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We are very happy to continue to support this excellent documentary film. 'ALL MY LIFE'S BURIED HERE - The Story of George Butterworth' is being released on DVD and being launched at The Depot, Lewes Saturday 23rd November, 12.30pm.

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


News and views from elsewhere in the Morris Ring world

17 January 2020 to 19 January 2020

The 2020 Jigs Instructional is now fully subscribed, but applications are still being accepted for inclusion on the reserve list. Please send no money until otherwise directed. Thank you.


25 October 2019 to 27 October 2019

This year's Unconvention will be based at the Pinewood Scout Centre, Croydon, CR0 5AJ and will involve Bladder workshop for Fools, Show-and-Tell for Beasts, Set integration for all!

Saturday tour along the South Bank, getting into London via public transport. Plus the Feast  - at this stage probably in the Scout centre by outside caterers.

Some people just want to attend the Saturday tour, those of you who just want to do that, please let me know if you want lunch at the White Hart, @ £8 per head (nominal - I have still yet to negotiate proper price).

Enjoy Rob Elliott's Fool and his Dancers? I did and as a Fool I was happy to help get his next project relaunched ...

Anyone who has read The Fool and his Dancers might have noticed the bit about why a sequel is not needed, but never trust a writer, that’s what they say!

TARGET MET - a message from Rob ...

14 March 2020

The ARM will be at its now customary location of Oak Farm Hotel, Hatherton (Watling St, Cannock WS11 1SB).

Application forms for attending are located at the end of this document. Please be prompt in applying as places for accommodation are limited.

Just published by the Bagman, the Autumn 2019 edition of The Newsletter

19 July 2019 to 21 July 2019

Tour details have been announced. Follow the build up on their facebook page

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.

We are pleased to add this 'missing' page of types of morris dancing which has been contributed by Dr Lucy Wright, whose excellent credentials are clearly set out in the 'Other Resources' appendix.

We've revised and updated our Bibliography page, whilst still keeping the format John Maher devised, with which users are very familiar - now including links to Roy Dommet's Morris notes volumes 6 - 10, recently published by the Country Dance and Song Society of America. These 2500 pages of his Morris Notes are a complete set as far as Tony Barrand  can determine from his side of the Atlantic. If anyone has pages that are not included, we would happily forward a scanned copy to him.

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 and this year is not until June 9th. Thus the Whit Monday holiday is not necessarily at the church's Whitsuntide. As always, check for the actual date of the event.

May 2019

A revised version of the the edition published on 3rd May now including a review of Discordant Comicals - The Hooden Horses of East Kent and some revisions to Mumming in Europe.  Enjoy.

Page 132 Editorial Mac McCoig
Page 134 Mumming in Europe, Frazer...

Morris events take place on or around May Day (which is, of course, the 1st of May usually regardless of the date of the May Day bank holiday Monday). These are the events we are aware of - if yours is not included please contact the webeditor.

St George's Day has become a regular season opener for many sides with celebrations of our patron saint the length and breadth of England.

Where to find Morris this Eastertide.

Another Thank You letter form the producers of this well received documentary.

The long-awaited BBC4 documentary is scheduled for 9pm Monday, 1st April.

Please see the attached open letter from Libra Films to the Morris community; I hope we all enjoy it when we get to see it..