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Just to remind you that there are only two weeks to go to effect Personal Accident Insurance if you missed the January date or if you have additional Side members between 16 and 74 to add to your existing cover.
Thaxted MM took the not-unexpected decision to cancel the 2020 Thaxted Morris Weekend that was due to be held on May 29 to 31. It was the first cancellation since 1945. Hopefully the event will be able to run on the traditional lines in 2021.
Jack Brown passed away peacefully on the morning of March 5th after a long life lived to the full. He leaves a wonderful legacy and our thoughts go out to his family and to the many close friends in the Morris world.
There will now not be a wake following the cremation service, but a later celebration is planned.
Simon Newman has been elected the next squire of the Morris ring at the Annual Representatives Meeting yesterday (14th March 2020). It was a close run election with Nigel Strudwick of Devil’s Dyke Morris Men, who was the first to congratulate him after the announcement of the voting.
This edition of The Morris Dancer is a particularly lengthy one. It contains articles by authors well - respected in their field, well researched and for me, makes this perhaps the best edition Mac has had the honour to edit so far. He has always tried to be both interesting and challenging in the selection of material for the Dancer, and not avoiding a bit of controversy is a good start in achieving such an aim. He hopes you will find the following pages as interesting and informative as he does.
"And let those that play your clowns say no more than is set down" - advice that Will Kemp may have done well to follow!
In 1600 Will Kemp, the most famous comic and clown of his generation and Will Shakespeare, most famous playwright in history, fell out in an argument over a play. Shakespeare stayed in London, writing for The Lord Chamberlain's Men and producing the plays still renowned the world over. Kemp embarked on a bizarre PR stunt, Morris dancing from London to Norwich.
Members have until 20th January to apply for Personal Accident insurance for cover in 2020 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 75, within the UK, or for members of The Joint Morris Organisation member sides.