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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.

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.

May 2019

A revised version of the the edition published on 3rd May now including a review of Discordant Comicals - The Hooden Horses of East Kent and some revisions to Mumming in Europe.  Enjoy.

Page 132 Editorial Mac McCoig
Page 134 Mumming in Europe, Frazer...

Morris events take place on or around May Day (which is, of course, the 1st of May usually regardless of the date of the May Day bank holiday Monday). These are the events we are aware of - if yours is not included please contact the webeditor.

St George's Day has become a regular season opener for many sides with celebrations of our patron saint the length and breadth of England.

Where to find Morris this Eastertide.

Another Thank You letter form the producers of this well received documentary.

The long-awaited BBC4 documentary is scheduled for 9pm Monday, 1st April.

Please see the attached open letter from Libra Films to the Morris community; I hope we all enjoy it when we get to see it..


01/17/2020 - 18:00

Advance Notice for all Morris Ring clubs - The Jigs Instructional returns in 2020!

Yes, immerse yourself in the glorious English Morris Jig at this unique weekend and enjoy top-quality teaching from some of the Morris Ring's best practitioners of the art, led by Geoff Jerram of Winchester Morris Men.

Recent media coverage relating to 'gender bias' and Morris dancing

Although the Morris Ring’s constitutional change came into effect in March 2018, there have been several recent examples of national media focusing on this without the necessary context we feel it requires to be fully balanced.  

At the Morris Ring's Annual Representatives' Meeting held in Cannock on Saturday (22nd March) First Class Stamp were elected to Full Membership of the Morris Ring,, progressing from their previous Associate Members status.

10/25/2019 - 18:00

Details and application forms to follow as soon as more details available -
Accommodation venue to be confirmed - Saturday tour will be on the South Bank, London.
Aiming to keep cost of weekend still at £70.
Rob & Trigger

06/22/2019 (All day)

There are still places remaining for the Utrecht Ring Meeting, please contact Arnold directly via madderom13 [at] to book your place.

Please note that this is a meeting where you need to arrange your own accommodation and breakfast, as well as travel, although the rest is all provided (and other halves are welcome at the feast).

The Morris Ring is delighted to welcome the latest side to join to our new Joint Membership scheme  the Wakefield Morris Dancers who are “very proud and excited to be part of The Morris Ring". And we’re proud to have them on board.

We are happy to continue to support this intriguing film about George Butterworth ... composer, musician, folk song collector, and dancer.

06/07/2019 - 18:00

I have to inform you that, regrettably, there will not be a Hartley Morris Ale this year.  This is due to the difficulty of obtaining the services of a caterer at reasonable cost, low numbers and rising fixed costs.