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Morris Men

Oakworth Village Morris Men were formed as a cabaret act, in the summer of 1981, with the aid of members of White Rose Morris Men, of Huddersfield, to help raise funds for the Oakworth Methodist Sunday School. After one too many Friday nights in the pub, Oakworth Village Morris Men became a permanent Morris side. Former president of White Rose, Cliff Barstow, became the group’s foreman, and taught the group several Adderbury and Headington dances. The side danced into the Morris Ring at Thaxted, Essex, in 1984, on the occasion of the Morris Ring’s 50th anniversary. The group has appeared on BBC TV’s "It’s Wicked", and the John Briggs video "Aspects of Yorkshire".

Of the group's six founder members, Richard Ashton and Pete Spurr are the only survivors. Richard is now foreman of the group and teaches the dances. His son, Mark, was still in Sunday School when the group was formed in 1981. 3 Years later he became its youngest member at 12 years old - and he's still its youngest member now! Mark tries to encourage new people to take up his favourite pastime and keep the tradition alive. If you are interested in being a Morris musician or dancer, contact the Squire or Bagman through the links below. Further information is available on their website.

Oakworth Village Morris Men are a Cotswold Morris side and the main traditions danced are Adderbury, Bampton, Bledington, Headington, Ilmington, and Upton-on-Severn, with Brackley and Lichfield also danced on occasion. They have recently celebrated their 25th Anniversary and still practice weekly at Oakworth Methodist Church. New members are always welcome.

Practice night: Mondays 8.00-10.00 pm