Weald of Kent Morris

See some recordings of our performances going way back to our very first performance in 1989

See our Photo Scrapbook for 2009 onwards

See our Photo Scrapbook for pre-2009

Email Tim Dwyer if you want any further information.

2017 Programme

 

All locations shown on map
Nearest postcode
(for GPS users)
Map reference
(OS Sheet 188)
Sunday 16th April
1pm
Bell and Jorrocks, Frittenden - Beer Festival
TN17 2EJ
Monday 1st May The 29th Annual Mayday Tour
5.30am
Goudhurst village centre and then around Goudhurst
TN17 1AL
 
9am'ish
Horsmonden Green
TN12 8JS
 
10.15am
Tenterden (near The White Lion)
TN30 6BE
 
11.15am
The White Hart, Newenden
TN18 5PN
 
12.15pm
Biddenden Vineyard
TN27 8DF

1pm
The Milkhouse, Sissinghurst
TN17 2JG

Wednesday 3rd May

8pm
The Woolpack, Benover
ME18 6AS
Wednesday 10th May
8pm
The Star, Matfield
TN12 7JR
Wednesday 17th May
8pm
The Vine, Goudhurst
TN17 1AG
Wednesday 24th May
8pm
The Walnut Tree, Yalding
Wednesday 31st May
8pm
The Elephants Head, Hook Green
TN3 8LJ
Wednesday 7th June
8pm
The Elm Tree, Paddock Wood
TN12 6NJ
Saturday 10th June
Midday
Goudhurst fete
TN17 1BL
Wednesday 14th June
8pm
The George and Dragon, Tudely
TN11 OPW
Wednesday 21st June
8pm
The Bell and Jorrocks, Frittenden
TN17 2EJ
Wednesday 28th June
8pm
Castle Inn, Castle Hill
TN12 7BN
Sunday 2nd July 3rd Annual Classic Tour
11.30am
Kentish Rifleman, Dunks Green
TN11 9RU
12.35pm
The Woolpack, Benover
ME18 6AS
1.45pm
The Elephant's Head, Hook Green
TN3 8LJ
Wednesday 5th July
8pm
The Bull, Benenden
TN17 4DJ
Wednesday 12th July
8pm

The Chequers, Laddingford
with Ravensbourne Morris Men

ME18 6BP
Wednesday 19th July
8pm
The Lord Raglan, Rabbits Cross
TN12 0DE
Wednesday 26th July
8pm
The Peacock Inn, Iden Green
TN17 2PB
Wednesday 2nd August/td>
8pm
The Halfway House, Brenchley
TN12 7AX
Wednesday 9th August
8pm
The Unicorn, Marden
TN12 9DR
Wednesday 23rd August
8pm
The Hopbine, Petteridge
TN12 7NE
Monday 28th August
1pm'ish
The Lord Raglan, Rabbits Cross
Annual Onion Festival
TN12 0DE
Saturday 7th October
11am'ish
Cranbrook Apple Fayre
TN17 3HA
Saturday 9th December
12.15pm
Marden Christmas Event
TN12 9DP
Sunday 17th December
6pm
Carols at The Peacock, Iden Green, Goudhurst
No dancing but plenty of song
TN17 2PB
Saturday 30th December 2017 Festive Tour 2017
Midday'ish
The Vine, Goudhurst
TN17 1AD
1pm'ish
Star and Eagle, Goudhurst
TN17 1AL
2pm'ish
The Peacock, Iden Green, Goudhurst
TN17 2PB

A Potted History of Morris & Weald of Kent Morris

written by Charlie Jacobs, late Squire of Weald of Kent MM

 

We are often asked how and when Morris dancing started. There are many theories but nobody knows for sure. We do know that it is a very old custom and believe that it had its origins as a means of ensuring fertility for crops, animals and perhaps for our forebears themselves! Even today many believe that there is powerful magic in a Morris Man's hat and we would advise any young woman against wearing one.

The dances which we perform came originally from the Cotswolds but different forms of dance came from other parts of the country, notably ceremonial clog dancing from Lancashire and Cheshire and two types of sword dancing from Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland. Cotswold Morris was traditionally danced by men and each village had its own style of dancing. Most Morris dancing had ceased by the turn of the century but luckily it was seen by the well-known folk song collector, Cecil Sharp and others who made notes on most of the dances that we do today.

Every dance has its own tune. The music was provided, in the earliest times, by the pipe and tabor. Later came the fiddle, concertina and melodeon and in more modern times, the piano accordian. The Weald of Kent Morris use all of these instruments for their dancing.

Though we have no knowledge from the past of Morris dancing in this county, one of our characters is purely Kentish. The Hooden Horse and his attendants were part of an old custom which came from the Isle of Thanet in East Kent. We took pity on this one and now he follows us everywhere. We hope he will not be too much of a nuisance to you - he means well.

We hope you enjoy our performance and will take part in another old tradition, the collection. This should ensure for you, good luck and fertility and only temporary poverty.

The Weald of Kent Morris were formed in November 1988 and first appeared in public on Mayday 1989. We practise in the church rooms, Goudhurst on Wednesday evenings throughout the winter and we dance locally throughout the summer.

Any potential new members will be made welcome.

To contact the side email Tim Dwyer

Charlie Jacobs during our trip to Vermenton, France

A map of our stands for this year

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