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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)

Rutland Morris Attracts Bumper Crowds on Boxing Day

Rutland Morris at the Horse & Jockey, Manton, Boxing Day
Photograph thanks to and © Sally Harnett

 

Rutland Morris carried out our usual Boxing Day programme of Mumming and Dancing to what seemed to be our biggest crowds ever. We were especially wowed by the large number gathered in Manton to watch our offering at the Horse & Jockey at Manton. A spokesperson said "Manton took us by surprise; we generally have a small but enthusiastic crowd and look upon it as the 'warm up' to Uppingham , but not so this year! It was really heart-warming to have such a large gathering turn up."

Uppingham Market Place provided the usual large crowd who joined in vocally with the mummers play, helping both St George and the Turkish Knight with their lines! The dancing was to its usual standard and managed to feature a (nearly) flawless version of a newly learned dance from the village of Clifton Silsbury.

As usual the collections from our winter programme day will find their way to a local charity. Our Squire, John Barsby, said "as a result of the generosity of all those who came out to watch us in December we hope to be sending about £400 to the Dove Cottage hospice in Ridlington".

Rutland Morris finished our winter season by representing the county by supporting the 'Vale of Belvoir' mummers on Plough Monday and by taking part in the Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival the following Saturday.

Then to start practising! Rutland Morris always welcomes new men, and this is a good time to start. Come & get fit and make new friends! We practise on Monday nights in Ashwell Village Hall from 8.30 till 10.00.

Wassail.