“And why,” I was asked in the pub that evening, “Is it that everyone makes so much about St Patrick but does nothing for St George?”
“Well…” I offered tentatively, “It may be not so much a sign of the veneration proffered the respective beatified personages as to slick marketing by Guinness…” Although I had hoped a more low-brow refutation was available in the form of the plastic, St George’s bowler hat I was wearing.
Either way, East Surrey Morris Men are proud to play their part in honouring the Saint who is coming more and more to represent not England’s war interests but her identity in a multi-cultural world.
And what better way than a bit of traditional, Cotsold Morris dancing…?
ESMM wowed audiences at the Fox, Caterham, then the Harrow, Caterham finishing at the Hare and Hounds, Godstone. Crowds came out on a beautiful, if windy at times afternoon, to watch a varied selection of traditional entertainment; Morris dancing followed by a Mummers Play.
Here are a few photos from the day. There are more in the 2015 Gallery.
Our closing song to an appreciative audience at the Hare & Hounds, Godstone.
Duncan taking one for the Play (again).
Mummers play in full swing.
Camera in camera of George killing the Dragon.
Vandals of Hammerwich
Christmas Quaker at the Fox, Coulsdon Common.
“Any one seen a pack of hounds?”.
Come along and join us with song in your heart. We will be carol singing on the 22nd December for a worthwhile cause namely Canine Partners. To quote from the website;
“Our canine partners provide practical day to day assistance with tasks that may be difficult, painful or impossible to perform. They also provide that special companionship, unconditional love and affection which is so unique to dogs”.
Please see link for more information;
We would love to see you. Bring your friends have fun and support a good cause at the same time.
Come on down to Carshalton Frost Fair on Saturday 5th December. Lots to see and do at this seasonal jamboree. Stalls full of great Christmas ideas, food and of course ESMM at 2.40pm.
What could be better?
See you there!
ESMM are delighted to announce that we are going to host a meeting of the Morris Ring next year, to mark our 90th Anniversary as a side, over the weekend of the 16th July 2016.
Keep the weekend free! More details to follow.
We will have a separate webpage for the event.
A most memorable day out dancing with our friends from Ravensbourne MM, Thaxted MM and visiting from Australia. Adelaide MM. The day was superbly hosted by Westminster MM,
Here are some photos from the day with additional ones in the 2015 Gallery.
Outside Westminster Arms
Ravensbourne MM at York Steps
Thaxted MM at York Steps
Adelaide MM with two sets at Glasshouse St
Westminster MM at Glasshouse St
We will be at the Westminster Arms in Storey’s Gate (London SW1P 3AT) at lunchtime, at 12.00 for beer and food, aiming to dance at 1.00 there and then move on.
The pub is near the Houses of Parliament, there’s a link to the location in upcoming events.
The other sites will be at are:
Duke of York Steps off Pall Mall
Glasshouse Street followed by beer in one of the pubs in the street
Adelaide Street followed by beer in the Harp
Stroll down to the Jugged Hare near Victoria Station, dance there and then off for some dinner.
Your guess is as good as mine (at time of posting), as to exactly when we’ll be turning up at the sites after the Westminster Arms as there isn’t a timetable. It depends on how hot it is, and therefore how much dancing we’ll want to do before going to the next pub.
Hope to see you there.
There have been a few changes to the website;
- Mobile friendly version now live. Just access via mobile or tablet for a better ESMM experience.
- Improved table for Officers of the side
- New contact pages for both booking and joining us.
The 2015 photo gallery has been updated to cover;
- Banstead May Fayre
- Rye Weekend
- Evening with Chanctonbury Ring MM
- Sportsman, Mogador with members of Buckland Shag MM
Helmond Morris Men hosted a Ring Meeting to mark their 80th Year. It was supported by sides from both the UK and the Netherlands. WE
Benfieldside with members of Durham Rams
Shakespeare MM from Stratford-on-Avon
and of course ESMM.
We were part of a unique weekend , dancing in the small villages of Asten, Someren & Leirop around Helmond on the Saturday. Finishing in the town itself and performing again in the evening. Sunday we performed at the Organ Museum before saying our farewells and travelling home.
Moncks March in Someren
There are lots of photo’s and furrther information on the Helmond MM wesbite. Click here.
Additionally there is an album in the 2015 Gallery
This is now our 5th year we have been supporting the Banstead May Fayre. It is a popular social event that attracts large crowds lining the closed High Street for the parade which consists of many local community organisations and schools.
Then the focus shifts to the Arena in All Saints Church grounds where there is a carnival atmosphere with all sorts of displays performed. ESMM were performing just after the May Queen was crowned. We then moved on to the High Street and did two slots. The photo’s below are taken outside Boots.
The Willow Tree, outside Boots on the High Street, Banstead
Back to back in the Willow Tree (2)
Back to back in The Willow Tree