I'll be writing more, but thanks to Cliff Woolley - and the late John Maher who probably squirreled it away in the Bristol Bagmens' Treasure Trove - I am now in possession of the CD. Uploading will begin shortly.
You may recall (or not) that we have been digitising back issues of the various Morris Ring publications and publishing them on the website.
A message from Catherine Burke for morris sides ready and eager to return to dancing out ...
Hi, I organise Folk on the Quay, a little open access festival on Poole Quay, Dorset. I run this for Poole Tourism. We usually have a couple of stages of music, a ceilidh on the street, and a good number of Morris sides dancing. The festival is on the last Saturday of June (26th), which is 5 days after all restrictions will be lifted - IF everything goes to plan for the Government, of course.
The Devil’s Dyke Morris Men have danced on May Day at Wandlebury Country Park, just south of Cambridge, “since time immemorial”, i.e. the early 1980s, frequently to audiences of nearly 100 people and several dogs. We’d provisionally agreed earlier in the year with the charity that runs the site, Cambridge Past, Present and Future (CPPF, https://www.cambridgeppf.org/) that we’d be there on May Day, but understandably this of course had to be cancelled with the present Covid “roadmap”.
Just to confirm that we have penciled the JMO D of D in the diary of the Lord Mayor Elect of Liverpool for the opening and welcome at 10.15 am all the different departments of Liverpool City Council are in support and also Liverpool One Shopping Complex not part of Liverpool City Council.
Risk Assessment submitted and everything is going smoothly so hoping we get the 'All Clear'
The JMO Open Day will be held online over Zoom. Note the change of date – it will now take place on Saturday 24th April 2021.
JMO Virtual Day of Dance 2021
Saturday 24th April
The Morris Federation, The Morris Ring and Open Morris are coming together to bring you a whole day of dance workshops, music sessions, mass dances and lots of other opportunities to get involved! We may still be apart but there's lots we can do together!
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.