ROY DOMMETT – 1933-2015
Yateley Morris Men lament the passing of Roy Dommett, CBE, a world authority
on morris dancing and rocket science.
Roy was a founder of the morris team at the RAE, Farnborough in 1954, from which stemmed his interest, research and collecting of all things morris. YMM continue to perform dances in the 'Farnborough Style' of which we are sure Roy had a hand in developing.
He actively taught and encouraged the formation of of many morris teams locally and many of our older members will remember him often visiting and casting an eye over our performances, usually with some robust banter!
Our thoughts are with Marguerite and the rest of his family and friends at this sad time.
Thanks Paul Montague for your memories of Roy.
Yateley Christmas Market
We’re out and about on Saturday 28th November supporting the lovely Yateley Lions / Yateley Christmas Market
outside St Peters / Dog and Partridge in the heart of Yateley, 1530 – 1830.
Come and watch us as we performance some of England’s traditional dance – the Morris. We are being joined this year by scouts from the 8th Bramshill Group who have been learning about the Morris tradition and will be having a go!
Contrary to some rumours flying around, Yateley Village Mummers will NOT be performing the NE Hants mummers play – keep an eye on Facebook and our webpage for pre-Christmas mumming dates.
Now's Your Chance to Join Us
Morris Dancing is a noble English folk tradition which dates back some
800 years. If you have ever seen a side dancing and wanted to try it out
now is the time.
On Tuesdays through October and early November at 8pm the Drama Hall at Yateley Manor School (GU46 7UQ) we will be holding taster sessions for new members and anyone who would like to try the Morris. So if you would like a good excuse for a beer after some more interesting exercise than pounding the treadmill in the gym.... now's your chance.
From then, until the dance season starts again on May 1st, we practise every Tuesday night.
After practice we retire to the Dog & Partridge in Yateley for some much needed re-hydration and ensure that we maintain ourselves in peak condition for dancing!
In addition to the dancing, like most Morris sides, we also indulge the other folk traditions of singing and playing - when the mood and the audience are conducive.
If you would like to chat to us about The Yateley Morrismen and what we do please feel free to get in touch with our Squire (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Yateley Morris Men were formed in 1975 and are based in Yateley, a village tucked away in the North East corner of Hampshire. The members come from a wide surrounding area and the side dances traditional English Morris dances from Cotswold villages such as Bampton, Adderbury and Eynsham.
Yateley Morris Men enjoy dancing throughout the summer. We dance at public houses every Tuesday evening from May to September: we also dance at folk festivals, village fetes or visit other Morris sides.
Highlights of the season include:
- “Dancing the Summer in” at dawn (around 5:30am) on May 1st, at Wyndhams Pond:
- The annual Day of Dance, traditionally held on the third Saturday of September, when other Morris sides visit and finish the day with massed dancing on the green outside The Dog and Partridge.
- On Boxing day, at noon, there is an hour of Morris dancing and the traditional mummers play is performed on the green outside the medieval St.Peter’s Church.
It should be noted that the green is the same one that is outside the Dog and Partridge! The Yateley Men have their very own 'Hooden Horse'. This cuddly beast is a true Morris animal in all senses of the word and enjoys the dancing so much that it follows us around and tries to join in. Beware!
Each year Yateley Morris Men get far more invitations to dance than we can possibly accept. The programme is settled early in the year so anyone wishing to book us would need to contact the Bagman (secretary) mid-January at the latest.
Yateley Morris Men are proud to be keeping this colourful part of English heritage alive and to support local charities. However, help is needed for the future! New recruits are urgently needed. Practice sessions run from October to April on Tuesdays in the Drama Studio at Yateley Manor School from 8:00-10:00pm. Any men or youngsters, from beginner to experienced dancer/musician are welcome. If you're interested in trying Morris, or just want to find out more about how we enjoy it, contact one of the officers.
If you would like to see lots pictures of us in action throughout the
year you can look at our