Peter Austin, the new Bagman of the Morris Ring, introduces himself - in case you're in a side he hasn't danced with:
"Born and raised close to Oxford, I first learnt folk songs from cassette tapes of The Yetties, The Spinners, The Dubliners, Tim Hart and Friends and a host of others on long car journeys and holidays.
As featured at the ARM and in the Bagman's newsletter, Joe Oldakerof Anker Morris (mainly) generously donated a set of beautifully designed candlesticks for use at Morris Ring feasts and the like. This is Joe's story:
As many sides have been running Zoom quizzes this invitation we have received may be of interest!
Dear The Morris Ring,
We hope you are well.
Eggheads is back for a brand new series and we are looking for teams to take part. If possible, we would love it if you might consider spreading the following information and flyer on your social media and to your Morris Ring Member Sides, in case they might be interested in applying.
Many Sides did not take out Personal Accident cover this year from January, some contacted me to say that they would take cover from March and some have already sent in forms and payment.
If you have not already applied, please remember that I need your form and payment by the 20th of March.
The Morris Ring held its first ever Virtual Annual Representative Meeting yesterday and it went rather well. The Zoom session was expertly hosted by Peter “Cheesy” Austin, our incoming Bagman which was another first – he was electronically elected, unopposed. Jon Melville and Simon Newman confidently and competently led the very well attended meeting.
You may recall we featured song-writers Phil Chappell and Phil Hambling's song and video “A Hundred Years Hence” starring still images of many morris sides.
On May Day, 2021, it will be released as a single and will be available for download through iTunes and other leading stores and will be available for streaming on Spotify and other streaming services. With its release they are hopeful that both the music and video of Morris dancing can reach the wider public, thus this endorsement.
Times are going to be tough for all associated with supporting the Morris World. Perhaps now is the time to update your kit, learn a new instrument or some new songs. Use the links to keep these businesses going!
Thank you to those who have engaged in the discussion regarding the proposed changes to the constitution. A number of points have been made and have been reflected upon. Considerable time has been taken by a number of members to offer alternative proposals and amendments for which I am thankful.
This index is dedicated, with respect, gratitude and affection, to the memory of Ewart James Russell, sometime Bagman of the Morris Ring (1959-1971) and founding Editor of The Morris Dancer [who died...
Early arrivers can meet for breakfast at the Draper's Arms. Then it's a walking tour of the ancient and modern city centre.
There will be morning and afternoon dance spots in the recently modernised Cathedral Square (with the Guildhall as a backdrop), St John's Square (next to the city's 11th century parish church), outside the 1930s Town Hall, and inside the Cathedral precinct. For lunch there is a wide choice of food outlets, cafes and bars. For those wishing to stay for the evening, or longer, they will move to a city centre pub.