The Morris Ring: Welcome!

The Morris Ring was formed 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 history, officers and contacts, member sides, music, events and much, much more. Looking for a morris side near you?  Try our Find a Side page. Take time to browse our newsletters and announcements, publications and reports and spend your money freely in the Morris Shop. For "live" updates, many more photos and chat, visit our more informal, somewhat carefree Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheMorrisRing.
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News and views from elsewhere in the Morris world

Three generations of the Care family – Barry Care, Simon Care and Stefan Care – write about their involvement in Moulton Morris Men in the Summer edition of the EDS magazine.

A lovely piece celebrating a real morris success story with some excellent advice.

Download the article (.pdf)

Moulton MM website

  More» about Moulton have a care ... or two, or three ...

The latest Newsletter No 90 - June 2014, from the Bagman of The Morris Ring, is now available.
We are told Summer is here and we've summarised those traditional events we know of. The season is brimful with activity and a visit to the Find a Side page will no doubt reveal many more opportunities to enjoy our quintessential summer past-time in your area, though wellingtons and umbrellas may be as essential as sticks and handkerchiefs.

Moulton MM at Thaxted 2014 by John Savill

The Morris Dancer - Volume 5:2 (2014)

Adam Garland - Squire Elect 2014

1934 - 2014

Steve BfB Adamson taken by Donald Reid at Thaxted

Rapper at the Martlets Ring Meeting 2013

Jon Melville plays for son Toby at Thaxted Ring Meeting 2013

Horwich Prize Medal MM on their day for St George 2013

The Derby Tup Mummers of Harthill

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

Harthill MM

Horwich Prize Medal MM

Britannia Coconut Dancers

Saddleworth Morris Men

Dartington MM at Thaxted, June 2011

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Thaxted Annual Ring Meeting

Thaxted MM host their Annual Morris Meeting from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June following their tried and tested format: The meeting starts on the Friday evening with sessions in all of the Thaxted pubs and informal dancing at The Star. After leisurely tours of some splendid village pubs in the outstanding North Essex countryside during the day on Saturday we then reach the main event of the weekend. This consists of the two processions that meet in Town Street followed by two massed shows of massed and show dances with a feast in the interval. This culminates in the Horn Dance, the climax, in front of an appreciative audience of several hundred people.
To a great extent the majority of traditional Whitsuntide events have migrated to the Late Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May. Pentecost or Whitsun is observed on the seventh Sunday after Easte . The recent adoption of a late Spring Bank Holiday on the last Monday in May attempts to deal with the fact that Whitsuntide is a moveable feast dependent on the date of Easter. Thus the Whit Monday holiday is no longer necessarily at the church's Whitsuntide. As always, check for the actual date of the event.

Many Morris events take place on or aound May Day (which is of course the 1st of May regardless of the date of the May Day bank holiday Monday which can be up to 6 days later).  There are far too many events to list individually on this page - a more comprehensive list is being compiled and a link will be posted here in due course.  In the meantime, here are a few of the more notable events.

Before May Day: More» about Traditional Morris Events: May Day

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