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The Morris Ring is delighted to welcome the latest side to join to our new Joint Membership scheme  the Wakefield Morris Dancers who are “very proud and excited to be part of The Morris Ring". And we’re proud to have them on board.

We are happy to continue to support this intriguing film about George Butterworth ... composer, musician, folk song collector, and dancer.

7 Jun 2019

I have to inform you that, regrettably, there will not be a Hartley Morris Ale this year.  This is due to the difficulty of obtaining the services of a caterer at reasonable cost, low numbers and rising fixed costs.

31 May 2019

STOP PRESS................... 

Thaxted Morris will have, as their special guests at their Morris Weekend 2019, a group of Basque dancers from Berriz a small town in the province of Biscay, in northern Spain.  This will mark the 80th anniversary of a group of Basque dancers attending Thaxted Morris Weekend in 1939.  Here is are links to photographs of the group.

https://dantzan.eus/argazkiak/berriz-san-lorentzo-2012

https://dantzan.eus/kidea/ezpalak/san-lorentzo-dantza-taldea-2013-berriz-bizkaia

https://dantzan.eus/bideoak/san-lorentzo-berriz-dantzari-dantza-erregelak-1989

2 Mar 2019

Hosted by Uttoxeter/Stafford Morris Men, venue as last year:

Oak Farm Hotel, Watling Street ,Hatherton ,Cannock ,Staffordshire WS11 1SB 

There are 20 twin bedded rooms and 5 double bedded rooms. Book early to get a twin room! 

We may not be facing big issues this year but it is still an important event, never mind an excellent chance to catch up and actually have a chance to talk and chat properly without having to go and have a dance mid sentence (though there will be time for dancing later after a rather good feast).

18 Jan 2019

CANCELLED - unfortunately only half the places were taken up and the event was just not viable.

Members have until 19th January to apply for Personal Accident insurance for cover in 2019 whilst dancing or at an event where a dancing display is taking place, whilst at practice or in transit to or from either location. This benefit is for Ring Side members aged between 16 and 70, within the UK, or for members of The Joint Morris Organisation member sides.

This is the time-of-year for many Guisers and Mumming Plays. Tracking the many performances is difficult! Two recommended ways are to look for past folk play performances, or search the Master Mummers performance index.

30 Mar 2019

The Joint Morris Organisations' National Day of Dance will take place on Saturday 30th March 2019 in Manchester, hosted by Medlock Rapper on behalf of The Morris Federation.

10 Nov 2018

Many thanks to those who did apply, but we're still several short of a viable number, so this event is CANCELLED.

The plan is for a re-run after the ARM.

Thanks to those who did apply, and my apologies that we didn't get sufficient interest

We have been contacted by Film Director Stewart Hajdukiewicz asking for support for what appears to be a most interesting project.  We are very happy to help.

Many morris teams are ending their dancing season and will be returning to their practice halls to perfect next year's performances ... This is usually the best time to join a morris side, and you will probably find the majority of them will be running "taster" sessions or open practice nights where you can meet the side and have a go for your self, be it as a dancer or musician.  You can be certain of a warm welcome and it would be very unusual if there wasn't room for new members! But be warned, this could be a life changing decision - a wonderful one.

A message from our new squire

Introducing our New Dance collator's thoughts and plans.

We are told Summer is here and we've summarised those traditional events we know of. The season is brimful with activity and a visit to the Find a Side page will no doubt reveal many more opportunities to enjoy our quintessential summer past-time in your area, though wellingtons and umbrellas may be as essential as sticks and handkerchiefs.

Just published by the Bagman, the January 2018 edition of The Newsletter

As part of our continuus improvement programme, we have enhanced our search functionality, prompted by a head scratcher for one of our site visitors.

After entering your search words in the  box to the right of the page header, you can either hit "return" on your keypad as before, or now just click on the magnifying glass to submit your criteria.

The majority of traditional Whitsuntide events have migrated to the Late Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May. The late Spring Bank Holiday on the last Monday in May attempts to deal with the fact that Whitsuntide is a moveable feast dependent on the date of Easter. Thus the Whit Monday holiday is not necessarily at the church's Whitsuntide. As always, check for the actual date of the event.

Papers from a conference held at Cecil Sharp House, London, 25 - 26 March 2017, organized in partnership by Historical Dance Society with English Folk Dance and Song Society and The Morris Ring, The Morris Federation and Open Morris. Edited by Michael Heaney  

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