Rutland Horseshoe




John Wood

  • 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)

Rutland Morris are sad to report the death of one of our musicians, John Wood, aka 'The Woodster' on Friday 19 January. He had a heart condition and was awaiting some surgical intervention.

John was the heart and soul of Rutland Morris, and in the words of our Squire Nick Kimberley "we've lost a great musician, morris man and friend".

RIP John

John's Funeral ceremony was on the 7th of February at Belton in Rutland Cemetery.

Rutland Morris gathered at the war memorial in Belton, then processed behind the hearse and family to the cemetery (in kit). After the ceremony, Rutland Morris, family and friends went to the Falcon in Uppingham to raise a glass in his memory - in JHB - once a CAMRA Champion Beer of Great Britain.

There's a small gallery of photographs here, commemorating John's time with Rutland Morris if you'd like to be reminded of him.


In typical mode, playing for Rutland Morris and guests on our Day of Dance 2012