Foresters Morris as part of the Chatsworth House Spectacular.
- Title. The Club shall be known as the Foresters Morris and
Sword Dancing Club.
- Officers. The officers of the Club shall be the Squire,
Bagman Secretary, and Bagman Treasurer who shall be elected
at an Annual General Meeting to serve for a term of two years, after
which they may offer themselves for further terms of office. A Foreman
is to be elected, who shall be responsible for the main teaching
of the team, but may call on others at his discretion. A Captain
of Sword is to be elected who will be responsible for the teaching
of Sword Dancing at the Club. These officers shall also serve for a
period of two years.
Nominations. Written nominations for any of the above offices,
duly seconded, are to be given to the Bagman at least seven days before
the Annual General Meeting.
- The Squire's duties.
- The Squire shall be responsible for determining the traditions
to be danced during his Term of Office, and the dances chosen to
form the Club's repertoire from those traditions.
- He shall supervise practices.
- He shall be responsible for the Programme of Dances presented
at any public show, and the dancers who dance them.
- He shall maintain the standards of dancing and the behaviour of
the men at the highest possible level.
- He shall represent the Club as may be necessary.
- He shall hold the staff of association of the Morris Ring.
- He shall wear the Badge of Office of the Squire of the Foresters.
- The Bagman Secretary's duties. The Bagman Secretary shall be
- To act as correspondent in all Club matters.
- To keep a record of the Club activities, and the minutes of all
business meetings of the Club.
- To organise, in consultation with the Squire, the Annual Feast,
the Ladies Evening, Days of Dancing, Ring Meetings and other Club
activities with the help of such men as he may require.
- To be responsible for the properties of the Club, and to maintain,
replace or add to it as required.
- To keep the men fully informed of all Ring and other correspondence,
and book places for Ring Meetings which the team wish to attend.
- To circulate all members with the lists of engagements throughout
- In the absence or incapacity of the Squire, the Bagman secretary
to act as Deputy for the Squire until such time as the Squire becomes
available, or a suitable replacement is elected.
- The Bagman Treasurer's duties. The Bagman Treasurer shall be
- To hold the monies of the Club, make all necessary payments, keep
an accurate account of the Club's finances, and present a statement
of accounts duly audited to the Annual General Meeting.
- To collect subscriptions.
- The Keeper of the Scrapbook's duties. There shall be an official
Keeper of the Scrapbook and Logbook, who shall be chosen at the Annual
General Meeting at the same time as the election of the Officers of
the Club, and shall serve for two years. He may hold office for successive
He shall keep records of the Club's activities, photos, programmes,
etc., and these shall be open for inspection at Feasts, Ladies Evenings
and similar functions.
- The Objectives of the Club. The object of the Club shall be
the study, practice and performance of the Men's English Traditional
Dance. Public performances shall be given, and at these the standards
of dancing shall be of the highest possible level.
To this end, regular practices shall be held at such times and places
as shall be determined by the Officers of the Club, and the Squire shall
choose which men shall dance in the display to be given.
- Regalia. [See our
photos for examples.] The Club regalia shall be
Straw hat decorated with orange and green shall be worn at the Squire's
discretion. Men shall wear bell pads of red and blue only, with either
baldrics or tabards as the Squire directs. Tabards shall be orange at
the front, with a green Forester upon it, and green at the back with
the City Arms thereon. The baldrics shall be orange with green rickrack
braids parallel to the edges but inset from them, and running their
entire length. There shall be knots of green and orange ribbon at the
shoulders and hips attached to the baldrics.
- white shirt
- black breeches
- long white stockings
- black shoes
At the point where the baldrics cross there shall be badge, on the front
a circle with the upper part of a bowman in green upon red, and on the
back a Major Oak with a stag proper, on a red background.
Whilst displaying Sword Dancing the members shall wear a white shirt,
black breeches, long white socks and black shoes. A cummerbund will
be worn around the waist.
This regalia shall be worn by all men taking part in any public performance,
and on official occasions such as Feasts, Ladies Evenings etc.
- New members. New members may not become full members of the
Club until they have satisfied the Squire, Bagman Secretary and Foreman
that they have attained a good standard of dancing and appreciations
of the traditions of the Morris. Such apprentices shall not dance in
public until they are proficient at such dances which they have learnt.
At the discretion of the Squire, Bagman Secretary and Foreman an apprentice
having attained a satisfactory level of dancing shall be made a full
member of the Club, and awarded his baldric. Members gaining the standards
required shall be able to purchase their own baldric.
- Day to day affairs. The day to day affairs of the Club shall
be conducted by the officers, but decisions on attendance at Ring Meetings
etc and major decisions regarding Club policy shall be decided by Club
- Entitlement for voting. Only paid-up full members who have
received their baldrics shall be entitled to vote at meetings.
- Quorum for meeting. A Meeting shall be composed of seven full
members of the Club including the Squire, Bagman Secretary or Bagman
Treasurer. Any member not able to attend a Meeting of the Club may register
his vote by post, or appoint in writing a proxy to vote for him, on
specific issues stated before a Meeting. The Bagman Secretary shall
be required to call an Extraordinary Meeting of the Club on the written
request of a minimum of three members.
- Changing the tradition of the Club. Any decision affecting
the conduct or tradition of the Club shall be settled by a simple majority
- Annual General Meeting. The Annual General Meeting of the Club
shall be held during the month of February each year. Notice of this
or any other meeting shall be given in writing together with an agenda,
fourteen days in advance. An audit of accounts shall be taken up to
the end of December each year.
- Invitations to Feast and Ladies Evenings. Member of other Clubs
shall be eligible to attend the Feast and Ladies evenings to be held
in the early part of the year, at the invitation of the Club. Invitations
may be sent to the Squire and Bagman of the Ring, and to any others
who have contributed to the welfare of the Club.
- Practice fees. Men attending practices shall pay a fee on each
occasion they attend, the amount to be agreed on depending on the needs
of the Club.
- Subsidies. The Club shall subsidise members attending Ring
Meetings officially attended by the Club. The subsidy is to be decided
at the Annual General Meeting each year.
- Winding up the Club. In the event of the Club ceasing to exist,
the funds remaining in the bag shall be distributed as seen fit by a
quorate meeting of the remaining members of the club.
- Boy's team. If a boy's team is run in the Club, any boy transferring
to the full team must be aged 16 years or over.
As passed at the annual general meeting
of the club held on 22nd February 1999.