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Bourne River Morris Men

Bournemouth, Dorset: 52nd year of Morris Dancing

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Programme News: The 2019 summer dance programme is now ready (with just a couple of venues remaining to be confirmed).

You may click here to download a printable PDF copy of the full programme or click here to download just the events list (both open in a new window).

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 click the link in the menu bar above, then you can browse the calendar and click on any event to get more information.

Bourne River Morris are supporting a new women's Cotswold Morris side in the Bournemouth / Poole area - currently practicing on some Wednesday evenings, 8.00pm to 9.30pm - next one being on 10th July. Please contact us for further details and location or see this notice about practices and taster sessions in 2019.

Forthcoming Events:

  • Thursday 20th June - 8.00pm - The Cove House Inn, 91 Chiswell, Portland.  DT5 1AWJoining a few other teams for Frome Valley Morris's annual charity event celebrating the summer solstice.

  • Tuesday 25th June - 8.00pm - The Royal Oak, Fritham, New Forest. SO43 7HJ.  Joining our friends, the Deorfrith Morris.

  • Saturday 29th June - all day - 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). 

  • Thursday 4th July - 8.00pm -  The Drovers, Gussage All Saints.  BH21 5ET -  a great community pub owned by Gussage Community Benefit Society.

  • Sunday 7th July - from 11.00am -  Gold Hill Fair, Shaftesbury.  Dancing, with other sides, in the High Street at top of Gold Hill

  • Tuesday 9th July - 8.00pm - The Ship Inn, Wool, Wareham. BH20 6EQ.   Joining our friends, the Hobos Morris

  • Saturday 13th July - all day - Salisbury on the Move, Sarum Morris Day of Dance with many other guest sides in Salisbury

  • Thursday 18th July - 8.00pm - Poole Town Centre (starting near The Slug & Lettuce, 35–37 High Street. BH15 1AB)

  • Thursday 25th July - 8.00pm
  • - The Compasses Inn, Lower Chicksgrove, Salisbury. SP3 6NB.   Joining our friends Sarum Morris

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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 2019-2020, 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 availability so watch this space, or check the online calendar).  First practice / taster session of Autumn 2019 will be on Thursday 26th September.

  • 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) Stuart on 01300 348184 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 52nd 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 and up-to-date information on events etc.

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 places 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: 20th June 2019