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This “history” of the South Berkshire Morris Men resulted from researches into the origins of the Kennet Morris Men and their predecessors, The Wargrave Morris Men, for the 2021 Fool’s Day annual revision revision of “The Kennet Morris Men – A Foolish History (also on Kennet’s web site”).
 

I'll be writing more, but thanks to Cliff Woolley - and the late John Maher who probably squirreled it away in the Bristol Bagmens' Treasure Trove - I am now in possession of the CD.  Uploading will begin shortly.

You may recall (or not) that we have been digitising back issues of the various Morris Ring publications and publishing them on the website.

Lyme Morris Day is on  - this year. Saturday 17th July, The Seafront. Lyme Regis.

A fun day of Morris is now going ahead in the iconic Dorset town of Lyme Regis on the Jurrasic coast. Lyme Morris would welcome sides to join them for a great day, now things are moving on.

If you would like more information contact Peter Morton, Squire, Lyme Morris email petemorton56 [at] googlemail [dot] com

A message from Catherine Burke for morris sides ready and eager to return to dancing out ...

Hi, I organise Folk on the Quay, a little open access festival on Poole Quay, Dorset. I run this for Poole Tourism. We usually have a couple of stages of music, a ceilidh on the street, and a good number of Morris sides dancing. The festival is on the last Saturday of June (26th), which is 5 days after all restrictions will be lifted - IF everything goes to plan for the Government, of course.

The Devil’s Dyke Morris Men have danced on May Day at Wandlebury Country Park, just south of Cambridge, “since time immemorial”, i.e. the early 1980s, frequently to audiences of nearly 100 people and several dogs. We’d provisionally agreed earlier in the year with the charity that runs the site, Cambridge Past, Present and Future (CPPF, https://www.cambridgeppf.org/) that we’d be there on May Day, but understandably this of course had to be cancelled with the present Covid “roadmap”.

The ever talented squire of Peterborough Morris, Ollie Simons  taught  'Over the Hills' in the style of the Oddington tradition on Saturday (24th) as part of the virtual JMO Day of Dance.

 Join Morris sides from around the world at the premiere of the video for  “A Hundred Years Hence” by Phil Hambling  on YouTube on  Saturday 1st May at 3pm [BST]

 The link for this video is:   

https://youtu.be/HGUFZ-awgS4

The same link can be used to view the video at any time after the premiere.

The link for the single is:

https://ditto.fm/a-hundred-years-hence

24 April 2021

The JMO Open Day will be held online over Zoom. Note the change of date – it will now take place on Saturday 24th April 2021.

JMO Virtual Day of Dance 2021
 Saturday 24th April

The Morris Federation, The Morris Ring and Open Morris are coming together to bring you a whole day of dance workshops, music sessions, mass dances and lots of other opportunities to get involved! We may still be apart but there's lots we can do together!

Peter Austin, the new Bagman of the Morris Ring,  introduces himself - in case you're in a side he hasn't danced with:

"Born and raised close to Oxford, I first learnt folk songs from cassette tapes of The Yetties, The Spinners, The Dubliners, Tim Hart and Friends and a host of others on long car journeys and holidays. 

4 June 2021 to 6 June 2021

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.

Hopefully the event will be able to run on the traditional lines in 2022

As featured at the ARM and in the Bagman's newsletter,  Joe Oldaker of Anker Morris (mainly)  generously donated a set of beautifully designed candlesticks for use at Morris Ring feasts and the like.  This is Joe's story:

As many sides have been running Zoom quizzes this invitation we have received may be of interest!

Dear The Morris Ring,

We hope you are well.

Eggheads is back for a brand new series and we are looking for teams to take part. If possible, we would love it if you might consider spreading the following information and flyer on your social media and to your Morris Ring Member Sides, in case they might be interested in applying.

Insurance Advice for Sides updated February 2020 with changes to personal accident insurance age limits, celeidh insurance and overseas travel.

Minutes of the 2021 Morris Ring Annual Representatives’ Meeting, 6th March 2021 The meeting opened with the Squire welcoming representatives from the other JMO members and holding two minutes of...

The Morris Ring held its first ever Virtual Annual Representative Meeting yesterday and it went rather well. The Zoom session was expertly hosted by Peter “Cheesy” Austin, our incoming Bagman which was another first – he was electronically elected, unopposed. Jon Melville and Simon Newman confidently and competently led the very well attended meeting.

Just published by the Bagman, the ARM 2020 edition of The Newsletter

You may recall we featured song-writers Phil Chappell and Phil Hambling's song and video “A Hundred Years Hence” starring still images of many morris sides.

On May Day, 2021, it will be released as a single and will be available for download through iTunes and other leading stores and will be available for streaming on Spotify and other streaming services. With its release they are hopeful that both the music and video of Morris dancing can reach the wider public, thus this endorsement.

Times are going to be tough for all associated with supporting the Morris World.  Perhaps now is the time to update your kit, learn a new instrument or some new songs.  Use the links to keep these businesses going! 

Statement from the Squire 

Thank you to those who have engaged in the discussion regarding the proposed changes to the constitution.  A number of points have been made and have been reflected upon. Considerable time has been taken by a number of members to offer alternative proposals and amendments for which I am thankful.

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