Welcome to the Plymouth Morris Website!
MAYFLOWER MORRIS MUSTER
Plymouth Morris hosted a day of dance on Saturday 4th September 2021. It was the 364th meeting of the Morris Ring and was originally planned for 2020 to mark the 50th Anniversary of Plymouth Morris and the 400th Anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth in 1620. Plymouth Morris were joined by the squire and Bagman of The Morris Ring along with members from Dartington Morris Men, Exeter Morris Men, Jockey Morris, Letchworth Morris, Trigg Morris and Westminster Morris. Photos of the event can be found on our gallery page here.
What's Happening Next
On Wednesday 10th August we will be making our annual appearance at Riverside Caravan Park near Marsh Mills. The fun starts at 8pm.
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Our provisional programme for the coming season can be found here, or on our '2022 Programme' page.
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 for the Mayflower 400 celebrations.
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.
From October until the end of April each year these are due to be held at St. Budeaux Church Hall, The Green, Higher St Budeaux, Plymouth, PL5 2HN, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm.
Every Wednesday will be open to anyone to come and have a look and give Morris a try, with no obligation. Anyone up for a bit of fun?
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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 Nominated Charity for 2021 and 2022 is St Luke's Hospice, Plymouth. Hopefully we can dance out in public and continue collecting for them.
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.
Our chosen charity for 2019 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 was 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.
On Saturday 17th October, despite not being able to dance out during the Summer and collect for charity as we usually do, we presented a cheque for £500 to Sandra Jeffery, who has been receiving treatment for Amyloidosis for several years, on Mount Batten Pier. Sandra will pass the cheque on to the National Charity.
Most of the money was raised by the performances of our Mummers Play during December 2019.
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.
More details of our charitable giving can be found on our 'Charitable Donations' page.
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.
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.
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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