the week. Now that I have retired and discovered that it is just as hectic as working we still find it an excellent way to unwind.

In the picture, guess which one is me!

Joyce Gilder  Catering Officer.

Joyce saw a poster in the local newsagents window in 1999 for a free Open Night for Square Dancing.  She went along as she had always loved dancing and says it was the best thing she had ever done.  Joyce graduated in 2000 and quickly became Catering Officer on the Club Committee..

Janet Banister
(Publicity Officer)

I have been dancing with Cheltenham Squares for almost 20 years. Nigel and I had just moved to Cheltenham when a friend asked us to go to an open evening he had seen advertised. We had danced to Square dance records before whilst in Cyprus.We went along and enjoyed the evening so much we decided to join the beginners class, a challenge dancing to a caller compared to records ( there were records in those days ). We have made Great Friendships, and a wonderful social life, we have mostly danced at the club and local dances. It is lovely to have exercise of mind and body with lots of pleasure involved.

Heather Anderson-Paine

(Minutes Secretary)

I noticed a flyer at the gym (my second home) and decided square dancing sounded like something I might enjoy – a different kind of challenge. My younger sister had been telling me for months about the fun she was having square dancing with her local club so I attended an open evening.  I was concerned that I might not be able to participate because I wear hearing aids (I thought I wouldn’t be able to follow the Caller), but with support from the friendly and encouraging club members, it was a breeze, I soon began to recognise the patterns and combinations of steps and I graduated earlier this Summer. We have a healthy group of more than 40 regular members but we are always keen to welcome new potential dancers – even if all you want to do is come and watch at first.  So, if you are looking to meet new people in a friendly and laid back environment, and to do some gentle physical exercise whilst  stimulating your brain – then this could be for you! Come and join us!