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Annual Representatives Meeting 2014

Annual Representatives Meeting 2014

Event date: 
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 18:30 to Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 15:00

Hosted by The Hartley Morris Men and marking the 80th Anniversary of Foundation of the Morris Ring

All booking & accommodation enquiries direct to

Tony Tomlin - Bagman for the A.R.M. tonytomlin [at] aol [dot] com, P - 01622 685960
Download an editable copy of the form here

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.
Indoor camping is provided in the Cricket Pavilion. This is a new building with two halls, separate officials suite and 3 sets of showers some 250yds from St George’s Hall. This will allow us to provide the choice of a quiet room and separate accommodation for women  There are several hotels and B&Bs in the area for those who prefer a proper bed and attend the ARM as Saturday Delegates. We can set up group bookings if required (please contact us), but you will have to book directly with the Hotel etc. There will be secure outdoor camping in the school grounds. There is on-street parking in the quiet roads near the Hall.
All the Meetings and Dance Workshops will be in the St George's Primary School some 350yds from St George’s Hall.
The Musicians Workshops will be held in St George’s Hall.
There are 3 Real Ale pubs in Wrotham village all within a few minutes walk of each other, where delegates can socialise on Friday and Saturday evenings. One suited for singing (our spiritual home), one for musical sessions and the other a quieter Inn. Beer will also be on sale in the Hall throughout the weekend,


18.30 –       ARM Reception opens
19.00 –       The Bar opens for an informal evening with the opportunity for informal dancing in the Hall, visiting local pubs for singing, music and chat.
19.30 –   21.00    Hot supper will be provided. With leftovers available for late comers.

08.00 –  09.00     Full English Breakfast at St George's Hall
09.15 –  10.45     Presentation and Workshop: Cotswold & Sword at the School and Music at the Hall
10.45 –  11.15     Coffee / Tea at School
11.15 –  12.00     Area Meetings
12.30 –  13.30     Buffet Lunch at St George's hall
13.45 –  15.45     Annual Representatives Meeting, including the election of the next Squire of the Morris Ring
15.45 –  16.15     Tea / Coffee and Cake at school and general discussion about the future of instructionals chaired by Mac McCoig.
16.30 –  18.00     Workshop: Molly dance (Seven Champions Molly)
16.30 –  18.00     Advisory Council Meeting [In room at school]
17.00 >                 Dancing in Wrotham Square (in kit) and/or visit the pubs in the village, depending on the weather.
18.15 –  18.45     Dancing outside the Rose & Crown to be joined by the Seven Champions
19.00 >                 FEAST at St George's Hall
Go down the pubs or informal dancing in the Hall.

08.00 –  09.00  Full English Breakfast and departure OR If there are enough delegates interested we will organise a visit to Tonbridge.
This is some 8 miles from Wrotham and close to A21/M25 for a quick get away afterwards. We propose dancing in the High Street by the Castle, with invited local sides and mass dances. This will be followed by Lunch and a Session in The Humphrey Bean, a  Wetherspoon's pub but was very welcoming when we took it over during our 2012 Meeting of Ring Sides. Please indicate on the form if you wish to join us.


1    Morris and Sword Dancing - an evaluation in the light of recent research. Presented by Brian Tasker. This presentation will be of interest to all those with an interest in the origins and development of the dances. It will include demonstrations to illustrate the points being made. There will be an opportunity for those attending to participate.

2    Melody, Rhythm and Dynamics in Music for Morris. Do you think about how you will give the dancers the best, or are you just pleased to get to the end of the tune? Presented by John Dewdney. John has played and danced with the Broadwood Morris Men for many years.

3    Molly Dancing, Kentish style. Presented by The Seven Champions Molly Dancers. The Seven Champions are the inspiration behind most of today’s Molly dance sides. Their style and expertise has set the standard for other sides to follow and develop. This is an opportunity to learn from the experts. The Seven Champions will be attending the feast as guests of the Morris Ring.