Happy New Year from all of us at Shrewsbury Morris!
We will be publishing our 2018 Dance Programme soon, so watch this space.
Just in case you have ever wondered what goes on at our world famous Christmas Ceilidh, we made you a little promo video to show you! Earlybird tickets for Dec 2nd now available via firstname.lastname@example.org
Well, it rained. But we still walked 962km in total! And thanks to so many of you kindly donating, we’ve raised £1422 on JustGiving, and we think another £1000 offline. 4 lovely people representing the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity walked with us too – thank you!
It was a lovely day, we saw bits of Shropshire & Cheshire that many of us had never seen (personally, I recommend checking out the stretch of canal by Chemistry Farm in Whitchurch). Kingfishers & herons. Beautiful!
We finished up in the Red Lion in Ellesmere where Janet and the team fed up soup & chips. A fantastic team day and a really worthy charity supported.
On October 1st, Shrewsbury Morris are walking 40K in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity – part of our 40th anniversary celebrations. Quite a few hardy souls are walking the whole 40K, with the rest of the team walking stretches of 30, 20 and 10 or manning the refreshment stations along the way!
We would love you to support us – you can donate here on our Just Giving page
So, 2016 is our 40th Anniversary year and we’re looking forward to a twelve months packed with fun and lots of dancing.
We’ll be performing in and around Shrewsbury as always, as well as in Quatt, Whitchurch, Cardington, Bishop’s Castle, NT Dudmaston and Leicestershire.
We also have a few fun things in store such is “40 dances in 40 local locations” and a big birthday party in Shrewsbury Square on Sat 2nd July.
But we started our activities as always with our annual walking weekend, this time in Yorkshire. Kindly arranged as always by Sue and Steve Mulcock we all decanted North at the end of March and invaded the sleepy but lovely village of Malham for a weekend. We always stay in YHA accommodation and this was
very good as usual. The team combines socialising, music and some team “togetherness” with a bracing, challenging but fun walk on the Saturday of the weekend.
Ray had come up with another excellent walk which stretched the fitness of some of us but provided great views of the wonderful Yorkshire countryside. Most people (and children) managed the first half (from Malham to Settle) and we had a lovely team lunch in a super pub in Settle. The second half was undertaken by a few hardy souls and we returned to Malham via a different but equally superb route.
The Sat evening was a mixture of a fabulous team curry cooked as always by Steve followed by a great music and song session.
It is the last time that Sue and Steve will organise this kind of weekend, having decided to hand the baton on to someone else after nearly 20 years of organisation, negotiating with the YHA and attempting to keep everyone happy (not easy). They’ve done a magnificent team job for Shrewsbury Morris and we thank them very much for their efforts.
Our first dance outs are 2nd April for The Big Busk and 9th April in Bishops Castle for a gathering of local sides – needless to say we are really looking forward to getting the new season underway!! Come and see us :))) We’ll be posting from those events shortly.
In a bold festive move, in no way influenced by any Christmas Spirit, we have ventured onto Soundcloud!
We would love you to listen to our Ceilidh band playing I Saw Three Ships from our traditional Christmas Ceilidh on December 5th. This wonderful event pulls crowds in from miles around, with people coming back year after year and also featuring the famous running raffle…
We always have a theme for for the ceilidh, this year’s was Magic. Most of the side and a fair amount of the audience turn up in fancy dress – this year we had Gandalf, Maleficent and Freddie Mercury (well, it is a kind of magic…)
On the track, you can hear the dancers having a great time to the accomplished calling of Bev Langton.
We also always do a ‘spot’ in the interval. This year, we surprised the audience with a christmas medley from the Shrewsbury Morris Spoonchestra!