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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.

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.

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.

5 March 2022

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

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.

Instructions have been issued by the Government regarding the Coronavirus epidemic.  They advise against unnecessary travel or social contact for the foreseeable future. Although these restrictions are voluntary, we as an Organisation must put the welfare of our members, their families and our communities first.

Many sides are postponing practices and events even some months ahead are being cancelled. 

We have urged all sides to take this Government advice seriously and act accordingly and it is highly unlikely any traditional events will be  performed - other than virtually on Facebook!

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

19 August 2022 to 21 August 2022

More information to follow, but hopefully all will return to whatever Saddleworth MM call normal ....

Including the final drafts of the new constitution, details of the two candidates for our next squire, free 2022 membership and much more.
10 June 2022 to 12 June 2022

Dear Friends


News and views from elsewhere in the Morris Ring world

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.
4 December 2021

Dancers needed for the Original Welsh Border Tour

15 July 2022 to 17 July 2022

They are now at capacity and can accept no more sides.

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!

29 October 2021 to 31 October 2021

Open to all budding or experienced Fools, Beasts and Morris Characters from any team from the Ring, Open or Federation. A truly JMO event!

Due to various complications, including covid-19 restrictions, and notwithstanding a lot of effort from myself & Julian, we were not able to go ahead with a 2021 Unconvention in Plymouth as planned.

Instead, our Member, Jed Dunn, has offered his facilities at short notice at The Monkland Arms, Monkland, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 9DE.

The latest news of the Bagman's travels, good news from the Treasurer and news of things to come, including next year's ARM scheduled for 5th March at the now customary location at the Oak...
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

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

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.