Well, Australia seems a distant memory, good though it was, it was followed with the amazing Day of Dance in Exeter on 20th April, where we enjoyed good weather, good company and great dancing. More good weather on May Day at Totnes, and quite a change to see the castle in the dry!
The American Travelling Morrice will hold its 38th annual summer tour in the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District from July 26th to August 3rd, based in Sedbergh, and will dance in 40 different locations in the surrounding area.
This year's Unconvention wil the the weekend of 25th - 27th October and based at 142nd Fulwood Scout Hut, 551 Fulwood Road, Sheffield, SOUTH YORKSHIRE S10 3QH , and will involve workshops, Saturday City Centre walking tour and more tba! The Feast is planned to be at the Fulwood Inn Hotel. Plus the AGM of course - your chance to have your say!
At a ceremony in Sheffield on Saturday during a day of dance organised by Harthill Morris, Pudsey Bear was presented with a cheque for £10,000 by Peter Halfpenney on behalf of the Joint Morris Organisations. The money had been collected by Morris dancing sides from all over the country during the past year.
For the first time in the 600 year history of Morris dancing, Morris sides across the country have combined efforts to raise money for a national charity. As a result, BBC Children in Need will benefit to the tune of £10,000.
Michael Blanford, a past member and good friend of so many Ring sides both here and overseas, died in Medway Maritime hospital on May 7th. His funeral will be held at the Medway Crematorium, Robin Hood Lane, Chatham, Kent on Thursday May 30th at 1pm.
Damien Barber, Artistic Director of the ever popular The Lock In dance extravaganza, has written to say a big thank you note to all the Morris sides displaying at each of their past and upcoming venues. He shouldn't be surprised - few Morris sides would miss an invitiation to a lock in!
It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the passing of Ivor Allsop, past Squire of the Morris Ring 1978-80, an expert on Sword Dancing and a true giant of the Morris world. Ivor's contribution will be long remembered and he will not be easily replaced. His life was celebrated on Monday 19th November at Grenoside crematorium, where the following eulogy was delivered on behalf of The Morris Ring.