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THE FOREST OF DEAN MORRIS INVITE YOU TO A FREE COTSWOLD MORRIS WORKSHOP

Saturday 30th September 2017 at Soudley Village Hall, GL14 2TZ.

10am -12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm

An introduction to the fun and challenge of Morris Dancing.

All Welcome, no prior experience necessary.

(Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)

No need to book, just come along for a part or all of the day.

You will be introduced to the basics of Morris and be dancing by the end of the day!

Tea, coffee, juice will be provided. Please bring your own  lunch. The White Horse Inn will be open at lunchtime and although it does not serve food the publicans have kindly agreed to allow us to eat our own lunches there. How good is that!

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The Forest of Dean Family weekend.

This year saw the 46th year for our very popular Family Weekend! We’d like to thank all those publicans, caterers, other local businesses and organisations who helped to make the festival a success. Most of all we’d like to thank our guest Sides for attending.

The Forest of Dean 46th Morris Festival

 

Saturday & Sunday 10th/11th June 2017

 

10.00am – Massed Display at Coleford Town Centre (Clock Tower) GL16 4AE

 

Time

TOUR A Time Tour B Time

TOUR C

12.00

THE MINERS ARMS

SLING GL16 8LH

12.00 THE BROCKWEIR INN

NP16 7NG

12.00

THE GATEHOUSE

MONMOUTH NP25 3EG

13.15

LUNCH

THE MINERS ARMS

WHITECROFT GL15 4PE

 

13.15

LUNCH

THE ANCHOR INN

TINTERN NP16 6TE

13.15

LUNCH

THE MOON AT GARWAY

HR2 8RQ

15.00

 

TAURUS CRAFTS

LYDNEY GL15 6BU

15.00 THE SLOOP

LLANDOGO NP25 4TW

15.00

THE NEW HARP

HOARWITHY HR2 6QH

 

16.15

THE RAILWAY INN &

THE BLACK PIG

NEWNHAM GL14 1DA

 

16.15 THE BOAT INN

PENALLT NP25 4AJ

16.15

THE YEW TREE

PETERSTOW HR9 6JZ

 

Sides

MERSEY MORRISMEN

LADY BAY REVELLERS

LEEDS MORRISMEN

ANKER MORRISMEN

Sides FOREST OF DEAN M.M.

WIMBERRY CLOG

CARREG LAS

SOUTHPORT SWORDS

CLOCS CANTON

Sides

FULL MOON MORRIS

CARDIFF MORRIS

LEICESTER MORRIS MEN

 

SUNDAY 11TH JUNE

 

11.00-12.00

DEAN HERITAGE CENTRE,

SOUDLEY

GL14 2UB

MANY OF THE SIDES DANCING ON SATURDAY CAN BE SEEN DANCING AGAIN ON SUNDAY AT THE DEAN HERITAGE CENTRE.

Please note that the timing of all these events is subject to change and to weather conditions.

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Our Summer dancing programme is now available here.

From late September until the end of April we practice at The Miners Arms in Whitecroft, every Wednesday at 8pm.

Fancy giving it a go? It’s fun, makes you think, and helps to keep the tradition alive. No need to register or sign anything – just turn up on any Wednesday evening practice evening and we can get you started! Or just click on ‘Contact us’ in the menu and we can give you further details. Better still, why not turn up for our FREE one-day taster day on September 30th – details here.

 

The Forest of Dean Schools Country Dancing Festival.

This ever popular event has been taking place in the Forest for very many years when local primary schools take part in massed performances of traditional country dances. The event has in recent years been held at Speech House field, a wonderful woodland setting early on Summer evening.

Last year for the first time the Forest of Dean Morris Men were able to help with ‘teaching the teachers’ a local Morris dance, ‘Soldiers Joy’, from the village of Ruardean. The teachers taught the dance to their school team and it was performed at the Festival. Some schools enjoyed it so much that they chose to dance it on other occasions too!

Luckily we are able to repeat the experience this year, and, as an aid to the teachers and children alike, we have made a short video to show how the dance is done. Click on the link to watch – it will open in a new tab of your browser. Soldiers Joy, a dance from Ruardean

Many thanks to our Foreman Kim Berry for taking and editing the video.

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