Ravensbourne Morris Taster Evening
18 April 2017
Why not give Morris Dancing a try? The Ravensbourne Morris Men are holding a taster evening at the Change of Horses Pub in Farnborough.
All welcome - just turn up and ask, "Where are the Morris Dancers?"
Come along and have a
go. We will explain all about the dances and get you started. You will
find us to be quite informal so don't put it off any longer!
Ravensbourne are a thriving men's morris side who enjoy dancing, singing playing, drinking (in moderation of course) and generally having fun. It doesn't matter if you have never danced a step, we would be delighted to meet you.
If you like it, you can join us; we always welcome new members.
This Year Featuring David Hicks
We have acrobats but you don't need to be one to join...
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Keston Wassail 2017
The extraordinary Ravensbourne Mummers
Pictured (left to right): David Hicks (Chief Wassailer), Aidan Hardy (King George), John Callaghan (Turkish Knight), Paul Burgess (Italian Doctor), The Ravensbourne Beast 'Dobbin' under strict direction by Kevin Bonner-Williams (The Incredible Farting Horse), Tony Saunders (Old Woman), Ian Campbell (Father Christmas), and Jan Mondrzejewski (Johnnie Jack).
The Ravensbourne Mummers performed a vigorous, traditional Winter Play as part of Ninth Annnual Keston Wassail. It was yet another triumph in front of an appreciative crowd. There were some changes to the cast: Beelzebub was missing because David Hicks was needed to dab the apple tree with cider-soaked-bread. Paul Burgess stepped in as the Italian Doctor.
In his invitation to the event, David Hicks wrote, "In 1797, Edward Hasted wrote in his History of Kent of his disdain for the rustic Keston and Wickham Wassailers. Sorry Ed, 220 years later and it’s still going on!" Thanks to David we can look forward to this important traditional local custom, distinctive to Keston, continuing for many years to come.
David Wassails the Apple Tree at the Two Doves
David passes the Wassailing Bowl around
Boxing Day 2016
The weather was cool and fresh with clear skies and bright sunshine as an estimated 700 people turned out to watch the Morris Dancing.
The future of Morris Dancing is safe in Keston
Participation rates were so high during the Shepherd’s Hey instructional that we had to form an inner and outer circle. There were as many children as adults and we can take a long term view of this: good memories make future Morris Dancers. As always, we had a number of incognito Morris Men join us for Bonnie Green Garters, the Morris farewell dance. The public demand for selfies with rich and famous celebrities was as high as ever and we obliged them by striking a few poses. No word from Vogue Magazine yet but we are working on it.
A generous audience