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Hartley Morris Ale Ring Meeting

Hartley Morris Ale Ring Meeting

Event date: 
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 18:00 to Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 15:00

The Hartley Morris Men will be holding their annual Ale over the weekend 8th-10th June 2018.

Our weekend Ales have always taken the format of a ‘traditional’ Ring Meeting (but without a Church service) so as with our 2017 event we are happy to again run it as one in 2018, to which all Morris Ring sides are invited to attend. 

The weekend will be based in our home village of Wrotham (Kent), as it has for the past 40 years, commencing on the Friday evening with a hot supper plus free beer in the hall and singing/music sessions in the local pubs.  After a full English breakfast Saturday morning there will be two tours by classic transport taking in local breweries, pub lunches and the Kent countryside.  Those who have been before may be interested to know that Saturday breakfast will be a little more relaxed as the tours and brewery tours will start a little later.  We will also be returning to the very popular National Trust property Ightham Mote and visit to a new venue, Upnor Castle.  One other change to our usual proceedings is that we will not be holding a massed display on Saturday evening, instead the individual tours will each be returning via an interesting watering hole for a relaxed pint before an earlier lavish Feast provided by our regular chef and his team from the Belladonna Pie Company.

After a full English breakfast on Sunday morning we depart to dance at various sites in the nearby town of Tonbridge where there will be another chance for all sides to come together for a final informal display prior to a cooked lunch.

Accommodation, with hot showers provided, is indoor camping and a secure campsite; female musicians are welcome and the anticipated cost will be in the region of £79 per person.  It will also be a bit more relaxed than previous events. Numbers are limited to 85 on a first come basis so early applications are advisable and must be received by 1st February 2018.

Interested sides are therefore requested to submit their expressions of interest by email ASAP to - bagman [at] (subject: Hartley%20Ale%20Ring%20Meeting)

(copy to - bagman [at] (subject: Hartley%20Ale%20Ring%20Meeting)

) stating name of the side, estimated numbers and contact details (phone No. & email address).

Further details/enquiries, email - events [at] (subject: Harley%20Ale%20Ring%20Meeting)

Terry Heaslip
Foreman & Events Organiser, Hartley Morris Men