The side goes into its 26th season in 2016 with another packed programme of country pubs, special events and tours. We are delighted to welcome Chris the Beard, Del the Hat and Simon the Simon into the side as full members, after serving a year as initiates. Bearing in mind that some of the side who danced that very first time in 1990 are still involved, the time has now come to start thinking about passing on the baton and securing this tradition for another 23 years at least, so it is good to see some younger men coming forward.
The history of Morris dancing goes back a long way, it may even pre-date Christianity. We do know that throughout the middle ages, during the Tudor period and especially after the restoration, it was an essential part of the revels that characterised the happy days of “Merrie England”. Industrialisation and two world wars played a part in keeping our rural folklore traditions at low ebb during those times, but happily the folk revival of the 60’s & 70 ’s brought a new and gathering interest to our unique English folksong and dance.
We invite you to come along and enjoy our lively performances. There’s no charge other than an optional coin in the hat for good health, wealth, happiness and fertility. Each year we donate money to charity, and our donations have now totalled thousands of pounds. Our main events are our Friday night stands, where at our choice of a proper pub i.e. good real ale and a hearty welcome from the landlord, we’ll dance, sing and carouse the night away as Englishmen have done since the Saxons first arrived.
Lastly, we still need more recruits to come and share this wonderful pastime, so if you enjoy good company, music, singing and dancing we’ll be happy to invite you to join us. We practise our dancing during the winter months on a weekday evening (usually Wednesdays or Thursdays). Our drinking skills need no practice!
For any reason, contact Derek Darlison (Del the Hat) Bagman on 01233 861422 or firstname.lastname@example.org