MAY DAY 2017
This year a full day tour is planned with ‘the big four’!
Ilmington-Shakespeare-Campden & Pebworth Morris
ILMINGTON SCHOOL MAY CELEBRATIONS
Usually the last Friday before half term around the 19th May
A super experience to see this every year! well done to the teachers for keeping it alive and welcome to new head- Carol
BAMPTON – WHIT DANCING
This year we were invited to Bampton’s annual festivities – historically the Whitsun village tour – this year the Traditional Bampton Morris Dancers invited us to join them
This was an opportunity to meet up with Arnold Woodley’s side – Arnold had been a friend of Sam Bennett and it was Arnold who brought our Broom Dance back to Ilmington in the late 1970′s. We also enjoy a close relationship with Francis Shergold’s old side. An pleasure & honour to dance in Bampton again.
GARDENS DAY – 25th JUNE 2017
Guests were Hereburgh Morris – a lively mixed side of dancers from Warwickshire, joined us for a great day with a TV company present filming us !!!!!!!
BBC COUNTRYFILE LIVE – FRIDAY 4th AUGUST 2017
The Ilmington side have been selected to dance at the 4 day event (from 3-6th August) along with Abingdon, Bampton and Chipping Campden Morris
There was one traditional Morris side present each day – a great day out for the side and friends as well. The weather was kind to us and we met up with most of the TV programme presenters – Anita Rani looked visited us in The Village Green area of the show and Adam Henson extended an invitation to the side to visit his farm to dance at Guiting Power. Hopefully we will return to the show again next year.
FINAL WEDNESDAY TOUR -The Red Lion Inn
The traditional end to our ‘summer season’ dancing is a dance at the historical HQ of the side – The Red Lion Inn, Ilmington – this is where we always dance with guest sides and where visiting Morris sides dance (and as is usual ettiquette – we are informed as the village Morris Tradition purveyors)
The evening was a fine one weather-wise and nearly all of the sides members were there – in one way or another!….thanks for stopping Kevin! The close of yet another successful season – Long Live The Morris!
Watch out for the Mummers approaching Christmas!