Outside Cricketers Pub – Sarratt – Wednesday evening 4th June 2014 –


This evening we were invited to see The Woodside Morris perform various Morris dances outside the Cricketers Public House in Sarratt. We arrived at 7.50pm and were greeted by Fred Alnutt who introduced us to other members of the Morris including the Squire, Dave Lang, there were 11 dancers and 3 musicians. Woodside Morris men were founded in 1957 in the Finchley area of North London, relocating to the Pump House Arts Centre in Watford in the 1970’s. They are a traditional mens Cotswold Morris side who perform in the area around Watford, Rickmansworth and Hemel Hempstead and the surrounding villages. Cotswold Morris is characterised by the use of hankies, sticks and bells worn on pads on the shins. Woodside have also built up their own tradition, which now stands at 11 dances all characterised by a move which rotates the set through 90 degrees for each new figure. Carol was particularly impressed by the intricate footwork involved, and they all had great fun performing, along with many recognisable tunes. They perform at the Cricketers and the Black Horse Pub tonight and it certainly is a good way to keep fit. Later this week they are off to Bensheim, Germany in the Hessentag Festival. For more information see their website at http://www.woodsidemorrismen.com. They always welcome new members, and it’s a great way to keep fit.
More photos here – https://www.flickr.com/photos/chairmanlesmead/sets/72157645030452765/

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