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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.

A Day of Dance

Celebrating 500 years of Reading Morris

Reading Town Centre
Saturday 10th August 11:00am – 4:30pm


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.