The founding National Association of Morris and Sword Dance Clubs

Welcome to the Morris Ring

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The Morris Ring was formed in 1934 and presently is an association of some 190 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, shall be 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 and spend your money freely in the Morris Shop.

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!

For sides' news and updates, many more photos and chat, visit our more informal Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheMorrisRing(link is external).

And finally, if you want to have the latest news and important updates sent direct to you, become a Subscriber.

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Latest news

We've revised and updated our Bibliography page, whilst still keeping the format John Maher devised, with which users are very familiar - now including links to Roy Dommet's Morris notes volumes 6 - 10, recently published by the Country Dance and Song Society of America. These 2500 pages of his Morris Notes are a complete set as far as Tony Barrand  can determine from his side of the Atlantic. If anyone has pages that are not included, we would happily forward a scanned copy to him.

News

News and views from elsewhere in the Morris Ring world

Just published by the Bagman, the June 2019 edition of The Newsletter

The majority of traditional Whitsuntide events have migrated to the Late Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May. The late Spring Bank Holiday on the last Monday in May attempts to deal with the fact that Whitsuntide is a moveable feast dependent on the date of Easter and this year is not until June 9th. Thus the Whit Monday holiday is not necessarily at the church's Whitsuntide. As always, check for the actual date of the event.

We are told Summer is here and we've summarised those traditional events we know of. The season is brimful with activity and a visit to the Find a Side page will no doubt reveal many more opportunities to enjoy our quintessential summer past-time in your area, though wellingtons and umbrellas may be as essential as sticks and handkerchiefs.