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Newsletter No.109 – ARM Special with important information on the voting process for the proposed constitutional change
10 March 2018

Hosted by Uttoxeter/Stafford Morris Men,

29 June 2018 to 1 July 2018

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!

8 June 2018 to 10 June 2018

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.

Following the closing of the nominations for Officers of the Morris Ring, I'm pleased to confirm Pete Simpson of Jockey MM will become our Squire Elect at the ARM in March.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19 January 2018 to 21 January 2018

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.

27 October 2017 to 29 October 2017

Hosted by The Stafford Morris Men, Church Eaton Staffordshire - latest joining instructions.

The Saddleworth Morris Men - Rushcart 2017

Thanks everyone for a great weekend.

Saddleworth Morris Men crossing Tower Bridge, London

From Eddie Worral, Squire of the Morris Ring

Some Morris weekends are fun, some are picturesque, but some are simply amazing.

The earlier version of Issue 73 of the Morris Ring Circular has now been updated to include a pictorial account of July's London Meeting of the Morris Ring.
9 June 2017 to 11 June 2017

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

Ring Meeting 159 - Ludlow - programme cover

Lucie Dutton recently passed some information to us - perhaps someone who was there could add some detail, or memories of her father?

28 July 2017 to 30 July 2017

Ravensbourne 70th Anniversary Morris Ring Meeting 355 The Ravensbourne London Ring Meeting Ravensbourne's Ring Meeting is re-open for applications.

25 August 2017 to 27 August 2017

43rd annual Rushcart Festival - Ring Meeting 356

12 May 2017 to 14 May 2017

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.

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25 March 2017 to 26 March 2017

Organised in partnership by The Historical Dance Society with The English Folk Dance and Song Society and The Morris Ring, The Morris Federation, Open Morris.
The focus of the conference is morris dancing in all its forms (including rapper, long sword, molly, and other ceremonial dance) within the British Isles and its history up to recent times.

27 January 2017 to 29 January 2017

The Morris Ring invites member sides to send delegates to its annual Jigs Instructional; the event is led by Geoff Jerram (of fame, renown and Winchester Morris Men) and offers Morris men of
varying levels of competence a weekend of high-quality dance coaching – even those who have no ambition to perform jigs in public. But be quick - it's filling up fast.

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