We are delighted to announce that we have moved Septimus, our giant puppet into the gorgeous St Mary’s Church in Dogpole, Shrewsbury. Open (and free) 10am-4pm except Sundays, why not pop along and have a look at our exhibition, see how he was built and, most importantly, who we are…
plus, of course, look round a very beautiful Shropshire church.
So in the year of the pandemic just what have Shrewsbury Morris been up to? Well we certainly haven’t been sitting around twiddling our thumbs – or our sticks!
A real mix of things from the very start of Lockdown No. 1 right though to now. We have all kept in touch, had team fun, learned new dances, played music, sung songs and many more things too. Each week has seen the publication of the ‘Shrewsbury CoronaMorris Newsletter’ along with Thursday evenings being turned over to Zoom meets. We also managed five wonderful real live practices back in October.
We are now preparing to get back into our practice routine with serious thinking about risk assessments and team safety protocols along with developing and learning our new repertoire – ‘The Shrewsbury Morris Distanced Dancing Suite’. Catch us dancing out these dances sometime later in the summer.
As always there have been some fun social events on Zoom such as a Midsummer Ceilidh, Harvest Supper – featuring a Mr. Potato Head competition, St Patrick’s Celebration – seeking out the cutest leprechaun, and not forgetting the Pancake Party where real pancakes were tossed – socially distanced, of course! Our annual Christmas Ceilidh, with a black and white theme was also held on Zoom. Add to this a few other achievements including the first ever Shrewsbury Morris Cookbook – it has been a pretty busy pandemic year – phew!
Earlier this year the Morris Federation invited us to deliver two presentations to the wider Morris community. The first was about our very own ‘Septimus, the Giant Shrewsbury Cobbler’ project, and the other was on our Twitter account. Both were well received and have opened up links with other teams elsewhere in the country. Our Twitter account continues to grow and we are especially grateful for both new and long-standing sponsors.
Currently we are very much hoping that Covid restrictions will soon be lifted so that we can not only get back to weekly practice but also dust off our shoes & bells and dance out to celebrate a bit of normality.
Sadly, due to the Corona Virus pandemic, Shrewsbury Morris have suspended their practices and are not dancing out in the near future. We will resume practices and dance-outs as soon as it is safe to do so, and government guidelines permit.
And grows ever taller…
It’s BIG, it’s BOLD, it’s CLEVER and it’s EXCITING
WE DID IT!!! 4hrs and 42 dances, plus a few more. A huge thank you to everyone who supported us before, after and on the day.
In our collection tins on Saturday we collected an ASTOUNDING £453.72 which, when added to the online donations of £1,267.50 (including gift aid) makes it a grand total so far of £1,721.22.
THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED US
We are quite overwhelmed with the support for our Marath-Own fund raising event for The Friends of Sick Children in Malawi. Through your generosity Shrewsbury Morris have smashed their £500 target 16 days before even dancing a single step on the 8th June!
We know that more people have said they will donate and so we are taking the bold decision to now double our original target. Even if we don’t make £1,000 we still know that every penny donated goes towards making a difference in the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Malawi.
If you would like to add your support please visit our fundraising link virginmoneygiving.com/BevLangton to make a donation.
Our heartfelt thanks, to those who have already donated, and thank you too for those who are still supporting this cause.
One of our dancers, Joe, (see picture below) is a Consultant Paediatrician in Malawi and we are ‘dancing a marathon’ to help raise funds for her wonderful hospital. If you are able to help us with our mission, please follow this link: virginmoneygiving.com/BevLangton – your generosity is most gratefully received, thank you.
Come along to support us on Saturday 8th June on the Lower Floor of the Darwin Shopping Centre in Shrewsbury from 10:00am. We need all the help we can get to dance for 26 miles!
Saturday 4th May, Norbury Canal Junction, Staffordshire
Come along and see us dancing between 11am and 3pm on Saturday 4th May at the junction of the Shropshire Union Canal and the Shrewsbury & Newport Canal – We are sure that we won’t fall in!!
Lots of traditional Narrow Boats and arts and crafts to see, including the Cheese Boat, the Fudge Boat, the Brewboat and the Hippie Boat! There weill be trade boats, fairground attractions, refreshment stall and also boat trips along the canal.
Did we mention that we will be dancing there between 11am and 3pm?!
We look forward to seeing you there…