In what has become a regular highlight on our calendar, we enjoyed a weekend of camping, dancing and generally folking at Chippenham Folk Festival.
The weekend started with some team members running workshops for children in the Schools Day – and getting snazzy badges to boot.
Saturday and Sunday were packed with dance spots around town, on the festival stage, and in the procession. We enjoyed All The Weather: ice creams one day, brolly dances the next. It was also a weekend of firsts, as we debuted both a helium balloon dance and a stick-and-bucket dance.
Already looking forward to next year!
Summertown Morris’ photos from Chippenham Folk Festival 2015
It’s one of the highlights of the Oxford calendar: as usual, we were up bright and early to dance in the sun on 1st May.
Once the sun was up, we continued to encourage it by working our way around the city, pausing only for an intimate breakfast with a hundred or so other dancers.
Summertown Morris’ photos from Oxford May Morning 2015 (credit to Phil Robinson for most of them – thanks for the great shots!)
The side with our old friend Jack-in-the-Green, and our first ever canine member. Photo by Phil Robinson
Our summer season began with Folk Weekend Oxford. From 17-19 April the city was full of gigs, workshops, and of course dancers, and on the Saturday we enjoyed dancing in spots around the city and (re)meeting lots of other teams. We even had a record 11 dancers in the same place at the same time!
Summertown Morris’ photos from Folk Weekend Oxford 2015
For anyone wanting to count down the days to Folk Weekend 2016, it’ll take place on 15-17 April.
Enjoying the sunshine on Oxford Castle Mound
Better late than never! In January we were pleased to return to Whittlesey for our third Straw Bear Festival.
After an industrious Friday night in the pub putting the final touches to our new kit, we were pleased to debut it on several dancers on Saturday. Well done to squire Fi and her mum for their hard work making our smart new tunics!
We followed the bear (and the adorable baby bear) in a procession to the town centre, then spent the rest of the cold but sunny day dancing at spots around Whittlesey and catching up with other teams and folky friends.
You can see more photos from the day in our Flickr stream. Many thanks to the Straw Bear organisers for another great festival, and we hope to return in 2016.
2015 is upon us, and we’re making some changes to our practice night. And time. And place.
We’ll now be meeting every other Wednesday evening (more or less) from 7:30-9:30pm at Summertown United Reformed Church hall, 294A Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7HN (just north of Summertown shops and opposite South Parade – map).
On 7th January we’ll be polishing up our dances for the Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival, and the next practice after that will be on Wed 28th January (or two days after Australia Day for those celebrating!).
Would you like to have a go at morris dancing? Find out what it’s all about? Or even join our side?
We are always keen to welcome new dancers, but we’ll be especially welcoming on Tuesday 21st October, when we are having a new members night. Whatever your level of experience, come along and meet our friendly team, learn some dances, and have some fun. There may even be refreshments!
We meet from 8:00-9:30pm in North Oxford Conservative Club, on the corner of Rogers Street and Middle Way, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7LH (map). Looking forward to seeing you there!
Summertown had a splendid time at this years Oxford folk weekend, the scene of our first dance out 2 years ago! We kicked off by dancing outside the Oxford University Museum of Natural History with Eynsham morris. As it was just the two of us, we cracked out all of our dances! One of our most enjoyable (tiring) dances is Maid in the Mill, in the Wheatley tradition. Check out the video here! We’ll be adding some more photos and videos in the next few days. Until then, come and watch us at May Day tomorrow morning! c. 6:15am in Radcliffe Square.