The Southern England Regional Council is proud to present
The Great Britain Championships
Butlins Resort, Bognor Regis
Friday 18th* - Monday 21st October, 2013
Don't forget - The Great Britain Championships 2013 is the secondary qualifying event for the
PLEASE NOTE THAT MUCH OF THE INFORMATION CURRENTLY ON THIS WEBSITE RELATES TO 2012. IT WILL BE UPDATED WITH 2013 DETAILS AS SOON AS IT IS AVAILABLE.
BOOKING FORM NOW AVAILABLE
The booking form for this year is now available for download (CLICK HERE or see link below). PLEASE NOTE the dates for teacher and general public bookings, and read carefully the conditions.
Provisional Days of Competitions:
Friday 18th - U8 & U9 Boys and Girls
Saturday 19th - U12 and U13 Boys and Girls, U19 and Senior Ladies and Men, U12, U18 and Adult Ceili
Sunday 20th – U10 and U11 Boys and Girls, U17 and U18 Ladies and Men, 18-20 Mens, U20 Ladies, U10, U15 and Over 18 Ceili
Monday 21st – U14, U15 and U16 Boys and Girls
Note that ALL bookings for the Great Britain Championships 2013 MUST be made on the special paper GBs booking form. Online and telephone bookings will NOT be available for this event.
Accommodation - 2013 :: Butlins opened the new Wave Hotel last year, offering yet more accommodation along with the existing Shoreline and Ocean Hotels. Watch this space for details!
The "GBs" is the second-oldest major Irish dancing championship in the World -- only the All Irelands is older -- and we are immensely proud to be the custodians of its traditions.
Having moved to the Butlins Resort in Bognor Regis in 2008, the Southern England Regional Council has worked hard to continue the Great Britain Championships as a unique event in the Irish dancing calendar. Always known as the 'friendly championships', the GBs has long had a reputation for coupling amazing standards of dancing with a real opportunity to renew acquaintances and to make new friends. We sincerely hope you will join us for a fabulous long weekend of Irish dancing and fun.
You should find all the information you need on this dedicated website. Use the navigation menu, left, to browse other pages.
If there is anything you can't find, or need clarification on, please use the contact form to get in touch with us. We will answer your question(s) as quickly as possible.
We have just posted some very important information on our new Latest News page.
This information concerns everyone - teachers, dancers, friends and famililes, so please read it carefully so that you will be aware of the latest situation with regard to day gate entry, wristbands, entry for teachers, etc.
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For the second year running, the Southern England Regional Council is delighted to present a Traditional Set Dance workshop on Saturday & Sunday of the Great Britain Championships. This workshop is completely free of charge and we welcome you to come along and learn those Traditional Set Dances that you always wanted to learn!! All we ask is that you to register your attendance at the administration office on site as early as you can so that you don’t miss out!!
The workshops will be instructed by Mary McElroy ADCRG and Margaret McBride ADCRG.
IMPORTANT: This workshop has been given “Open Status” by An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha. This means that neither you NOR your teacher will be associated to either the instructors or the people that attend. We do ask however, that you seek permission from your teacher before attending any of the workshops over the weekend.
Thank you -- SERC
|Saturday 12pm – 2pm Over 13’s and Teachers|
|Jockey to the Fair||Job of Journeywork|
|Garden of Daises||King of the Fairies|
|Three Sea Captains|
|Saturday 3pm -5pm - Any dancer under 13 years old|
|St Patrick’s Day||The Blackbird|
|Three Sea Captains||Jockey to the Fair|
|Sunday 10am – 12pm - Any dancer under 13 years old|
|Jockey to the Fair||Job of Journeywork|
|Garden of Daisies||King of the Fairies|
|Sunday 1pm – 3pm - Over 13’s and Teachers|
|Three Sea Captains||Jockey to the Fair|
|Job of Journeywork||Three Sea Captains|
|Jockey to the Fair||King of the Fairies|
Mary McElroy - Teacher, Adjudicator, Examiner: I learnt my Irish Dancing from Maire Walsh. Since the 1970s and 80s I have trained many Leinster, All Ireland and World champions. Also since the early 70s I have being training candidates for their T.C.R.G. and A. D.C. R. G. examinations. I conduct workshops for candidates all over the World, and run classes on a weekly basis in Dublin, Roscommon and in Charlestown Mayo.
