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TONIGHT IS PARTY NIGHT - 11 February 2015

Posted by Siobhan Morley on February 11, 2015 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (1)

You know that look you get from your partner?  You know - the one you get which is ultra romantic?  No? ........ neither do I (lol) !

Never mind.  With Valentine's Day coming up, HMJ is having a party dance TONIGHT (Wednesday 11 February).  Although this was only decided upon last week, due to recent closures, we hope you will come and join in.  Dress is optional but you are invited to wear something Red.  You are also welcome to bring along some nibbles.  The usual soft drinks will be provided, but you are welcome to B.Y.O. tipple if you prefer.  Usual times and normal admission price applies.  New people are always welcome - the more the merrier.

Best wishes & keeeeeeep dancing!


p.s. Apologies to anyone who has not been getting recent e-mails from Harthill Modern Jive.  I hope the problems I've had with my computer are now resolved.


Posted by Siobhan Morley on January 28, 2015 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (1)

Due to adverse weather conditions, Harthill Modern Jive will be closed tonight too!


Hopefully it will be open again next week - Wednesday 4 February 2015. Apologies for any inconvenience and disappointment that this may have caused you.





Posted by Siobhan Morley on January 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Due to adverse weather conditions, Harthill Modern Jive will be closed tonight.

Hopefully it will be open again next week - Wednesday 28 January 2015.  Apologies for any inconvenience and disappointment that this may have caused you.


New season off to a good start...

Posted by Siobhan Morley on January 17, 2015 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Greetings dancers

Many thanks for all your support in getting our new series of HMJ sessions off to a good start. In spite of the wintry weather, our attendances have been very encouraging so far and it has been good to see some 'new' faces turning up.  More folk coming along, especially ladies would be an added bonus!  Please continue to spread the word.

Other good news is that my 'crashed' laptop has been sorted out and I have managed to recover most of the HMJ contact list, so I hope most members will receive this message.

Also I have decided to phase out my old e-mail address, so please will you delete derrekleigh@trunkles.wanadoo.co.uk from your records (if you have it).  Please continue to use derrekleigh@talktalk.net if you need to get in touch.  Thanks.

Inclement weather!  Let's hope we don't have close because of the weather this winter, but if we do, I will try to send out an e-mail before 6pm on the Wednesday.  So please check after 6pm - before setting out.  No e-mail should mean that the session will be going ahead.

Finally, this e-mail may be reaching people who we have not seen at Harthill Modern Jive & Latin Dance Club recently.  If so, it would be great to see you again.  But if you are no longer interested in HMJ please reply with the subject 'unsubscribe' and we will delete your details from our contact list.  We would be sorry to lose you but you can always visit our website:


Best wishes & keeeeeep dancing!


HMJ Restarts & Weather Warning - 7 January 2015

Posted by Siobhan Morley on December 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)



I trust you have had a great time over Christmas & New Year and that you are now ready to join in a new series at the Harthill Modern Jive & Latin Dance Club (HMJ).

We shall be re-opening on Wednesday 7 January at Harthill Village Hall from 7.45pm for a trial period until the end of the month.

During this time, we will be reviewing the longer term viability of the club.  Unfortunately, towards the end of the last series, attendances were 'dipping' and, if this trend continues, we may have to close the club so please continue to give us your support and encourage others to join in.

Another problem is that my laptop has 'packed-up' and I have lost most of my e-mail contact list, so many people won't be getting this message.  Please spread the word to any HMJ folk for whom you have contact details.  Thankyou.

Finally, I'm glad we have got rid of the snow (for the time being at least!).  But in the event of more inclement weather, please check with me before setting out to HMJ to see if we are open.  I shall try to e-mail as many as possible before 6pm if the club is closed.

Alternatively you can contact me by text or phone before 7pm on 07742 670977. Also Siobhan may be able to post a notice on our website www.harthillmodernjive.webs.com.

Hope to see you next Wednesday and keeeeeeeep dancing!



Posted by Siobhan Morley on December 4, 2014 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi dancers

Just 2 more sessions to go before we wrap up the current series of the Harthill Modern Jive & Latin Dance Club.  You will see in the attachment an item, published in the village newsletter, which briefly sums up our recent activities at HMJ.  It includes an appeal for more local people to join us.  It is disappointing that attendances have 'dipped' in recent weeks, so we hope you will continue to support the club and encourage more folk to come along.

