Welcome...

The clue’s in the name...

'Raising the Rafters Folk Club' started in May 2013 to raise money for the Wath-upon-Dearne Parish Church roof appeal (hence the name!) – and it’s all gone on from there! We raised nearly £2000 to help rescue one of the finest Tudor roofs in England and have gone on to become what we believe is a unique Folk Club! - a Folk Club which exists to raise money for local and national charities. Our motto? - Everything we take, we donate!

Who’s the ugly face?...

Meet Hugo - one of Wath Parish Church’s world famous roof bosses! He’s been up there since at least 1540 (24 years before Shakespeare was born!) and led a generally quiet life until being catapulted to stardom by the Raising the Rafters Folk Club who use him as their mascot. Since then his image has appeared all over the place.... such is fame!

When does it happen?...

Every second Saturday of the month (except for October when it's the first Saturday). Starts at 8.00 p.m. in the Saint James Rooms, Church Street, Wath-upon-Dearne, S63 7RD, in the centre of Wath (doors open at 7.30p.m.), next to Wath All Saints Parish Church. There’s free parking next door at the Montgomery Hall Car Park and further down Church Street at the Saracens Head Car Park and a 24hr Tesco across the road, which is handy as the Saint James Rooms are not licensed. Don’t worry, it’s not a “dry” folk club (there’s no such thing!). All visitors are encouraged to bring their own wine, beer and spirits and we provide the glasses. (we even do the washing up!)

The friendly folk club...

Raising the Rafters is a club that runs on one thing - generosity - and over the years we've built up a large band of supporters who all agree that Raising the Rafters is a friendly folk club and it doesn’t matter whether you want to bring an instrument and join in or just come and soak up the atmosphere and the music....you’ll be very welcome. The door prices are kept deliberately low at a flat rate of £5 per person and as there are no rip-off bar prices to pay, a Raising the Rafters evening is a good value night out!

And it’s all for charity...

Everything we raise goes to charity! We have raised over TEN THOUSAND POUNDS for good causes since we started! Generally we leave it to the guest to choose which charity to support and we are the means of turning their musical talent into money for their chosen charity. Sometimes we ask our supporters. It's a unique model of a folk club..... got a charity you’d like us to support? Email Hugo and tell him!

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