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.

2016 Programme

 

All locations shown on map
Nearest postcode
(for GPS users)
Map reference
(OS Sheet 188)
Sunday 17th April
1pm
Bell and Jorrocks, Frittenden - 10th Anniversary Beer Festival
TN17 2EJ
Sunday 1st May The 28th Annual Mayday Tour
5.30am
Goudhurst village centre and then around Goudhurst
TN17 1AL
 
9am'ish
Horsmonden Green
TN12 8JS
 
10.30am
Chapel Down Winery
TN30 7NG
 
11.45am
Oxney Organic Vineyard
TN31 6TU

1pm
The Milkhouse, Sissinghurst
TN17 2JG

Wednesday 4th May

8pm
The Woolpack, Benover
ME18 6AS
Wednesday 11th May
8pm
The Star, Matfield
TN12 7JR
Wednesday 18th May
8pm
The Green Cross, Goudhurst
TN12 0DE
Wednesday 25th May
8pm
**CHANGE** The Walnut Tree, Yalding
Wednesday 1st June
8pm
The Elephant's Head, Hook Green
TN3 8LJ
Wednesday 8th June
8pm
The Elm Tree, Paddock Wood
TN12 6NJ
Saurday 11th June
1.45pm
Goudhurst Fete
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3pm
Horsmonden Fete
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Wednesday 15th June
8pm
The Bell and Jorrocks, Frittenden
TN17 2EJ
Wednesday 22nd June
8pm
The Globe and Rainbow, Kilndown
TN17 2RN
Wednesday 29th June
8pm
Castle Inn, Castle Hill
TN12 7BN
Sunday 3rd July
2nd Annual Classic Tour
12.15pm
The Star, St Mary in the Marsh
1.30pm
The Bell, Ivychurch
3pm
The Ferry Inn, Stone in Oxney
Wednesday 6th July
8pm
The Bull, Benenden
TN17 4DJ
Wednesday 13th July
8pm

The Chequers, Laddingford
with Ravensbourne Morris Men

ME18 6BP
Wednesday 20th July
8pm
The Lord Raglan, Rabbits Cross
TN12 0DE
Wednesday 27th July
8pm
The Halfway House, Brenchley
TN12 7AX
Wednesday 3rd August
8pm
The Peacock Inn, Iden Green
TN17 2PB
THURSDAY 11th August
8pm
The White Hart, Newenden
with Cinque Port Morris
TN18 5PN
Wednesday 17th August
8pm
The Hopbine, Petteridge
TN12 7NE
Monday 29th August
1pm'ish
The Lord Raglan, Rabbits Cross
Annual Onion Festival
TN12 0DE
Saturday 8th October
11am'ish
Cranbrook Apple Fayre - including Monte Cranbrook
TN17 3HA
Saturday 10th December
12.15pm
Marden Christmas Event
TN12 9DP
Saturday 31st December 2016 Festive Tour 2016 (details to be confirmed)
Midday
The Globe and Rainbow, Kilndown
TN17 2RN
12.45pm
Goudhurst Village Centre
TN17 1AD
1.15pm'ish
In front of Star and Eagle, Goudhurst
TN17 1AL
2.00pm'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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