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Rose & Castle Morris

Formed in 1978 and based in Stoke Bruerne between Milton Keynes and Northampton, Rose & Castle Morris is a men’s North West Morris side. Almost all of their dances are traditional and come from the cities and towns of the North West of England. A significant feature of this side is that they dance in traditional English clogs with “irons” fitted to their soles that make a distinctive sound.
They are always looking for new recruits and will be holding a workshop from 10.30am to 12 noon in Stony Stratford on the morning after the Switching On of the Lights (30th November)
For further information, see their web site:

www.rose-castlemorris.org.uk

Queen’s Oak Ladies Morris

Queen’s Oak Ladies Border Morris team was established 32 years ago in Yardley Gobion a village on the Northants/ Bucks border. We dance a mixture of traditional English/ Welsh border dances such as Upton Stick and also several we have created, together with our talented musicians, to celebrate our links with local history e.g. Woodville and Eleanor Cross not forgetting ‘The Frog Dance’ based on the music of the Milton Keynes frog clock! We have recently been to France and danced near Verdun at the invitation of Albert the local mayor. See photo attached.



For further information, see their web site:

www.queensoak.org.uk

The Brackley Morris Men 

 

The Brackley Morris Men have been active in South Northants since at least the 1600s.  Some snippets from our records below:

  • A solid silver communion plate inscribed with the names of seven men, believed to be the morris men, was given to the parish church in Brackley and still exists today.
  • In 1725 and again in 1731 the men are recorded as dancing for Thomas Cartwright of Aynho House for the Whitsun Ale celebrations.
  • 1766. The Squire, having been ‘troublesome’ and ‘insolent’ in playing the fool in Oxford was committed to Bridewell as a vagrant.
  • The men danced in Banbury where the fool was reported by the Oxford Chronicle  as performing  his  ‘witless buffoonery’'
  • 1930s  Dancing dies out in Brackley.
  • 1959    The  dances  were  revived  in  1959  at  Magdalen  School,  Brackley, when  Roger Nicholls,  a  teacher  there,  formed  a  side  from  among  the   boys.  Although  the  connection  with  the  school  has  been  lost  down  the  years,  and  members  of  the  side  now  come  from  all  over  the area,  the  tradition  of  dancing  has  continued  to   the  present  day.
  • “A cultural phenomenon that can survive three centuries…  speaks volumes for the skill and tenacity of successive generations of Brackley men”.  Keith Chandler, Morris Historian
http://www.thebrackleymorrismen.org.uk


Rashiqa

 

 

Rashiqa is a Middle Eastern Dance (belly dance) Troupe based in Wolverton, Milton Keynes. Although specialising in Egyptian dance, we also enjoy performing to Arabic, Lebanese and Turkish music, both traditional and modern.

 

For further information, see their web site: www.rashiqa.co.uk

 

Rapskallian


Rapskallian Morris, dressed in the style of highwaymen, are based in the Milton Keynes area. They’ve given up their pistols and swords in favour of hankies and sticks. They perform dances from a variety of traditions including Cotswold and Manx.

 

 

Contact: jackieferneyhough@hotmail.com or

 

07954 365165

Royal Oak Morris

 Royal Oak Morris are a mixed side based in the village of Eydon in Northamptonshire. Royal Oak formed as a new side in 1985 to dance at the village fete, although it was later discovered that there was a tradition of Morris in the village. The side mainly dance dances from the Cotswold villages with a particular focus on the village of Badby, our closest village where a traditional Morris team is known to have existed, and whose dances were recorded. For further information, see their web site:

www.royaloakmorris.org.uk

New Moon Morris


New Moon Morris - morris dancing for a new generation! Bright colours, lots of noise and above all fun. Based in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire. Musicians and dancers of both varieties welcome. All shapes and sizes, no experience needed! Contact for more information. Practice nights Tuesday.

For further information, see their facebook page:

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507594012793451/

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