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OUR HERITAGE

The Broadway Sequence Dance Club was started in February 1991.  Mr Les Hubbard had been on holiday at a hotel in Devon and saw a party of sequence dancers enjoying themselves.

When he arrived home he learnt a few of the dances at Olive Sparke's Club and invited members of the local Ballroom Dancing Club to join him. This they did and the Club started with about 25 members.  It was named 'Broadway' because the weekly practices were held in a club - close to Tolworth Broadway.

At the first meeting, the very first dance was named after one of the members whose name was drawn by lottery. This was Mollie Walker - hence 'Mollie's Waltz'. Mollie is still an active member of the Club.

angus and joan

After a year Les Hubbard and his wife retired and moved away to Rustington.  The Club was then taken over by Joan and Angus Turner and moved to a more suitable hall - St Christophers Church Hall at Hinchley Wood.

Saturday dances followed at King Georges Hall, Esher with live music from a 3 piece band and later an organist.

Short break holidays were organised in Southsea and Bournemouth. In 1999 the Club went to The Hydro Hotel in Eastbourne and liked it in that it was rebooked for several years.

When Joan and Angus retired at Christmas 2005 after 13 successful years they were succeeded by the current leaders Brenda and Ken Deane - who had in fact been the deputies for the Club.

In more recent years the Saturday dances have moved to the more compact Claygate Village Hall with music from CDs.

A 25th Anniversary Dance was held on 30th January 2016 at Claygate. This was well attended and included 3 members of the original club. Dances featured were those invented in 15 different years since the inception of the club.

At the start of 2017, the Club had to leave the St Christophers Church Hall as the Nursery School required exclusive use of the hall. An alternative venue was found at the Raeburn Hall, part of Tolworth United Reformed Church

Revised 20.12.16