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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 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:

  • Tuesday 21st August           6.00pm              RNLI College - CANCELLED - RNLI have had to cancel their training event.
  • Thursday 23rd August         7.30pm               Wareham Quay, Wareham, BH20 4LP
  • Saturday 25th August          2.00pm (about)   Beer Festival at The Poole Ex-Serviceman's Club, 66 North Road, Poole. BH14 0LY. Map here.
  • Thursday 30th August         7.30pm               The Drovers, Gussage All Saints.  BH21 5ET -  a great community pub owned by Gussage Community Benefit Society
  • Sunday 2nd September       all day                Wight Bells Day of Dance - Isle of Wight (our second overseas visit this year)
  • Thursday 6th September     7.30pm               Boscombe Pier, Sea Road, Boscombe, BH5 1BN
  • Saturday 8th September      all day                Swanage Folk Festival   (see the festival website for further info)
  • Sunday 9th September        all day                Swanage Folk Festival   (see the festival website for further info)
  • Thursday 13th September    7.30pm              Stuart's Mystery Tour - still a mystery, so keep checking here for info
  • Thursday 20th September    8.00pm              Bourne River Morris Men's AGM - at The Poole Ex-Serviceman's Club, 66 North Road, Poole. BH14 0LY. Map here.
  • Thursday 27th September    7.30pm              First practice of the 2018-2019 practice season at The Poole Ex-Serviceman's Club, 66 North Road, Poole. BH14 0LY. Map here.
  • Please feel free to come along and have a go - we're really quite a friendly bunch.
  • Sunday 30th September      12.30pm             Sixpenny Brewery - Holwell Farm, Holwell, Cranborne. Dorset, BH21 5QP, Come and spend a lunchttime with some excellent beer and dancing from ourselves and our friends from Holt Morris.
  • Thursday 11th October         6.00pm              A special birthday event - contact the team for details.

At the last AGM on 21st September 2017, 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.

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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 ?

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We practise most Thursday evenings during Autumn, Winter & Spring, starting 7.30pm. For most of the 2018-2019, practice season we will be at The Poole Ex-Serviceman's Club, 66 North Road, Poole. BH14 0LY. Map here. (NB every 4th week or so 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).

  • We can accept dancers of any age (although if you are lucky enough to be under 16 or so it would be a good idea to bring a parent along to a first practice).  There is no upper age limit (as you would see if you came along to a practice).

  • No previous dance experience needed - we can teach you all you need to know.  And, of course, if you are an experienced dancer moving into the area then we'd be delighted if you could join us.

  • 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.

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

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: 21st August 2018