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THE STOURVALE MUMMERS

Bournemouth, Dorset: Traditional Folk Plays at Christmas & Easter

  The Morris Ring

Thanks to the landlords and landladies of the many hostelries who allowed us to perform, and especially the generosity of their customers, our Christmas 2017 tour allowed us to collect 1,365 to be used for the benefit of local children with special needs.

Added to our 2016 collection of 1,350, and sales of the late Chris Mason's collection of books and CDs of about 650, this has given us about 3,300 to be donated.

This year we were fortunate to have been alerted to a fund-raising campaign to provide a physio-vest for a young child, Oscar, from Wimborne who has Cystic Fibrosis  (see facebook and crowd-funding pages for more information and donations). 

The team decided to donate all of our funds to this very worthwhile cause and on Sunday 25th February we presented a cheque for 3,300 to his parents.  The presentation took place at The Vine Inn in Pamphill - which just happens to be the pub where the team meet and rehearse.

After the Christmas 2017 performance we had to say goodbye to one of our members, Kev Lowe who frequently played St George, and decided to abandon us for warmer climes - having moved with his partner to Spain.


Forthcoming Performances:

As usual, we shall be performing our Pace-Egging play on just a few dates in the Spring.

  • Saturday 31st March: (to be confirmed) - Easter Beer Festival at Poole Ex-Serviceman's Club, 66 North Road, Poole. BH14 0LY
  • Friday 20th April: Ray Sargent's St George's Day Ceilidh - see poster here
  • Sunday 22nd April: Bourne River Morris Men's St George's Day celebration at The Botany Bay Inne, Winterbourne Zelston. DT11 9ET - performing about 1.30pm

The team was formed in 1979 by members and friends of the Bourne River Morris Men.

The object of the performance is to raise funds for local children with special needs, as well as keeping alive a colourful local tradition. Over the years we have raised, and given away, over 37,000 to our selected causes (individual donations ranging from about 100 to over 3,000).

During the pre-Christmas season we perform a Mummers play from Sixpenny Handley -  click to see the 2017 Christmas programme - this includes links to each of the venues and post codes to help you find your way. 

During the Easter / St. George's Day periods we also perform a Pace Egging play, based on a traditional play from Kirkby Lonsdale in Westmoreland. 

We are associate members of the Morris Ring.

The origins of these plays are uncertain, but form part of a large body of traditional plays generally known as "Hero - Combat" plays.

You can see some comments on mummers and mumming in general here and some more light-hearted comments on mummers can be found on the trivia page.

You can also where there are also lots more pictures

If you wish to contact the team call the leader Alf on 01202 825849 alternatively send an email to: mummers@(please remove bit in brackets to avoid spam)brmm.org.uk.




Page last updated: 27th February 2018