On Wednesday 1st May we experienced one of the best May Days so far! the weather was superb. The temperature was around zero degrees Celcius when we commenced our dancing at sunrise, 5.37 BST, on Ilmington Downs. The sun rose over Edge Hill – visible over Nebsworth from our location on the summit of Warwickshire near the Larkstoke transmitter site. The tradiiional ‘tot of Famous Grouse’ set the scene for the morning then three dances to a small audience- including the Squire of Exeter Morris Men, who joined us in a dance. The tour of the village followed with a breakfast at The Red Lion Inn, our headquarters.
ST. GEORGE’S DAY 2013
On Tuesday 23rd April we danced, as usual, in Lower Brailes. First at the Church of St George for Cannon Nicholas Morgan & his congregation, prior to the service and then with our friends from other local Morris sides at The George Hotel.
‘The Big Morris Four’ – Chipping Campden, Pebworth, Shakespeare Morris Men & ourselves….were all on form, sadly Adderbury Village Morris could not be with us this year. The weather was absolutely superb so the evening was ‘pleasant & delightful’ – the Hook Norton dray was present and we followed up with a cracking session of music & song with a presentation of the Snowshill ‘George & the Dragon’ Mummers play from Shakespeare Mummers.
Supper was provided by the establishment- thanks Bill!…the Hooky was flowing well too…Cheers to everyone who was there.
GARDENS DAY 2013
On Sunday 7th April we welcomed our guests for the event 2013- West Suffolk Morris Men, who not only dance a few of our tradition of Ilmington dances but visited the village last year (May 2012) whilst participating in the Cotswold Olimpicks Morris Meeting (a Morris Ring event organised by Ilmington, Chipping Campden & Shakespeare Morris Men).
The day was fine and the dancing was good- we were graced with the presence of our two new dancers who danced out for the first time ‘in kit’ – a splendid effort from both men.
Our guests gave a splendid performance of their dances, photos of the day can be viewed on this web-site.
Regular Wednesday evening tours around the local area and Shipston Wool Fair on Monday 27th May : see the 2013 programme.