If you would like to join us, or even just like to visit a practice to see what it is like, and chat to the men, we practice almost every Wednesday between October and May, at the Village Hall, Woodmancote (on the A281 near Henfield). Practices generally start at 8.00pm. No experience is necessary at all, and we are happy to train men up from scratch. We welcome new men at any time during the practice season, but preferably before Christmas if you expect to dance out with us in the following year. If you are already an experienced man, or a musician with relevant experience, perhaps from another Morris side, and recently moved to the area, then of course you would be welcome too.
The video on the right is one of our own Chanctonbury tradition dances, called the Cricket Dance. Performed here towards the end of our annual cycle tour. This is one of the many dances you will learn in your first winter practice season, and be able to dance in public the following summer.
Seen our ad for ‘Recruits’ and want to know more? What’s in it for me?
Fun exercise through the winter.
Evenings out, and occasional weekend events, through the summer.
Appreciation by the public! Get a warm feeling!
Knowledge that you are helping to keep an ancient tradition alive in Sussex.
The camaraderie of similar-minded fellows.
Oh, and maybe enjoy a few beers in some great pubs!
Then why not give Morris a try?!
If you are interested in trying Morris dancing you can come along to any practice session (no strings [or bells] attached), although it’s best to check with the bagman in advance (see below).
Turning up and taking a look doesn’t commit you in any way.
After our practices we generally visit the Royal Oak, our ‘home pub’ at Wineham, for a bit of well-earned ‘rehydration’. First, though - we practice!