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.
In September, Cotswold Morris Ring sides in the eastern area cooperated to offer a dance workshop to their young dancers (under 18s), mentored by several men aged 18-20. The Morris Ring is to support two further workshops in March with the aim of developing a young men’s side ready to give displays at the Cambridge JMO day of dance and the Thaxted meeting of the Morris Ring. We would like to extend participation in this project to experienced young dancers in Cotswold sides outside the eastern area.
This year's meeting is hosted by The Hartley Morris Men and marks the 80th Anniversary of Foundation of the Morris Ring.
The meeting will be based in the historic village of Wrotham in North Kent. Wrotham is close to the junction of the M20 and M26 and has good public transport links via Borough Green or Meopham Stations and a hourly bus service in each direction. The weekend is centred on St George’s Hall where all the meals will be served.
Steve BfB Adamson, who you may know as the Keeper of the Morris Shop, Ex Treasurer of the Morris Ring, skilled whistle / pipe player for Boar’s Head Morris and more recently Great Yorkshire Morris, or simply as Steve Adamson, all round good bloke, died of bronchial pneumonia last weekend. Steve’s funeral will be held at 2.40pm on Friday 13th December at the Nab Wood Crematorium (Bingley Rd, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 4BG).
Morris Jigs – a very questionable activity
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Well, Australia seems a distant memory, good though it was, it was followed with the amazing Day of Dance in Exeter on 20th April, where we enjoyed good weather, good company and great dancing. More good weather on May Day at Totnes, and quite a change to see the castle in the dry!
The American Travelling Morrice will hold its 38th annual summer tour in the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District from July 26th to August 3rd, based in Sedbergh, and will dance in 40 different locations in the surrounding area.
This year's Unconvention wil the the weekend of 25th - 27th October and based at 142nd Fulwood Scout Hut, 551 Fulwood Road, Sheffield, SOUTH YORKSHIRE S10 3QH , and will involve workshops, Saturday City Centre walking tour and more tba! The Feast is planned to be at the Fulwood Inn Hotel. Plus the AGM of course - your chance to have your say!
At a ceremony in Sheffield on Saturday during a day of dance organised by Harthill Morris, Pudsey Bear was presented with a cheque for £10,000 by Peter Halfpenney on behalf of the Joint Morris Organisations. The money had been collected by Morris dancing sides from all over the country during the past year.
For the first time in the 600 year history of Morris dancing, Morris sides across the country have combined efforts to raise money for a national charity. As a result, BBC Children in Need will benefit to the tune of £10,000.
Michael Blanford, a past member and good friend of so many Ring sides both here and overseas, died in Medway Maritime hospital on May 7th. His funeral will be held at the Medway Crematorium, Robin Hood Lane, Chatham, Kent on Thursday May 30th at 1pm.