The National Association of Men's Morris & Sword Dance Clubs

The Illustrious Order of Fools and Beasts 2017 Unconvention

The Illustrious Order of Fools and Beasts 2017 Unconvention

Event date: 
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 18:00 to Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 15:00

Hosted by The Stafford Morris Men, Church Eaton Staffordshire, the 2017 Fools and Beasts Annual Unconvention is open to all budding or experienced Fools, Beasts and Morris Characters from any team in the Morris  Federation, Open Morris or the Morris Ring - a truly JMO event!

The Unconvention will be based at Church Eaton Village Institute and will include a bus tour on the Saturday and dancing in Stafford on the Sunday.

Trigger is getting excited.

Here are some more details for the weekend!

First, how to find the Institute:

Directly opposite St Edithas Church
High Street, Church Eaton
Stafford ST20 0AG

Although the post code is ST20 0AG which tells you precisely nothing, because some 50 houses, none with numbers, all have the same post code. ST20 0AN will get you closer.
Directions from M6 Southbound

EXIT M6 J13, RIGHT A449 TOWARDS PENKRIDGE
CARRY ON THROUGH PENKRIDGE; SHORT SECTION OF DUAL
CARRIAGEWAY AND THEN ‘GAILEY ISLAND’
TURN RIGHT A5 (WATLING STREET) TOWARDS TELFORD
ABOUT 11/2 MILES PASS SIGN ‘STRETTON’/50MPH LIMIT
TURN RIGHT ONTO CONGREVE LANE
ABOUT 200YDS TURN LEFT ONTO LAPLEY LANE
THIS WILL TAKE YOU ALL THE WAY TO CHURCH EATON.

Directions from M6 Northbound

EXIT M6 J12 LEFT A5 TOWARDS TELFORD
STRAIGHT ACROSS ‘GAILEY ISLAND’
ABOUT 11/2 MILES PASS SIGN ‘STRETTON’/50MPH LIMIT
TURN RIGHT ONTO CONGREVE LANE
ABOUT 200YDS TURN LEFT ONTO LAPLEY LANE
THIS WILL TAKE YOU ALL THE WAY TO CHURCH EATON.

Timings for weekend:

Arrive at Church Eaton Village Institute from 6.30pm

Supper is coq-au-vin
Ale is Tribute or Marstons @ £2 pint
It is anticipated that we will repair to the Royal Oak during the evening - they are expecting us, and are ok for us to play some music.

SO - bring your instruments!!

Saturday - breakfast 7.30-8.30
Short workshop 9.00 - 9.30
Leave for tour at 9.45

Feast 7.30 for 8
Menu - wait and see- it will be a surprise!

Sunday (extra hour in bed - Hurray!)
Breakfast 7.30-8.30
AGM/Workshops times tbc
Dancing at Stafford for lunchtime
Help required to clear hall afterwards, please.

We have Three Spires joining us at Lichfield, but the rest of the dancing and music is up to US.

So, please, bring your instruments ready to play, AND bring a favourite dance which you could lead.

We will go through basic list on Friday night.

Look forward to seeing you all,

Yours

Rob & Trigger

We expect people to arrive around 7 p.m. on the Friday for supper at the hall, then wend their way down to the Royal Oak, which is about 400 yards away.

The proposed Saturday route with approximate times is shown below.

  • Leave Church Eaton 9.45
  • Dance at Penkridge Market 10.15 to 11.00
  • Leave for Rugeley 11.00
  • Dance near Rugeley Market 11.30 to 12.15
  • Leave for Lichfield 12.15
  • Dance opposite Lichfield Market 12.45 to 13.30
  • Lunch in Lichfield (Probably at The George) 13.45 to 14.45
  • Leave for Cannock 14.45
  • Dance in Cannock Town Centre 5.15 to 16.15
  • Return to Church Eaton by 17.00
  • Feast at 19.30

Sunday morning will include a workshop and the AGM - your chance to have your say., followed by dancing in Stafford Market Square 12.30 to 13.30, then by Lunch at Wetherspoons. 

In 1655 a dancer, called John from this village was arrested for being the musician, along with quite a few dancers, when they took on the Puritan Vicar of Lapley. The local attitude has changed quite a lot since then, but what they will make of Fools and beasts we cannot say.

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