Welcome to the website of the Grimsby Morris Men
We are a Morris side based in the Lincolnshire town of Great Grimsby and have been dancing since 1967. No wonder we're tired.
The website has information about us and our activites, some picture galleries, our forthcoming events and a join us page for anyone out there who likes beer ( no, I mean dancing) and fresh air. There is also a link to our online museum developed from the archives of Grimsby Morris Men.
If you have any queries about the side or the website there is a contact us link on the main menu.
Thursday 26th December 2019
Boxing Day Tour 2019
Another year another Boxing Day. We were a little short staffed and missing Herring Gals but... the show must go on.
The day dawned dull and breezy but it was dry and not blowing a gale so it was off to the Wellow and on with the dancing. We did a small number of dances in front of a small but appreciative audience.
Next it was on to the Punchbowl where we started with our now traditional dance in front of the bar. Keep the set tight boys. Then we headed outside and did a a few more dances on the prom.
Our third stop was at the No. 2 where the crowd was small at first but built as we danced.
Thence to Willy's Pub. We actually danced on the prom near Brighton Slipway but I'm sure I spotted a morris man or two slipping (or wobbling) across the road.
Our fifth spot was at Oliver's Eatery / Jonny Donuts. Before dancing we were all treated to a dram of whiskey or tot of rum which improved our dancing no end.
Finally to the Notts. We danced in front of the pub then went inside for refreshment before adjourning to the Sports Bar for a succesful and enjoyable session of songs.
Monday 18th February 2019
GMM supporting Bladder Scanner Appeal
Grimsby Morris Men supporting the Bladder Scanner Appeal
Ken Watson, musician of Grimsby Morris Men, presents a cheque for £1400.10 to Sister Monika Gajowiak, Sister Tina Harness and Sister Kate Denholm of the Acute Medical Unit, Diana Princess of Wales Hospital and Laura Gooderham of the Health Tree Foundation, all surrounded by other members of Grimsby Morris Men. The presentation took place at our regular practice at 8 pm on Monday 18/2/19.
During December and January GMM danced out and performed the Jerusalem Plough Play, with each performance followed by a collection for the Acute Medical Unit's Bladder Scanner Appeal.
An additional donation of £350 was presented from Cleethorpes Light Railway in lieu of wages for Santa Claus.
Sunday 1st April 2018
Easter Sunday Dance-out
Grimsby Morris Men’s daytime Dance-out on Sunday, 1st April 2018.
by Martin Campbell
So, we’re off and running for this year’s Cotswold season. The weather forecast looked none too good for the day, but all the expected numbers duly turned up, meeting at the Waterfall on Cleethorpes Prom.
The Dance space proved adequate, albeit somewhat chilly from the North-easterly wind blowing in off the “sea”. The planned first set was completed attracting interest and support from passers-by and some of our own loyal Supporters. It was particularly good to see Ian & Gill Horsley. Our most recent recruit, Neil Kenyon, turned up and took on the responsibility of setting up the Side’s Banner at each of the venues.
We moved on to Jonny Donut’s Oliver’s Eatery and on arrival were treated to some very welcome warming tots of spirits, followed by offers of teas and coffees. Jonny gave instructions to his friendly Staff to include our Supporters in the hospitality. Jonny had also ensured the posters supplied were well-displayed and very much in evidence.
The Dancing resumed and again the planned set was completed. On then to Brighton Slipway.
The advance party carried out a “reccie” at Willy’s Pub to check out the quality of the Ale(s); well somebody had to do it. The rest of us assembled at the Dance spot and patiently awaited their arrival. With the limited numbers, every Dancer stepped up in turn to join each of the dances in the set. To give the rest a bit of respite after the first two dances, Steve F and Martin C danced the double jig “Old Tom of Oxford”. The last dance of the Set was “Beaux of London City” and Neil K joined in, which apparently is his favourite dance to date, in part kit. (Full kit will follow when more progress is made on the Bampton repertoire.)
We stragglers trudged up the hill to the Notts, which at the moment seems to be our second home, to find the Pub pretty busy and most of our Dancers dispersed therein. Dancing was resumed on the paved area opposite to the Notts. Dave S and Nick B began it by dancing “Old Tom”. Special mention is appropriate for our Musician for the day, Ken W, who experienced the greatest difficulty in keeping his hands warm enough to play both Pipe and Tabor and when needed, melodeon. John I, in addition to joining in some of the dances, appeared every so often as his alter-ego, “Stanley”, doing his usual of “terrorising” the children and mystifying the adults. It was Easter Sunday and coincidentally April Fools Day and Glenn O, resplendent in smock, breeches and daft hat, fooled around, confusing the watching public with his introductions while persuading them to part with their small (and large) change for the collection. The name of the chosen charity escapes me for the moment, but it will come back to me if sit and think about it. To finish, we danced “Green Garters” and as is our custom traversed the road to end up in the Pub. Some drinking ensued and this prompted some of us to attempt to clear the room if not the entire Pub by breaking into song. These included some of our favourite drinking songs and one or two seasonal numbers.
All in all, a very good day and once again so lucky with the weather. During the two weeks prior to the day, the Grimsby Telegraph had been particularly generous and supportive. They published the article sent to them six times in their “In Brief” feature, each time giving the item a different heading.
Next up is the evening Dance-out on Tuesday evening, “The First of May”, (good name for a Song.!) Let’s ensure that we get the word out to the Public and keep raising our profile at local level. This may help our attempts to attract new Members.
Friday 12th January 2018
Resource Packs Issued
Resource Packs Issued!
by Steve Fuller
A key aspect of our Heritage Lottery Funded activities for our Golden Year, is the preparation and distribution of resource packs for schools, youth groups etc. The first batch has been assembled and posted out to local schools and colleges!
The pack consists of a covering letter, an introductory booklet describing the main styles of Morris dance (produced by The Morris Ring) and a CD rom all contained in folder. The CD contains the equivalent of in excess of 100 pages of A4 documentation. The contents describe, in more depth, the history of GMM but also provide much more information on many local folk and calendar customs along with dance instructions, a Plough Play script, a “myth buster” and a photo gallery. The CD also gives links to websites and internet resources. In addition, there are scores of links to videos of examples of all the kinds of Morris performance that can be found on the internet. We hope that this will provide an inspiration to educators and perhaps dispel a few myths about The Morris!
Sunday 7th January 2018
by Steve Fuller
January 7th 2018 was Plough Sunday and Grimsby Morris Men marked the day with dancing in Ludford (at the White Hart), Binbrook Market Place and appropriately enough, at the Plough Inn Binbrook. The weather was glorious and remarkably warm. Audiences were small but welcoming and enthusiastic.
After dancing at the Plough, we performed the Middle Rasen Mumming play (traditional for this time of year) to an appreciative audience. We even found a couple of more senior gentlemen who could remember ploughing with horses!
Plough Sunday dancing at the Plough!