Rutland Horseshoe




Rutland Morris Men

  • One of the earliest photographs of Rutland Morris, from 1975 at Rutland Water
  • 'Dancing In' to the Morris Ring at Thaxted in 1978
  • 46th stop in the 1983 Rutland Morris Journey, where we danced at every village in Rutland over one weekend
  • Playing the melodeon from the back of a tandem on the 1985 bike tour, piloted by John Dawtrey
  • Group photograph at the Dartington Ring meeting, 1989
  • Impressively coordinated (and high) jumps at the Trigg Ring meeting in 1996
  • High altitude dancing in the London Eye in 2001
  • Greeting the Queen on her visit to Uppingham in June 2001
  • One of the more photogenic dance spots - a Red Cross event at Holywell Hall in Lincolnshire in 2008
  • Morris Dancing on Carisbrooke castle wall during the 2009 Isle of Wight Ring meeting
  • North Luffenham Hall, June 2010
  • Another Trigg Ring meeting, this time in August 2010
  • Impressively straight lines for a massed 'Vandals of Hammerwich' in Uppingham Market Square at the start of the Rutland Ring meeting July 2011
  • The group photograph of Rutland Morris Men and guests at the Rutland Ring meeting July 2011 (at the Uppingham Community College)

Two Weddings and a Downpour

Rutland Morris dancing The Bluebells of Scotland
at The Griffin Inn in Irnham
Photograph © Andrew Mills


Rutland Morris strayed out of Rutland for their annual October day of dance by venturing into South Lincolnshire, although they 'topped and tailed their day in Rutland in Oakham in the morning and Uppingham in the late Afternoon.

On their arrival at the Griffin Inn at Irnham they were confronted in the bar by a dozen or so men all dressed up in Dinner Jackets. Not sure who were the most surprised, but, hey, they joined in with 'bean setting' from Headington Quarry Boy; and, disturbingly, were very good after 5 minutes practice. It transpired they were attending a local wedding, and were just drinking a 'livener'….we just hope they were still lively by the afternoon wedding. Well done lads.

At the lunch spot at the Woodhouse Arms in Corby Glen we came across another wedding and were able to offer a stick guard of honour to the bride and groom who were just leaving. The 'ploughman's style' food was very good …ah, the pickled eggs! And on to the Willoughby Arms in Little Bytham which passed without incident or rain!

Then came the deluge, so we were 'forced' into the Millstone in Barnack for some indoor capers, which went well in front of a bemused audience of about 4, and the landlady refusing- politely- well almost- what she said was unprintable- to join us for a dance.

A great visit out-county. Rutland Morris managed about 45 different dances during the day which considering all factors was a good result. Our great thanks to Martyn Brisland for his safe and capable driving!