Folk, Trains, Flax Mills and Churches

After a brief dance hiatus and a much needed practice this Thursday at The Red Barn in Longden (for which a huge thank you to Theresa) we’re back with a bang this weekend as we join many great sides for a weekend of brilliant music, fun, dance and probably, sore heads as The Shrewsbury Folk Festival swings into action once more. From our point of view we are really looking forward to it as it’s been quite a while since Shrewsbury Morris have danced there so it’s great for us to be at our own Festival again. Do come up and say hello to us if you see us about.

We’re dancing on the country stage at 11am with our friends from Ironbridge the superb Ironmen Severn Gilders Morris. From there we travel into town to St Alkmonds for a lunchtime dance spot (12.15 to 1pm) with the brilliant Seven Champions Morris before returning to the Showground to finish the day dancing with Noa’s Danish Chilts and JD and Folk (what great names Morris sides have!!)

Other Morris sides will be all over the town on Saturday and Sunday too, at The Castle, St Mary’s Church, St Alkmonds and The Square so do go and have a look at them and enjoy what they do.

The following Thursday evening (Aug 29th) we renew our acquaintance with Bridgnorth when we meet up with other local dancing buddies Bedcote Morris to dance at the very picturesque and unique Severn Valley Railway which we are really pleased about.

Then a very busy period ensues for us as we dance at The Flaxmill in town from 1130am on Sunday 8th September and then travel out later that same day to the lovely little village of Shrawardine, near Montford to join in the celebrations of the village church’s 800th anniversary from 2pm onwards.

That will be followed by our high point of the year. You’ll read about it in the local papers soon but we believe some 400 Morris Dancers are going to invade Shrewsbury (in a good way) on Sat 28th September to celebrate this glorious tradition with us as we host the Morris Federation Day of Dance. It’s going to be a superb day for Shrewsbury and for us as the town and The Quarry will be filled with colour, fabulous music, some pretty strange sights and most importantly wonderful dancing from 10am – 4pm.

The team has been working towards this for nearly a year now and we recommend that if you want to see and hear something truly unique, traditional and just plain gorgeous then come to Shrewsbury that day and join with us in a fantastic celebration of Morris.

In addition, we and (hopefully) some other teams will be dancing at the Battlefield1403 site on the morning of Sunday 29th September to blow away the cobwebs of the night before! As well as kindly hosting us they have their Harvest and Heritage food festival the same weekend so, even more reason to come out and watch us all.

Finally, here’s an early invitation to all local men and women to our “come and have a go” open evenings on Thursdays 10th and 17th October at Sundorne School from 8pm until 10pm. Come and join us for some fun, drinks and nibbles, see what we do, chat to the team and have a go with the bells, sticks and hankies. Who knows, you might like it so much you join us – lots of people came last time and we acquired quite a few new members who are doing really well and (we think) really enjoying the great dance, music, friendship, fun, fitness and well-being that this amazing traditional activity gives us. More about this event as time goes on.

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