GMM News



Friday 20th October 2017

“Boarder Morris” workshop

 Heritage Lottery Fund Logo

The Monday evenings of 9th and 16th October saw the second pair of workshop/open evenings, this time dedicated to our winter dance style of “Boarder Morris”. The name caused some confusion on social media – clearly some people have not read about the derivation of the name which is explained in our website!

All together we had seven visitors , all of whom danced really well, participated brilliantly and worked really hard – some were unable to participate in both events because of work commitments or illness but everyone seems to have had fun (judging by the entries in out visitor’s book and post on Facebook)!

Each night we were able to teach three complete dances and repeat them to reinforce the learning and get a good feel of what the dances were really about.

The handouts were well received and gave an explanation of the origins of the name and how the style of dance we have developed at Grimsby Morris Men grew from the 1970’s to the present and has become distinct from what a lot of other “Border” Morris teams dance.

 

 Boarder Morris workshop in action.          Boarder Morris workshop in action.

 

We have already had enquiries about when the next events are going to be so we must be doing something right!

 

 

 


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Friday 22nd September 2017

Fiftieth Anniversary Invitation Feast

 Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

On a rather grey Friday evening, in mid-September, current and former members and spouses of Grimsby Morris Men, along with special guests, met at the Wheatsheaf in Grimsby for a celebratory dinner to mark the 50th anniversary of Grimsby Morris Men. Guests included Eddie Worrall (Squire of the Morris Ring), Paul Cross (Morris Ring Area Representative), Melanie Onn (MP for Great Grimsby) and Martyn Vickers (MP for Cleethorpes).

The event was very convivial and was a great occasion to renew friendships with former members and old friends and to get to know our guests.

After the feasting, the evening ended with some dancing and a few songs although, sadly, neither of our local MP’s could be persuaded to dance!

 

Grimsby Morris Men and Guests
Some of Grimsby Morris Men with guests Paul Cross (4th from left), Melanie Onn (6th) and Eddie Worral (9th).

 

Martin Campbell and Melanie Onn
Our squire, Martin Campbell, with Melanie Onn, MP for Great Grimsby.

 

Martyn Vickers and Martin Campbell
Martyn Vickers, MP for Cleethorpes, with our squire, Martin Campbell.

 

 

 


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Sunday 30th July 2017

Golden Year Weekend of Dance

by Steve Fuller

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

The last weekend in July saw Grimsby Morris Men take over the Meridian Park in Cleethorpes as the base for a weekend of Dance.  Eight dance teams from England joined us over the weekend along with Spiel und Tanzkreis Seelze, a folk dance group from Seelze near Hannover in Germany.  We have been holding exchange visits with Spiel und Tanskreis Seelze for over 40 years so it was entirely appropriate for them to help us celebrate our anniversary.

Friday evening was spent socialising then on Saturday there was dancing at several locations in Grimsby town centre followed, in the afternoon, by dancing in People Park. Saturday evening activities included a barn dance at the Meridian Park.

 Sunday’s dancing saw the teams performing along the sea front in Cleethorpes at many locations ending with a massed display in the pier gardens. Visiting teams (and local ones too!) enjoyed the weekend and it was good to have dancing on the streets in our home towns. 

 

Some of the Sides at the Fishermen's Memorial                 Some more Sides at the Fishermen's Memorial

Some of the teams by the Fishermen’s Memorial in St Jame’s Square Grimsby.

You can see lots more photos on our Facebook - click here

 


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Saturday 15th July 2017

Exhibition in Lincoln

 by Steve Fuller

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

 

“It was on one April morning...” as the song goes, that several members of Grimsby Morris Men travelled to the Museum Of Lincolnshire life in Lincoln to set up an exhibition in the Gatehouse gallery. The exhibition traces the history of the current team that was started in 1967 and describes the development of the team from the first performance (originally regarded as a “one off”) through the formation of the team and up to the present day.  Hundreds of photographs of the team taken all over Britain and Europe were painstakingly mounted on the display boards and mannequins, in appropriate costume were dressed.  A range of artefacts (musical instruments, books, press cuttings, mementos from visiting teams etc.) were also displayed.

 

A view of the exhibition          Another view of the exhibition

 

The exhibition ran until early July when the same team of volunteers returned to the museum to take it down.  Staff at the museum commented on the positive response the exhibition had elicited from visitors and there were many comments and photographs posted on social media by visitors about it. 

 

Sadly, owing to our own full diary and the Museum’s busy schedule of events we were unable to dance at the museum whilst the exhibition was on but we will be dancing there in September as part of Lincoln BIG Morris.

 

Following discussions with museum staff we are not sure whether the gallery will be available in 10 years’ time for our 60th!


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Thursday 1st June 2017

Cheers Michel

  by Steve Fuller

 

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

 

 

 

                  Michel Ducos

 

For over forty years Heather and Michel Ducos have been proprietors of the Alford Pottery and have gained a reputation for producing elegant, practical and high quality wares. During the late 1970’s Heather and Michele were also active in establishing  the Alford Craft Market (with its big weekend during the August Public Holiday) and helped to make the weekend a gathering place for Morris teams from all over the UK.  

For many years Michel was a very active member of Grimsby Morris Men. Although Heather and Michel are hoping to retire (although they still spend a lot of time in the pottery!),  Michel was happy to take on the task of designing  and making  a “loving cup” to mark our fiftieth anniversary.

Many thanks to Michel – we look forward to putting the cup to good use. Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   


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