The Morris Ring: Welcome!

The Morris Ring was formed over 80 years ago to encourage the performance of the Morris, to maintain its traditions and to preserve its history; to bring into contact all the Men's Morris Clubs or Teams. It is now an association of 150 Men's Morris, Sword and Mummers Clubs and Teams. 

Within these pages you will find all you need to know about our rich historyofficers and contacts, member sides, music, events and much, much more. Take time to browse our newsletters and announcements, publications and reports and spend your money freely in the Morris Shop

Looking for a morris side near you?  Try our Find a Side page.
 
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Latest news

Workshops in historical dance and associated dance music 2016

Members may be interested in the Historical Dance Society's First Steps into Historical Dancing Project 2016 taking place this autumn, which the organisers have asked we publicise

Morris Matters

News

News and views from elsewhere in the Morris Ring world

Just published by the bagman - Newsletter No. 101 September 2016 welcoming our new squire, Eddie Worrall.
Back in 2010 a survey was undertaken of recruitment methods and how successful these had been. There are thousands of people out there who, with a spark of enthusiasm or a little persuasion or indeed bribery, would thoroughly enjoy Morris. All you have to do is find them and get them enthused. The survey summary was not theory but the empirical results of good, bad, and indifferent ideas tried out by member sides of the Morris Ring. Over the course Adam Garland's tenure he had requested that members get in touch and give examples of their recruitment drives and how successful these had been. With the information he has gathered and the existing information collated by Peter Halfpenney he has produced here an updated document, which we hope will assist your efforts.

Over to you

Eddie Worrall - Ring Squire Elect 2016

Handsworth Traditional Sword Dancers

Moulton MM at Thaxted 2014 by John Savill

The Morris Dancer - Volume 5:2 (2014)

Adam Garland - Squire 2014

Rapper at the Martlets Ring Meeting 2013

Jon Melville plays for son Toby at Thaxted Ring Meeting 2013

Harthill Vandals at Manchester MM DoD - note parallel sticks

Thaxted Centenary Meeting 2011. Photograph by Mike Stevens.

Kennet MM - Dawn May Morning 2012 Forbury Gardens , Reading

Manchester MM Oxford May Morning 2012 (photo: P Rutter)

The Original Welsh Border Morris Men, Xmas Tour 2011

Fools and Beasts at the 2012 Unconvention in Reading

Stafford MM and Jockey MM

Chapel-en-le-Frith MM

Adlington MM

Britannia Coconut Dancers

Saddleworth Morris Men

Dartington MM at Thaxted, June 2011

More news

Eddie Worrall - the new Squire of the Morris Ring

This weekend's East Suffolk Ring meeting saw the Squire Elect, Eddie Worrall, take up office. Sides from all over the country – and Utrecht from Holland, gathered together to see Adam Garland, the outgoing Squire, dance the final jig of his tenure to the playing of his sister Emma. He handed over to Eddie who played for members of his own side, the Saddleworth Morris Men, who “danced him in” in traditional North West style.
2 Sep 2016
The meeting is based in the Thomas Mills High School in the small Suffolk Market Town of Framlingham. During this weekend meeting the Ring Squire Elect, Eddie Worral, will take office from Adam Garland, the current Ring Squire and member of East Suffolk Morris Men.

Black make-up and Morris dancing

As a result of several enquiries from the national press Adam Garland, current Ring Squire has issued this response:

Find a Morris team

Looking for details of a Morris Ring side near you, or anywhere else in the world? Go straight to our Find a Side page.

 

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