2015 Scrapbook

Dancing at Pubs etc

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19th May 2015
Cricketers, Yateley

With Fleet Morris

OBJ comprised: Alison, Andy?, Ann, ChrisD, Clare, Claudia, Colin, Emma, Giles, Helen, Ian, Joe, Lawre, Mike, Philip, Sarah, Tony and Vera

Wet and windy weather threatened, so we invoked the "excused faces" rule.

We gathered outside the Cricketers with Fleet expecting rain at any moment, but managed to get some dancing done before it settled in, and before I had to disappear to pick up Chris from the station.

Ann and Helen doing something-or-other
Hay-on-Wye, with more in the band than in the dance

Some of the band

Philip, Colin, Lawre (hiding), Joe, Clare, Vera, Andy, Giles and Helen
Hay-on-Wye continued


Eventually, the rain clouds gathered and it got dark, but we persevered until it just got too wet.
Then inside the pub, a Sheepskins gets started
More of the Sheepskins.

Sarah leading her side



26th May 2015
The Bell, Aldworth

With Cry Havoc Morris

OBJ comprised: Alison, Ann, Colin, Eddie, Emma, Giles, Helen, Ian, Joe, Mark, MaryAnn, MikeS, Sarah and Tony

Our second visit to The Bell, Aldworth in 2015 - there was a third!  You can't have too much of a good thing - and The Bell is definitely a Good Thing!

This is Dilwyn. 
Eddie, Emma and Sarah are facing Ann, Ian and Tony




Not sure which dance this was - perhaps Much Gridlock
Hay-on-Wye

Helen, Ian and Eddie are facing Tony, ???? and Sarah

Some of the band

Colin, Ali (hiding), Joe, MikeS, MaryAnn and Giles

This was the last time MikeS came out with us. He passed away shortly afterwards and is greatly missed.
A massed East Acton getting under way, including dancers from OBJ, Cry Havoc and the audience.

Chris is in civvies as she's walking wounded

The ghostly dancers at work


2nd June 2015
Lands End, Charvil

With Shinfield Shambles and Aldbrickham Morris

OBJ comprised: Alison,  Ann, Chris, ChrisD, Clare, Claudia, Colin, Eddie, Giles, Helen, Jason, Joe, Karen, Lawre, Mark, Mike, Pegeen, Philip, Sarah, Tony and Vera

Musicians seem to be standing around having a chat!

Philip, Lawre, ChrisD, Giles, Colin, Clare and Ali

Not quite sure which dance this is

The nearest three are Tony, Helen and Karen
Another "not quite sure" dance - but a passing Red Kite had the musicians attention

Probably a Witchens Thistle for Six

Ann, Pegeen and Helen are facing Karen, Eddie and ????
The Witchmens Thistle comes to an end.

Arms should be at 45 degrees an fists clenched - pretty close!

Alvechurch Smithy

The "Men in" figure, with Eddie and Phil facing us while an assortment of females whizz around


9th June 2015
Nags Head, Old Sunningdale

OBJ comprised: Alison, Andy, Ann, Chris, ChrisD, Clare, Claudia, Colin, Eddie, Emma, Giles, Helen, Ian, Jason, Joe, Lawre, Mark, MikeG, Nikki, Pegeen, Philip, Sarah, Tony and Vera

I can't remember which dance we started with, but Chris was just recovering from an injury whilst Claudia started a new one

Chris facing MikeG

Helen (left) seems to be playing a Jiff lemon
Whilst Emma seems to be flashing at us

Hay-on-Wye

Helen and Karen are at this end of the set
Brimfield

The men prepare themselves.

Karen is facing Phil


Brimfield again

Sarah, Karen and Helen are sticking, with the-invisible-dancer on the other side of the set. 
The Craven Stomp

Chris is calling

Sheepskins

Eddie, Tony and Sarah on this side as Ian whizzes past in the hey



16th June 2015
Swallowfield - The George & Dragon, then The Crown

With Yateley Morris

OBJ comprised: Alison, Andy, Ann, Chris, ChrisD, Clare, Claudia, Colin, Eddie, Emma, Giles, Helen, Ian, Jason(?), Joe, Karen, Lawre, Mark, Mike, Nikki, Pegeen, Philip, Sarah, Tony and Vera

Starting a The George & Dragon

Eddie seems to be calling for a Dilwyn

More of Dilwyn - the cast figure
Brimfield

Eddie facing Emma and Ian facing Sarah

Yateley look on in awe! (or is it disbelief?)

