Higham Ferrers is an interesting club in that when I went there it had an enthusiastic group of dancers who go regularly to what is a very small venue. To cope with the numbers lessons were help in the round rather than in rows and it was tough to find space on the dance floor.
But clearly the people who go there like it, and it seems to be as much as social event as anything else.
As such it can be a little hard to get dances unless you are willing to push yourself forward and ask, ask and ask again. You won’t get asked much because everyone is there meeting their friends, which of course is fair enough.
The venue is a traditional Working Men’s Club of the old variety, and there is no car parking so you have to drive around the local roads looking for a space.
- Air conditioning: 3 out of 5. It got warm when I was there but never too hot for comfort.
- Atmosphere: 3 out of 5. The problem is that there are so many regulars that as an outsider you can be ignored not through hostility but because people are there to meet their friends..
- Do ladies ask men: 2 out of 5. Again it is the problem out of having so many regulars – people know who they are dancing with.
- Facilities: 2 out of 5. It’s a traditional working men’s club.
- Free water: Yes
- Friendliness: 3 out of 5. It isn’t unfriendly, it’s just that the regulars have no need to ask outsiders and so no one makes the effort.
- Location: 2 out of 5. It’s in the side street of a small town, without particularly brilliant street lighting.
- Music: 2 out of 5. It seemed to me to be pretty much standard Ceroc fare from about five years ago.
- Parking: 1 out of 5
- Space: 1 out of 5. On occasions it can get very crowded indeed.
- Venue overall: 2 out of 5 but declining. There is not too much that can be done because of the nature of the building – it is what it is – a working men’s club of the traditional sort.