This year we shall be dedicating the weekend to the memory of Ian Anderson, who, as well as being Thaxted Morris Men Treasurer, was the Morris Weekend Bagman. Ian contributed massively to the success of our weekends of Morris dancing and was a friend to many of you and your sides.
The weekend format is the same as it has been for the last 90 years and is a men only weekend. Informal dancing Friday evening followed by singing and music in in the Maypole or Star. The Swan is for those who prefer a quieter night.
Many morris teams are ending their dancing season and will be returning to their practice halls to perfect next year's performances ... This is usually the best time to join a morris side, and you will probably find the majority of them will be running "taster" sessions or open practice nights where you can meet the side and have a go for your self, be it as a dancer or musician. You can be certain of a warm welcome and it would be very unusual if there wasn't room for new members! But be warned, this could be a life changing decision - a wonderful one.
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.
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. Thus the Whit Monday holiday is not necessarily at the church's Whitsuntide. As always, check for the actual date of the event.
Papers from a conference held at Cecil Sharp House, London, 25 - 26 March 2017, organized in partnership by Historical Dance Society with English Folk Dance and Song Society and The Morris Ring, The Morris Federation and Open Morris. Edited by Michael Heaney
The weekend format is the same as it has been for the last 90 years. This includes male only performances, including musicians. Informal dancing Friday evening followed by singing and music in in the Maypole or Star. The Swan is for those who prefer a quieter night.
Coach tour on the Saturday with a hot meal at the lunch time pub on your tour. An evening feast sandwiched in between two evening massed shows in Town Street – which is closed to traffic – culminating with our version of the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance.
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.