Rutland Morris and guests in Uppingham Market Place, Saturday July 23rd 2011, Rutland Ring Meeting
"Multum in Parvo" is the motto of Rutland, England's smallest county, and "Much in Little" is what we hoped to provide at our Ring meeting. Our small, but beautifully formed, club is proud to be the only side that solely represents a county.
The venue was Uppingham Community College, about half a mile south of the centre of this small market town.
We had a Friday evening reception, with vouchers for fish-and-chips in the town, and informal dancing, several watering-holes nearby.
On Saturday morning there was massed dancing, with show dances, in Uppingham, followed by tours in picturesque Rutland and our neighbouring counties, plentiful real ale hostelries. No great mileages, as Rutland is only the size of the Isle of Wight (with the tide in!). We tend to get jumpy when crowds get into double figures as our whole county population is but 32,000. Rutland is the only officially denoted "Rural County" in England.
Locations for dancing and lunch stops on the tours are here, and a downloadable list is here. The latter also shows which sides went on which tours. Each tour is colour coded - the South West Rutland tour is in green, the East tour is in yellow, the North Rutland tour is in purple and the South Rutland tour is in blue. The number at each location shows the order in the tour that we visit each location and our estimated time at each one.
The Feast ales were provided by Oakham Ales, a company originally set up by RMM's leading musician, John Wood.
On Sunday we danced in the grounds of Uppingham School, near to old boy Cecil Sharp's memorial in the School chapel. Then a procession through the town, an optional service in the parish church next to the market square, followed by dancing.
Our Ring Meeting ended with lunch at the Community College.