It's July already and perhaps a good time to start looking forward to next season. If you've not had the confidence to dance a jig so far this year - or have, but wish to add to your repertoire and skill levels - you could do worse that to sign up for next January's Jigs Instructional and Cotswold Morris Workshop. You’ll be in good company and made very welcome, whether you aspire to jig stardom or just want to revisit some Morris basics. Priority bookings for Ring members until 1st October are still on offer and many have taken it up – over half the available places are already spoken for, so don't hang about!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.