Why are there two different websites for Gittisham Folk Dance Club?

This is a part of the ORIGINAL Gittisham Folk Dance Club website - the one that was the club's only web presence for nearly ten years.

In March 2016 a new 'official' website was launched, the idea having been promoted in committee by Monty Crook of Bridport Ceilidhs - a person who joined Gittisham Committee a couple of years earlier as Treasurer (a job I did for over 5 years). It uses the same template as the Bridport site - from wordpress.com.

People often grow to dislike each other within committees, in government departments, in the Cabinet (at the heart of Government), and in most small and large organisations. People tend to dislike and distrust people who are dissimilar to themselves - and they probably always will.

Disputes in bands and small folk clubs are also a regular occurrence - a 'bust-up' at a local square dance club recently resulted in the two organisers being deposed. They were replaced in a 'palace coup' and it all got rather messy - I've never attended the club but I've been told about it!

So why two websites for Gittisham? The stated official reason (as promulgated by 'the committee') is that the club needed its own web identity separate from my website.

Most small clubs nowadays use Facebook - it's free, everyone can contribute. It takes about ten seconds to set up too! One person apparently complained about my website and all the other material on it - that is one complaint in perhaps as many as 10,000 page views over 10 years. Clearly a reason for change! In true committee fashion the nature of the complaint was kept a secret - from me at least.

In reality, all most people use a club website for is looking up dance dates and which band is playing. You can get this information from either site. But most people prefer a printed copy of dance dates pinned to a board.

So it's all about power, personalities, position and influence. My site will continue and will continue to be updated. - it has always been my property, my copyright and under my control. It was simply 'gifted' to the club for 10 years. No-one has any right to order that it be discontinued.

Much of the text on the new site - at least in its original form was simply lifted from this website, together with my maps etc. Both sites will no doubt continue to evolve.

Gittisham home page

How to run a small club - based on experiences at Gittisham

Bridport ceilidhs - accusations and rebuttal (may become part of a new section)