Long time musician to Westminster Morris Men, Dr Denis Smith died in November 2017. His funeral in December was well attended but, being in Scotland, there were many more who were unable to make the trip.
Lynda has arranged a memorial service to be held in the church at Thaxted on 9th June 2018 at 2:30 and all are welcome. Please see the notice attached here and let Lynda know if you are going to attend. It will help with the catering arrangements.
On our recent evening out on & around the South Bank with our West Londony chums The World Famous Hammersmith Morris Men we were lucky enough to find ourselves in front of the lens of Sandra Fontano, who took a few action snaps for a street photography blogpost.
Westminster Morris Men © 2014 Sandra Fontano
© 2014 Sandra Fontano
We were recently forwarded a collection of fantastic images of the team dancing in Finchingfield, which we think are from some time in the early 1950s.
Please have a look through, and get in touch with us if you’ve got any more specific info on any of them!
Unicorns are a topic close to our hearts, and news this week surfaced of an exhibition in New York featuring 16th century tapestry, “The Hunt of the Unicorn”. From the article in The Economist:
The most moving work on view is “The Unicorn in Captivity”, a tapestry from the Rockefeller series. A unicorn rests inside a wooden enclosure. Thousands of flowers cover the ground. A gold chain links his collar to the trunk of a pomegranate tree (a symbol of fertility). Red juice drips onto the unicorn’s pure white coat. The wild creature has surrendered himself to love. This is a sensual and tender image. The remaining tapestries, in a room nearby, tell a different story—about aggression, betrayal and death.
Though our Unicorn is the last left alive, people will recognise the ancestral behavioural themes: love, aggression, and resting. Not so much on the pomegranates latterly, but a link’s a link.
Another article in The Times reminds us, for those who maybe can’t make it over to New York, that replica tapestries created by weavers for West Dean are to be found in Stirling Castle.
Further interesting Unicorn information can be found on the BBC’s Listen Again website from the “In Our Time” programme with Melvyn Bragg.