NEWS

JAMES’ AND LINDA’S WEDDING. AUG 8TH


BY JONATHAN NIBBS

James and Linda on their wedding day at Church Farm, Kington Langley.

My broken ankle mitigated totally against my attendance and participation in this event. However I have it on very good authority that it was a great day. Martin’s photos show that the lads enjoyed their contribution with a will, whether or not anyone else did.

James is an erstwhile enthusiastic member of the squad unfortunately (for us) posted away for 18 months or so. However he is back, and was foolish enough, despite what I am sure were loud and long protestations from Linda, to invite us to their big day at Church Farm, Kington Langley.

The boys enjoyed themselves as is evident from Martin’s photos and Linda must have enjoyed it enough to allow James back with us later in the Summer. We look forward to that (he is so much younger than most of us) and look forward to seeing Linda with us socially whenever the novelty of the younger man wears off.

Congratulations both.

A FILLIP FROM THE SQUIRE!


BY PATRICK COUSINS

HM members (and, of course, others who may be interested). Firstly, thanks again to Chris for booking this splendid pub as a dance-out (The Three Magpies, Sells Green). What more could you want for a good night out? A welcoming pub Landlady, good weather, an enthusiastic crowd and a good music and singing session. This really does not get any better. It certainly gives testament to why Holt Morris has lasted so long; the side is now enjoying the impetus of new members enhancing performance with their enthusiasm and developing our enjoyment of these dance-out occasions.

I cycled home on a rather chilly evening, but with the beautiful full "blue moon" so bright that it cast my cycling shadow across the road.

Strong dance sessions at "Wimborne" and "The Village Pump" have made this another good year for HM.

To those who are going to James’ wedding, I will see you there. To those who cannot make it, I hope you have a good August break and look forward to seeing you fully invigorated in September.

Patrick (Squire of Holt Morris)

LADIES NIGHT


BY MARTIN MOYES

Ladies night Diners at the Old Ham Tree Pub, Holt, Wiltshire.

Every year Holt Morris dancers and musicians take their partners to dinner to say “thank you” for being allowed out regularly and coming back in poor shape as often as not.

This year’s dinner, at The Old Ham Tree, was long on amiability and short on speeches – just the way we like it. Patrick Cousins received the Transparency Award from the out-going Squire, Terry Hopkins, and from that point on all your reporter can remember is a full tummy and a gentle alcoholic haze . . .

( As a matter of record, Patrick’s award, in the gift of the squire, was, of course, for his outstanding contribution to the well-being of the side during Squire Hopkins’ year of tenure, albeit that in his capacity as "Communications Co-ordinator", Patrick had been instrumental in developing transparency within the squad, as Terry had alluded to in his pithy retiring address to the assembled company. Ed.)

EVENTS

BRADFORD-ON-AVON DAY OF DANCE, VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE TOWN.

Organised by our newest member, Alf Windsor, this will be a spectacular day of dance, the details of which will become clearer as the organisation develops! But you may depend on locating us along with the many other sides who will be here on the day, by homing in on the inimitable sounds of bells, clashing sticks, melodions and whoops of delight from fellow onlookers, emerging from nefarious parts of the town. You may possibly even see us in one of the watering-holes inevitably linked to our energetic performances.

BATH AND WEST SHOW., THE BANDSTAND, SHEPTON MALLET SHOWGROUND

Since the dawn of time, we have been a fixture at this famous West-of-England event, and we shall be exhibiting two spots at the Bandstand and one at the Cider Tent (our now infamous early Summer Wassail presentation) throughout this, the first, day. The times of these events will be posted here as the programme is agreed.

WIMBORNE FOLK FESTIVAL., WIMBORNE, DORSET.

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Another of our main events will see us in various locations on both Saturday and Sunday. Once these have been finalised, details will be found in the Festival Programme. However one thing is already certain, you will catch us breathing heavily during the wonderful, extended procession which is an amazing feature of this unmissable event. We might even stop and pose for a selfie or two with you, if that is your desire. And why wouldn’t it be?.... Many reasons I hear you say.

These above represent but the bare skeleton of our public performances during this our 30th. year of action, date-stamped at this present moment. The flesh...further self-generated events, throughout Wiltshire and beyond as our committee develops its celebratory strategy, will become excitingly clear as the spaces on the calendar are filled. Watch out for them here!