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Colin Andrews, our New Dance Coordinator, has asked we bring you up to date on some recent changes to the Morris Dance Database.


22 August 2020 to 23 August 2020

After much discussion, we have made the heartbreaking decision to cancel this years Rushcart.

This has not been a decision made lightly, but we cannot see a way for the event to be the spectacle it should be in light of current government advice and proposed timelines.

The health and wellbeing of our lads, fellow Morris dancers, families, friends and the general public, who are always out in force, is more important.

The Saddleworth Rushcart will be back in 2021, as big and as noisy as ever!

If guidelines allow, we hope to dance out locally later in the year. Stay safe, and we hope to see our friends and supporters soon.

The Morris Shop has suspended operations in the current situation. 

We are aware of continuing problems receiving goods from The Morris Shop, an operation independent of The Morris Ring. Whilst much of this may be a result of the current lockdown, we are aware of more general issues and we are attempting to resolve these to the benefit of all concerned.

Digital Copies were made of most of the Morris Ring Film archive in 2016 by Garland Films from originals in the Essex Record Office. Many remain covered by copyright but we have now uploaded to YouTube those we have permission to make public. It is hoped more will be released for general viewing as we pursue copyright approvals.  We have created an new web page with direct links to each of the public videos and the full Morris Ring Film & Video Archive catalogue document.

25 May 2020 Bampton Whit Monday Morris Cancelled
The Bampton Morris sides regret to announce that the traditional Whit Monday dancing will not take place this year, and Morris enthusiasts should not travel to Bampton. If the opportunity arises to have a substitute day of dance later in the year we will put the word out.

Richard Broughton

A message from Dan Baker, Bagman, White Rose Morris Men.

This Constitution was agreed at the Annual Meeting of Club Representatives at Nottingham, 25th February 1978, and amended at the Annual Meetings at Sheffield, 26th February 1983, Yateley, 21st March 1987, Cheddar 16th March 1991; Moulton 21st March 1992, Mendip (Cheddar) 19th February 2011 and at Cannock 10th March 2018 and again  14th March 2020.


A message from Mike Grant - Bagman of Peterborough Morris:

We have come to the conclusion that it won't be viable to hold our Ring Meeting feast this year on 26 Sep. I'm sure the number of sign-ups at your end is still low. Also, we don't think there'll be much appetite to sign up at this time, or indeed for us to promote it further.

We would like to postpone it to next year (Sat 25 Sep 2021), which will also coincide with our Day of Dance.

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 dance spots in the recently modernised Cathedral Square (with the Guildhall as a backdrop), St John's Square (next to the city's 11thcentury 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.


It looks like the next Bagman's Newsletter will be a while away, as we have no printing facilities for those not on email.

In the mean time, here's a short article from Colin Andrews, New Dance Co-Ordinator, for anyone struggling to keep busy in lockdown.


Today 16 Morris Rings sides should have been joining sides from the other Morris Organisations in Liverpool for the annual JMO DoD. As you know unfortunately, due to the coronavirus we can’t.


However, I am pleased to be able to announce that after more patient hardwork from our North West area rep, Dave Loughlin and his chief assistant Tony Foard The JMO DoD Liverpool is now rescheduled for the 17th of April 2021.  If you want go keep that date free in your diary., Instagram: cjtodd.illustrated

As many of you will have seen, further advice has been issued by the Government regarding the Coronavirus epidemic. We would urge all sides to take this Government advice seriously and act accordingly.

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! 


Just to remind you that there are only two weeks to go to effect Personal Accident Insurance if you missed the January date or if you have additional Side members between 16 and 74 to add to your existing cover.

31 July 2020 to 2 August 2020

St Albans have taken the decision to cancel the meeting.
They will probably just celebrate their 90th anniversary with their normal end of season day of dance - all being well!

29 May 2020 to 31 May 2020

Thaxted MM have taken the not-unexpected decision to cancel this year's Thaxted Morris Weekend due to be held on May 29 to 31.  It is the first cancellation since 1945. Sides that have already accepted the invitation to attend will be contacted directly.
Stay well especially my fellow over-70s
Daniel Fox
Thaxted MM

Jack Brown passed away peacefully on the morning of March 5th after a long life lived to the full. He leaves a wonderful legacy and our thoughts go out to his family and to the many close friends in the Morris world.

There will now not be a wake following the cremation service, but a later celebration is planned.

18 April 2020

As a result of Covid 19 running The Liverpool JMO DoD as the high profile event it is meant to be has become impractical even if we are able to hold it at all.

As a result, with the kind agreement of our fellow Morris organisations, The Morris Federation and Open Morris the decision has been made to postpone the event until 17th April 2021.

We understand that many of you have already made plans and we can only apologise for the problems this may cause but I am sure you will understand.

What you missed! JMO Youtube Video

23 October 2020 to 25 October 2020

This year's Unconvention will be hosted by Plymouth Morris and will be based at the Blindmans Wood Scout Centre, 324 Outland Road, Plymouth, Devon PL3 5TB.