News: We are mostly back in the practice hall
until mid-May 2017 with just a few events before the main summer programme
of 2017 starts.
- We practise most Thursday evenings during
Autumn, Winter & Spring, starting 7.30pm, For
the next few weeks in April & May we will be at The
Poole Ex-Serviceman's Club, 66 North Road, Poole.
(NB There may have to be a late change due to
room availabiility so watch this space)
- Sunday 23rd April lunchtime - St. George's day event
at The Botany Bay
Winterbourne Zelston. DT11 9ET. Morris & pace-egging with the
and many of our friends from other local sides
assisting us in this celebration.
- Monday 1st May - 05.15am -
Keys Inn, Mannington. BH21 7JZ.
Join us to welcome the sunrise with Morris, beer and
breakfast, followed by music and song. 1st dance at
sunrise (about 5.15 am)
Anniversary Year - Special Events
We have a number of celebration events planned for our 50th anniversary during 2017. Further details and other information will be posted here, so please keep checking back.
2017 is a year to be doubly celebrated - not only will Bourne River
Morris be 50 years old but our Squire, Stuart Planner, will also be
celebrating his own 50th birthday.
- We held a Spring ceilidh on Saturday 18th March 7.30 - 11.00pm with Arish Mel and Michael Catovsky at Broadstone War Memorial Hall, Tudor Road, Broadstone. BH18 8AW
- A Weekend of Dance 14th-16th July, based at West Parley Memorial Hall, Stocks Lane, Christchurch Road, West Parley, Dorset, BH22 8SQ.
- Friday 14th: evening get together, supper, ceilidh or other entertainment, pub visiting.
- Saturday 15th: breakfast, bus tours to dance at a number of venues including lunch; tea back ay hall; evening fest and entertainment in hall.
- Sunday 16th: breakfast, pack up, survivor's session at local pub, depart home.
- Saturday 23rd September - lunchtime. The Fox and Hounds, Hungerford Bottom, Old Bursledon, Hampshire, SO31 8DE. A return visit to the very first pub at which Bourne River Morris Men danced, returning from their first ever booking
which was for the Fareham Ladies Professional Association.
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Your local Morris Team needs YOU
Would YOU like to have a go?
Why not come to one of our practice
We practise most Thursday evenings during Autumn, Winter
& Spring, starting 7.30pm. For the next few weeks in
April & May we will be at The Poole Ex-Serviceman's
Club, 66 North Road, Poole. BH14 0LY.
(NB There may have to be a late change due to room
availabiility so watch this space)
We are always keen to find new members to dance with us (men only) or
musicians to play for us (men or women).
No previous dance experience needed
and we can accept age 16 and over (no upper limit). We can teach you all you
need to know.
Although the practice season has already started, it's
still not too late for newcomers to give it a try.
So why not work up the
courage - you know you really want to. Come and join us in the wonderful
whacky (especially in the stick dances) world of the Morris.
If you want to contact the team please call the Squire (leader) Stuart on
01258 858987 or the Bagman (secretary) Geoff on 01202 602221 or see the
contacts page if you would like further details or wish to arrange
And always remember,
Morris Dancing is good fun - it gives you plenty of exercise - and gets you to
some of the best locations and pubs in Dorset and elsewhere.
The Bourne River Morris Men
Formed in November 1967, and now in our 50th year, Bourne River
Morris Men are a men's side dancing in the
Cotswold style of Morris. We are members of
The Morris Ring
and perform dances originally collected in the early 1900's from a number of villages in
the Cotswolds area of England, hence the
description of 'Cotswold Morris'.
We are based in and around Bournemouth in Dorset, and
in the summer months we visit and perform at a number of local hostelries
(especially those purveyors of good ales) most Thursday evenings and many weekend
Some photos of our first ever performance
in November 1967 can be found on the
During the winter months, despite rumours to the contrary, we do not hibernate - instead we
indoors each Thursday and would welcome any new members whether novice or experienced dancer
(and of course musicians). Many of us also transform into
Stourvale Mummers in the pre-Christmas period to perform a traditional
folk play from Sixpenny Handley.
You can also
where there are also lots more pictures
Page last updated: 20th April 2017