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 ....
2018 Bunfight! - BB on the
Piste! - Sat 24 November!
Not long now until
this year's Bunfight ceilidh - Saturday 24th Nov, as usual at the California
Ratepayers Hall, Finchampstead, Berkshire, RG40 3RL, from 8.00 - 11.30 pm.
Once again this year our band is the fabulous Diatonics, with caller 'Mr. Marvellous', Nick Walden. This year's theme (entirely
optional) is 'BB on the Piste - an Alpine Adventure!'. Advance
tickets now available at the reduced price of £12 (£6 under 18s),
including beer / wine / soft drinks. Contact Malcolm at malcolmmajor at
ntlworld dot com or on 07715 294568 for payment details, or see any other
member of Berkshire Bedlam.
(What's a Bunfight? - See the Bunfights page for
more details and pictures of previous year's events. It's an
evening not to be missed!)
Open sessions in October
We look forward to welcoming any
beginners, improvers, or experienced dancers who would like to come along to
any of our October practice evenings (Thursdays 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th).
If you haven't tried Morris Dancing before, this is a great opportunity - no
previous experience necessary!
Our practice evenings are held at the Scout Hut in Evendons Lane,
Wokingham, RG41 4DX (click
here for map) and run from 8.15 to 10.00 pm.
We'll look forward to seeing you there!
If you are interested but would
like more information contact Malcolm - malcolmmajor at ntlworld dot com or
2018 - another great year
More excitement than Oblivion at Alton Towers - that's been the Berkshire Bedlam
programme for 2018! We've enjoyed great days in the sun in Oxford
and Brighton, chairing the Mayor in Abingdon, and successful appearances at
the Warwick Folk Festival. With some late season events still to come - (see our future
events page for details) - it's been another highly enjoyable year!
2017 - our 40th birthday year
2017 was BB's 40 birthday year, and
what a celebration we had last July! Apart from that though we enjoyed a sunny day at the Oxford Folk
Festival where we featured in a Spanish TV documentary, had a fabulous
weekend in May at the JMO in Leicester followed by a day in the morris
heartland of Adderbury, partly dedicated to a celebration of David's forthcoming
marriage to Heather in June. We also had days out in Reading, Lewes, and
Wallingford, a brief appearance at Sidmouth Folk Week, and then our November
weekend of Beatles themed Bunfight followed by the Wokingham Winter Carnival.
We were also invited onto the morning show on Radio Berkshire!
Our big event of the year though was held over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd July,
when we hosted a number of other superb teams at our 40th anniversary
celebration, based at Tadley Rugby Club, themed 'Billy Bedlam's Holiday Camp'.
On the Saturday we visited locations around West Berkshire, followed by a
fantastic celebration evening including spots and musical interludes from us
and our guests. Who there will ever forget Elvis Steptoe? On Sunday we all
danced in the centre of Reading to round off a great weekend.
Pictures of all our 2017 events in the
2017 gallery pages and full story
of the year in latest news!
2017 Sidmouth - Will's jigs rock!
August's John Gasson jig competition at Sidmouth proved to be the year of
Will. A fantastic jig in Hammersmith colours with excellent accompaniment by
Jim Sawyer saw them run away with first place in the solo jig competition - as
well as John's Mum's special prize for the jig she enjoyed most. And shortly
after that, dancing with Kynan Parker-Roth, and accompanied by our own Jerry,
all in fetching bandanas, the 3 of them won the double jig competition. Go
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
CONTACT US NOW FOR
DETAILS OF OUR BEGINNERS / IMPROVERS EVENINGS IN OCTOBER - ALL WELCOME!
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, especially
for our October practice evenings aimed at beginners and improvers (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 Steptoe (david dot steptoe at ntlworld dot com)
- Charles Allison (cmuisca1 at aol dot com)
Florent Crepineau (florentcrepineau at yahoo dot fr)
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
Morris Dance Page :
explanation of the origins, history, terminology and different styles of morris
and remember ....
....it never rains on Berkshire Bedlam