2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of Plymouth Morris. Although we are celebrating our 50th anniversary year, and were due to host the 364th meeting of The Morris Ring to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of The Mayflower from Plymouth in 1620, everything has been postponed due to Covid-19. Next year we hope to host the Ring Meeting in June as well as a 50th Birthday Day of Dance in May, and The Fools and Animals Unconvention weekend which was due to be held in October 2020.
What's happening next?
Due to the Covid 19 virus it is with regret that we have taken the decision to cancel our weekly practice sessions until further notice. The events we had planned for March and April have had to be cancelled and our summer programme may also be affected so please check here regularly, or on our Facebook page, for further updates.
We hope to resume our normal programme as soon as possible.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
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Meanwhile we continue to have virtual practices in isolation and shared via WhatsApp, including videos of dancing, music, and pics of the virtual apres Morris sessions where we traditionally share a pint together.
We also celebrated St George's Day with a virtual get together online and were up as usual to dance for sunrise on May Day but unfortunately this also had to be done online rather than on Plymouth Hoe. Videos of this amazing event can be seen on our Facebook pages.
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Our first event of 2020 was on New Year's Day at The Dolphin on The Barbican when we raised £155.00 towards a defibrillator on behalf of The Dolphin.
Our provisional programme for 2020 is now available here.
Please note all dates are provisional, unless otherwise stated, and are subject to change, particularly in view of the Covid 19 virus. Any cancellations to the programme due to this will be posted on this page so always check back here for the latest information.
New Book about
The Plymouth Morris Tradition
The Plymouth Morris Tradition is a set of (mostly) four man dances first performed in public during 1989. A new 24 page book compiles a short history of early Morris dancing (including Tudor records for Plymouth), and the music and dance notation for the tradition. The book is available as a free download using this link.
The book is also available in a paperback edition for £3 in person, or £4 including postage and packing (cheques payable to Plymouth Morris should be sent to Plymouth Morris, 92 Ponsonby Road, Plymouth PL3 4HW). The proceeds from the sale of the book will be dedicated to renewal of the Plymouth Morris costume in preparation for the Mayflower 400 celebrations.
Maurice Dart was a member of The Apple Jacks Morris Team in Plymouth in the early 1960's who, together with Cyril Tawney, were instrumental in the formation of Plymouth Morris Men in 1965.
On Sunday 12th May 2019 we made our 3rd trip to Plymouth Breakwater where we spent an hour or so dancing and wandering around this amazing feat of 19th century engineering.
These are held at The School of Creative Arts, 22 Millbay Road, Millbay, Plymouth, PL1 3EG (the big red building opposite the entrance to the Brittany Ferries port) on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. Unfortunately, due to the Covid 19 virus we have taken the decision to cancel further practices until further notice.
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Plymouth Morris dancing Skirmish with Naval pattern cutlasses in Leamington Spa for the Ring Meeting hosted by Jockey Morris Men and Shakespeare Morris in July 2019.
Each year we make a donation to a charity and have raised over £6,000 over the last 10 years.
Our chosen charity for the past year was the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Derriford Hospital.
Collections raised by the 7 performances of our Mummers Play in December 2018 raised £447.12 for NICU. We rounded this up to £560.00 and presented them with a cheque on Wednesday 26th February 2020.
Our collection on New Year's Day 2020 at The Dolphin was £155.00 to help them fund a defibrillator.
Our nominated charity for 2020 is Amyloidosis (am-uh-loi-DO-sis). Amyloidosis is a rare disease that occurs when a substance called amyloid builds up in your organs. Amyloid is an abnormal protein that is produced in your bone marrow and can be deposited in any tissue or organ.
Some Summer Doings
In April 2017 we were in Southampton for the annual Day of Dance hosted by our great friends of King John Morris Men.
On Sunday on our return home we stopped off to celebrate St. George's Day at Tolpuddle in Dorset to visit the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum and to have lunch at The Martyrs Inn.
On return to Plymouth we thought it only fit to have a photo taken where the plaque to commemorate the return from exile in Australia of 4 of the Martyrs on 18th March 1838 is situated, near the place where they came ashore, at Mayflower Steps on Plymouth Barbican.
We are pleased to support The Horse and Groom, Bittaford, with their annual Charity Fundraising weekend in July each year, raising money for the Brain Tumour Charity and Riding for the Disabled.
On Friday 28th July 2017 we travelled to Kent for the 355th Morris Ring Meeting hosted by Ravensbourne Morris Men. They took us on a tour around London's South Bank where we performed at various famous landmarks culminating in a massed dance of all the invited Morris sides at the Tower of London.
Each year we make a donation to a charity and have raised over £5,000 over the last 9 years. On Sunday 21st March 2010 members of Plymouth Morris danced their way around the Plymouth Mile course for Sport Relief. We raised over £900!
Thank you for your support!
At our 48th Annual Ceilidh on Saturday 24th February 2018 we presented HeartSWell South West with a cheque for £500 which will be used to provide defibrillators locally in Plymouth.
More details of our charitable giving can be found on our 'Charitable Donations' page.
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Plymouth Morris have had several foreign trips in recent years, including Holland in 2005, a trip to Hungary and Serbia in July 2006 and Jersey in May 2007. In August 2009 we went to south-western France for the 50th Annual International Folklore Festival at Montrejeau. We have had several trips to Brest in conjunction with the Plymouth-Brest Twinning Association, including the Maritime Festival held every 4 years.
On Friday 19th July 2019 we travelled to Henley-in-Arden in Warwickshire for the 361st Meeting of The Morris Ring, hosted by Jockey Men's Morris and Shakespeare Morris. A weekend of dance from the 19th - 21st July 2019 as part of their respective 70th and 60th anniversary celebrations and the 85th anniversary of The Morris Ring, to which we belong. Four coach tours crossed the county on Saturday showcasing the beautiful countryside (and pubs!). Our dance spots included Leamington Spa, Kenilworth Castle, Warwick and Solihull, where we joined up with the other tours for a mass display. On Sunday we formed part of the group of 200 Morris dancers who performed near the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford upon Avon.
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