The NOT Ale report 2014

Well, ladies and gentlespoons the ale went off without a hitch. There follows a write up nothing to do with the Ale (I haven’t got a round tuit. If anyone has a spare tuit, especially a round one please pass it on to me!)

Lassington Postcard

The Oak in the early 20th century

The Lassington Giant

LASSINGTON; It is one of Gloucester’s little neighbour by the Leadon, its farmyard church still keeping stones in its walls.
The base of the tower is Saxon, the rest of it Norman, and although the nave and chancel were made new in the 19th century both have still some of their ancient masonry. The arches of the porch and the chancel are Norman, decorated by the Normans with zigzag and by our English masons with ballflower of the 14th century. There is a fine oak pulpit of 1636, carved with roses and leaves, and an ancient coffin under a churchyard elm.
By the churchyard gate is a giant elm over 20 feet round, and near it a pathway runs across the fields up the hillside to a little wood where reigns another giant, the famous Lassington Oak. This venerable monarch, thought to be over 600 tears old, has a girth of 30 feet, but its arms have grown weary over the years and are supported by twenty props.
As we leave the hilltop wood a marvellous vista is revealed, with Gloucester in front of us and the spires of Cheltenham fading into the blue Cotswolds beyond.
Taken from The King’s England; Gloucestershire (April 1950)

Unfortunately the Oak is no longer standing. This year after the ale we took a mini pilgrimage out to Highnam woods to view what is left of the once mighty oak.

Lassington Lads at the Lassington Oak

Lassington Lads at the Lassington Oak

Anker Ale 2014

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We set out rather later than planned Dimitris at the wheel, but made good time on the trip up to Nuneaton and sally  sat nav got us there without too many diversions. A very poor selection of folk music from Dimitris we still have some work to do on that boy, “Ace of spades” and “Smoke on the water” aren’t really suitable for Morris.

The Ale was in full swing when we arrived with dancing in progress, we lost no time at all and headed straight for the beer. But then we got stuck in with the dancing, Paul and Ed are now fans of Ascot and Ducklington traditions maybe Bill will come around to the idea? The attendance was good with men from various sides and the squire of the Ring was there. The food was good and there was plenty of it so dancing afterwards was a bit difficult but we managed.

The journey home was interesting I rather expect I had a little too much sloe gin and started gossiping like an old fish wife but it made the trip go quicker.

Cheers Anker for a great evening and we’ll see you next year, let’s hope that the Lassington Oak ale goes as well this weekend.

Morris 18-30(ish)

Some of the lads chillin' at Morris 18-30

Some of the lads chillin’ at Morris 18-30

The 18-30 weekend began with drinks at the Old plough in Birstall just outside Leicester on Friday with a practice session in the hall in between a little ale was consumed.

Saturday was a slow start, perhaps a little too much ale was consumed, but a fry up later we were all dancing our socks off at various venues around Leicester town centre. The small but perfectly formed Lassington Oak contingent enthusiastically danced as many dances as possible. We then moved back to the hall for the feast and more singing and drinking.

Sunday saw us all dancing at Bradgate park with plenty of Leicester Morris men did and despite sore heads, legs and various other body parts we made a good show of it with dancing near the ruins of Bradgate House.

Thanks to Matt for doing a good job of Squire and to Leicester Morris Men for their support and help in organising a great weekend for young Morris.

Sharing the fun were Leicester, Jockey, Lassington Oak, Leominster, Whitchurch, Great Yorkshire, Utrecht, Ebor, Leeds, Moulton, Letchworth, Wakefield and Kemp’s Men

Tom the most senile* man in town
(*Sorry that should be sensible!)

A wet night in.

In true knowledge of the age old secret ” it never rains on the Morris” we absolutely guarantee not to be put off by the weather, and therefore danced in the Swan inn, in the cosy and somewhat tight conservatory!

 

Thanks to Old Meg for the lovely company, and the wonderful music session that followed the dancing.

Big failure for Deputy foreman Roy who turned up to dance WITH NO BELL PADS.

Chippenham Folk Festival

A smashing day was had at Chippenham!

 

11:30 til 12:00 Rose and Crown – With Motley Morris

12:30 til 12:45 Arena Stage 1 – Four high energy dances!

13.00 til 13:30 Borough Parade – With Devizes Jubilee Morris and Pub lunch 🙂

14:30 til 15:00 Rose and Cown – With Devizes Jubilee Morris

 

 

Painswick

A Wonderful evening was had this Wednesday the 21 May dancing at the Falcon and the Royal oak in Painswick.

 

The frivolities started off in the courtyard of the Falcon, with a good sized multinational crowd.  the party then navigated its way to the Royal oak for more dancing and musical finale!

Many thanks to the chefs of the Falcon, for providing “hankies” for the spectators to join in with, and for the Royal oak for providing ht atmosphere for the music session afterwards.

Morris Season starts TODAY

LOMM 1stMay MistDance

On a cold and misty morning a strange hoard of people made their way up May hill in Gloucestershire, The Mist was thick, occasional disturbed by the thin beam of a torch, or the ghostly glow of a High Visibility Jacket.  The masses approached from all angles, and with no apparent pattern or order, grouped near the trees which stand huddled in a circle at the Peak of the hill. Continue reading