Yateley Morris goes to Spain
We are all getting excited about an international trip to Spain In September,
guests of a traditional dance side ‘Ball de Bastons de Montblanc’.
We received the invite when we met these guys a couple of years ago when we attended a dance festival in Prague, Czech Republic. We will be hosted in Montblanc, north of Barcelona, a fantastic, ancient walled town. ‘Ball de Bastons de Montblanc’ (literally, ‘Dancers of Sticks of Montblanc’) say that their dances originate from fights to protect stagecoaches using the spokes of wheels! Has all the makings of a great weekend!
So you want to be a Morris Man?
are always pleased to welcome new men, irrespective of age, as dancers or
musicians. Most of us started off with no experience of morris dancing,
so don't worry, our Foremen (ask what a foreman is later! ) will teach you
the dances and get you fit at the same time. We usually concentrate on a
few, straightforward dances to master so that you will feel confident in
dancing out in public.
The ideal time to join us is in October, when we start our practice season. Then you'll have the full seven months to learn some dances before we start our summer dancing season in May. However we can accommodate new recruits at any time in the season. Ask us at any time. To find out even more just complete the form below.
From the beginning of October to the end of April, we meet each Tuesday evening (except over Christmas & Easter) at 8.00 p.m. for a couple of hours of practice - and finish with an "end of practice" curry: illustrated to the right. Our venue is the Drama Hall at Yateley Manor School in the heart of Yateley.
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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!
Click on the picture of the horse to discover a few of his darker secrets!
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