Wokingham Winter Carnival - 2nd December
The Wokingham Winter Carnival took on the flavour of a "Victorian Fayre" this year, with reduced noisy fairground rides, and no procession. The latter caused many a morris dancer to weep a tear of joy!
14 sides attended this year, and rather than share the payment from the council, the concensus was that it should become a charitable donation to MacMillan Cancer Relief. The sides were Aldbrickham Clog, Alton Morris, Berkshire Bedlam, Fleet Morris, Hart & Sole, Hurst Morris People (HuMP), Insword Rapper, Kennet Morris Men, Kintbury May Maids, OBJ Border Morris, Pheonix Morris, Shinfield Shambles, Wicket Brood, Yateley Morris Men
The OBJ side comprised Carey, Jerry, Chris, Colin, Dave D, Dave K, Diane, Gill, Jill, Pam, Louise, Nikki, Ruth, Adrian, Tony and Roger, with Doug and Rob assisting with the music.
The highlight of our day was the last dance - Worcester Monkey in two mixed sets with Wicket Brood, accompanied by the combined bands.
and Margaret from HuMP receive the cheque for payment to
MacMillan Cancer Relief.
Picture from Wokingham Times
first time out in kit.
I think we're dancing Sheepskins.
the Craven Stomp at the Iceland spot.
In the picture are Chris, Louise, Dave D, Nikki, Ruth and Colin
Carey and Martin (from Wicket Brood) play
A passing dog listens attentively
|Dave D and Colin in the Craven Stomp|
In the foreground is Gill, and behind her Doug and Carey
Thats Rob's hand on the drum!
a cold day
Gill is making owl noises - or possibly warming her hands
Rob has turned his back in case any Hook Eagles visit our page. Jerry and Roger look on.
coming to an end.
Dave D, Nikki, Tony and Adrian
idea whats happening here!
Gill and Tony doing something
|Roger joined us for the day, joining the band.|
of our hats is missing!
Just before setting out, Chris found her hat wasn't in the cupboard.
It looks a lot like this, and it's last performance was at the Taeppa's Tump Ale a few weeks beforehand.