A busy weekend at the Morris Ring ARM. The membership voted to change the Constitution to remove the previous bar on non-male dancers in member clubs. This was however the end of a long process of consultation, debate within individual sides, discussions between sides and closing arguments at the meeting itself yesterday. The turnout for the vote was in excess of 80%, with 87% of votes cast in favour of the change.
2018 Whitchurch Morris Men will be celebrating our 70th Anniversary of formation. From the small beginning of two families of brothers, who enjoyed country dancing, thinking they would like to give Morris Dancing a try, and progressing so well that Whitchurch MM were elected to join the Morris Ring in 1949, the side is still thriving and attempting to promote the Morris, and demonstrate good dancing, and fun!
The Hartley Morris Men will be holding their annual Ale over the weekend 8th-10th June 2018. Our weekend Ales have always taken the format of a ‘traditional’ Ring Meeting (but without a Church service) so as with our 2017 event we are happy to again run it as one in 2018, to which all Morris Ring sides are invited to attend.
The Morris Ring welcomes applications from member sides to take part in the fortieth anniversary Jigs Instructional.
The Jigs Instructional offers Morris men of varying levels of accomplishment a weekend of high-quality dance coaching – even those who have no ambition to perform jigs in public.
Using the solo dance as a vehicle for instruction, this event offers a good basic grounding in the art and science of Cotswold Morris in general and the Morris Jig in particular.
There are parallel streams for improvers and for more confident practitioners, plus sessions for less experienced men covering some basic techniques of the Cotswold dance. It all happens in Sutton Bonington, just off the A6 between Loughborough and Derby.
At a loose end next weekend 9th-11th June? With a preserved double decker bus on one of our tours we can accommodate a few more odds & sods at the Hartley Morris Men's 65th Anniversary Ring Meeting but you will have to be quick (first come, first served). http://hartleymorrismen.btck.co.uk/RingMeeting2017 Late applications ASAP to - bagman [at] hartleymorrismen [dot] org [dot] uk
We have just learnt that this meeting of Morris Ring sides, whcih was to be based at the Jan Visser Museum on the edge of the city of Helmond in the south of the Netherland, has had to be cancelled. More details to follow.
One of the first things I looked to do as Squire was to propose some changes to our website to make it easily accessible to mobile and tablet users. This in increasingly how people access our website and is an important step in keeping it relevant and useful.
I'm pleased to say that after a period of development the updated website has now been relaunched.
2017 sees the centenary of the death of historian, folklorist and archaeologist Percy Manning (1870-1917). It would be hard to overstate Manning’s influence on the revival of morris dance in the twentieth century. Perhaps most crucial is the fact that his work in reviving the Headington Quarry Morris Dancers made possible and stimulated the subsequent work of Cecil Sharp and others in collecting dance material and promoting a folk revival.