The founding National Association of Morris and Sword Dance Clubs

Welcome to the Morris Ring

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  • Faithful City dance Upton at Upton 2019 - by Steven Archer
  • Moulton MM at Thaxted 2014 by John Savill
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  • Thaxted Centenary Meeting 2011. Photograph by Mike Stevens.

The Morris Ring was formed in 1934 and currently is an association of some 180 morris, sword and mummers clubs and teams keeping our wonderful traditions alive.

At our 2018 Annual Representatives Meeting there was overwhelming support for a proposal to enable any morris team, whatever its gender make up, to become a member of The Morris Ring if they support the founding principles of the organisation:

“The object of the Morris Ring shall be to encourage the performance of the Morris, to maintain its traditions and to preserve its history; to bring into contact all the Morris Clubs or Teams. The purpose of the Morris Ring is not to replace or supersede the existing organisations, but to sub-serve them. The Clubs shall in all respects retain their independence.”

Now any established Club or Team which meets regularly to enjoy Morris or Sword Dancing or Mumming, and endeavours to uphold the standards and dignity of the Morris, is eligible for Membership of the Morris Ring.

Full details of our membership benefits and process can be found on the A guide to Membership page.

You will find all you need to know about our rich historyofficers and contactsmember sidesmusic,  and Ring events within these pages ... and much, much more. Take time to browse our newsletters and announcements, publications and reports..

Looking for a morris side near you?  Try our Find a Side page.

If you really want to have a good browse through all the content, see our Site Map!

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STOP PRESS:  All 21 "digital" editions of volume 1 have now be uploaded, together with a fully comprehensive index.

This index is dedicated, with respect, gratitude and affection, to the memory of Ewart James Russell, sometime Bagman of the Morris Ring (1959-1971) and founding Editor of The Morris Dancer [who died...

Members have until 20th January to apply for Personal Accident insurance for cover in 2021 whilst dancing or at an event where a dancing display is taking place, whilst at practice or in transit to or from either location. This benefit is for Ring Side members aged between 16 and 75, within the UK, or for members of The Joint Morris Organisation member sides.

The Morris Federation have updated the Covid-19 advice which we continue to recommend you follow.  Coronavirus-covid-19

We have also updated our own For Sides guidance

For the avoidance of doubt the new Tier 4 regulations preclude any possibility of carrying out any normal morris or morris related practices or performances within the designated areas.