OBJ Morris


OBJ IS RECRUITING NOW! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?


Latest News

9 July 2024 - Dance-out at Queens Oak is cancelled.  If possible we will have an indoor practice at Easthampstead & Wildridings Community Centre

About Us

We Are a mixed-gender morris dance team, based in the Bracknell and Wokingham area.

We follow the "Border Morris" tradition from the English side of the Welsh border - mainly the counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire

Our year is usually spent like this:

The Programme of Events gives more detail of dates and places. You can find it here

The OBJ Scrapbook contains pictures and video of OBJ since it was formed - you can find it here

Want to try it?

You don't need any prior experience of morris or dancing. You will need a normal level of fitness, and some care with "warming up". If you want to discuss it, you can contact us here or you can just come along to an evening practice or pub session and have a chat.

We'll find a way of getting you dancing - different people learn in different ways and at different speeds, so we'll figure out what works for you.

We aim to be a sociable group that enjoys one-anothers company, has fun, and performs morris to the best of our ability.   If you want to join an elite team, that's not us!!

We practice in Easthampstead, Bracknell on Tuesday evenings at 8:15pm. The practice hall is located here

Are you a musician?

Our music is a mixture of traditional tunes, other genres, and recent compositions, adapted to "fit" our dances.

We use a variety of instruments associated with folk music (melodeons, concertinas, violins, drums, etc). We choose not to use amplification.

We'd like to expand our "band" and add some new sounds - particularly with some "brass" instruments. We have a nice green pBone just waiting for someone to take it on!!.

What does it cost to join?

Subscriptions for new recruits are free for the first term (like a school term). So, if you decide it's not for you, it costs nothing. After the first term, members pay subscriptions in one or two payments each year, totalling around 40 per year.

You will need casual clothes and trainers to get started. When you are ready, we have a small stock of rag jackets to get new members started - they cost a 20 returnable deposit. You will need to find the rest of your dancing kit (generally black clothes).

Organising an event?

If you're organising a local event, we might be persuaded to come along and dance a spot for you.

Our approach to selecting local events is explained here

What's the history of OBJ and Morris Dancing?

Read all about it here

The OBJ Scrapbook contains pictures and video of OBJ since it was formed - you can find it here

Links to other Organisations

OBJ Morris is a member of the Morris Federation

We regularly dance at Swanage Folk Festival, Winchester Mayfest, Folk Weekend Oxford, Wokingham Winter Carnival