Redbornstoke Morris 1976 – 2018
Redbornstoke Morris is a men’s side based in Ampthill, Bedfordshire. The side was created in 1976, dancing in and around Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas and we have also travelled further afield when the fancy has taken us.
We have been seen performing outside pubs and in other venues throughout the year. We are a men's side who specialise in our own interpretation of Cotswold style dancing in the summer months, when we dance in whites; but in winter we have taken to performing an amalgam of border and molly, for which we dress in black.
We celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2016 and most of our members are 'getting on a bit', with only our Squire, Jamie, being on the right side of sixty. Reluctantly then, the side has decided to fold, as there has been no response to our appeals for new, younger members.
Having been around for so many years, we have made many friends, and it was not possible for us to meet up with them all in 2017. Therefore, 2018 will be a special season for us, and we will be restricting our programme to just a few selected performances in order to bid our farewells to these friends - and to ensure that we don't burn ourselves out!
Those who know Redbornstoke Morris will be aware that almost the entire repertoire is performed in our own Traditions of Ampthill, Scouthall and Marston. Many sides have expressed interest in these dances, including local sides. In order to try and keep these dances alive, we are hoping that it will be possible to set up a new side in Central Bedfordshire to fill in the gap left by Redbornstoke Morris (and the disbanded Bedfordshire Lace ladies side), and to pass over the stewardship of this legacy.
The first meeting of this collective took place at the end of October 2017 and further sessions will be held on the subsequent Mondays in November and December. These sessions are open to all comers (men and ladies), experienced and novice dancers alike; and initially they will still be at Redborne School. Should this venture prove successful, then any further decisions regarding the naming of the side and practice sessions etc will be down to its members. In the meantime, Redbornstoke Morris will contuinue to take it under its wing. Please think about coming to a session, no commitment.
The contact for this initiative is Jamie on 07555 021964, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you be interested in our dances, they have now nearly all been recorded, and probably most can be found on You-tube. We are happy to arrange workshops to teach the dances to other sides or individuals.
We practise on Monday nights during winter months at Redborne Upper School, North Site, Ampthill, MK45 2NU from 8.00 pm.
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