Foresters Morris Men
The Foresters Morris and Sword Dancing Club
Welcome to 2014

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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 Men 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, see photos and sound) 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 bookings for 2015.

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, most photos copyright © Eric Foxley. Over 2000 photos from 1967 onwards can be accessed from that page.

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.

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?

Found on a Harlaxton Manor student blog;
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.

Members page is here.

 

Latest news 02-Oct-2014

All 2013 photos including Bottesford Boxing Day are here.

Latest photos from Adelaide Ring Meeting here

The 1973 article about Foresters which Joe found is here.

 

 

 

 


Next bookings

Flintham Plough Play

Nottingham Castle Plough Play

Harlaxton complete show

 

 

 

 

 

 
 




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