Belly dancing comes to Balderton this month as dancers from near and far prepare for a charity performance.
The Newark-based Jingle Belles group will be among those taking part in a hafla (party) in aid of Newark Patriotic Fund.
The show takes place at St Giles’ Church Hall, Main Street, on Saturday, October 11, from 7pm.
The charity was chosen by group leader Mrs Lesley Barnes because her son served in the Armed Forces.
As a result, she knows only too well how beneficial the work of the fund is in helping to support injured Services personnel and their families.
Her son came through his service unharmed, but others are not so fortunate.
Mrs Barnes has been teaching for two years, and Jingle Belles meets every Monday, from 7pm to 8pm, at The Newark Academy, Lilley and Stone site, London Road.
As well as a chance to raise money, the hafla is an opportunity for the dancers, who vary in age from ten to over 60, to showcase their skills.
Many local dancers will be joined by some from further afield for the hafla, which will feature various styles of belly dancing, plus traditional Arabic dance, tribal-style dance and the possibility of some dances to more modern music.
The performances start at 7.30pm. There will be a souk (market stalls) and a raffle.
Mrs Barnes said the event was a perfect opportunity for anyone interested to come along and enjoy a fabulous night of entertainment for all the family, while raising money for a wonderful cause.
“We are a friendly bunch and are always keen to welcome new members,” Mrs Barnes said.
“You never know, it may just awaken an interest you didn’t know you had.”
Tickets for the hafla are £5 for adults and £2.50 for under-16s. They can be bought from Mrs Barnes on 01636 707785 or by emailing lesley email@example.com.
Tickets will also be available on the door.