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Community Hall, Primary School Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS MUSIC WORKSHOP 9.30 – 1.00 p.m. £10.00
Tunes by Pat Shaw & Naomi Alexandra Booking Forms from Mary Marker 01626 854141

TEA DANCE - Dances by Pat Shaw & Naomi Alexandra Caller Jean Foster with the Workshop Big Band 2.00 – 5.30 p.m. £4.00 on the door

Devon Folk AGM Saturday 19 March

The 2016 AGM of Devon Folk will be held at 6pm on 19th March at Chudleigh Community Hall
following the Music Workshop and Tea Dance organised by Mary Marker and Jean Foster. These
events, which are sponsored by Devon Folk, have proved to be very popular in past years.

Devon Folk has again supported the Teignmouth, Dartmoor and South Brent Folk Festivals all of
which were again successful. While Devon Folk does generate some of the money needed to support Folk activities throughout Devon, the continued support of individuals and clubs is very much appreciated. The committee would like to thank Bideford Folk Dance Club for their recent donation. Devon Folk Committee continues to have several vacancies and is always pleased to welcome new members to the committee. Full committee meetings are usually held in Exeter four times a year on a Saturday morning, in addition to the business meeting held after the AGM. Click here for nomination form.

Cool Folk - Devon's Folk Arts page for the new mag for younger folk lovers in Devon. Know anything cool going on? Share it here. Thomas and Charlie White are taking over Cool Folk. Go to Cool Folk for more information or email Thomas

Cool Folk is the facebook presence for Devon Folk's Cool Folk magazine - a forum of special interest to younger people interest in all aspects of folk in Devon - projects, clubs, dance, music, song, sessions, artists, festivals, downloads etc etc. Its YOUR page - please like us and share cool stuff which is going on in Devon.

Devon Folk Award 2013 presented to Patricia Reid by Anne Gill, chairman of Devon Folk on Saturday 26th July 2014 during the afternoon dance at Teign Playford, Rydon Hall, Kingsteignton.

Patricia received the award in recognition and appreciation of her contribution to Folk in Devon over many years.

Patricia has been very active in promoting folk dancing in Devon, both for young people by working in schools and with Brownies in the Newton Abbot, Exeter and Exmouth areas, and also for adults. For many years Patricia organised both the Devon Playford Weekend held at Halsway Manor, and the Dartington Weekend held at Dartington Hall.
As well as visiting schools, Patricia organised an Education Day of Dance,   Music and Song held in 2002 for 10 to 11 year olds, and she was also instrumental in organising the visit of NYFTE in 2009 to Newton Abbot.  She also worked with children in Teignmouth primary schools teaching folk dancing and organised performances during Teignmouth Folk Festival. 
As Publicity Officer for Devon Folk, Patricia worked tirelessly to bring folk activities to the attention of the general public---through the press and through radio. Patricia also promoted the work of Devon Folk-in particular the Soundbeam appeal.

Devon Folk AGM 2013
The President of Devon Folk Terry Underhill presented Colin Andrews with a specially commissioned tankard made by Harry Juniper to mark the "100th" publication of the Devon Folk magazine What's Afoot.  Colin was thanked for all his dedication and hard work as Editor.  A Ceildh planned to mark this milestone in October last year had to be cancelled because of bad weather so the presentation was made at the Devon Folk A.G.M. on the 13th April 2013.
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Devon Folk Award 2012
The award was presented to Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker of "Wren" on Friday 26 Ocotber by Anne Gill and Terry Underhill

In 1983 Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker created the organisation now known as Wren Music, with the vision of taking the people’s music to the people of Devon.   Since then every year has seen major new projects, which have brought communities, large and small, together and they have touched the lives of tens of thousands of people.

There are a few strands that have run though their work during those years.   Their links with Newfoundland go back to the earliest days of the organisation, but they have now taken their music to many other countries.     Also they have made the collection of Devonshire song collector, Sabine Baring-Gould, a basis for many projects over the years.

Wren  has  grown  and  its  achievements  are  a  team  effort  drawing  on  the  expertise  of several musicians and other staff.   However,  it is the combination of Paul’s musical talent and creativity  combined  with  Marilyn’s  practical  business  skills  and  resilience that  have directed and ensured the success of the organisation, even when the going got tough.
It is those qualities that we recognise today by the presentation of the Devon Folk Award for 2012 to Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker – the visionary founders of Wren Music.