HAPPY NEW YEAR!
As Shrewsbury Morris collectively dance into 2022 we are (like many people) thankfully in a much better place than we were in 2020. It is important to say that our relatively healthy position is almost entirely due to the huge efforts put in by our leaders Ray and Bev Langton who, through sheer hard work and determination, have guided us through Zooming practice sessions, virtual fun and games, quizzes and all sorts of other distractions to ensure we have at least stayed together as a team. They also cunningly devised a suite of socially distanced dances, enabling us to learn these at home via videos, music and instructions placed on our website so everyone could access them.
From April 2021, after a change in Covid restrictions, we tentatively started back with outside practice, having found a super new home at Prestfelde School in Shrewsbury, where we are now regulars and it is important to thank the School for allowing us to be using their excellent facilities.
Slowly, but surely, we have now returned to indoor practice, albeit subject to all the current restrictions and rules laid down by the Government. But, more than this, we have actually danced out again, in public, in kit, our first time being on 3rd July 2021 in our spiritual home of Shrewsbury Square for a Stepping Out event. This was wonderful and most of the team turned out to dance our new distanced dance repertoire and, most importantly, to have fun and be Shrewsbury Morris Dancers again. We were even joined by Septimus, our very own Giant.
This was followed by us dancing for The Shrewsbury Mile of Smiles, again in July, an appearance at Battlefield 1403 in August for a harvest and heritage event, the reopening of the Mill Pub in Leighton near Ironbridge in the same month and dancing for the Newport Food Frenzy in September.
November saw us at long last perform our oft-cancelled Morris Show for the Cressage WI, which was very well received by the members….well they had waited long enough!
Our usual Christmas Ceilidh at Wattlesborough Village Hall had to be pared back to a Shrewsbury Morris Social Evening which, although much smaller and restricted mostly to team members and family, was still great fun. We sincerely hope to be back to some sort of normality by Christmas 2022.
Our last event of 2021 was performing in December for the, always very special, Christmas Tree Festival held at St Chads Church.
So, we hope we have made it through the worst of the pandemic, we have danced when we had early reservations whether we might ever dance again and we are a team again.
We look forward to 2022 with increasing optimism and we have events pencilled in already, some local and some not so. Either way we are looking forward to doing what we do best with renewed vigour and hope along with some fabulous, brand new sponsors to support us. All our events will be posted on our Diary page so please feel free to have a look and come and watch us.
Who knows, you might even want to join us? We’re always looking for new members….hint!
Best Wishes from us all.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!