CMM were guests of the Balsham Plough-boys on Monday 7th January, dancing in support of their fund-raising, enjoying the hospitality of households up and down the village, and yes, appearing on look East too. But boy that wind got cold! here are a few pictures taken by Melissa Riley that evening.
Although the local men (that’s the members of Cambridge Morris available to dance in and around Cambridge) have been beset by age and injury in 2018, the Travelling Morrice is in rude health and undertook its annual tour in grand style this year.
Our Foreman for the 2018 TM tour (27 June to 1 July) was CMM stalwart, John Weaver, and the spots he organised, based on Brackley in Northants, well chosen, well organised, well-attended, and well – just great . The sun shone, the beer flowed, the music was excellent, the men on good form. What more could we want!
Here’s a gallery of pictures of the event, taken by, and edited cropped etc by… Andy Blagbrough. Thanks Andy!
We spent a fine day in Ely and the surrounding area, starting off in Ely and ending up in the pretty village of Chippenham. Ely was chioc-a-bloc with the week-end Eel Festival which kicked off with a procession from the Cathedral, down the High Street and along to Jubilee gardens, dancing Winster most of the way, and fortunately far enough from the Samba band so that we could hear Tony’s playing. Crowds three deep in the Market Square! Jubilee gardens was fuill of stalls, families, and activity galore. Excellent beer from Mile End brewery. We danced by the river and then outside the Cutter, before walking back up to perform in the Market Square. Lunch at the Standard, with several men preferring the beer at the Drayman’s Son across the road – only pickled eggs to be had for lunch there though.
Then, luxury of luxuries, a coach took us to Newmarket where we danced outside the Rutland Arms, in the Rookery and at the Bus Station. Finally, off to dance at the Tharp Arms at Chippenham followed by an excellent chilli supper.
Here’s a picture from the day, but do visit the CMM Facebook page for lots more pictures and even a couple of videos from George.
Plough Monday started with the traditional show in Comberton, at the cross roads outside the play school. With 10+ men, all recently re-schooled on the complexities of our Molly dances, David on fiddle and a decent crowd of onlookers we had a fine start to the day. Then it was off to Camborne and the Monkfield Arms (‘why’ I hear you cry – ‘because’ we say). Occasional light showers as we danced outside the shuttered-down take-aways before a couple of really enjoyable shows in the primary school across the road. Tea laid on by George – gratefully slurped – before setting off to join the Balsham Ploughboys for the evening. Weather deteriorating somewhat but thankfully not as cold as Balsham can be. Anyway, it’s the event that counts and as always we greatly enjoyed the stops for refreshment and general hospitality: a truly local event,
Here are some pictures from the day. Many thanks to John Saville for the images. The last one in the series comes from a set taken by Julian Eales. Follow the link to see a whole lot more he took at Comberton.
Gypsies in the Wood
Saturday December 2016. It’s the day of that fabulous day-long street party, Mill Road Winter Fair. Will it be freezing? Who cares, it’s always a great day. Mill Road is choc-a-bloc from East Road down to Coleridge, virtually every shop has stall out with everything Cambridge’s most multi-cultural street can offer. And there’s loads of street entertainment including the Cambridge Morris Men (just don’t put us next to the Samba Band pleeeease!). We had a great day, as I hope these pictures show. Thanks to the dancers and to all friends who came up to say hello.
Six elected members of CMM and nine honorary men were among the largest gathering of CMM members ever at that event on Saturday, 12th November:
Elected and Honorary Cambridge Morris Men at the event: Graham Cox, John Weaver, Matt Simons, Ollie Simons, Randolf Scott, Mike Garland, Adam Garland, Peter Halfpenney (not dancing but stood to sing a song), Jon Melville, Charlie Corcoran, Joe Oldaker, Roger Comley, Mike Wilkinson and Ian Phillips. And elected CMM musician: Liz Bassett.
It was a great evening. At one stage the younger members of CMM, Anker MM, Jockey MM and ESMM (no doubt with others) performed a nine-man version of the Quaker, Bampton. Much later Matt and Ollie were two of the three who performed correct Bucknell double capers in Saturday Night.