2011 Summary

2011 was a great year for Rag Morris. The side is healthy than ever in terms of membership and we had a great variety of events throughout the year. Particular highlights of the year included our summer trip to France, our participation in hosting the 2011 Bristol IVFDF and of course our 30th anniversary celebrations. Many thanks to all in Rag Morris you made this such a fantastic year!

What we got up to:

December 2011
We returned to our usual busy schedule this month with a flurry of Christmas related events. The first weekend saw our annual Christmas Tour and Party, this year in Alveston. Followed by four dance outs in the next week. Two events in Henleaze at their Christmas Street Fair and the local Garden Society Christmas Evening. Then up to Staple Hill for 'Christmas on the Hill' and down to Arnos Val cemetery for a slightly wet but enjoyable evening of carols and dancing.
November 2011
Possibly the quietest month of the year in our dance calendar but we're getting into the swing of things in practise and maybe even starting on the right foot by now! A few of us ventured down to Exeter for a fun filled ICBINI (I Cant Believe It's Not IVFDF) weekend full of sessions, workshops and ceilidhs, and even time for a quick Rag dance spot in the Saturday ceilidh interval. The Rag Morris Mummers also had a fantastic few showings of the Brunel play at the Mummers Unconvention in Bath. We ended the month by returning to Bath for a performance in the Bath Ceilidh interval which was well received by all.
October 2011
With the start of the new teaching year weekly practices welcome newcomers to the side. But we still make time for a few dance outs, beginning with Freshers night at the Victoria and a ceilidh interval spot early in the month and ending with a return to the Victoria for Halloween night. As well as our annual trip down into deepest darkest Devon for a weekend of apple picking, juice pressing and cider making.
September 2011
This month saw our last few pub dance outs of the summer at a few favourite pubs of ours, the Cross Hands in Alveston and at the Green Man in Kignsdown. However, the big event of the month, the whole year even, was our celebratory Rag 30th Anniversary Weekend! A fantastic weekend of morris, music, ceilidh dancing, beer, food, friends and more! Many thanks to all who came along and made it such a wonderful event.
August 2011
August used to be our month off, and is still quieter. That didn't stop some of us. Unfortunately the Bideford Festival was cancelled, but that left us free to spend a week in Devon, dancing, helping build a cob house, and going on to Beltane Border Morris's 10th Birthday ale at Teignmouth. We rounded the month off with a visit to the wonderful Westonbirt Arboretum Treefest on Bank Holiday Monday, where we took a large group of dancers and musicians, plus our Robin Hood Mummers' Play!
July 2011
The indifferent weather didn't daunt us. We went across the bridge to the dragon's lair (all right, Chepstow) to celebrate The Widders' anniversary. Then, in short order, four pub dance-outs, a weekend at Priddy Folk Festival, a nine-day Tour de France in Maine and the Loire, and then, to round it off, a delegation danced at the Sidmouth Festival, where Dan did himself and us proud in the Jig competition.
June 2011
As summer made an appearance (well, sort of) we continued our dance season in style with outings to Wimbourne folk festival, Phil's birthday dance out around Alveston, Ragged and Old's day of dance, and fun and frolics in Stogursey to celebrate their twinning anniversary. We've also been enjoying our pub dance outs in and around Bristol, sometimes being joined by other morris friends, so thank you to all of them!
May 2011
The Royal Wedding gave us an extra holiday.... so the Bristol Folk Festival gained an extra day. Thus Friday 29th April saw us dancing at The Colston Hall. On the 30th we took our mumming-style play The Nine Lives of Isambard Kingdom Brunel for a revival tour to The SS Great Britain, M Shed and the Colston Hall main stage! Then more dancing. Sunday morning May 1st saw us on Brandon Hill from 4.30 a.m till 6.00 to welcome the sunrise at the beginning of summer. The morning saw us as one of the teams again at the Colston Hall. Then on the Monday we went to Hutton May Fair. On Thursday 5th we were at our first summer pub dance-out, at The Ostrich. Then we took a side to Brighton on Sunday 15th for Brighton Men's Day of Dance, and very splendid in the sunshine it all was. The last weekend of the month saw us down in deepest Somerset taking part in the excellent Dulverton Folk Festival.

April 2011
Our dance outs this month were blessed with fantastic sunshine. First a lovely Saturday tour round the pubs of central Bath. Followed by the first Thursday night pub dance out of the season at the Wellington. Towards the end of the month we celebrated St. George's Day with visits to Wotton-under-Edge and Yate Heritage Centre and rounded off with a fantastic Bristol Folk Festival weekend!

March 2011
A quiet month for Rag, with a focus on perfecting the last few traditions in practice, but ending on a high note with a lovely afternoon of dance and folk music at the Green Man beer festival in Kingsdown, Bristol
on the 26th.

February 2011
Once again Rag was invited back to Cheltenham Folk Festival (11th-13th), and a great time was had by all, though we got pretty wet on Sunday. We even had three sets up most of the time.
A very successful IVFDF in Bristol at the end of the month (25th-27th) including a humongous Morris Tour and a mass dance of Vandals in Millennium Square!

January 2011
A month of wassails and cider throughout the local area.