Lassington Oak at War – 2015

1. Armed with our bag of trusty sticks we assembled at Morris o'clock at Prestbury Park Station. Ready to travel back in time we inspected the transportation.

1. Armed with our bag of trusty sticks we assembled at Morris o’clock at Prestbury Park Station. Ready to travel back in time we inspected the transportation.

2. Being satisfied the train was sound Ed changed hats and transformed from Bagman to Ticket-man and handed out tickets and Identity Cards (just in case we forgot who we were!).

2. Being satisfied the train was sound Ed changed hats and transformed from Bagman to Ticket-man and handed out tickets and Identity Cards (just in case we forgot who we were!).

3. The trouble kicked off when someone mentioned something about Old Bill to Bill the Foreman.

3. The trouble kicked off when someone mentioned something about Old Bill to Bill the Foreman.

4. Having sorted out the differences between Bill and Old Bill we arrived at Gotherinton Station where we entertained the troops, nurses and general public with a display of our fantastical topiary (or should that be terpsichore!).

4. Having sorted out the differences between Bill and Old Bill we arrived at Gotherinton Station where we entertained the troops, nurses and general public with a display of our fantastical topiary (or should that be terpsichore!).

5. Having eaten the cheese and pickle sandwiches and drunk all of the water we were feelin tired and thirsty after all of the dancing. We were told by a kindly looking man that food and ale could be found at Toddington station. So off we went for lunch (and a spot more dancing).

5. Having eaten the cheese and pickle sandwiches and drunk all of the water we were feeling tired and thirsty after all of the dancing. We were told by a trustworthy looking man that food and ale could be found at Toddington station. So off we went for lunch (and a spot more dancing).

6. Arriving in Winchcombe our dancing was interrupted by an air-raid (after all there is a war on!). Being good citizens we raced to the nearest hostelry for shelter.

6. Arriving in Winchcombe our dancing was interrupted by an air-raid (after all there is a war on!). Being good citizens we raced to the nearest hostelry for shelter.

7. Having been revitalised at with refreshing and magical brews from the Harvest Home, we danced all the way back to Winchombe station.

7. Having been revitalised with refreshing and magical brews from the Harvest Home, we danced all the way back to Winchombe station.

8. Having returned to Winchcombe station it was all a bit too much for some of our younger dancers......

8. Having returned to Winchcombe station it was all a bit too much for some of our younger dancers……

9. Having danced some more and managing NOT to fall off the platform, some of the old folk took a rest whilst waiting for the next train back to Cheltenham.

9. Having danced some more and managing NOT to fall off the platform, some of the old folk took a rest whilst waiting for the next train back to Cheltenham.

10. Finding the buffet car on the train was great fun. Food, ale and some music - as is the Lassington way :-)

10. Finding the buffet car on the train was great fun. Food, ale and some music – as is the Lassington way 🙂

11. Once back at Cheltenham station some of the side were pure overcome by exhaustion.

11. Once back at Cheltenham station some of the side were pure overcome by exhaustion.

12. So, it was with a fond farewll we left the the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway to their Wartime in the Cotswolds and headed wearily back into the 21st century. Thanks to all who took part.

12. So, it was with a fond farewll we left the the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway to their Wartime in the Cotswolds and headed wearily back into the 21st century. Thanks to all who took part.

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St. George’s Day at the Cafe Rene 2015

An early start was called for as we were dancing with Stroud Morris; the ladies always start early as I believe they go to bed early so as to maintain their stunning beauty and grace. However, this early-ness never translates for the gentlemen of Lassington (as is evident from their LACK of beauty!). Dancing eventually got underway around 8pm. Our assistant Foreman, being in charge for the first time out tonight, kept with tradition and we were six up for Balance the Straw (it also confuses our musician if we start with something different!).

Stroud Morris

Stroud Morris

Dancing turn and turn about we entertained the small but perfectly formed and enthusiastic crowd with the likes of the Upton Hanky dance (a dance with hankies from Upton….), Laudnum Bunches from Headington, Vandals of Hammerwich (from that well known Cotswold town of Lichfield) and various other dances. Having sung and danced for Landlord Fill the Flowing Bowl, the landlord did just that and supplied jugs of ale for the thirsty dances – which washed down the chocolates supplied by Stroud Ladies (such a sweet side).

Lassington giving it some stick

Lassington giving it some stick

Our usual session then ensued after dragging some willing (and not so willing volunteers) into our final dance of Bonny Green Garters.
Thanks to Stroud Morris for dancing with us (a pleasure as always) and to the Cafe Rene for being so hospitable.
Well done to George for keeping control and to all who turned out to dance and to spectate.
Last, but not least thanks to Lloyd for the photos.
Next stop we are of to War at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway.

Kits Coty 2015

This blog is brought to you by the letters T&B (Tom Brown thanks you so much) Also, thanks to Roz for the pics.

As things sometimes don’t work out as planned, I was unable to make it down to this years tour of Kent with Kits Coty Morris due to being really, really sick 😦 Gutted is not even close to how I felt making the call Thursday to let the lads know I was not going.

However, 7 made it down. You may have noticed Bill dancing in his rag jacket – no we have not changed our kit policy, someone (who shall remain nameless GB) forgot their waistcoat and shirt!

Speaking of forgetting things, Tom had a lapse of memory writing the report as he did when he left his box in the first pub visited on the Saturday. All was recovered though. I am off to crawl in a corner and prepare for tonight’s dance out fo St George’s Day and leave you with the words of Mr Brown:-

Assembled might for the Kent Tour 2015

Assembled might for the Kent Tour 2015

We were a man down as we set off for Kent on Friday morning but hopes were high for a great weekend. In keeping with tradition someone always forgets something but white shirt and leather waist coat are pretty vital. The Court will sit.

Weekend kicked off with a session at the Dog and Gun. Great playing from Kits Coty’s musicians and rather too much ale consumed by myself, I never did get my coffee and two sugars just another pint but I didn’t really expect anything less.

Saturday started at the Society Rooms with dancing in the rain at 10:00am then down to the Canon (still not a pub!) for dancing in Maidstone town centre. The rain abated while we waited, with NO ALE, for the bus that was running late to take us to Sutton Valance for the rest of the tour. Finally the bus arrived unfortunately with a grumpy bus driver so no singing or music on the way.

Caught napping.......

Caught napping…….

Arrived at Sutton Valance for lunch and dancing at the Kings Head. the sun was out by this point so dancing was much more enjoyable. Then we walked down to the Castle (also not a pub!) for the playing of the Alpine horn bizarre but a very impressive instrument glad I wasn’t lugging it around all day. Then more ale and sunshine with dancing at the Clothworkers Arms, Lassington Oak wanted to stay drinking and playing in the sunshine but it wasn’t to be. The bus driver on the way back to Maidstone was in a better mood so singing and music was back on, we arrived back in town for a final dance Bonny Green and then into the pub for some well earned respite.

Saturday night the session was held at the White House (a pub!) with great tunes from all and George even got given his punishment (Morrison’s 2% lager) courtesy of the Landlady, but sentence will have to be held off until the Kangaroo court is held!

Great so see everyone from Oojahkappivvy brilliant dancing from them and very impressed with the new girl Sian, she dances well and smiles all the way through a dance which is something I can’t master!

Kits Coty doing their thing...

Kits Coty doing their thing…

The Ooja's

The Ooja’s

Thanks to Kits Coty for all their hospitality and for organising such a great event see you all next year for the Lassington Oak Tour of Kent!

The Survivors on Sunday Morning

The Survivors on Sunday Morning