Annual General Christmas Dinner Meeting 2015

Last night saw the Etcetera Morris Men get together to look back over 2015 and a great year of fun and friends, dance, music and song.

Rather than sit about in a stuffy meeting this is now the third year that the AGM has taken place in the pub and run in parallel with a Christmas Dinner. Whilst this can make keeping the meeting under control a challenge, it means we can continue to keep our main focus of enjoying ourselves on course, with up to three courses! Thanks to The Moon Under Water in Enfield for a great evening.

Along with serious discussions about what night we should dance out during the Summer season in 2016 and the investiture of our new Squire, there were debates about whether to order another dessert and whose round it was…

Matt gets the accoutrements of Squiredom
Matt gets the accoutrements of Squiredom

So it’s thank you to Mike and good luck to Matt as the role of Squire passes on. You can see Matt dance into post at our traditional dancing show to welcome 2016 – the Etcetera Morris Men New Year’s Day Spectacular – at what must be one of Enfield’s most traditional venues – The King & Tinker, Whitewebbs Lane.

Hope to see you all there!

New Year’s Day Spectacular 2016!

Etcetera Morris Men will welcome in the New Year in now-traditional style once again in the north of Enfield.

New Year's Day at the King & Tinker
Etcetera Morris Men celebrate New Year at The King & Tinker

Alongside other guest teams from the surrounding area, the Morris Men will bring their dance and music, with the usual collection of hats, bells, handkerchiefs and sticks.

We look forward to seeing the crowds there to toast the arrival of another year of dance, music, song and capers!

Come along to the King & Tinker on Whitewebbs Lane to join us for the fun from 12:30pm as we mark the arrival of 2016 in spectacular style!

Apple Day sunshine at Enfield Market

We’re mid-way through the Morris fun at Enfield Market. If you missed the first spot  we’re back on at 12:30pm. Come down and support your local Morris Dancing side – Etcetera Morris Men – and your local market in the glorious late, late autumn sunshine.

Malcolm dances a jig in the Market House at Enfield Market
Malcolm dances a jig in the Market House at Enfield Market

Thanks to to Enfield  Market Instagram feed for this picture of us dancing to the tune of Ploughboy’s Dream (our own dance in the style of Fieldtown) and short video clip of us dancing Constant Billy (from Headington Quarry).

 

The Morris action continues this October…

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Etcetera Morris Men dancing in Enfield

Etcetera Morris Men’s practice sessions are now in full swing – and it’s never too late to get in touch with us to attend your first practice session.  We can show you the steps, the arm movements and stick clashes required, before we all head down to the pub for well earned refreshment…

If you’re not clear what Cotswold Morris Dancing is or you’ve still not seen us out and about in Enfield (where have you been?) then don’t worry, there is still another chance to catch up with us in Enfield Town in 2015 following our day out at the start of the month.

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Dancing in the October sunshine

Etcetera Morris Men made the most of a sunny autumn Sunday in Enfield yesterday, dancing out at two local institutions.

In the morning we joined in the fun at the Chickenshed Family Fun Day.  The sun shone on the 3km Fun Run (we thought it best not to take part in to save our energy for the dances) and stayed out for our display in the amphitheatre.  Many thanks to the team at the Chickenshed for the warm welcome – we’ve not been there before –  and for joining in with our traditional farewell dance.

In the autumn sunshine we then hot-footed it across the borough to Forty Hall Farm.

Mike dances Ladies Pleasure
Mike dances Ladies Pleasure (Fieldtown)
Malcolm dances Lumps of Plum Pudding
Malcolm dances Ladies Pleasure (Bledington)

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Announcing – Morris Dancing Taster Sessions!

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We’re introducing a monthly “Taster Session” on the third Monday of every month.

We know it can be a bit daunting taking your first steps or playing your first notes for Morris Dancing or with a new side. Some of us have been doing it for over thirty or forty years, others only started with us recently.

No matter if you have experience of dancing and playing the Morris or not, we always welcome new members, and will show you the basics and build it up from there. Continue reading

The Day of Dance is here!

Today’s your chance to see traditional English dancing – specifically Morris Dancing from the Cotswolds – in Enfield Town.We’re joined by friends from Whitchurch Morris Men and the Squire has said “We’re really looking forward to joining in the festivities at the Enfield Town and Country Show as part of our Day of Dance. After the success of last year’s event we are back, and we’re always on the lookout for new members to help sustain the tradition.”

Visit etcmorrismen.org.uk/day-of-dance for more information.

Summer Programme 2015 now updated

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2015 Summer Programme

Check out the Diary for the latest information about where to see Etcetera Morris Men this summer.

We’re returning to some pubs we haven’t visited for a while, and have new local events too. We hope to see you at one or more of them over the coming months!