The traditional start of the season takes us to the village of Lower Brailes. This year we were joined by guests from Adderbury Village Morris Men, Shakespeare Morris Men and the Shakespeare Mummers. Dancing commenced at 7.30pm on the terrace at The George Hotel, at 8.15pm the Ilmington Men danced at the Church of St George – for the congregation & Canon Nicholas Morgan at the end of the service. Further dancing continued with our guests at The George Hotel where a music session continued until very late! The George Mummers Play was given by the Shakespeare Mummers.

As usual The George ‘ graced us with their hospitality for which we thank them sincerely.

An excellent evening in celebration of our Patron Saint!

MAY DAY 2015

The weather this morning was absolutely marvelous- a good audience also made the effort to witness the ritual! The side danced at sunrise 5.38 BST then descended from the summit of Warwickshire (854 feet amsl) down into Ilmington for an early morning tour. Starting in the usual locality of ‘Bennett Place’ – The Howard Arms opened its doors (or at least Magda did!) for a welcome coffee at 6.30 am then on round the village

Sheree Greenhill had come over from Brisbane (with Dennis) to watch us…there is dedication for you! (Sheree’s husband was Chris Green who helped instigate the re-start of Ilmington along with Stan Jones & Paul Bryan in 1974 – sadly we lost Chris to cancer a few years ago- Stan also- RIP both)

Finally we took breakfast at The Red Lion Inn at 9am – thanks Percy & Cath- possibly their last as they move towards retirement

A very Happy May Day- incidentally the Fool’s Red Lips were in aid of DEMENTIA UK who held a fundraising day today.


Wednesday Tours – see the programme – with ‘specials’ !

Garden’s Day is 28th June