Future Event Listing
for full details of future programme
you can read about our earlier year's activities in our previous year's diaries
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looking forward to another great year, and delighted that our former musicians
Jane and Karen are back with us again to help make up the mini BB wall of sound!
Meanwhile the year started with another appearance at the Kennet Ale in February,
after which our first outdoors event was at the Wokingham May Fayre on 1st
May with dance spots in Elms Field and Denmark Street.
We followed this
with on Thurs 11th May with a splendid evening in Wokingham with Hurst Morris
People, finishing at the Queens Head, before another appearance on Saturday 20th
May at the Winchester Mayfest, where the sun finally emerged after a
particularly gloomy May. We enjoyed various dance spots around the town and a
brief spot in the atmospheric Great Hall before finishing at the slightly less
atmospheric Brooks Shopping Centre.
After a chilly evening on our own at
the Stag and Hounds, Binfield, on 1st June, we were off to Kirtlington Lamb Ale
again on Sunday 4th June, accompanied by some proper summery weather. As usual
there were a good variety of teams from near and far, and for BB it was a
bonus to have Rhys with us for the first time this year to bring a bit of added
spring to our performances.
This was followed on Tuesday 6th June with an
evening at the Plough, Little London, with Basingclog, one of a series of dance
outs with more local teams which we were glad to have the opportunity of doing in
2023. Further excellent evenings then followed with Old Sepckled Hen on 15th
June, Kennet Morris on 20th June, Tapeppas Tump on 29th June, and Yateley Morris
on 11th July.
Saturday 22nd July saw us back in Windsor for a day of
dance with Windsor and Chiltern Hundreds, though dancing was difficult on a day
of occasional downpours. However it was no great hardship to be forced inside a
brewery for the final spot of the day.
the event we had spent much time, effort and angst preparing for - another week
long appearance at the Sidmouth Folk Festival. And what a fabulous week it
turned out to be, once the strong winds on the first Saturday had died down. It
was a pleasure to dance with lots of other excellent teams, and there were
numerous highlights throughout the week, but a midnight dance spot in Monday's
LNE ceilidh with Whapweasel was especially memorable, with our routine of 1-6 (2
sets), Sword Dance and massed Fairies going down extremely well with an
enthusiastic audience. Other highlights included excellent performances from
Charles and Robert in Sunday's jig competition, well received routines in dance
shows in Blackmore Gardens and Connaught Gardens, and our appearance as Pearly
Kings and Queens in the royalty themed morris party evening on Wednesday hosted
by Chinewrde. Apart from winning the best dressed team award, we performed our
'Where Did You Get That Hat' Cockney style dance (reprised in many guises over
the years after first being developed for the 1994 Bunfight!). Thursday evening
was also notable for an impromptu town tour to celebrate Rhys's forthcoming
wedding, partly coinciding with a rapper tour happening at the same time. A few
dances were performed and a few drinks were taken...
The week finished as
always with a (flaming) torchlight procession along the Esplanade before dousing
torches in the sea followed by the traditional firework display. An excellent
week for the team, who acquitted themselves very creditably throughout.
On Sunday 27th August we had a day at the Towersey Festival, the first time we
had been since it moved to its new location in the grounds of the Claydon Estate
south of Buckingham. We had a great if somewhat strange day, starting with a
workshop on grass outside a ceilidh tent with a ceilidh going on inside,
followed by dancing with Belles of London City and Witchmen in the courtyard of
Claydon House, not strictly a part of the festival. However it was a good
setting for performing and we seemed to go down well with the audience.
following Saturday was Wallingford Bunkfest - always a great event, with more
colourful morris dancers around the town than you could shake a stick at, and
nearly always good weather. We had an opening dance spot at The Dolphin, with
subsequent spots in the Market Square and at the Wallingford and Cholsey
Station. Our day finished with our own 'Bankfest' - a team plus guests picnic /
afternoon tea on the banks of the Thames near Wallingford Bridge.
Meanwhile reports from earlier years are also available -
2019 2018 2017