NEWS

THE NEW SEASON


BY JONATHAN NIBBS

This being our 25th. anniversary year, we are all getting excited about the more self-gratificatory elements of our programme, our indulgent weekend away centred on Beer in Devon in July (the pun, it hardly needs be said, has no significance whatever) and our slightly more open-armed, inclusive celebration in Holt in September, whilst working hard to get ourselves conditioned for the season ahead starting at "The Longs Arms" dance-out at Steeple Ashton. We shall, of course, be sporting our new bags, generously provided by our sponsors, Box Steam Brewery. We appreciate and welcome the fact that the capacity of the bags allows for the accommodation of both our kit and considerable volumes of their esteemed products.

( Our association with "Box Steam" has reached a conclusion by mutual agreement. Other brewers’ products will, no doubt, bulk out the spaces left in our individual, preferred, kit-carrying vessels hereafter Ed. Jan. 2016.)

We look forward to seeing a goodly number of you, your friends and relatives, on our travels throughout 2014.

DECEMBER 2013 ROUNDUP


BY STEPHEN TUCKER

Members of the side behind the bar at the box steam brewery.

In the last six weeks we have been involved in various engagements. The first of these was collecting donations for Children in Need, for what we think was the 15th year in succession. This year the amount raised was £450.00 and brings our total over the last decade and a half to between £5000 and £6000. This has only been possible with the generosity of the people of Bradford-on-Avon and in particular the landlords and landladies who allow us to ‘Bother’ their customers. This year we were given free drinks in two establishments and free food in another, plus very generous additions to the collecting bucket by all. Surprisingly and gratifyingly we were also compelled to dance in every pub we frequented.

This was followed by two trips to Box Steam Brewery. The first a ‘Brewery visit’, where we enjoyed not only ample samples of their fine ales but also a very interesting talk by Rachel and Reuben about the history of the brewery and indeed what makes their beers so good. The fact that perfect brewing occurs at a temperature of 72.9 degrees Fahrenheit is one that should never be forgotten. Is that one of the tricks of their trade? Have I just given away one of their secrets? The second outing to the Midlands was at the behest of BSB, to help provide entertainment for their Christmas event. This was a very enjoyable evening of singing and dancing by Holt Sings and Holt Morris respectively combined with ‘Shopping’ opportunities and fine food and refreshments. It is good to see the continued involvement and interest that the team at BSB have in the village of Holt.

Finally we appeared as the first act in a folk evening arranged by John Alderslade at the Arc Theatre in Trowbridge. All funds raised were being donated to Dorothy House to support the fantastic work they do there. John Alderslade has kindly asked Holt Morris to appear yet again at the Village Pump Festival in July next year for which we are very grateful. The connection between this evening and the history of the Village Pump was not lost on anyone.

Stephen Tucker – Squire of Holt Morris for 2013

FROM THE ARCHIVES: CECIL SHARP HOUSE, MARCH 1992


BY JONATHAN NIBBS

IN 1992, Angel Morris − at the time a powerful, and for us as fledgling Holt Morris, a potent, inspirational, force in the great Morris pantheon − were celebrating their 20th Anniversary with a weekend of dance in London to which we were invited.

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EVENTS

CHILDREN IN NEED, AS MANY PUBS AS POSSIBLE, BRADFORD-ON-AVON.

With practice numbers returning to normal after the Summer rest period, we are now working up a repertoire for our primary charity fund-raiser. Starting at The Castle from around 7.30. pm. onwards, things will go physically and metaphorically downhill from then on as we approach closing-time and the taxi home, having demonstrated our considerable work ethic and imbibic skills in the accommodating hostelries of our favourite local town. Catch us if you will. Just locate us by the sound of bank notes being unfolded and deposited in our collecting buckets, and augment that sound yourselves in emulation thereof... Or just listen out for "The Bells...The Bells..."