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We are very sad to report the death this morning of  Tom Mockford, one of our longest-serving and most popular members. Tom was a true gentleman in every sense, and served the Side well as a dancer, musician, and in various Officer roles. A self-effacing chap he never sought the limelight, but was always there, always cheerful, and working hard for the Side wherever help was needed.

Many guests who have attended the Forest of Dean Morris Family weekend will recognise Tom and his wife Ann as the cheerful helpers at these weekends.

We send Ann and Tom’s family our deepest condolences.

 

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WE HAD A GREAT TIME DANCING OUT ON BOXING DAY, NEW YEAR’S DAY, AND AT ERIC FREEMAN’S WASSAIL IN JANUARY!

Now we’re back at The Miners Arms in Whitecroft to resume our winter practices.

This would be a great time to come and join us and to help fulfil your New Year promise to get more exercise!

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FIFTY YEARS OF MORRIS DANCING!

Our Founder David Blick formed the Side in 1968, and we first danced in public in 1969. He probably didn’t think we’d still be going strong in 2019, but we are.

To mark the occasion we held a get-together for Members old and new and our neighbouring dance groups Wimberry Clog and Lassington Oak Morris Men at  The King’s Arms in Newent where we were extremely well look after. More photos in our Photo Gallery.

Both Wimberry Clog and Lassington Oak are ‘spin-offs’ from the Forest of Dean Morris. There are links to their websites here. 

Last but by no means least, the red Forest of Dean stag, our animal for many years, has gone into retirement. He was made by former member Alistair Young and has served us well.

He has been replaced by a new hi-tech beast lovingly put together by members John and Dil Vernon. You’ll see him out and about with us. This was one of his first public appearances.

We would like to thank Eden Tanner for his generosity in allowing us to use his excellent photos on this and other pages of our website.

 

 

49th Family Morris Weekend June 2020.

Watch this space for more information.

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May Day (May 1st) saw us joined by Lassington Oak Morris Men and other Sides dancing to bring in the Summer at 5.20a.m. on the top of May Hill.

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The Forest of Dean Morris

 

 

Easter Monday Tour 2019

50 YEARS YOUNG TODAY!*

dancing with Wimberry Clog at

The Clock Tower, Newnham 10.30am

Taurus Crafts, Lydney 11.30am

The Miners Arms, Whitecroft 1.00pm

The Rising Sun, Moseley Green 2.30PM

*  The Side was actually formed in 1968, but first danced out at Easter 1969.

                  See also  http://www.facebook.com/FoDMorris         

 

Notice.

Our Family Weekend, 7th, 8th, 9th June 2019.

Preparations are under way for this our 48th Family Weekend. Details of the weekend will be sent to invited Sides in due course. Other details may also be published on our Facebook page so please check back regularly. Thanks.

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Easter Tour 2018

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

 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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Easter Monday Tour! As usual we will be doing a local tour on Easter Monday with our friends Wimberry Clog.


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