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Welcome to the newest members of the Morris Ring, Flowers of Ilmington Womans Morris.

Welcome to the newest members of the Morris Ring, Flowers of Ilmington Womans Morris.

Welcome to the newest members of the Morris Ring, Flowers of Ilmington Womans Morris.

They began in August 2017, thanks to the tenacity of Tim Owen. Tim, who has danced with the Traditional Ilmington Morris Men for seven years wanted to establish a women’s dance side so put up posters around the village and was pleasantly surprised by the positive responses from local women. Their first ever ‘dance out’ for an audience on 22 December 2017 outside the Red Lion, Front Street in Ilmington. The evening was a great success, they put on a good show specialising in dances from the village and, most importantly, everyone enjoyed the experience.

Since then, they’ve gone from strength to strength with practices continuing and confidence growing under the teaching of Nicola Baylis who has played a big part in ensuring a good standard of dancing. .

When they formed, they were unable to join the Morris Ring however when they discovered they could they wasted no time in taking up our joint membership and so becoming our first all woman’s dance side. They plan to take up associate membership at renewal in October and full membership as soon as reasonably possible.

Being only 2 years old they have yet to develop the history and connections many clubs in the Morris Ring enjoy. However, being based in a village with a rich tradition of its own and the friendship and camaraderie of the Morris Ring we hope it will be the start of a long and happy relationship - starting this coming weekend at  Jockey MM 70th / Shakespeare MM 60th Ring Meeting.

Pete Simpson

Squire of the Morris Ring.