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"And let those that play your clowns say no more than is set down" - advice that Will Kemp may have done well to follow!

In 1600 Will Kemp, the most famous comic and clown of his generation and Will Shakespeare, most famous playwright in history, fell out in an argument over a play. Shakespeare stayed in London, writing for The Lord Chamberlain's Men and producing the plays still renowned the world over. Kemp embarked on a bizarre PR stunt, Morris dancing from London to Norwich.

18 April 2020

THE MORRIS RING IN THE NORTH WEST heartily invites you to set a course for the great maritime city of Liverpool on April 18th for this year’s Joint Morris Organisations’ National Day of Dance. Marvel at stunning architecture, delight in the famous Waterfront,wonder at the evocativeThree Graces and raise a glass to Scouse glory in one (or more) of the many brilliant boozers. You’ll be dancing under the gaze of the Liver Birds, capering directly above the oldest floating harbour in the world and, who knows, even rubbing shoulders with an ocean-going liner at Prince’s Landing Stage.

We been dusting all the nooks and crannies of the website to sweep-away broken external links, polish up the text and clean up many of the pages.

14 March 2020

The ARM will be at its now customary location of Oak Farm Hotel, Hatherton (Watling St, Cannock WS11 1SB).

Leominster Morris are running a workshop for us. An excellent chance to catch up and of course a cracking feast with dancing afterwards.

Application forms for attending are located at the end of this document. Please be prompt in applying as places for accommodation are limited.

Bourne River Morris Men's Geoff Knapman's original brilliant piece of work has now been fully updated - no more dead links - and we've added a new Facebook Groups links section to the most popular forums. We've also removed some lost sites and adding a few more we hope will prove useful. "Tool Tips" have been added to each link to give a brief description of the target.  If you would like to have a link to your site included on this page, or have suggestions for further improvements,  please contact the: webeditor [at] themorrisring [dot] org (subject: Change%20to%20Links%20Page) (WebEditor).  

New Year's Day is becoming an increasingly popular "tradition" adding to the activities surrounding 12th Night and Plough Monday. These are the events we are aware of - there's still time to add your side's activity if we've missed it.

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.

The issue of 'blacking up' as hit the press a couple of times over the festive period. If you go a guising in any form please make sure you are familiar with the Morris Ring notes on the subject .

Hopefully they will make your lives easier if you are challenged



Pete Simpson
Squire of the Morris Ring

David Sutcliffe is a member of Taunton Deane Morris Men (25 years and still standing) and he's just launched a new website

Members have until 20th January to apply for Personal Accident insurance for cover in 2020 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 75, within the UK, or for members of The Joint Morris Organisation member sides.

As up-to-date as our searches can discover of members Yuletide "traditional" events. If we've missed yours, please email me webeditor [at] themorrisring [dot] org

We are very happy to continue to support this excellent documentary film. 'ALL MY LIFE'S BURIED HERE - The Story of George Butterworth' is being released on DVD and being launched at The Depot, Lewes Saturday 23rd November, 12.30pm.

All you need know about Membership of the Morris Ring. 

Note: A discount in all membership types of £10 is in future applicable if paid by bank transfer. This reflects the now ease of electronic transfer and the additional inconvenience of cheque payments

17 January 2020 to 19 January 2020

The 2020 Jigs Instructional is now fully subscribed, but applications are still being accepted for inclusion on the reserve list. Please send no money until otherwise directed. Thank you.


25 October 2019 to 27 October 2019

This year's Unconvention will be based at the Pinewood Scout Centre, Croydon, CR0 5AJ and will involve Bladder workshop for Fools, Show-and-Tell for Beasts, Set integration for all!

Saturday tour along the South Bank, getting into London via public transport. Plus the Feast  - at this stage probably in the Scout centre by outside caterers.

Some people just want to attend the Saturday tour, those of you who just want to do that, please let me know if you want lunch at the White Hart, @ £8 per head (nominal - I have still yet to negotiate proper price).

Enjoy Rob Elliott's Fool and his Dancers? I did and as a Fool I was happy to help get his next project relaunched ...

Anyone who has read The Fool and his Dancers might have noticed the bit about why a sequel is not needed, but never trust a writer, that’s what they say!

TARGET MET - a message from Rob ...

Just published by the Bagman, the Autumn 2019 edition of The Newsletter