Saturday 1st July saw us head out with Ragged and Old Morris and a couple of reps from White Hart Morris for a day of dancing in Gloucester and Cheltenham.
Starting in Gloucester docks we danced outside The Lord High Constable and then Mariners Square, moving on to The Cross in Gloucester City centre. A quick visit to the New Inn and then our final spot of the morning in Kings Square. A coach then whisked us off to the Sandford Park Ale House in Cheltenham for a lovely lunch and fine ale followed by a few songs and tunes. Dancing in Cheltenham started in Cambray Place before moving on to Regent Street. The final dance spot saw us on The Prom where we were joined by Tattered Court morris. The coach then ferried us back to Gloucester to the Pelican, where we relaxed with a beer and entertained with a few more dances. The day finished at The Fountain for an excellent chilli and a session for those that wanted to carry on.
Sounds busy? Well actually it was very relaxed, with only a couple of dances at each spot. Everyone seemed to enjoy the day, I know I certanly did!
Happy May Day to one and all
A big thank you to those hardy folk who turned out yet again to watch the assembled Morris family welcome in the Summer (?!) on the summit of May Hill. With clouds covering the sky, it was not a classic day, but it stayed dry and it was reasonably balmy (as much as 5.20 am on a hill in the cloud can be), so that’s two positives.
The May Day regulars of Forest of Dean MM and Lassington Oak MM were this year joined by Wild Oats Morris and new, Cheltenham based, side The Tattered Court; plus not forgetting Joe from Anker MM and Ian from Wickham Morris.
Dancing started at 5.20 am with the Morris call played by Gillian Guest (Bottom photo) and at some point the clouds got lighter, so the sun must have risen. We duly waved to our friends Kits Coty Morris in Maidstone and then to Stoud Morris and Gloucestershire MM on Painswick beacon. Bill also had a phone interview with BBC Radio Gloucestershire (Yes you can get signal!!), which some of you early risers may have heard.
The morning festivities were capped with the now traditional breakfast at May Hill Village Hall. A big thank you to all the volunteers who fed and watered us yet again and a big thank you also to the musicians and singers who entertained after breakfast.
Following a fairly busy St Georges weekend last week and our first Wednesday dance out, this weekend began with our annual trip to the Upton upon Severn Folk Festival. The weather was kind, not too hot nor too cold, with no interruptions for rain. We had a good turn out and I believe the Foreman was happy with the dancing. Our second session saw us dancing a few spots with the excellent Pecsaetan Morris from Sheffield. Hopefully we held our own against their high standard of dance.
Tomorrow, we will be up before the crack of dawn to welcome in the May and see the sun rising. Fingers crossed the clouds give us a break and we actually get see that amazing event
Our dancing season is finally underway, we danced at the White Hart in Maisemore it got a bit chilly and dark towards the end but we warmed up with a great session in the pub afterwards here’s looking forward to a great season. Next week we will be at the Badger at Eastington.
The mumming season is upon us again, due to a slight change of plans Lassington Oak Mummers are Mumming on the 9th of December in and around Ledbury. 8:00pm at the Beauchamp Arms in Dymock, 9:00pm at the Prince of Wales in Ledbury then finally on to the Talbot in Ledbury at 9:45pm.
The following week on the 16th December we are planning on Mumming in Gloucester. 8:00pm outside Cafe Rene, 8:30pm at the Cross Keys, 9:00pm at the Dick Whittington and then finishing at the Fountain at 9:45pm.
All times are approximate as herding Mummers is akin to herding Morris men but with more costumes and face paint.
Come and Dance for Apple Day
Lassington Oak Morris Men are holding an informal Morris dance workshop teaching Cotswold and Border dancing as part of the Apple Day celebrations at Gloucester Folk Museum. No previous experience needed come and give it a go!
Saturday 24th October between 11:00am and 2:00pm
Gloucester Folk Museum, Westgate St, Gloucester, GL1 2PG