On the occasion of the WaterFest in Reading, the ruins of the Abbey were re-opened by the town officials and several folk dancing groups were invited to perform.
Redding Moreys responded and danced their usual repertoire on the sate set up at the Abbey Ruins and later at the Forbury Gardens. A well-attended event.
We participated in the October Plenty celebrations at London’s Borough Market on Sunday 22 October 2017. Here we are pictured with the Corn Queen at whose ‘court’ we danced.
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Redding Moreys Medieval Banquet
Saturday 6th February 2016 8.00pm to 10.30pm
Charvil Village Hall, The Hawthorns, Charvil, RG10 9TR
We are holding a Medieval Banquet at Charvil, just to the east of Reading, as a fund-raising event on the evening of Saturday 6th February 2016 and would like to see you there.
Tickets cost £16.00 per head and will include a three course authentic early Tudor meal. Between courses we will talk about early Tudor food and early Tudor morris dancing.
Please bring two bowls, a plate and cutlery for each person – such things were generally not used in early Tudor times. Please also bring your own glasses and drink. Small beer was the normal drink of 1513, but it is not brewed today – they did have cider though.
Tickets can be bought by sending a stamped addressed envelope and cheque for £16.00 per person to Hilary Tindall, 25 Copse Mead, Woodley, RG5 4RP. Her phone number is 0118 969 6926.
Cheques should be made payable to “Redding Moreys”.
If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me or Hilary.
Below is a *preliminary and unconfirmed* list, which will be elaborated in the weeks to come and be published in the form of events.
Saturday 12th September, Heritage Open Day
Watlington House, Watlington Street, Reading RG1 4RJ. 10.00 – 17.00. Reading’s oldest secular building. Edwin and John will talk about Redding Moreys and offer samples of 1513 food and drink.
W/e 12th/13th September 2015, Swanage Folk Festival
Howard and Chris will be there to talk to people over the weekend. A workshop on Sunday afternoon. They may appear in the church service on the Sunday morning!
W/e 24th/25th October 2015, Dance Around the World, EFDSS
EFDSS. Cecil Sharp House. We have been promised an opportunity to do a 1 hr workshop/demo but we don’t know which day or time yet.
6th February 2016. Redding Moreys EarlyTudor Food event
Charvil Village Hall, The Hawthorns, RG10
An evening **for your diary**. We’ll demo and talk about Redding Moreys. Early Tudor food. We’ve been trying to get some early Tudor singers there to add to the festivity. Details to follow.
Friday 8th and Saturday 9th April 2016. ‘Nine Daies Wonder’
James Denny is planning to do a “Will Kemp” by dancing from Bath to Croydon (!) next April. He plans to go through the Reading area on these dates. We plan to participate in the event, dancing along.
Three Redding Moreys dawncers at the October Plenty celebration, at Borough Market, next to Southwark Cathedral, London. Earlier today, we performed a 16nth century ‘grappling dance’ from the Gresling manuscripts, Kemp’s Jig and ‘threaded the needle’ with the audience. Good fun!
We plan to be there on 13 July, dressed in our medieval morris costumes and dance at intervals between plays, all around the city centre. Come and find us, talk with us about early morris and examine our authentic clothes and other articles. See how you may join our movement.
There are only a few of us in the Redding Moreys side and the repertoire of available dances available is limited,; so, we would like to expand our activities and attract new members.
On Saturday 25th January 2014 we have hired the Memorial Hall in Tadley,
Berkshire from 2pm until 4pm and have asked Steve Rowley to talk about the
things that were known to accompany early morris dancing – hobby horses,
giants, church ales in general and ale itself, games, such as “Thread the
Needle” and songs. We hope to look at the fragmentary “fourth dance” in the
We should be able to demonstrate at least one of the known dances.
Early Tudor morris dancers would have been young men but we welcome anyone
who would like to join us. Dancers, pipe and tabor players and people
interested in making early Tudor clothing using authentic materials and
method are especially welcome.
We see our future role more as educational rather than just entertaining.
We have accompanied the Shakespearian re-enactment group “Lions Part” on
their celebrations on the London’s South Bank and we will attend the York
Mystery Plays in 2014.
Tadley Memorial Hall’s address is: The Green, Tadley, RG26 3PD. There is
parking at the hall. It would be helpful to know if you would like to
attend. We may have to make a small charge for refreshments and to cover
the cost of the hall.
For those of you on Facebook, here is a URL to the event.