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25 Oct 2013

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.

Following a public invitation by Robin Springett, Squire of the Morris Ring, at the Adelaide Ring Meeting, we have now received Perth Morris Men’s application to join the Morris Ring.

The Squire's report of the Ring Meeting hosted by Adelaide Morris Men 5,6 and 7 April 2013

We have added to our "For Sides" section a new "Jigs Aide Memoire" which we hope will give more dancers more confidence in the performance of this noble art.

Damien Barber, Artistic Director of the ever popular The Lock In dance extravaganza, has written to say a big thank you note to all the Morris sides displaying at each of their past and upcoming venues. He shouldn't be surprised - few Morris sides would miss an invitiation to a lock in!

Voting for Classic FM's Hall of Fame closes next week and with it our last chance to reflect the importance of British folk and dance music in this year's poll.

Harthill raised over £3000 performing The Derby Tup Mumming play in the Sheffield area.

Were you a White Rose Morris Man?

Robin Springett, the current Squire of The Morris RIng reflects on his festive season.

The Jigs weekend has had to be cancelled because of the weather conditions

Squire of The Morris Ring, Robin Springett has recently returned from visiting a family in the Gambia that he and his wife Julia have supported for over 12 years. Could you be a sponsor too?

It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the passing of Ivor Allsop, past Squire of the Morris Ring 1978-80, an expert on Sword Dancing and a true giant of the Morris world. Ivor's contribution will be long remembered and he will not be easily replaced. His life was celebrated on Monday 19th November at Grenoside crematorium, where the following eulogy was delivered on behalf of The Morris Ring.

The programme for the weekend has now been finalised (possibly)
Over 30 assorted Fools, Beasts and their keepers will be on display together with very tolerant local Morris teams

The King's Morris of King's Lynn, Norfolk have been featuring large in the media.

After the high of dancing in as the new Squire of The Morris Ring, Robin Springett finds time to reflect.

At the Hartley Ring Meeting, the last of this season, new full members Devil's Dyke Morris Men and North British Sword both "danced in".

There's still time to sign up for this year's Unconvention.