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24 April 2021

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.

Dance workshops, Music sessions and finishing off the day with massed dancing.

There will be 2 streams with 2 separate Zoom links:
– Dance workshops and massed dancing 10:00-17:00.
– Morris Music session 11:00-15:00.
More info coming soon!!

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. 

4 June 2021 to 6 June 2021

Thaxted MM  took the not-unexpected decision to cancel the 2020 Thaxted Morris Weekend that was due to be held on May 29 to 31.  It was the first cancellation since 1945.

Hopefully the event will be able to run on the traditional lines in 2021.

Hopefully the event will be able to run on the traditional lines in 2022

As featured at the ARM and in the Bagman's newsletter,  Joe Oldaker of 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.

Insurance Advice for Sides updated February 2020 with changes to personal accident insurance age limits, celeidh insurance and overseas travel.

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.

Minutes of the 2021 Morris Ring Annual Representatives’ Meeting, 6th March 2021 The meeting opened with the Squire welcoming representatives from the other JMO members and holding two minutes of...

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.

Just published by the Bagman, the ARM 2020 edition of The Newsletter

You may recall we featured song-writers Phil Chappell and Phil Hambling's song and video “A Hundred Years Hence” starring still images of many morris sides.

On May Day, 2021, it will be released as a single and will be available for download through iTunes and other leading stores and will be available for streaming on Spotify and other streaming services. With its release they are hopeful that both the music and video of Morris dancing can reach the wider public, thus this endorsement.

Times are going to be tough for all associated with supporting the Morris World.  Perhaps now is the time to update your kit, learn a new instrument or some new songs.  Use the links to keep these businesses going! 

Statement from the Squire 

Thank you to those who have engaged in the discussion regarding the proposed changes to the constitution.  A number of points have been made and have been reflected upon. Considerable time has been taken by a number of members to offer alternative proposals and amendments for which I am thankful.

Newsletter No. 119 February 2021 including ARM proposals for constitutional changes and applications for Bagman vacancy and re-electable Area Reps positions.

News and views from elsewhere in the Morris Ring world

STOP PRESS:  All 21 "digital" editions of volume 1 have now be uploaded, together with a fully comprehensive index.

This index is dedicated, with respect, gratitude and affection, to the memory of Ewart James Russell, sometime Bagman of the Morris Ring (1959-1971) and founding Editor of The Morris Dancer [who died...

The Morris Federation have updated the Covid-19 advice which we continue to recommend you follow.  Coronavirus-covid-19

We have also updated our own For Sides guidance

For the avoidance of doubt the new Tier 4 regulations preclude any possibility of carrying out any normal morris or morris related practices or performances within the designated areas.

25 September 2021

Early arrivers can meet for breakfast at the Draper's Arms. Then it's a walking tour of the ancient and modern city centre.

There will be morning and afternoon dance spots in the recently modernised Cathedral Square (with the Guildhall as a backdrop), St John's Square (next to the city's 11th century parish church), outside the 1930s Town Hall, and inside the Cathedral precinct. For lunch there is a wide choice of food outlets, cafes and bars. For those wishing to stay for the evening, or longer, they will move to a city centre pub.

The Morris Ring Jigs Instructional 2021  ̶  what's happening?

PROLIX VERSION (for lockdownees with time to kill)