Stafford Morris Men

Knot to be missed


Dancing "The Battle of Hopton Heath"
at Church Eaton Festival


The Knot Unites


Knotty leads young participants
in "Monk's March"
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Stafford Morris Men provide entertaining displays for many organisations in Staffordshire and further afield.

Check our current programme by clicking here.

Should you wish to book us click here.

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We are sad to report the demise of our founding Squire, Peter Stephens.

Peter died recently of multiple organ failure after some years of limited mobility.

As the person largely responsible for the establishment of Stafford Morris Men

in 1957, he was a mainstay of the club for over 50 years and was reinstated as

Squire for our Golden Anniversary. He has acted as a dancer, a musician, foreman

and keeper of the logbook. He has supported many other Morris groups and he has

been a mainstay of the folk dance scene as a caller and organiser for many years.

He will be badly missed by many who have benefitted from his help and frienship.

On Friday 11th November, 10.30 a.m. at Stafford Crematorium, a large group of people gathered to celebrate Peter's life. Indeed, there was standing room only for many of the folk, which, as the celebrant said, was remarkable for someone of Peter's age.

After a review of his life and some comforting words, there was a Poem about the Morris Dance. Then tributes were paid by Andrew, Peter's son, and John Edwards , who was one of his students in the 1960s. a well as being a Stafford Morris colleague for over 40 years. (click here for text). That was followed by a performance of 29th May (Headington), by Stafford Morris Men to the tune Royal Oak, (All things bright and beautiful). The music was by Gordon Taylor (fiddle), who had been with Peter from the start of Stafford Morris men in 1957, and Geoff Morgan (melodeon). This was followed by further poetry and the committal. Exit music was again played by Gordon and Geoff, with a collection in aid of the Air Ambulance.

The wake was be held at Stafford Rangers Football Ground, Astonfields Rd, Stafford. Family and friends from many of Peter's interests gathered to reminisce and acknowledge the dept that they owed to him. This group included founder members of Stafford Morris, Dennis Stansfield and Mark Berry, and members of many music and dance groups that he supported. Early Scrapbooks prompted memories and  quote a few dances, both Morris and Country. There was a buffet, hot drinks and a bar whence those present avaiied themselves whils thethey celebrated a life well spent.

 

Stafford Morris Men are members of the Staffordshire Heritage Group, which covers the Historic County of Staffordshire.
The group's design for the county flag, (shown below), was registered by the Flag Institute after a public vote.

 

To see events arranged by members of the Heritage Group click here

Stafford Feast 2016
Yet another successful evening  with all the Ring officers present for the first time. Adam, the Squire; John, the Bagman; Stephen, the Treasurer and Ed, the Squire apparent. Excellent food, drink, and good company in this historic village hall at Church Eaton. Three new members were admitted by Max Haynes, who then formally handed over the Squire's regalia to Professor Alan Eardley, who agreed to pilot the club into its sixth decade.

Alan Eardley, together with Louis Arduino, David Barker and Sam Forrester danced in to a  Princess Royal double double jig.

For those who, (like most of us), were not able to decipher Simon's 'Toast to the Visitors' quickly enough.
Click here for a second chance.

 
Our log book has been kept on paper for 57 years. It is now going electronic here
For some pictures of past displays, click the links below:

With other sides at the Joint Morris Organisations 2014 event in Cambridge

At Chipping Campden Ring Meeting May 2012

With many other Sides. (Courtesy of Julia Lindop).

To watch our display dance "Sheriff's Ride" click here.

Stafford at Moseley Old Hall

2012 courtesy of Earl Piggott-Smith and  2011 courtesy of Charles Gibson .

We are a friendly and lively bunch, currently catering for the 8 to 87 age group

We are in it for the fun, the exercise, the camaraderie and the maintenance of traditions.

If you wish to join us click here.

 

 Click here for our archive pages and here for an article about the archives

Click here to view our scrapbooks or here to read our publications

If you have any non-copyright pictures of our performances we would be grateful if you
could e-mail them to the webmaster. john@staffordmorris.org.uk

Affiliations of Stafford Morris Men

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To look at the Google Spreadsheet showing the history of over 300 sides click here

           

        

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