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4 March 2023

Notice is hereby given that the Annual Representatives Meeting (ARM) of the Morris Ring will take place on Saturday 4th March 2023 at Oak Farm Hotel, Watling St, Four Crosses, Cannock WS11 1SB. The usual options in terms of food and accommodation are available. Please download the form and return to Dr Peter Copley asap.

Under the rules of the constitution, the role of bagman is up for re-election. I’m happy to keep going but if anyone is desperate to takeover from me then please submit a 200 word summary and photograph before Jan 31st 2023. Read more about Annual Representatives' Meeting 2023

2 June 2023 to 4 June 2023

Dear friends

The fabulous Thaxted weekend of dance will be held on its traditional weekend in 2023, that is the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of June. Read more about Thaxted Annual Weekend of Dance

All you need know about Membership of the Morris Ring. 

Note: A discount in all membership types of £10 is in future applicable if paid by bank transfer. This reflects the now ease of electronic transfer and the additional inconvenience of cheque payments
  Read more about A Guide to Membership

28 October 2022 to 30 October 2022

This year, Mersey Morris are hosting the Unconvention, and it will be based on the Wirral Peninsula, Cheshire.Our base will be at Westbourne Community Centre, 59 Westbourne Rd, West Kirby, Wirral, CH48 4DQ. Friday night there will be supper, bar, music/dance workshop and singing! Saturday tour will be mainly in Chester. AGM and workshop on Sunday. Indoor camping as usual; there is space for a few Motor Homes, but not caravans. Camping is probably available nearby. A list of hotels, B&Bs, and campsites is available on request. Read more about The Illustrious Order of Fools and Beasts Unconvention 2022, The Wirral, Cheshire

14 October 2022 to 16 October 2022

The 20th meeting of the Morris 18-30 is to take place on the weekend of 14-16 October 2022, based in the fair city of York. This year's entertainment will revert to the typical model popular in the before times, with practice for all men on Friday night in preparation for the tour on Saturday. To conclude the weekend, there will be dancing on Sunday where we will be joined by local Cotswold side Ebor Morris. Read more about Morris 18-30, York – Hosted by members of Ebor Morris

There’s a few items of business that need close attention of club officers in this newsletter. Amongst other things, the bank account has been changed from HSBC to NatWest so any standing orders/...
9 September 2022 to 11 September 2022

This even is postponed due to several factors, some of which many of you will be aware. Our thoughts are with Hartley at this difficult time.

From Terry Heaslip, Hartley MM  Read more about Hartley Morris Men - 70th Anniversary Special Meeting - POSTPONED

The latest epistle from our Bagman
9 April 2022

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside, Mr Robert Owen JP DL, is opening proceedings as part of the ceremony at 10.00 in St John's Gardens (next to the iconic St George's Hall) to greet 350 visiting dancers and musicians from across the country, all belonging to member sides of the Morris Ring, the Morris Federation and Open Morris (the Joint Morris Organisations). Southport Swords will welcome Mr Owen and the Squire of the Morris Ring, Simon Newman,with a dance, and Saddleworth Morris Men will perform to start the dance tours rolling. Read more about Joint Morris Organisation National Day of Dance - Liverpool 2022

Following several months of discussions, a new constitution and supporting documents for the running of the organisation were adopted by a majority vote at the 2022 ARM. This is the end of many months of work put in by the Squire's commission to make these documents relevant and more accessible to the wider membership. Read more about The Constitution of the Morris Ring

The Morris Ring held its Annual Representatives Meeting (ARM) yesterday (5th March 2022). This was our first physical meet up in 2 years as the 2021 meeting moved online to comply with lockdown restrictions. At the meeting, the representatives voted for Nigel Strudwick of Devil's Dyke Morris Men to succeed Simon Newman as the next Squire of the Morris Ring. Nigel has served as East of England area rep and Overseas Bagman for the Ring for several years and is looking forward to taking up his post next year. Read more about ARM delivers a new Squire, a new Constitution, a new full member side and a new set of candlesticks

5 March 2022

The ARM will be at its now customary location of Oak Farm Hotel, Hatherton (Watling St, Cannock WS11 1SB). Read more about Annual Representatives' Meeting 2022

Apologies for the later than usual posting but Michael Stimpson has been suffering form a serious (non-covid) cold for the past few weeks. We send him our best wishes for his continuing recovery. Read more about Personal Accident Policy

As up-to-date as our searches can discover of members Yuletide "traditional" events. If we've missed yours, please email me webeditor [at] themorrisring [dot] org Read more about Traditional Morris Events: Christmas

19 August 2022 to 21 August 2022

More information to follow, but hopefully all will return to whatever Saddleworth MM call normal .... Read more about The Saddleworth RushcartWeekend

Including the final drafts of the new constitution, details of the two candidates for our next squire, free 2022 membership and much more.

News and views from elsewhere in the Morris Ring world Read more about The Morris Ring Matters

At the direction of the Squire, please find in this newsletter a packet of documents to review. These are proposed to be submitted for approval by the membership at the ARM on March 5th 2022.