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Bourne River Morris Men

Bournemouth, Dorset: 51 years of Morris Dancing

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Programme News: The 2018 summer dance programme is complete - you can download a copy here - but please do check back later for details of the "Mystery Tour" on 5 July and 13 September.

Pending a complete makeover of this site, we have added an interactive online calendar (courtesy Google Maps) with colour coding to highlight confirmed and provisional events, along with separate highlighting of weekends, festivals and events hosted by other morris teams.  Just cliick the link in the menu bar above, then you can browse the calendar and click on any event to get more information.

Forthcoming Events:

  • Saturday 9th June       Wimborne Minster Folk Festival
  • Sunday 10th June       Wimborne Minster Folk Festival
  • Thursday 14th June     8.00pm: The Bermuda Triangle, Parr Street, Parkstone, BH14 0JY
  • Monday 18th June       8.00pm: The Castle Inn, Main Road, West Lulworth.  BH20 5RN.    Joining our friends, the Quayside Cloggies.
  • Thursday 21st June     8.00pm: The Cove House Inn, 91 Chiswell, Portland.  DT5 1AW Frome Valley Morris's annual charity event celebrating the summer solstice.
  • Weekend 22 to 24 June:    Helmond Morris Men's Ring Meeting, Helmond, Netherlands. Yes - a foreign trip for Bourne River at long last, whilst we are still part of Europe
  • Tuesday 26th June     8.00pm: The Royal Oak, Fritham, New Forest. SO43 7HJ.  Joining our friends, the Deorfrith Morris.  
  • Friday 29th June        3.30pm: Broadstone 1st School Summer Fair, 15A Dunyeats Road, Broadstone, BH18 8AA. (Note NOT Springdale 1st School - a mistake in the programme).
  • Saturday 30th June     Folk on the Quay music and dance festival on Poole Quay  - Dancing between 11.00 am & 3.00 pm - see the festival website for times and locations). 
  • Saturday 30th June     9.00pm: Parley Manor Hotel Parley Green, Christchurch, BH23 6BB (private event for a 60th birthday party)

At the AGM on 21st September, Stuart stood down as squire after 3 years of hard work especially during the last year organising the 50th anniversary. The side thanked him for his efforts and then passed the burden to Steve Earwicker who failed to run away fast enough. The Foreman (Alf) and Bagman (Geoff) were not so lucky and have yet another year to serve.

The Bourne River Morris Men

Formed in November 1967, and now in our 51st 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

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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 7.30pm. For most of the 2017-2018, practice season we will be at The Poole Ex-Serviceman's Club, 66 North Road, Poole. BH14 0LY. Map here. (NB every 4th week there may have to be a late change due to room availabiility so watch this space, or check the online calendar)

  • 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. 

  • 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) Steve on 01929 480737 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.  It costs you NOTHING to join the team - we have no membership, joining or subscription fees.

50th Anniversary Year - Special Events

We held a number of celebration events during our 50th anniversary year in 2017.

2017 was a year to be doubly celebrated - not only were Bourne River Morris 50 years old but our then Squire, Stuart Planner, was also celebrating his own 50th birthday.  Stuart had set the team a target for the year of performing 50 different dances and including 50 different venues - we achieved this feat at the 50th reunion on 23rd September.

  • We held a Spring ceilidh on Saturday 18th March 7.30 - 11.00pm with Arish Mel and Michael Catovsky at Broadstone War Memorial Hall, Tudor Road, Broadstone. BH18 8AW
  • We held a Weekend of Dance 14th-16th July, based at West Parley Memorial Hall, Stocks Lane, Christchurch Road, West Parley, Dorset, BH22 8SQ.
    • Ably supported by some of our friends from other local teams (Dorset Buttons & Buttons Rapper, Hobos Morris, Quayside Cloggies and Sarum Morris) and a very welcome visit from our old friends Martlet Sword and Morris from West Sussex, there were two coach excursions visiting some of our favourite palces around the Purbecks and the New Forest.
    • It was grand to see quite a number of our "resting, retired and exiled" past members at the weekend.
    • A few photos from the weekend can be seen in the gallery below
  • We had a further 50th Anniversary re-union on Saturday 23rd September - lunchtime. The Fox and Hounds, Hungerford Bottom, Old Bursledon, Hampshire, SO31 8DE, where we were joined by Deofrith Morris and some of  our "resting" members. A return visit to the very first pub at which Bourne River Morris Men danced, returning from their first ever booking which was for the Fareham Ladies Professional Association.

Page last updated: 7th June 2018