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This is the 2016 diary for Winterbourn Down Border Morris. The status shows whether a commitment has been made to dance at the event. The comments are for any snippets about or after the event. Further information will be added as it becomes available.

We practise most Mondays; But in the summer we alternate practices in the village hall with practices at local pubs - a schedule is posted  below. Regular practices in All Saints Church Hall start again some time in September.

Saturday 9th January - Stroud Wassail -

Saturday 30th January - Pucklechurch Wassail

Another wet day in Stroud, but this didn’t stop the Wassailing actively's. Are second year attending the Wassail and meeting up with old and new friends. After a morning of dancing in the rain we adjourn to the Old Lodge Inn to dry out.   

We all had a very good night with the Pucklechurch Wassailers, sing around the trees, drinking mulled cider and eating some lovely Apple-cake. Then dancing at the front of the beautiful 1600 century farm-house, with  twinkly lights in our hats lighten the way. Finishing up back at the Pub.

Monday 21st March                          Dance Swop with Happenstan ce Morris

Saturday 30th April                Upton Upon Severn Folk Festival

Sunday 1st May                   Brandon Hill 4.30 am

Monday 2nd May                                  Winterbourne Down May Day Carnival

Saturday 11th June               Mangotsfield Festival

Friday 17th - 19th June             Teignmouth Folk Festival

Friday 15th -17th July       All Things Morris Festival  Ilfracombe

And here is a short video of the night. Pictures and video from the Wassailers.

Monday 9th May             Lock & Weir @ Hanham, BS15 3NU

Monday 23rd May              The  Fox @ Old Down BS32 4PR

Monday 6th June                          The  Air Balloon @ Filton BS34 7PY

Monday 11th July                         Ye Olde Inn, westerleigh, BS37 8QP

Monday 27th June                       The Rose & Crown, Pucklechurch BS16 9PS

Monday 4th July                 The PubCross Hands, Old Sodbury,BS37 6RJ

Monday 25th July                Beaufort Arms, Hawkesbury upton, GL9 1AU

Another lovely day at the Festival. The weather was kind to us, just started to rain as we packed up. The pork rolls went down a treat and  the dancing did as well. Had a few sides liking our style of Dance.

Half past four on a Sunday morning I wonder why we stopped going a few years ago.

We are back what a glorious morning, all the old morris sides there, the sun just peeping over the top of the hills. And the sound of morris bells ringing in the dark, great. Just need to organize breakfast for next year.

Well what can I say, It started out fine for the first spot, a good crowd and they were amazed by our dancing if you leave out the Broom dance. Then came down the rain, it rain, it rain, and rain, were we all down hearted, oh yes we were. Fred came to our rescue, allowing us to use the church, with a carpet and a springy wooden to dance on. We all thought we were at Blackpool Tower Ballroom. So a good Day in the end.  

Had another great year at the festival, this is our second year. Weather was good on the Saturday but went down hill on the Sunday, but that did not deter us, although we were a bit thin on the ground, Roland are box of musicians did get a bit wet. We had the loudest applause in the triangle at the end of the event. Well do to use.  

Here are a few pics of us

The rain did go off when we got to the Festival, a good crowd and the grass wasn’t to wet for our 20 minute dancing spot, so a good afternoon considering the weather condition

Another great week end of dancing at Ilfracombe, Saturday was a very long day four & half hours of dancing. But we got through it. Had a lot of good comments from other sides, which was good. Nice to meet up with some old friends from Teignmouth festival.  Sunday was a bit hotter but not quite so long dancing.

Another good night at the Beaufort a good old fashion summers evening, and what a great host with food and beer laid on, for which made us dance even harder.

Looking forward to a return night.

This was are last dance out until the Autumn, so off with the Bells for a month.

Back in our Practise Hall first Monday in September so if you fill like joining come along

Monday  26th December  Boxing Day with the Christmas Boys,the Mummers of Winterbourne Down & the Morris Side


Sunday 2nd October       Orchard Day Winter bourne Medieval Barn

Monday 12th September      Church hall Practice

 First practice after the summer break, only three practices before the Orchard Day at the Medieval Barn.

Saturday 3rd December  Christmas on the Hill

Christmas on the Hill, is at Staple Hill. We usually process and dance around 1pm onwards.


Saturday 19th November         Bristol Rag Morris Day of Dance

Saturday 29th October       Apple Day at Pucklechurch

Well, what a beautiful day after the down pour the day before. The crowds were out waiting for us to start dancing. The apple crusher was there crushing the apples for the cider. As our Doctor said you don’t eat apples you drink them. Our new photographer was out and about, enjoy the pics.

What a fantastic day we all had, a bit wet underfoot, but that didn’t stop us dancing. It was so nice to meet up with some old friends and to make some new ones. Dancing in the Rummer Pub on one of the spots work out really well,, thanks to the landlord for that. Best of all we had a real musician to dance too. thanks Tony. Here are some pics taken by our resident photographer Steve enjoy.

Well is  was a cold day at Staple Hill, but the crowds were out & the sun came out as well.

It was nice to dance to live music, thanks to Tony. A good warm up for Boxing Day.

So it’s nearly here, here are the time for the performances around the village.

Stone Lane            10.30 am

All St Church Hall   11.00am ish

Colston Close        11.30 am ish

Cross Hands pub   12 15 pm ish

Thursday 22nd December      Moorend Farm

This is the third year the “Christmas Boys” have performed their Mummers play at the farm. This year even more people turned up to see the play plus Susie one of the dancers did the Hambrook Broom Dance which originated from her Grandmother who did it at Christmas after a couple of Sherry’s. We raised £130 that night.

What a great day, the sun was out, the crowds were out what more would you want. And they were quite loud as well, booing the Turkish Knight would he win this year? What do yo think? The Dancing went well, This year we are doing a couple of 12 up dances which look really good, and all together we have raised over £700 for Pauls Place.

Here are the “Old Ladies of Ninety Nine” who the Doctor cures with his Turpentine. Lucky Ladies

And finally for the year a link to a Jonathon Ruff who lives in USA but born in Frampton Cotterell. And took some beautiful pictures of the day.

https://tokenbrit.smugmug.com/British-Isles/Winterbourne-Down-Borders-Morr/