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Hemlock Morris

 

Morris Dancing but not as you've seen it before - an old tradition alive and sticking! Hemlock are Bedford's first mixed Morris side and have celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2019. We dress in a border style but dance a range of traditions. Hemlock are based at the Ent Shed, the Gordon Arms, Castle Road, Bedford and practise Monday. We are currently looking for new members.

 

For more information see:

 

www.hemlockmorris.com or Facebook page.

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Stony Redcaps

Based in Stony Stratford, Stony are a women’s Morris side that was formed in 1981. They dance a mix of traditional Manx (Isle of Man) and Garland dances and celebrated their 30th anniversary with a trip to the Isle of Man to participate in an International Folk dance festival and learn more about the history of the dances that they do.   They are always looking for more dancers and musicians so if you are interested please talk to them during the afternoon
For further information, see their web site:

https://www.stonyredcaps.dance

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Rose & Castle Morris

Formed in 1978 and based in Stoke Bruerne between Milton Keynes and Northampton, Rose & Castle Morris is a men’s North West Morris side. Almost all of their dances are traditional and come from the cities and towns of the North West of England. A significant feature of this side is that they dance in traditional English clogs with “irons” fitted to their soles that make a distinctive sound.
They are always looking for new recruits and will be holding a workshop from 10.30am to 12 noon in Stony Stratford on the morning after the Switching On of the Lights (30th November)
For further information, see their web site:

www.rose-castlemorris.org.uk

Delta Dancers

Traditional Greek Dancing

 

The Greek dancing group, Delta Dancers, meet every Monday in St Swinfen Hall, and was initiated by our local Greek Orthodox community. This beginners' group first got together in September 2018 and have already performed four times this year for the Stony Day of Dance, Stony Open Gardens, Stony Nightingales WI group and at the Greek Festival held at the Greek Orthodox Church here in Stony.

 Their coach, Dimitrios Mitsis, has been dancing since he was 10 years old in Greece and has continued to be passionately involved with dance and music, performing at events and venues in Greece, Europe and the UK. The traditional dances you will see are from various regions in Greece, they require concentration, teamwork and sometimes stamina! It is great fun and really good exercise.  

 

If you would like to join the group, please speak to one of the dancers or email  greekdancestony@yahoo.co.uk

The Brackley Morris Men 

 

The Brackley Morris Men have been active in South Northants since at least the 1600s.  Some snippets from our records below:

  • A solid silver communion plate inscribed with the names of seven men, believed to be the morris men, was given to the parish church in Brackley and still exists today.
  • In 1725 and again in 1731 the men are recorded as dancing for Thomas Cartwright of Aynho House for the Whitsun Ale celebrations.
  • 1766. The Squire, having been ‘troublesome’ and ‘insolent’ in playing the fool in Oxford was committed to Bridewell as a vagrant.
  • The men danced in Banbury where the fool was reported by the Oxford Chronicle  as performing  his  ‘witless buffoonery’'
  • 1930s  Dancing dies out in Brackley.
  • 1959    The  dances  were  revived  in  1959  at  Magdalen  School,  Brackley, when  Roger Nicholls,  a  teacher  there,  formed  a  side  from  among  the   boys.  Although  the  connection  with  the  school  has  been  lost  down  the  years,  and  members  of  the  side  now  come  from  all  over  the area,  the  tradition  of  dancing  has  continued  to   the  present  day.
  • “A cultural phenomenon that can survive three centuries…  speaks volumes for the skill and tenacity of successive generations of Brackley men”.  Keith Chandler, Morris Historian
http://www.thebrackleymorrismen.org.uk
Rashiqa

Rashiqa is a Middle Eastern Dance (belly dance) Troupe based in Wolverton, Milton Keynes. Although specialising in Egyptian dance, we also enjoy performing to Arabic, Lebanese and Turkish music, both traditional and modern.

 

For further information, see their web site: www.rashiqa.co.uk

 

New Moon Morris


New Moon Morris - morris dancing for a new generation! Bright colours, lots of noise and above all fun. Based in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire. Musicians and dancers of both varieties welcome. All shapes and sizes, no experience needed! Contact for more information. Practice nights Tuesday.

For further information, see their facebook page:

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507594012793451/

Royal Oak Morris

 Royal Oak Morris are a mixed side based in the village of Eydon in Northamptonshire. Royal Oak formed as a new side in 1985 to dance at the village fete, although it was later discovered that there was a tradition of Morris in the village. The side mainly dance dances from the Cotswold villages with a particular focus on the village of Badby, our closest village where a traditional Morris team is known to have existed, and whose dances were recorded. For further information, see their web site:

www.royaloakmorris.org.uk