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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.
Redding Moreys held a workshop on medieval morris dancing at Cecil Sharp House last Sunday, 25 Oct 15. The workshop was very well attended. A brief history of morris dancing in England was presented, followed by a demonstration of morris dancers dressed in early 16th century costumes, hand made from period material using traditional hand-stitching skills.
At the end of the demonstration, sets of attendees, led by Redding Moreys dancers were taught one of the ‘grappling’ dancs to music played on a penny whistle by one of the dancers while Maid Marian took pictures.
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.
Celebrating 500 years of Reading Morris
The earliest record of Morris Dancing in Reading is in St Lawrence Churchwarden records for the year 1513.
(From Charles Kerry’s History of St Lawrence, Reading’s Municipal Church, written in 1883.)
Kennet Morris Men feel this cannot go unrecognised. The dedication day is 10th August – St Lawrence’s feast day (or St Laurence’s Church as it is now known) and we’ll be celebrating the event 500 years to the day.
Kennet Morris Men and Redding Moreys, the medieval re-enactment team who will be recreating dances and costume from the period, will be joined by local sides Aldbrickham Clog, Borderline, Fleet Morris, Icknield Way, Garston Gallopers, Mayflower, OBJ, Shinfield Shambles and Yateley Morris Men.
The day will begin at 11:00am outside St Laurence Church with a welcome by The Deputy Mayor of Reading followed by dancing by Kennet & Redding Morreys. St Laurence Bell Ringers will join the celebrations with a peal or two at 11:30am and dancing will recommence 12:00 midday. Sides will perform on the hour from 12:00 until 3:00pm for about half an hour dancing at each of 4 spots – The Forbury Gardens, Broad Street (the performance area nearest to The Ale House), St Laurence/Town Hall Square and St Mary’s Church precinct.
The day will conclude at 4:00 pm outside St Laurence church with a Redding Moreys instructional for all, followed by a mass display. Full programme details are in the file below. We hope to see you there.
August 10th 1513. The first record of Morris Dancers in the Reading area.
August 10th 2013. A team of dancers aim to recreate the 1513 performance.