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Berkshire Bedlam Morris

 

 

Welcome to the Home Page of Berkshire Bedlam!

 

 

BB - still rated amongst the top 99% of all Morris sides in the country.....

 

Who are we ?

               

Berkshire Bedlam, 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 performances. Do 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 (when they restart) 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!

Recent and Future Happenings ....

Autumn 2021 beginners and improvers evening - all welcome!

Each Thursday evening during October we are running a series of open evenings for anyone interested in trying out morris dancing with us, whether a beginner or experienced dancer. There is no charge, and full tuition will be given. We practice every Thursday from 8.15 at the Evendons Lane Scout Hut, Evendons Lane, Wokingham RG41 4DX (next to the Redlands Farm Park car park - click here for map) - come along and give it a go!
2021 BB Bunfight ceilidh update

November normally means the Berkshire Bedlam Bunfight ceilidh, but reluctantly under current circumstances we've decided not to go ahead in 2021. We will definitely be back next year though so hold the date! - Saturday 26 November 2022 - see you there!
BB post Lockdown ...

Autumn 2021, and Berkshire Bedlam have emerged from their lockdown hiatus, blinking into the Berkshire sunshine like slow moving hibernating mammals after a long winter sleep. But it's been good for some of the team to ease themselves back into those breeches once again...

 

After just a small number of events in 2021 we're looking forward to getting back to a full programme in 2022, but the side's time wasn't wasted during lockdown, with two video documentaries reflecting the long months with no danceouts.

 Thanks to all of the team who took part in them, and a special thanks to the brilliant Ben Potton for the time, effort, imagination and editing skills needed to make them happen! (click below for videos)


The team get restless and start to plan new career choices - but the urge to dance is never far away....


The team chat about how they are finding lockdown and reminisce about bygone times... 


 
Bunfight ceilidh memories

Bunfights are temporarily on hold until 2022, but meanwhile some reminders of some of our special spots from past events....




 

2017 Sidmouth - Will's jigs rocked!


2017'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 Will!

Downton Morris ...
Anyone wonder who the mystery morris team was briefly featured in the BBC Christmas Day's Downton Abbey of a while back?

 

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...

 

Latest 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! 

 

Contact Us / Join Us / Book Us

2021 THURSDAY EVENING PRACTICES HAVE NOW RESUMED AND WE'RE BE RUNNING OPEN EVENINGS IN OCTOBER - CONTACT US IF INTERESTED - ALL WELCOME!

We're always delighted to welcome new members. We normally practice on Thursday evenings at the Scout Hut in Evendons Lane, Wokingham, RG41 4DX (next to the Redlands Farm Park car park -
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 autumn 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 07715 294568, or e-mail malcolm at berkshirebedlam dot org
You can also contact the following :

Foreman - Jameson Wooders ( j.d.wooders at gmail dot com)
Squire - David Steptoe ( dsteptoe at outlook dot com)
Publicity - 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
Wikipedia's Morris Dance Page : a good explanation of the origins, history, terminology and different styles of morris


and remember ....
....it never rains on Berkshire Bedlam 
 

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