The founding National Association of Morris and Sword Dance Clubs

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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.

Updated information on Peter's funeral arrangements ...

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Morris Ring, you will have heard that Peter Halfpenney’s battle with cancer is over and he has sadly left us.

28 October 2016 to 30 October 2016

Deadline day is fast approaching - there's already going to be a good turnout so book soon to avoid disappointment! Hosted by Wyvern Jubilee,Castle Cary, Somerset

18 August 2017 to 4 September 2017

The Australian Morris Ring in conjunction with the annual National Ale is organising a tour to commence in Adelaide, travel to Melbourne, and then concluding in the Australian national capital, Canberra.
They would like to invite sides to visit Australia to take part in their 2017 National Ale and Tour.

9 September 2017

Records show that a Morris side was dancing in Ripley in or around 1927.
In 2017 Ripley Morris Men will be marking this 90th anniversary with a Day of Dance in the nearby city of Derby.

Members may be interested in the Historical Dance Society's First Steps into Historical Dancing Project 2016 taking place this autumn, which the organisers have asked we publicise

This weekend's East Suffolk Ring meeting saw the Squire Elect, Eddie Worrall, take up office. Sides from all over the country – and Utrecht from Holland, gathered together to see Adam Garland, the outgoing Squire, dance the final jig of his tenure to the playing of his sister Emma. He handed over to Eddie who played for members of his own side, the Saddleworth Morris Men, who “danced him in” in traditional North West style.

2 September 2016 to 4 September 2016

Ring Meeting 353 - The meeting is based in the Thomas Mills High School in the small Suffolk Market Town of Framlingham. During this weekend meeting the Ring Squire Elect, Eddie Worral, will take office from Adam Garland, the current Ring Squire and member of East Suffolk Morris Men.

As a result of several enquiries from the national press Adam Garland, current Ring Squire has issued this response:

Are you staying safe and healthy in your dance practice? The EFDSS are holding a professional development day on 2nd October.

3 June 2016 to 5 June 2016

The countdown has begun to the Thaxted Morris weekend! 18 teams are represented this year.

9:00pm Informal dancing in the Churchyard.

10:00am Four coach tours traveling around the local area. Please see map below.
6:00pm Procession to Town Street and massed dancing.
9:30pm Massed dancing in Town Street.
10:15pm Abbots Bromley Horn Dance.

To celebrate their 40th Anniversary the side has organised a 3-day event, the principle day being the 16th July 2016.

15 July 2016 to 17 July 2016

Ring Meeting 351 - East Surrey are one of the founding members of the Ring. If you haven't decided yet which Ring meeting your side is attending we are looking for a few more sides to help us celebrate their 90th anniversary. Striving to produce a high standard of Cotswold Morris, they would welcome sides who share this passion as well as those who can bring the rhythms and steps of other traditional or modern sides to demonstrate the broad diversity of Morris dancing.

Oak Farm Hotel
5 March 2016 to 6 March 2016

Hosted by Uttoxeter/Stafford Morris Men, venue as last year. The post of Squire of The Morris Ring will be up for election at this meeting.

it is possible to camp or bring camper vans to the ARM, but there is a charge (£15) and places are limited; please contact mac [dot] mccoig [at] btinternet [dot] com (Mac McCoig) directly if affected.

23 April 2016

Organised by the Morris Federation and Minster Strays Morris In York on Saturday 23rd April 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm

A Reminder For Member Sides

Together with his many friends, we were saddened to learn of Roy Dommett’s death on Monday evening and our thoughts go out to Marguerite and his family. The Morris world has for many years had the pleasure of Roy's research and teachings and his legacy will live on for many years to come.

15 January 2016 to 17 January 2016

Jigsational! The Morris Ring invites member sides to send delegates to its annual Jigs Instructional; the event is led by the renowned Geoff Jerram and offers Morris men at ALL levels of competence a full weekend of high-quality dance coaching – even those who have no ambition to perform jigs in public.