Meet the Team
Berkshire Bedlam Morris
to the Home Page of Berkshire Bedlam!
BB - still rated amongst the top 99% of all Morris sides in the
are we ?
a renowned men's Cotswold Morris dance team from Wokingham in Berkshire, were formed in
1977, and perform a wide range of dances. While some are based on the legendary
Leafield dances of Oxfordshire, the majority of today's repertoire is
original compositions put together in recent years. Whatever the dance, BB's aim is to perform
with gusto and spirit, and to present spectacular and original
we succeed? - come and see us to find out!
You can find out lots more about us through this site including
something of our history, and a guide to the dances in our past and
present repertoire. There are old and recent pictures of the side in our
gallery section, latest
news of events, a guide to our media appearances, and you
can even find out what happens at a Berkshire Bedlam Bunfight.
New dancers are always welcome at any of our weekly practices whether an
experienced dancer or a novice, and we can provide full tuition for anyone keen
to have a go - contact details at the bottom of the page!
and Future Happenings ....
Bunfight Ceilidh - Sat 26 Nov - 'Living La Vida Bunfight!'
it will very soon be time again for our annual Bunfight ceilidh extravaganza,
with this year's great band Panjandrum, legendary (by now) caller Nick Walden,
held as usual at the California Ratepayers Hall, Finchampstead Road,
Wokingham, RG40 3RL, and with this year's theme 'Living La Vida Bunfight' -
Bunfight goes to South America!
What happens during the evening? - a great band, great calling, and various
other Bedlam style entertainments. Plus free beer / wine / soft drinks as
well! And entirely optionally come dressed in line with our theme...
Advance tickets are now on sale with prices the same as last year - £12
for adults, £6 for under 18s. To reserve, email Malcolm - malcolmmajor at
ntlworld dot com, or phone or text on 07715 294568, or contact any other
member of Berkshire Bedlam. Hope to see you there!
another great year!
We've been enjoying
another fabulous year in 2016 with a richly varied programme. This has
included visits to Coventry, Oxford, Hook, Winchester, Kirtlington,
Wallingford, Nottingham, Lewes, a seaside
trip on our annual Dorset Tour, a festival appearance at Priddy, and in
August another highly successful week long appearance at Sidmouth Folk Week.
With our Xmas season still to come, and some new members showing great
promise, it's been a memorable year! - read all
about it on the latest news page.
2016 jig successes at Sidmouth
Fabulous performances once again
from BB members in the John Gasson Jig Competition at Sidmouth this year -
Alun and Mark with musician Tom winning the double jig competition, Jameson
with musician Saul winning best over 40 and 3rd place in the solo jig, Jerry
as musician with Windsor dancers Charlotte and Maria coming 3rd in the double
jig, and Will with Sue putting on a great show in the solo jig. Well done all!
Anyone wonder who the mystery
morris team was briefly featured in the BBC's 2012 Christmas Day's Downton Abbey?
Yes, it was
some of BB who just happened to be in the Downton area on the day of filming,
and stopped by to liven up the country fair using some borrowed togs. For
added authenticity, some of the young chaps had a short back and sides first,
which they thought was just spiffing...
Media News !!
Yes, you can now
have a little BB at home with you by ordering one of our DVDs - see the MEDIA
PAGE for details, and also links to our various media appearances in
print, in pop videos, on TV, and on YouTube!
Us / Join Us / Book Us
We're always delighted to welcome
new members. We practise on Thursday evenings at the Scout Hut in Evendons Lane,
Wokingham, RG41 4DX (click
here for map) and dance out at festivals, pubs and
other events throughout the summer. If you would like to come to any of our
practice evenings to try it for yourself, you will be very welcome (though maybe
phone or drop us an email first to check what we are doing!) - we may also run
occasional weekend practices for those who can't make a Thursday evening. If you would like to find out
more about us, or check if we may be available for a particular event, our
contact details are:
Main contact & Webmaster
- Malcolm Major - Tel 01189 771952 or 07715 294568, or e-mail malcolmmajor
at ntlworld dot com
You can also contact the following :
- David Steptoe (david dot steptoe at ntlworld dot com)
- Jameson Wooders (j dot d dot wooders at gmail dot com)
And finally, if you
would like to find out more about other Morris sides, or Morris dancing in
general, try these links :
Morris Side Finder : a UK wide
guide to find teams in all parts of the country
: Links to UK and worldwide morris organisations
Morris Dancers :
an alphabetical list of UK morris teams,
searchable by county, and other morris related links
Morris Dance Page : a good
explanation of the origins, history, terminology and different styles of morris
: South East Folk Arts Network - what's going on in folk arts in the South East
and remember ....
....it never rains on Berkshire Bedlam