We are sorry to announce that Kay died following a long illness. He will be sorely missed as a kind companion, an lively conversationalist and a fine dancer. Kay was a stalwart of the Travelling Morrice, organising many tours.
On the last Saturday in April each year we start our summer season with a reunion tour in some direction from Cambridge. This year it’s on Saturday, April 25th. We shall start by performing in St Neot’s, cross the A1 to Kimbolton then head North via Grafham, eventually reaching the picturesque village of Alconbury Weston. From there we return towards Huntingdon, taking tea and cakes at Pinnies in Godmanchester before dancing near the Chinese Bridge (not to be confused with a similar structure bridging the River Cam). After two shows in Huntingdon itself the day tour comes to an end in Hartford at a prize-winning pub, The King of the Belgians. There might be music and songs, possibly even musical songs.
Despite a cold, wet day over most of East Anglia we enjoyed fine weather and the excellent dancing of sixty visiting sides from The Morris Federation, The Morris Ring and Open Morris. Many brilliant photographs were taken and links or actual pictures will be posted here very soon.
Joint Morris Organisations Day of Dance 2014 (latest page update: 29/mar/14)
Organised by The Morris Ring and Cambridge Morris Men
Where and when?
In Cambridge on Saturday 10th May 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
How do we get to be part of this event?
Contact your side’s Morris national organisation (Morris Federation, Morris Ring or Open Morris) as soon as possible and in any case *before the end of February* with the following information:
Contact mobile phone
Dance style (e.g. Cotswold, North-West, Rapper, Border, Molly, Longsword, …)
Brief description of kit
Approximate number attending (only for information)
Will your side be staying in Cambridge for Saturday evening?
Any additional notes (e.g. children’s side, sharing musician with…)
Places will be allocated in proportion 55% – 25% – 20% so there will be room for 33 Federation sides, 15 Morris Ring sides and 12 Open Morris sides.
What’s the programme?
Dancing in Cambridge during the day at a number of dance spots within walking distance. All get together briefly at the end of the afternoon for a very few massed dances and a few show dances from the young stars of the Morris. There will also be an opportunity to get together later for music, singing and socialising.
Each side is responsible for your own travel, accommodation and victualling so you manage all your own costs. Information on B&Bs, hotels, hostels, campsites etc., on rail links, park+ride etc. and on pubs etc. will be provided later to every side registered to attend. A page of the Cambridge MM website will soon be set up, dedicated to this day of dance and updated as more information is gathered.
At the moment, we should like you just to register your intention to come to the event – please let us know by the end of February at the latest, so that Cambridge MM can make the final arrangements with full knowledge of the number and styles of teams attending.
JMO 2014 Info pack – Who, what, where, when how etc.. JMO_2014_DoD info_140325
A bit of reading – buskers code of practice
Thanks to Ian Trouse for shooting and uploading this video of the Cambridge Morris Men on Plough Monday in Balsham 2014
It is with much sadness we have to report the passing of Reggie Welbank, longstanding Cambridge Morris and Travelling Morrice Man and Musician.
Come and try Morris Dancing! On Tuesday 1st October at 8.15 pm, there’s a taster session, free and open to all. Come along to the Arbury Community Centre on Campkin Road, CB4 2LD. This is your opportunity for a workout, improved coordination and a better life.
You can find full details on Cambridge Morris Men Practices on our Morris Practice Page
The Travelling Morrice will be touring Herefordshire between Wendesday August 1st and Saturday August 4th, visiting pubs and venues in Hereford, Leominster, Eardisford, Munstone,Withington, Almely, Pembridge, Dilwyn, Weobley, Norton Canon and Brimfield.
The Travelling Morrice has toured twice a year, nearly every year since 1924 and continues to the present day.
You can find a full schedule on our programme here
It is with great sadness that we have to pass on the news that Travelling Morrice member and Cambridge Morris Man John Colbert passed away at 4am on Sunday 26th February 2012.
John was the life and soul of many tours, and a real asset to the Cambridge Morris Men, as well as his home side, Stafford Morris Men. I’m sure we will all remember him for his cheery nature, the excellent tours he helped organize, and his wonderful renditions of Les Barker monologues.
Our thoughts of course go to his wife Barbara, and all those at Stafford MM during this hard time.
His obituary can be found on the Stafford Morris Men site