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Bourne River Morris Men

Bournemouth, Dorset: 49th year of Morris Dancing

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Programme News: Our 2016 Summer programme has ended (shame), we are now back in practice hall, and have a few remaining events.

  • We practise most Thursday evenings during Autumn, Winter & Spring, starting 7.0pm, at The Brunswick Hotel, 199 Malmesbury Park Road, Charminster, Bournemouth.  BH8 8PX. Map here.
  • Sunday 20th November - 6.30pm - Part of the pre-show entertainment for The Demon Barbers show "The Lock In Christmas Carol" at Poole Lighthouse.
  • We are holding a memorial event to celebrate the lives of two long standing members of Bourne River who have, sadly, passed away during 2016 - Chris Mason and Gary Williams..  Nothing formal, just a time to meet, and sing, play, dance, chat or anything else you would like. Details as below.
Chris & Gary Memorial

Help celebrate the lives of Chris Mason (1948 - Feb 2016) & Gary Williams (1940 - Aug 2016).

Sing, Play, Dance, Chat - anything you like - no fixed format for the evening.

There is no charge for the evening, but donations on the night toward costs will be welcome.  Any excess left over will be shared between appropriate charities. The British Heart Foundation ( for Gary) and Stourvale Mummers collection used for local, needy, children (for Chris).

Saturday 3rd December - 6.00pm till 11.00pm

St Mark's Church Hall, Wallisdown Road, Talbot Village, Bournemouth, BH10 4HY. 

No bar, so please bring your own drinks. 

Bring food to share, if you want, for a "American Supper"

For more information, or if you want to let us know that you will be coming please contact the bagman (Geoff) - see the contacts page

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Chris Mason: We've had quite a few requests for Chris's life story as read at his funeral on 24th February 2016, so here are the readings etc from his funeral:

The BRMM Man

Your local Morris Team needs YOU

Would YOU like to have a go? 

 Why not come to one of our practice evenings ?

The pointy finger

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 49th 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: 19th October 2016