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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.

We've revised and updated our Bibliography page, whilst still keeping the format John Maher devised that users are very familiar with - but ideas for further improvement or additional references are very welcome.

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News and views from elsewhere in the Morris Ring world

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..

 

17 Jan 2020

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.

25 Oct 2019

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.
Yours,
Rob & Trigger

22 Jun 2019

There are still places remaining for the Utrecht Ring Meeting, please contact Arnold directly via madderom13 [at] zonnet.nl 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.

7 Jun 2019

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.

31 May 2019

STOP PRESS................... 

Thaxted Morris will have, as their special guests at their Morris Weekend 2019, a group of Basque dancers from Berriz a small town in the province of Biscay, in northern Spain.  This will mark the 80th anniversary of a group of Basque dancers attending Thaxted Morris Weekend in 1939.  Here is are links to photographs of the group.

https://dantzan.eus/argazkiak/berriz-san-lorentzo-2012

https://dantzan.eus/kidea/ezpalak/san-lorentzo-dantza-taldea-2013-berriz-bizkaia

https://dantzan.eus/bideoak/san-lorentzo-berriz-dantzari-dantza-erregelak-1989

2 Mar 2019

Hosted by Uttoxeter/Stafford Morris Men, venue as last year:

Oak Farm Hotel, Watling Street ,Hatherton ,Cannock ,Staffordshire WS11 1SB 

There are 20 twin bedded rooms and 5 double bedded rooms. Book early to get a twin room! 

We may not be facing big issues this year but it is still an important event, never mind an excellent chance to catch up and actually have a chance to talk and chat properly without having to go and have a dance mid sentence (though there will be time for dancing later after a rather good feast).

18 Jan 2019

CANCELLED - unfortunately only half the places were taken up and the event was just not viable.

Members have until 19th January to apply for Personal Accident insurance for cover in 2019 whilst dancing or at an event where a dancing display is taking place, whilst at practice or in transit to or from either location. This benefit is for Ring Side members aged between 16 and 70, within the UK, or for members of The Joint Morris Organisation member sides.

This is the time-of-year for many Guisers and Mumming Plays. Tracking the many performances is difficult! Two recommended ways are to look for past folk play performances, or search the Master Mummers performance index.

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