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Bourne River Morris Men

Bournemouth, Dorset: 49th year of Morris Dancing

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Programme News: Our 2016 Summer programme is complete, and full details are on the Programme Page - here are the remaining events before our summer programme comes to an end:

  • Thursday 18th August - 7.30pm - Drusilla's Inn, Wigbeth, HortonBH21 7JH.  (The start of the "Steam Up" weekend with a cider and ale festival as well). Note that we will be starting at 7.30pm for the rest of the summer as the evenings start to get dark earlier.
  • Thursday 25th August - 7.30pm - The Drovers, Gussage All Saints.  BH21 5ET - a welcome return to this pub now a community pub owned by Gussage Community Benefit Society
  • Saturday 25th August - 1.00pm onwards - Alderney Community Centre Fete. Herbert Road, Poole.
  • Thursday 1st September - 7.30pm - The Woodpecker, Spetisbury.  DT11 9DJ. 
  • Sunday 4th September - all day - Wight Bells Day of Dance - Isle of Wight (our only overseas visit this year)
  • Thursday 8th September - 7.30pm - The Elm Tree Inn, Hightown Road, Ringwood.  BH24 3DY.   And that is the end of our summer programme - just Swanage Folk Festival to go, then the AGM and after that back into hibernation until next Spring (well not really as the weekly practices resume on 22nd September).
  • Saturday & Sunday - 10th & 11th September - Swanage Folk Festival   (Times and locations to be detailed later - see the festival website for further info)

Chris Mason: We've had quite a few requests for Chris's life story as read at his funeral on 24th February 2016, so here are the readings etc from his funeral:

The BRMM Man

Your local Morris Team needs YOU

Would YOU like to have a go? 

 Why not come to one of our practice evenings ?

The pointy finger

We practise most Thursday evenings during Autumn, Winter & Spring, starting 8.00pm, at The Brunswick Hotel, 199 Malmesbury Park Road, Charminster, Bournemouth.  BH8 8PX. Map here.

  • We are always keen to find new members to dance with us (men only) or musicians to play for us (men or women).

  • No previous dance experience needed and we can accept age 16 and over (no upper limit). We can teach you all you need to know. 

  • Although the practice season has already started, it's still not too late for newcomers to give it a try.

  • So why not work up the courage - you know you really want to. Come and join us in the wonderful whacky (especially in the stick dances) world of the Morris.

If you want to contact the team please call the Squire (leader) Stuart on 01258 858987 or the Bagman (secretary) Geoff on 01202 602221 or see the contacts page if you would like further details or wish to arrange transport.

And always remember, Morris Dancing is good fun - it gives you plenty of exercise - and gets you to some of the best locations and pubs in Dorset and elsewhere.

The Bourne River Morris Men

Formed in November 1967, and now in our 49th year, Bourne River Morris Men are a men's side dancing in the Cotswold style of Morris.  We are members of The Morris Ring and perform dances originally collected in the early 1900's from a number of villages in the Cotswolds area of England, hence the description of 'Cotswold Morris'. 

We are based in and around Bournemouth in Dorset, and in the summer months we visit and perform at a number of local hostelries (especially those purveyors of good ales) most Thursday evenings and many weekend events.

Some photos of our first ever performance in November 1967 can be found on the archives page.

During the winter months, despite rumours to the contrary, we do not hibernate - instead we practice indoors each Thursday and would welcome any new members whether novice or experienced dancer (and of course musicians).   Many of us also transform into Stourvale Mummers in the pre-Christmas period to perform a traditional folk play from Sixpenny Handley.

You can also  Bourne River Morris Men on Facebook where there are also lots more pictures

Page last updated: 14th August 2016