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4 September 2021

Plymouth Morris Mayflower Morris Muster Marine Ring Meeting has been rearranged again. The Covid restriction changes had completely undermined their planning and they have had to rethink multiple times

15 July 2022 to 17 July 2022

This is THE Ring Meeting for 2022 that you cannot miss!


The venue is the world-renowned Shuttleworth Collection (near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire) of over 40 airworthy aircraft dating from 1909, plus vintage and veteran cars and motorcycles, and much more. See for details. And you will get free access (normally £15) to all this on the Sunday!

Tony Ashley’s Funeral

Friday 3rd September

11am – please arrive earlier, in time for Tony to arrive at 11

Markfield Natural Burial Ground, Markfield Lane, Markfield LE67 9TB


News and views from elsewhere in the Morris Ring world

It is with great sadness that Anker Morris Men have announced the death of Tony Ashley who has been a leading light in the Morris world for many many years and, in the words of so many that knew him, was just a lovely man.

Tony was very active in the Midlands area with Anker Morris,serving as an Area Rep for many years, as well as the Hinckley Bullockers and the One Day Wonders, and was latterly a founding member of Knightlow Morris Men. He was long-time tutor on the Jigs Weekend. His passing has come as a heavy loss to those of us who were privileged to know him.

21 August 2021 to 22 August 2021

After evaluating the situation, it is with regret that we must cancel this year's Rushcart. 

We are obviously devastated that this is the case for the second year running, but the pandemic has brought considerable levels of uncertainty to the event. 

This “history” of the South Berkshire Morris Men resulted from researches into the origins of the Kennet Morris Men and their predecessors, The Wargrave Morris Men, for the 2021 Fool’s Day annual revision revision of “The Kennet Morris Men – A Foolish History (also on Kennet’s web site”).

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.

Lyme Morris Day is on  - this year. Saturday 17th July, The Seafront. Lyme Regis.

A fun day of Morris is now going ahead in the iconic Dorset town of Lyme Regis on the Jurrasic coast. Lyme Morris would welcome sides to join them for a great day, now things are moving on.

If you would like more information contact Peter Morton, Squire, Lyme Morris email petemorton56 [at] googlemail [dot] com

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, that we’d be there on May Day, but understandably this of course had to be cancelled with the present Covid “roadmap”.

The ever talented squire of Peterborough Morris, Ollie Simons  taught  'Over the Hills' in the style of the Oddington tradition on Saturday (24th) as part of the virtual JMO Day of Dance.

 Join Morris sides from around the world at the premiere of the video for  “A Hundred Years Hence” by Phil Hambling  on YouTube on  Saturday 1st May at 3pm [BST]

 The link for this video is:

The same link can be used to view the video at any time after the premiere.

The link for the single is:

9 April 2022

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'


More dtails to follow

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.

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. 

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.