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Bourne River Morris Men

50th Anniversary 1967 - 2017

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Programme News: The summer dance programme is over (shame ....), the AGM has been and gone, so we now revert to the practice hall until the middle of May 2018 apart from a few special events.

Next things coming up:

  • First practice of 2018 om Thursday 4th January - 7.30pm at Poole Ex-Serviceman's Club
  • Sunday 7th January 2018 - 11.00am - Holly Copse Molly's Plough Mondaydance-out atThe Willets Arms, Oakley, Wimborne, BH21 1RN

Pending a complete makeover of this site, we have added an interactive online calendar (courtesy Google Maps) with colour coding to highlight confirmed and provisional events, along with separate highlighting of weekends, festivals and events hosted by other morris teams.  Just cliick the link in the menu bar above, then you can browse the calendar and click on any event to get more information.

At the AGM on 21st September, Stuart stood down as squire after 3 years of hard work especially during the last year organising the 50th anniversary. The side thanked him for his efforts and then passed the burden to Steve Earwicker who failed to run away fast enough. The Foreman (Alf) and Bagman (Geoff) were not so lucky and have yet another year to serve.

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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 evenings ?

The pointy finger

We practise most Thursday evenings during Autumn, Winter & Spring, starting 7.30pm. For most of the 2017-2018, practice season we will be at The Poole Ex-Serviceman's Club, 66 North Road, Poole. BH14 0LY. Map here. (NB every 4th week there may have to be a late change due to room availabiility so watch this space, or check the online calendar)

  • 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. 

  • 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) Steve on 01929 480737 or the Bagman (secretary) Geoff on 01202 602221 or see the contacts page if you would like further details or wish to arrange transport.

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.  It costs you NOTHING to join the team - we have no membership, joining or subscription fees.

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 events.

Some photos of our first ever performance in November 1967 can be found on the archives page.

During the winter months, despite rumours to the contrary, we do not hibernate - instead we practice 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  Bourne River Morris Men on Facebook where there are also lots more pictures

Page last updated: 31st December 2017