The Sussex Folk Association (SusFA) was formed at an open meeting in November 1994 following alterations to the
Constitution and Rules of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) which meant that Clubs and Districts would no
longer be part of the Society. It was agreed that SusFA should be affiliated to EFDSS in the same way that most clubs are.
The aims and objectives of SusFA are described in the Constitution.
There is currently no charge for belonging to SusFA. If you live in Sussex and take part in Folk
activities you are a member automatically.
SusFA administers two awards annually.The Whiteman/Bliss Awardis a small sum of money given to a young person still in
full-time education “to further their interest in folk”. The fund was originally collected by subscription in memory of
Elsie Whiteman and Kathleen Bliss .The Scan Tester Award is in the form of an illuminated certificate and is
presented to an older person “for services to Folk in Sussex”. Nominations for both awards should be with the committee by
the end of December.
This was started in 1994 for “the distribution of information relating to
Traditional Dance, Music and Song”. Past editors have been Sean Goddard, Dave Garner and Kate & Doug Eaton and Julian
Godin. The current editor is Sally Course. It is a free magazine listing clubs and forthcoming events which we try to deliver to all interested clubs.
We welcome donations towards its costs.
Dancers from several West Sussex clubs have formed the SusFA Dancers to display Playford type
dances in costume. We meet at Pulborough a few times a year to practise well known dances and then perform them at various
The Committee should consist of the Treasurer plus up to ten other elected people from whom the officers are decided.
In addition each Affiliated Club not thus represented is invited to send one representative who shall have full voting rights.
The Committee normally meets three times and year and there is an Annual General Meeting.
For the members of the committee and other officers, please see the Contact SusFA page.
We would welcome more representatives. If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact the Secretary