Margaret McBride, Native of Galway I started dancing in 1960 with Rita White (O'Shea-Chaplin S.D. Boston). After Rita emigrated, I continued my dancing career with the late Mairead O'Flaherty and Billy Griffin. I enjoyed competitive dancing and competed at major feiseanna in Ireland, England, America and Canada. I also toured America and France in the Late 70s with an Irish group called Ceoiltoiri Moylough. On a personal note to all of the dancers this weekend I say "Good luck - enjoy and have fun in just being here - you are all winners!"
Prior to last year, there were real concerns at the potential fire and trip hazards caused by used costumes for sale being hung around the resort. There were also occasions when costumes were hung over emergency exit signs, on electrical switches, equipment and conduits.
This year we have again arranged for a ‘used costumes’ area to be set up and manned at the GBs. Costumes will be held in a supervised area, where they will be displayed in size/age order.
The cost for this service will again be £5.00 per day or £12.00 for the whole of the Championships, from Friday through Monday (note that costumes must be collected by 3pm on Monday at the latest).
As in all previous years, costumes that are hung around the venue risk removal by Butlins staff.
Wow - wait till you read this then!
As an extra-special treat, we have managed to book the extra-special BEOGA for an extra-special gig at this year's extra-special GBs!
The band will be performing a special one-off gig in Reds on Saturday 20th October. This will be a specially-ticketed event - details to follow!
If you're new to the Irish dancing and music scene, or have been off-planet for the past few years and want to know who Beoga are, see www.beogamusic.com
As a result of numerous requests from colleagues around the globe we have decided to defer the closing dates for this year's event to the following:
- The initial closing date (for normal fees to apply) will be revised to Monday 2nd September.
- Entries will then be accepted between Tuesday 3rd September and Monday 9th September at double fees to those listed in the syllabus.
- No further entries will be accepted after this date.
Whilst writing we would like to remind everyone that the only way to secure accommodation for this year's event is to use the official booking form, which is available to download at www.gbchamps.com/accommodation
The syllabus (also available at www.gbchamps.com/syllabus) contains important information as regards changes to the daily entrance fees for this years event.
In summary - those booking using the official form will be provided full and free access to the dancing venues throughout their stay. Persons staying on site, but who do not book using the official form, will only gain access to the dancing venues by purchasing a wristband from the Feis Office. Those persons staying off site may gain entry to the site by purchasing a Butlins day pass available from the day gate entrance of the site. This payment only gains access to the site itself. [Edited 22 September - please see below.] These persons will then need to purchase a wristband from the Feis Office to gain access to the dancing halls themselves. For persons who have not used the official booking form, only teachers, adjudicators (upon production of their CLRG registration card) and dancers (on the day they are dancing only) will be granted access to site without the need to purchase day gate entry or venue wristbands.
We would appreciate it if all teachers could advise their students and parents of these changes to avoid any confusion on the weekend itself. All of this information is available within the official syllabus.
We would like to thank you in advance for supporting this years event and look forward to welcoming you to Bognor in October.
STOP PRESS: Yesterday we managed to get Butlins to waive their day gate entry fee for Irish dancers and families staying off site. (They will still need to buy their wristbands for entry to the dancing venues, however.)
We have just been advised that the new Wave Hotel includes a number of 'Reef Apartments' that are not included on our booking form.
Anybody wishing to stay in one of these larger units should complete the booking form but add a note saying they would like a Reef Apartment.
The rates are as follows:
- A Reef apartment in the Wave Hotel at £139.00 per person Self Catering
- The 2 bedroom apartment is based on 4 sharing = £556
- The 3 bedroom apartment is based on 6 sharing = £834
Note that if a Reef Apartment is not fully occupied there will be an under-occupancy charge.
A number of people have asked which dances will be performed at this year's GBs.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, the dances needed for the GBs 2012 will be those required for the World Championships in 2013 for any particular age group. For example, the "12 and Under 13" age group at this year's GBs will perform the dances they will need in the "13 and Under 14" age group at Oireachtas Rince Na Cruinne 2013.
The dances required for the Worlds do not (normally) change from year to year - the dancers go up an age group - so the dances required for any particular age group can be found from this year's World Championships syllabus.
It is often the case that Teachers have to travel on their own to the GBs to watch their dancers, and a couple of people have asked the same question about under-occupancy rules this year.
These are basically the same as in previous years: Teachers who book during the 'reserved' period (starting 16 April) and who quote their CLRG number on the booking form, will NOT be charged an under-occupancy fee. This waiver is restricted to one booking per teacher, and only applies to smaller accommodation such as double rooms, rather than family-sized rooms.