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Theo Thomas

Letchworth Morris Morris Musicians Workshop - October 1st - open to all

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.

2 November 2014

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!

17 October 2014 to 19 October 2014

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.

Dartington Morris Men
5 September 2014 to 7 September 2014

Robin Springett's swan song - and dance - so popular they've increased numbers able to attend.

22 August 2014 to 24 August 2014

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.

Three generations of the Care family – Barry Care, Simon Care and Stefan Care – write about their involvement in Moulton Morris Men in the Summer edition of the EDS magazine.

A lovely piece celebrating a real morris success story with some excellent advice.

Download the article (.pdf)

Moulton MM website


30 May 2014 to 1 June 2014

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.

Plough Day, jigs, meetings and more meetings, tours and more tours, but mainly food, feature in this edition of The Squire's Capers.

4 April 2014 to 6 April 2014

The 340th meeting of the Morris Ring, hosted by Devils Dyke MM, centred on Kings Ely from Friday, April 4, 2014 - 18:00 to Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 15:00

Adam Garland of East Suffolk Morris Men was elected as the next squire of the Morris Ring at the Annual Representatives Meeting on Saturday 8th March 2014. Read his pre-election "pen portrait" here.

10 May 2014

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.

On Saturday 8th March the Clare College Cambridge will hold a free, open morning exploring the contribution of the college archive to the major EFDSS project known as "The Full English"

You can now purchase polo or rugby shirts in a selection of colours embroidered with the Morris Ring 80th Anniversary logo, and have your own wording as well.

7 March 2014 to 9 March 2014

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.

We are very happy to publish as requested, this letter of appreciation from the family of the late, great Stephen Adamson 1955 -2013.

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).

17 January 2014 to 19 January 2014

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?

Fellowship, Feathered friends, Fools and Fire balls feature in our Squire's latest capers.