Sheila Barnes started a class with only 8 people in it at the Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury in 1982 and very soon had to move when the numbers increased. We were affiliated to the RSCDS at that time, and later to Bath Branch until we became the Somerset Branch in 1987. Sheila has retired from teaching, however we are delighted that she is our President. We are also very proud that Sheila and Harold were awarded the RSCDS Scroll of Honour, which was very well deserved.
To enable us to have our own Branch, we needed to have three qualified teachers. We had two, but as they were a married couple and could have moved away from Somerset at any time another qualified teacher was needed. Harold and Sheila Barnes set about training some more teachers as they did in Bedford in the 1960’s. We now have four qualified teachers, all of whom teach regularly either in the Branch Classes or Workshops.
We currently hold two classes within the Branch for beginners/intermediate and more experienced dancers on a weekly basis. We also hold an annual Day School for dancers and musicians which is very popular and other social events.