There is a sheet on the reception table for you to sign, if you are able & willing to give regular support a new series after the Christmas break. Alternatively, if you are unable to get to HMJ in the next 2 weeks before we close, you can e-mail me.  But if you won't be coming any more & don't wish to receive e-mails from HMJ please reply with the message 'UNSUBSCRIBE' and your details will be deleted from our contacts list.  We would be sorry to lose you but you could continue to see what we are up to by visiting our website www.harthillmodernjive.webs.com.

We will be celebrating the end of this series with a party dance on Wednesday 17 December, so we hope members old and new will come along and get Christmas off to a good start.  Your guests will be made welcome too - the more the merrier! Dress is 'smart' optional.  You are also invited to make a SMALL contribution to a 'Dutch' finger style buffet which shouldn't involve cutlery and washing-up!  Paper plates will be provided. The usual soft drinks will be available and you are welcome to bring your own 'tipple'.  We may extend the closing time if there is sufficient demand. We will also be announcing whether or not there is sufficient support for a new series in the New Year.

May I take this opportunity to thank all who have supported HMJ during this series and special thanks to those of you who have helped on the nights in any way.  It's been a very happy and rewarding time for me.

Thankyou.  A very merry Christmas to all and keeeeeeeeeeep dancing!

Regards.  Derrek


Washington Whirligig - Roland Arms - 2/9/14

Posted by Siobhan Morley on August 30, 2014 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello dancers.

This band has been recommended by Geoff, one of our regular dancers.

Washington Whirligig play jazz, swing & blues music.  It's FREE and starts at 8.45pm at the Roland Arms, Mansfield Road, Aston, S26 2BR.

Geoff says that we should be able to dance to their music.

Might see you therev if I can get a night out!


Posted by Siobhan Morley on August 9, 2014 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi Dancers!

Hope you are enjoying what must be the best British Summer for years - so far!

Just to let you know that the Harthill Village Hall has re-opened after the re-furbishment and to remind you that Harthill Modern Jive & Latin Dance Club will be open for a second Summer Social Dance on Wednesday 20 August 7.45pm-10.15pm.

It is also being advertised as a 'taster night' in the hope of attracting some more 'new' people to join in, so we may run a short simple class if there's sufficient interest.  Please feel free to print out copies and display them if you are able to help.  Please 'spread the word' amongst your friends and get them to come along.  Many thanks.

Also you will see on the poster a reminder that HMJ will be re-opening with a new weekly series on Wednesday 17 September when we hope to see you all once again.

Regards to all & keeeeeep dancing!



Summer News from HMJ...

Posted by Siobhan Morley on May 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings Dancers

Hope you are enjoying this glorious weather - quite appropriate perhaps, now that Harthill Modern Jive & Latin Dance Club (HMJ) is closed for the summer.

CLOSED ....BUT NOT QUITE!!  As many of you are aware, the Harthill Village Hall will be closed for re-furbishment soon and we now know when the work will take place.

So, following a suggestion from Terry (of the Chesterfield group), we are planning to run 2 SUMMER FREESTYLE DANCES, one before and one after the re-furbishment.

This will be one way we can keep in touch whilst HMJ is closed. If you are not away on your jollies & wondering what to do with your Wednesday evenings, then do come along and bring your friends too!

The first freestyle will be on Wednesday 18 June, and the second on Wednesday 20 August.  Usual times apply (7.45 - 10.15pm). Admission charge will depend on numbers turning up, but we don't expect this to exceed £5 per person, hopefully much less!

Terry will also have tickets on sale, at both these nights, for his 50's & 60's Charity Dance at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield on Saturday 27 September.  The night will include live performances from the legendary Dave Berry & the Cruisers and The Cadillacs as well as dance music from DJ Mark.  So come along to the Freestyles and be sure to get your tickets!

Also, another way of keeping in touch on Wednesdays is to join up with a few other friends from HMJ at the Handsworth Social Club, Hall Road, Handsworth S13 9AG.  This is a FREE ballroom & latin dance practice night and non-members are welcome.  Carol, myself and a few others are considering giving it a try this Wednesday 21 May, so if you are thinking of going too, please let me know by phone, e-mail or text.

Finally, thank you to all for supporting HMJ over the last series and for a smashing final dance last week.  Thank you also for the lovely card, gift & flowers.  We hope you will return and join us for the new series when we re-open on Wednesday 17 September.

In the meantime get the Bar-B-Q's on and keeeeeeeep dancin'

Carol & Derrek 07742 670977