Robin Springett reflects on a brilliant final year of office beginning in Easter at Bacup in far the North West, before handing over the Morris Ring badge of office to Adam Garland in deepest, sun dazzled Dartmouth.
This weekend's Dartington Ring meeting saw the Squire Elect, Adam Garland "dance in" to office. Teams from North, South, East and West of the country gathered together to see Robin Springett, the outgoing Squire, dance the final jig of his tenure before handing over to Adam. Members of his own side , East Suffolk MM were there for the occasion, including Mike Garland, past Ring Squire and Adam's very proud father.
Inspire future generations of morris dancers.
Whether you are an experienced morris dancer, teacher or morris side, or just starting out and keen to pass on the morris traditions, this conference offers a fantastic opportunity to learn more about teaching morris dancing to young people. This day will inspire you, connect you and feed your ideas for the delivery of great morris dancing sessions!
In 2014 the Morris 18-30 will visit Leicester for the weekend of 17-19 October.
The finest weekend on the Morris calendar, now celebrating two years without a broken bone!
Morris 18-30 provides a network for young Morris Men. Its primary activity is to organise an annual weekend, hosted by a Morris Ring side, to which all young Morris Men are invited. Morris 18-30 also seeks to represent the views of all young Morris Men.
The aim is to encourage a group of energetic young men who, whilst representing their own local teams, can dance together helping to push the Morris Ring into the future.
Saddleworth Rushcart in 2014 falls on the Bank Holiday weekend of Friday 22nd August to Sunday 24th August. As you may know, 2014 is our 40th birthday as a side and also the 40th Saddleworth Rushcart, since we revived the local tradition after a c.50 year break. We are delighted to be sharing our celebrations with the Morris Ring in its 80th year.
Thaxted MM host their Annual Morris Meeting from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June following their tried and tested format: The meeting starts on the Friday evening with sessions in all of the Thaxted pubs and informal dancing at The Star. After leisurely tours of some splendid village pubs in the outstanding North Essex countryside during the day on Saturday we then reach the main event of the weekend. This consists of the two processions that meet in Town Street followed by two massed shows of massed and show dances with a feast in the interval. This culminates in the Horn Dance, the climax, in front of an appreciative audience of several hundred people.
In September, Cotswold Morris Ring sides in the eastern area cooperated to offer a dance workshop to their young dancers (under 18s), mentored by several men aged 18-20. The Morris Ring is to support two further workshops in March with the aim of developing a young men’s side ready to give displays at the Cambridge JMO day of dance and the Thaxted meeting of the Morris Ring. We would like to extend participation in this project to experienced young dancers in Cotswold sides outside the eastern area.
This year's meeting is hosted by The Hartley Morris Men and marks the 80th Anniversary of Foundation of the Morris Ring.
The meeting will be based in the historic village of Wrotham in North Kent. Wrotham is close to the junction of the M20 and M26 and has good public transport links via Borough Green or Meopham Stations and a hourly bus service in each direction. The weekend is centred on St George’s Hall where all the meals will be served.
Steve BfB Adamson, who you may know as the Keeper of the Morris Shop, Ex Treasurer of the Morris Ring, skilled whistle / pipe player for Boar’s Head Morris and more recently Great Yorkshire Morris, or simply as Steve Adamson, all round good bloke, died of bronchial pneumonia last weekend. Steve’s funeral will be held at 2.40pm on Friday 13th December at the Nab Wood Crematorium (Bingley Rd, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 4BG).
Morris Jigs – a very questionable activity
Do you dance Jigs?
Would you LIKE to dance Jigs?
Would you like to dance Jigs even better?
Maybe jigs aren't your thing, but you'd like to improve your (already magnificent) technique and help others in your side?
Are you a NEW or RETURNING Cotswold Morris dancer keen to improve your understanding, skills and confidence?