Silver Slipper Club

Usually run a social dance on the last Saturday of the month, although this will revert to Fridays from May.

The purpose of the club is to provide a friendly atmosphere in which to enjoy social dancing.

Ballroom, Latin and Modern Sequence Dances

SilverSlipper

Live Music, Licensed bar, and Raffle

Date Artist Notes
January 21st Bill James  
February 25th Graham Darby  
March 25th Sugar and Spice  
April 29th Chris Johnson Ball
May 26th Don Tustain  
June 23rd Paul Hadley  
July 28th Graham Darby  
August 25th Bill James  
September 29th Chris Johnson  
October 27th Matthew Bason  
November 24th Paul Hadley Ball
December 15th Sugar and Spice  
2018    
January 26th Don Tustain  
February 23rd Sugar and Spice  
March 30th Paul Hadley  
April 27th Chris Johnson Ball
May 25th Matthew Bason  
June 29th Sugar and Spice  
July 27th Graham Darby  
August 24th Bill James  
September 28th Paul Hadley  
October 26th Chris Johnson  
November 23rd Matthew Bason Ball
December 14th Graham Darby  

 

Venue:

Didcot Civic Hall, Broadway, Didcot, OX11 7JN

Free Parking on site (limited spaces)

Didcot Civic Hall is located just off Broadway in the centre of Didcot.

Leave the A34 (from either the North or South) and head into Didcot on the A4130. After 2 miles, at the roundabout, carry on straight onto the B4493. After a further 1/2 mile turn right at the next roundabout onto the B4493 (Foxhall Road). After around 1/2 mile turn left at the roundabout (by the Shell Garage) onto Broadway. The Civic Hall is around 200 yards on the left, the car park is to the rear off Britwell Road.

Entrance fee:

£6.00 per person

Times:

Club Nights and Balls: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Dress Code:

Smart Casual for Club Nights with evening dress preffered for Balls and Christmas Dances

Further info:

www.silverslipperclub.com

Didcot Civic Hall: 01235 512436 EMail: civichall@didcot.gov.uk

Commitee:
Chairman Ron Sykes 01235 206286
  Steve Roberts (after April) 01993 818915
Entertainments Secretary Derek Rowley 01993 705276
Secretary Steve Roberts  
Treasurer Ron Sykes  
Committee members Molly Vincent  
  Jill Rowley  
  Winnie Sung  
  Uschi Shand  

 

History

The Silver Slipper Section of Pressed  Steel Sports and Social Club was formed in October 1977. It is now known as the Silver Slipper Club.

The first dance was held on Sunday 23rd October, in the Empress Ballroom, dancing to the ‘Frank Day Duo’. Entry was 50p and they made a profit of £10.87. During those early years the dances would be held on Thursday, Friday or even Sunday evenings, using either of the two ballrooms.

A regular comment in the early days was, ‘Not enough Sequence Dances’. Our reply was that we are here mainly for the Ballroom and Latin dancers.

We have had many musicians playing for us. Some for a number of years but with some ‘once was enough’.

Over the years attendances have varied. We once had about 250 at a Christmas dance but a couple of years later we hit an all-time low of only 47. Still, we survived. Now we see an average 100 dancers each month.

The Spring Ball in April 2001 saw our first dance demonstration. It was performed by Richard Still and Kate Moore. They were the first of many.

As the parent club moved forward under its new name, ‘The Oxford Sports and Social Club’, we have to remember it is being run as a business. Whilst it does get some support from BMW, it is the support of the dancers that count most.

Following the closure of The Oxford Sports and Social Club in April 2016 the club relocated to Didcot Civic Hall as the venue for the dances.

There have been many changes. Most of them have been for the better. No doubt TV programmes like ‘Strictly’ have helped to increase the popularity of ballroom dancing and let’s hope that popularity remains.

One thing that has not changed over the years is the support we get from the dancers. Without them and their enthusiasm there would be no Silver Slipper Club.

 

Disclaimer

Whilst we have taken the utmost care in providing the information on this website

It is the dancers responsibilty to check with the venue organiser, in case of any last minute changes, or cancellations. Particularly in bad weather

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