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Bourne River Morris Men

50th Anniversary 1967 - 2017

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Programme News: Our 2016 Summer programme has ended (shame), we are now back in the practice hall until mid-May 2017 with just a few events before the main summer programme starts.

  • We practise most Thursday evenings during Autumn, Winter & Spring, starting 7.30pm, at The Brunswick Hotel, 199 Malmesbury Park Road, Charminster, Bournemouth.  BH8 8PX. Map here.
  • Sunday 23rd April lunchtime - St. George's day event - Morris & pace-egging with the Stourvale Mummers, at (venue to be advised later). We hope that many of our friends from other local sides will be assisting us in this celebration.

50th Anniversary Year - Special Events

We have a number of celebration events planned for our 50th anniversary during 2017. Further details and other information will be posted here, so please keep checking back.

2017 is a year to be doubly celebrated - not only will Bourne River Morris be 50 years old but our Squire, Stuart Planner, will also be celebrating his own 50th birthday.

  • We will be holding a Spring ceilidh on Saturday 18th March 7.30 - 11.00pm with Arish Mel and Michael Catovsky at Broadstone War Memorial Hall, Tudor Road, Broadstone. BH18 8AW
  • A Weekend of Dance 14th-16th July, based at West Parley Memorial Hall, Stocks Lane, Christchurch Road, West Parley, Dorset, BH22 8SQ.
    • Friday 14th: evening get together, supper, ceilidh or other entertainment, pub visiting.
    • Saturday 15th: breakfast, bus tours to dance at a number of venues including lunch; tea back ay hall; evening fest and entertainment in hall.
    • Sunday 16th: breakfast, pack up, survivor's session at local pub, depart home.
  • Saturday 23rd September - lunchtime. The Fox and Hounds, Hungerford Bottom, Old Bursledon, Hampshire, SO31 8DE. A return visit to the very first pub at which Bourne River Morris Men danced, returning from their first ever booking which was for the Fareham Ladies Professional Association.

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Your local Morris Team needs YOU

Would YOU like to have a go? 

 Why not come to one of our practice evenings ?

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We practise most Thursday evenings during Autumn, Winter & Spring, starting 8.00pm, at The Brunswick Hotel, 199 Malmesbury Park Road, Charminster, Bournemouth.  BH8 8PX. Map here.

  • We are always keen to find new members to dance with us (men only) or musicians to play for us (men or women).

  • No previous dance experience needed and we can accept age 16 and over (no upper limit). We can teach you all you need to know. 

  • Although the practice season has already started, it's still not too late for newcomers to give it a try.

  • So why not work up the courage - you know you really want to. Come and join us in the wonderful whacky (especially in the stick dances) world of the Morris.

If you want to contact the team please call the Squire (leader) Stuart on 01258 858987 or the Bagman (secretary) Geoff on 01202 602221 or see the contacts page if you would like further details or wish to arrange transport.

And always remember, Morris Dancing is good fun - it gives you plenty of exercise - and gets you to some of the best locations and pubs in Dorset and elsewhere.

The Bourne River Morris Men

Formed in November 1967, and now in our 50th year, Bourne River Morris Men are a men's side dancing in the Cotswold style of Morris.  We are members of The Morris Ring and perform dances originally collected in the early 1900's from a number of villages in the Cotswolds area of England, hence the description of 'Cotswold Morris'. 

We are based in and around Bournemouth in Dorset, and in the summer months we visit and perform at a number of local hostelries (especially those purveyors of good ales) most Thursday evenings and many weekend events.

Some photos of our first ever performance in November 1967 can be found on the archives page.

During the winter months, despite rumours to the contrary, we do not hibernate - instead we practice indoors each Thursday and would welcome any new members whether novice or experienced dancer (and of course musicians).   Many of us also transform into Stourvale Mummers in the pre-Christmas period to perform a traditional folk play from Sixpenny Handley.

You can also  Bourne River Morris Men on Facebook where there are also lots more pictures

Page last updated: 9th January 2017