Lassington Oak Morris Men are now recruiting

The practice season has begun so learn to morris dance with the energetic and friendly Lassington Oak Morris Men. Members of all ages welcome. Keep fit and drink ale at the same time. Best of all it’s completely free!

Every Wednesday 8pm at the Old School Rooms (part of Highnam Community Centre smallest building at the back), Newent Rd, Highnam, Glos, GL2 8DG.

Just turn up and give it a go or email bagman.lassingtonoakmm@gmail.com for more information.

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Anker Ring meeting 2015

A Mayhem of Morrismen

A Mayhem of Morrismen

Anker Morris Men’s 40th birthday celebrations seemed the perfect opportunity for some of the younger members of the side to experience a meeting of the Morris ring. I believe that Lassington Oak hasn’t attended a ring meeting for around ten years making this a special weekend for us as well.

The weekend kicked off on Friday with food at the venue and a great session at the White Lion thanks to Jess and Richard Arrowsmith for hosting it.

Saturday was full of dancing at various locations around Nuneaton with plenty of singing and tunes on the bus. The quality of the dancing from everyone was high and we were pleased that our dancing was well received.

The weekend finished with more display and massed dances from the various sides involved on the Sunday unfortunately we needed to leave a little early and didn’t see the weekend through to the complete end.

Thank you Anker for a superbly organised and thoroughly enjoyable weekend we’re looking forward to seeing all of you again at your ale.

Lassington Oak Ale 2014

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Saturday 14 November saw the first Lassington Oak Ale for a couple of years. Whilst the venue remained the same – and the traditional apple pies, one supplied by each of the side – the date has moved form the springtime to the Autumn.

This year saw 40 men attending, made up of men from Victory, Icknield Way, White Hart, Packington and Anker. The Ale was also graced by the squire of the ring, which was really a welcome home to Adam Garland as he danced with us from 1992 – 95; he even has a dance named after him ‘Adam’ aka Young Collins (he may tell you the story if you ask him!)

The ale was provided for this year for the first time by the local lads at Gloucester Brewery. With an excellent guest ale, Over the Top from Oakleaf Brewery provided by Victory Morris. This was a particularly fine ruby ale brewed to commemorate the fallen of the First World war, particularly apt as this was ‘poppy’ weekend – thanks lads.

As the sides arrived they were welcomed at the door with ale, and those who were staying over directed the separate hall, which served as the sleeping quarters, to set up there beds.

The dancing kicked off with our traditional Balance the Straw, Fieldtown; followed swiftly on through Bampton, Bledington and others including a demo dance from Victory and a solo jig from Adam the Squire.

After the squire’s jig, we set the hall for the feast, consisting of lamb stew and bread; baked, cooked and served by our own squire. After at least two servings of stew (the second one being bulked out by the remaining vegetarian offering) the apple pies and cream flew out of the kitchen. To give time for the food to settle a party piece was provided by a member of each of the attending sides, whether it was a song, tune or monologue. Again Adam showed his worth as squire by regaling us with a song.

The Squire of the Ring sings

The Squire of the Ring sings

After we had all made merry the tables and chairs were cleared to make way for more dancing. Mid-night came round (and Victory had scribbled out all of the dances on the board!) we finished up with Saturday Night, making a total of 28 dances for the evenings. People drifted of to their homes and beds as we tidied the hall and the hardcore set in for a few more tunes and songs whilst they finished of the remnants of the ale.

For those who chose to stay the night, morning brought a breakfast cooked by the side, with ample food for all, washed down with an almost endless supply of tea and coffee. As a side we did our final tidy up and made a visit to the remnants of THE Lassington Oak, before parting to make our own way home.

Thanks to all those who attended and made the hard work of the side worthwhile. Also thanks to our own squire and bagman for organising it and Steve for proving the feast. A good time was had by all and we hope to do it again next year.

Dancing at the Ale

Dancing at the Ale

 

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.