Foresters Morris Men
The Foresters Morris and Sword Dancing Club
Welcome to 2017

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Foresters Morris as part of the Chatsworth House Spectacular.
More here.

Foresters in 1910?

More ancient Foresters?
Pictures from the 1910 Esperence Morris Book. The Foresters Morris and Sword Dancing Club was founded with lady musicians, and morris was kept going in Nottingham in the 1930s and 1940s by ladies.

Who are we?

The Foresters Morris Men (full title "The Foresters Morris and Sword Dancing Club") was formed in 1952, and was the first morris dancing club in Nottingham. It is still the best! Since we are near to Sherwood Forest, we have Robin Hood as our logo. The club was formed from the demise of other sides in nearby towns, which had been in existence in the 1930s, and were kept going by ladies such as Frances Downing during the war years. More here.

What do we do?

We perform mainly English morris dances from the Cotswold and border regions, together with some dances from Lichfield. At appropriate times of year we perform a traditional local Plough Play (a type of mummer's play) and mummer's play. We also include rapper sword dancing in our repertoire. For more details about morris dancing, You can read some of our handouts of background information or more background information or still more on morris dancing. Or would you like the French versions of these documents? Or for a more sober and serious view of the whole thing you can look at a BBC programme transcript.

Where can we be seen and heard live?

In the summer on Monday evenings, we dance at pubs in the local area. At any time of year we perform by request (for a fee!) at larger events. We are currently not taking general bookings for 2015. We will be performing some of our regular and Monday bookings such at Harlaxton, MayDay and the Robin Hood Beer Festival as usual.

Where can we be seen in photos?

A selection of photos of us from our formation in the 1900s up to our latest show is arranged by year and available here for modern photos or here for ancient ones, most photos copyright © Eric Foxley. Over 2000 photos from 1967 onwards can be accessed from those pages. In addition there are many videos available on YouTube by searching for "Foresters Morris".

Where can we be heard on-line?

A selection of mp3 files of our dance music, singing and mumming are available here.

Why are we such good dancers?

Because we practise every week at the Queen's Walk Community Centre in the Meadows area of Nottingham on Monday nights in winter, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., then socialise over a drink! Visitors are always welcome to come and try it out, contact any member or phone Eric on 01159786858.

How do we spell our name?

We are the "Foresters Morris Men", not "Forresters" or "Forester's" or "Forrester's" or "Foresters' "!

How can you contact us?

If you are interested in finding out more, or in coming along for a taster session at one of our practices, or in booking us to appear at a function of some sort, phone our squire Stewart on 0115-914 1061 or Eric on 0115-978 6858 or email Eric.

What do you think of us?

The following was found on the blog of a student who had seen us:

Last night, I watched a bunch of grown men dance around with handkerchiefs and sticks while wearing bells and flowers at the Sword Dancing/Clog dancing event, which was even more entertaining than I dreamed, even if it was a bit unexpected. When someone says "sword dancing" I usually imagine a bunch of muscular, shirtless men doing a bunch of dangerous stunts with pointy swords. Instead, we got hilarious scholarly men doing authentic, if a bit silly, old dances, complete with a jester of sorts who went around hitting girls in the head with a bladder, which he assured us will encourage pregnancy in the coming year (I should certainly hope not!).  Then we went out to the (cold) conservatory to watch clog dancing, which looked particularly challenging but also very entertaining, and was complete with background stories.

Cecil Sharp

Full details and photos of Cecil Sharp's original 3-hole pipe are here.

PDF handout

Members' page



Latest news

Saturday 29th April – Newark Market Square 11am

Monday 1st May – Robin Hood Statue 5:20am

Monday 8th May – Crown Inn, Beeston NG9 1FY 8pm

Saturday 13th May – JMO Day of Dance, Leicester

Monday 15th May – Sir John Borlase Warren NG7 3GD 8pm

Monday 22rd May – Canal House, Nottingham NG1 7EH – 8pm

Monday 5th June – Carpenters Arms, Dale Abbey DE7 4PP 8pm;
Royal Oak, Ockbrook DE72 3SE 9pm

Monday 12th June – Boat and Horses, Beeston NG9 1LP 8pm;
Starr Inn, Beeston NG9 1FX 9pm

Monday 19th June – White Lion Kimberley NG16 2PQ 8pm;
Dewdrop Inn Ilkeston DE7 5TE 9pm

Monday 26th June – White Lion, Rempstone LE12 6RH 8pm

Monday 3rd July – The White Lion Inn Bramcote NG9 3HH – 8pm

Monday 10th July – Trip to Jerusalem – 8pm – NG1 6AD

Thursday 20th July: Plough, Normanton – 8pm – NG12 5N

Monday 24th July – Spanish Bar, Ilkeston – 8pm – DE7 5Q

Monday 31st July – The Castle. Nottingham NG1 6AA 8pm;
Bell Inn,
Nottingham NG1 6HL 9pm

Monday 7th August – Woodlark, Lambley

Saturday 9th September - Ripley Day of Dance

September – Harlaxton College

Sunday 24th September - Park Sunday Market 11am

Saturday 14th October - Robin Hood Beer Fesitval, Nottingham Castle

Tuesday 26th December: Bottesford Duck Race




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