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Last updated on 20 July, 2014

Devon County Playford Club

Devon County Playford Club has unfortunately now closed. Please see below the original version of an article published in What's Afoot for which there was not enough available space in the magazine to reproduce in full. This article was kindly provided by June Backway.

RESURGAM ? 
So it has come.  With dwindling numbers over the last few years, the Devon County Playford Club has now closed.  At an extra-ordinary general meeting on 26th April we formalised arrangements for the closure, after over seventy years.

At our last club meeting on 17th May we made the most of our last gathering, dancing to the special music of Gwyn George.  We were pleased to be joined again by Muriel Langford, one of the earliest members of the club which began in the 1940s.  But although it meant goodbyes for a few, some will still dance at other clubs in the county and at Halsway Manor and elsewhere.

The Minutes of Meetings written in books over the seventy-odd years will not be lost.  They are a record of the club and will go to the Margaret Grant Memorial Library at Halsway Manor for safe-keeping.  Mrs Grant was a founder member of this special club, for which membership was originally by invitation only, therefore it is appropriate that the books are kept there.

On a positive note, English folk music - dance and song - has been re-discovered by different generations.  So perhaps these beautiful dances will someday inspire the revival of a club devoted to them, in Exeter.

June Backway

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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.