Brian Josie and the Wolston Mavericks Square Dance Club

Wolston Mavericks Square Dancers

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Whilst ravelling through Warwickshire meeting Roger’s childhood friends, we took the opportunity to catch up with Brian and Josie Welsh who visited Adelaide in 2009 and attended many Wild Frontier dances including our annual trip (at Victor Harbour that year).

The Furniture Van and Brian / Josie’s Caravan

Brian and Josie travelled from Nottingham down to Rugby with their caravan and their club caller Barry Gardener and his wife Irene who also came along with their van.  Helen and Roger travelled up in their hired motor home they affectionately called “the furniture van” (23 feet long, 10 feet high and 7.5 feet wide).  We all met at a caravan park just outside Rugby staying for a couple of days.  We all went to the Wolston Mavericks Square Dance club which meets on Mondays at the Village Hall in the Main Street of Wolston, a small village 20 minutes drive from Rugby. The Maverick dance a mix of Mainstream & Plus to the calling of John Warren.

The Wolston Mavericks Out of Focus – But Nice

Some Maverick Club Members (not so blurred)

We had a wonderful night; the club members were very friendly and gracefully accepted our rusty dancing (perhaps rustic sums up how much we need to brush up).  It really goes to show that you need to regularly attend dances if you wish to retain your skills (if you don’t use them you lose them).  Again as with our dancing at Silver Spurs, we did seem to get into the swing of things by the end of the evening.

Josie & Brian in a Wolston Mavericks Square

One square just couldn’t get the moves right for one of Johns calls (I recollect it was teacup chain from a different to usual starting formation). It was great to see how he enthusiastically straightened out the square.  He went right down into the square and directed traffic with some pointed remarks (which our caller Jeff would have applauded) and did not let up until they got it right.

John Waren the Mavericks Caller

John Directing Traffic – Get it right!  Dancing is by definition!

We were presented with a couple of Wolston Mavericks badges which we will proudly wear on those occasions when we wish to strut our stuff!

All in all, a great night and a great club.  Well done John and the Wolston Mavericks.  Come on down (under) and we will return your hospitality at Wild Frontier.

 Brian Barry Josie & Irene


Barry’s  28 Years of Calling at Dixie Derby (does have some side effects)

This is what its all about. FUN & FRIENDSHIP!

TUKWS ? (Travel UK with Square-dancers)

Also it was great to catch up with Josie and Brian.  Josie did a magnificent job hosting us and cooked us all a memorable meal which we washed down with ample quantities of wine ale and spirits.  We all slept like babies that night and it was sad when we had to say our farewells and hit the road.  Who knows what the future may bring, Brain, Josie, Barry and Irene will certainly be most welcome at Wild Frontier if they ever decide to revisit (visit) Oz.

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