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.

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.

The Institute has just set up a new web site which gives an idea of the facilities.

While the Village Institute is not the biggest venue we have had, it has had a lot of refurbishment recently and should be adequate.

There is a substantial car park where motor-homes could be accommodated. There is no regular camping space, but there is a sports field adjoining, however there is no security. I may be able to arrange space in a private field is anybody requests it.

Hopefully, we will be supported by local Morris sides, (Stafford, Uttoxeter, Jockey, Ryknild, Lichfield, etc.), but that has not yet been confirmed.

The village is easily accessible from the M6, (Junctions 12 to 14), A5, or train to Stafford or Penkridge, where we can arrange a pick up. For those coming by boat, The Shropshire Union Canal is a ten minute walk away. Arrival by plane would be best to Birmingham, then by train.

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.

As there are weekly dog training classes in the hall, Rodney our only canine member, or others of his kind, may attend.

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.

More information in due course.  Also see the Illustrious Order's website

We have been able to keep the cost at £65 per person, which includes all meals (except Sunday lunch) plus coach trips etc..

Closing date for application, using the attached form, 15th October 2017.

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