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2018 Practice starts

The practice season is upon us again, and we’re looking for new recruits. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced morris dancer or a musician, we’d be very pleased for you to join us at our practices.

Our next practice is on Wednesday the 19th of September, and we shall be meeting every Wednesday from 8pm to 10pm (morris time) from now until Christmas. We meet at Napier Hall, Hide Place, SW1P 4NJ, and would be very glad of your company for some hopping up and down related exercise.

Please come by and say hello if you are interested in trying out some morris dancing for the first time, or if you already dance with another side and fancy morris dancing on another night of the week as well.

If you need any more information then please contact Richard, our bagman (secretary), at: newbagman@westminstermorris.org

2018 Day of Dance Programme

Westminster Morris Men have been holding our Day of Dance celebration in May for over 60 years now, and in 2018 it takes place on Saturday May the 12th.  And once again we’re delighted to be joined by some of our friends from around London and the UK, with many different styles and traditions of English Morris Dancing

Here’s the programme showing which teams are dancing where, and when. All times quoted are BMT (British Morris Time = BST plus or minus an unspecified amount of time depending on unspecified things)

Tour 1
Westminster
Aldbury
Thaxted
Camden Clog
Tour 2
Anker
Jockey
Ravensbourne
Tour 3
Brighton
Greensleeves
Moulton
 
10:10 – Tachbrook Street 10:15 – The Albert, Victoria Street 10:15 – St. Margaret’s, Westminster Abbey  
10:50 – The Albert, Victoria Street 10:50 – St. Margaret’s, Westminster Abbey 11:00 – Victoria Tower Gardens  
11:40 – St. Margarets, Westminster Abbey 11:30 – Victoria Tower Gardens 11:30 – Westminster Arms, Storey’s Gate  
12:30 -13:30 – Massed Show in Trafalgar Square
LUNCH BREAK
Tour 4
Westminster
Ravensbourne
Jockey
Tour 5
Moulton
Aldbury
Thaxted
Camden Clog
Tour 6
Brighton
Anker
Greensleeves
 
14:30 – Trafalgar Square 14:30 – Ship and Shovell 14:30 – Duke of York’s Steps  
15:10 – Ship and Shovell 15:10 – Trafalgar Square 15:10 – Adelaide St / St Martin In The Field Church Path  
16:00 – Adelaide St / St Martin In The Field Church Path 15:50 – Duke of York’s Steps 15:50 – Trafalgar Square  
17:00 – 18:00 – Massed Show in Trafalgar Square

Come on down – we’d love to see you!

In memoriam: Dr Denis Smith

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.

Unicorns

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.