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"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.

We been dusting all the nooks and crannies of the website to sweep-away broken external links, polish up the text and clean up many of the pages.

14 March 2020

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

Leominster Morris are running a workshop for us. An excellent chance to catch up and of course a cracking feast with dancing afterwards.

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

The issue of 'blacking up' as hit the press a couple of times over the festive period. If you go a guising in any form please make sure you are familiar with the Morris Ring notes on the subject .

Hopefully they will make your lives easier if you are challenged



Pete Simpson
Squire of the Morris Ring

David Sutcliffe is a member of Taunton Deane Morris Men (25 years and still standing) and he's just launched a new website

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

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 ...

19 July 2019 to 21 July 2019

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

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.

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.

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.