The Round Playford Ball 2023

The Ball is held on the Saturday following the last day of Cambridge University Easter Full Term, so in 2023 it will be on Saturday 17th June. and will be held at the same place as in 2022, the William Collyn Community Centre, Wellbrook Way, Girton, Cambridgeshire, CB3 0FW. map

This year the band will be Mostly Momentum, comprising Thomas Bending, Ali Ellacott, Lin Hetherington and Meg Winters.

Drinks at 7.00 p.m., dancing 7.30–11.45 with an interval for supper.

Dress code: black tie or period costume preferred. Comfortable footwear recommended.

Dance-programme cards will be available on the door.


Many thanks to everyone who provided puddings in earlier years — this is always very much appreciated! If you would be willing to help this year, please tell Sam Ellis when booking your tickets what you plan to provide, and an approximate number of servings.


Admission is by ticket only. Tickets are £15 for students, £20 for others, and include a buffet supper. There are several different ways you can buy a ticket:

  • by Bank transfer:
    1. Email Sam Ellis stating how many student and non-student tickets you would like.

    2. Transfer payment to the Round’s bank account. Account name: ‘The Round’, number: 16564685, Sort code: 52-10-46
      As a reference, please use
      "PB S[number of student tickets]N[number of non-student tickets]", followed by your surname.
      For example, if you want 1 student ticket and no non-student tickets, use the reference "PB S1N0 your-name".

    3. You will receive by email an acknowledgement that you have paid, with an attached pdf of instructions for the dances.

  • by Post:

    Send a cheque payable to ‘The Round’ to: Sam Ellis, 37 Kerridge Close, Cambridge CB1 2QW.
    Enclose your email address so that he can acknowledge that you have paid and attach pdfs of instructions for the dances.

    If you would like him to acknowledge on paper and send you printed dance instructions, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.

  • At the weekly Round on Thursdays:

    You can pay by cash or card or a cheque payable to ‘The Round’.


As is customary, the programme has been largely selected from Palmer’s Pocket Playford.

The Geudman of Ballangigh
Hole in the Wall
The Lover's Knot

Sapphire Sea
Parson's Farewell
Jenny Pluck Pears
Jack's Maggot
Emma's Waltz

INTERVAL and Kentucky Running Set

Indian Queen
Step Stately
The Black Nag
Sun Assembly

The Fandango
Juice of Barley
Never Love Thee More
Sellenger's Round

Brief reminders of the dances are provided as an A4 pdf file that can be downloaded from Ball_cribs_2023.pdf.

This year, our callers will use the role names Larks and Robins.

Kentucky Running Set has nothing to do with Playford dancing but it is traditional for some to run a set or two during the interval.

The event will be followed on the Sunday after the ball by a punt party to Granchester Meadows.