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About Nic

Retired Systems Engineer. Career started as an M.Sc. and Ph.D. student at Manchester University, School of Computer Science, in the early '70s and ended in retirement from Computer Sciences Corporation in June '13. Folk dancer since the University days. Keen interest in morris dancing: Hurst Morris, Ellington Morris, Kennet Morris and Redding Moreys.

Invitation to early morris dancing (medieval)

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
Gresley Manuscript.

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.