This is Alvechurch Smithy

Mike and Tony at this end of the set
The "forge" figure in Alvechurch Smithy


Hay-on-Wye

We invited Gunther from Yately to join in - he'd once been a member of OBJ and is possibly the only German morris dancer
I'm not really sure what dance this is!

I'm writing this 6 months later - in fact on Christmas morning

This is definitely Craven Stomp

Mike and Ann at this end of the set

The last dance at The George & Dragon

This is Sheepskins, with Emma and Helen at this end

The Yateley Beast looks on

Off to The Crown, where theres always a warm welcome

I'm not sure what this dance is - maybe another Dilwyn?

Andy and Eddie are at this end of the set
Plenty of movement in this picture

This is "Just as the tide was a'flowin" - affectionately known as "Tide"

Eddie and Helen are nearest

The chorus figure in "Tide"  starts with a long "slow"

Mike and Chris face one another

Almost time to adjourn to the pub for music

This looks like Much Gridlock

Helen facing Mike



23rd June 2015
Bramshill Hunt, Arborfield

With Borderline Morris

OBJ comprised: Alison, Andy, Ann, Chris, ChrisD, Clare, Claudia, Colin, Eddie, Emma, Giles, Helen, Ian, Joe, Lawre, Mark, MikeG, Nikki, Philip, Sarah, Tony and Vera

Dancing Witchmens Thistle on the astroturf

Ian, Emma, Tony and MikeG are twiddling at different times during the first figure

Witchmens Thistle again

  Tony, Sarah and Chris in the foreground
The Bay Horse

MikeG and Sarah are nearest

Brimfield

Helen, Tony, Ian and Emma
Same dance with roles reversed


Brimfield again - this time the stars figure

Eddie and Sarah are visible now
This is "Tide" (Just as the tide was a'flowin)

Helen and Sarah are nearest

Tide again

Helen on the left, and Sarah, MikeG, Eddie and Tony on the right getting ready to 1-2-3-hop

Wrekin Havoc, judging by the position of the sticks

MikeG and Andy facing Sarah and Tony

Sheepskins

Andy leads the second side into the sheepskins hey
Craven Stomp

Helen (with legs that glow in the dark) is facing us

More fluorescence (I think!)

A joint Worcester Monkey with Borderline


30th June 2015
New Leathern Bottle, Jeallotts Hill

With Hurst Morris People (Hump)

OBJ comprised: Alison, Andy, Ann, Chris, ChrisD, Clare, Claudia, Colin, Emma, Giles, Helen, Ian, Joe, Karen, Lawre, Mark, Mike, Nikki, Pegeen, Philip, Sarah, Tony and Vera

A lovely evening, with beautiful evening sun, and good company

This is our warm-up dance, Dilwyn 

The same dance, from a different angle
This is probably the same dance, but I can't work out the figure

Hay-on-Wye

A double set for a change
Hay-on-Wye, with the sets rotated


And it comes to a somewhat crowded end
Much Gridlock

Mike, Ian, Tony and Karen are facing Eddie, Pegeen, Helen and Ann

White Ladies Aston, as the sun sets

Eddie, Helen, Karen, Ian, Tony and Mike



21st July 2015
Four Horseshoes, Sherfield-on-Loddon

With our friends, Basing Clog Morris

OBJ comprised: Alison, Andy, Ann, Chris, ChrisD, Clare, Claudia, Colin, Eddie, Emma, Giles, Helen, Ian, Jason, Joe, Karen, Lawre, Mark, MikeG, Nikki, Pegeen, Philip, Sarah, Tony and Vera

I suspect this is Dilwyn - our warm-up dance

Emma, Eddie, and Ann are facing ????, Ian and Claudia

The "Cast" figure, later in Dilwyn

  Same dancers plus Pegeen and Andy
Probably Bay Horse

Eddie, Emma and Ann on this side, Ian and Tony visible on the other side

The band, clustering (not!)

Claudia, Pegeen, Clare, Karen, Lawre's left hand, Giles, Philip, Ali, Vera, ChrisD, Mark (hidden), Nikki, Colin and Joe. I think Jason may be lurking somewhere with Eunice-the-Euphonium
A remarkable picture.

Karen in sharp focus, whilst everyone else is a blur


Not sure which dance

Tony, Karen and Eddie are facing ????, Emma and Helen
Hay on Wye comes to an end

Probably Witchmens Thistle, with everyone moving


Witchmens Thistle, the final figure

Brimfield

Karen and Tony nearest, with Emma facing Eddie and Helen facing Ian

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