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.
We always wanted to have a Branch in Somerset but we had to have at least 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. They managed that and the Branch now has three fully qualified teachers plus two more who are completing their qualification this year and in 2017. One of our teachers has completed more than 20 years of teaching.
In 1996 we had classes running four nights per week, a Ladies’ step class, and a certificate course running. We currently hold two classes within the Branch for
beginners 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.