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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.

17 January 2020 to 19 January 2020

It's July already and perhaps a good time to start looking forward to next season.  If you've not had the confidence to dance a jig so far this year - or have, but wish to add to your repertoire and skill levels - you could do worse that to sign up for next January's Jigs Instructional and Cotswold Morris Workshop.  You’ll be in good company and made very welcome, whether you aspire to jig stardom or just want to revisit some Morris basics.  Priority bookings for Ring members until 1st October are still on offer and many have taken it up – over half the available places are already spoken for, so don't hang about! 

19 July 2019 to 21 July 2019

Tour details have been announced. Follow the build up on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/2019ringmeeting/

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

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!

So, yes, Rob has written that sequel, and is on the crowdfunder trail again.

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.

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

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.

Contents:
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..

 

Recent media coverage relating to 'gender bias' and Morris dancing

Although the Morris Ring’s constitutional change came into effect in March 2018, there have been several recent examples of national media focusing on this without the necessary context we feel it requires to be fully balanced.  

At the Morris Ring's Annual Representatives' Meeting held in Cannock on Saturday (22nd March) First Class Stamp were elected to Full Membership of the Morris Ring,, progressing from their previous Associate Members status.

22 June 2019 to 23 June 2019

There are still places remaining for the Utrecht Ring Meeting, please contact Arnold directly via madderom13 [at] zonnet [dot] nl to book your place.

Please note that this is a meeting where you need to arrange your own accommodation and breakfast, as well as travel, although the rest is all provided (and other halves are welcome at the feast).

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