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The Madding Crowd researches and performs the church and secular music of the English village bands and choirs in the period 1660 to 1861.

The next guest night will be on Sunday 8th April.

It is with great sadness that we report the death of our founder, Rollo Woods, on 29 January 2018 at the age of 92. His contributions to the folk arts are legion. There will be a celebratory event at 15:00 on Saturday 7th April in The Swanage School, where in 2015 Rollo was awarded the Gold Badge of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Here is a link to the article in the Hampshire Chronicle written by Rollo’s grandson, Owen Woods.

Rollo Woods wearing his Gold Badge, playing for the ceilidh after the presentation in 2015.

RGW Gold Badge

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4 Grove Road, Shawford, Winchester,
Hampshire, UK, SO21 2DD, or email to

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Last changed 18 March, 2018

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