2012 Summary

Another fantastic year for Rag Morris. A year in which along with our many favoured annual events, local dance outs and fun times with folky friends we were given a once in a lifetime opportunity... to dance in front of probably the largest morris audience of all time, to join Eric Idle and many other volunteer performers on stage during the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. An event that will go down as a truly memorable occasion in the Rag Morris history (scrap)books. Thank you to all the Raggies and Rag friends and family who made this a wonderful year for us all.

2012
December 2012
That'll be our Christmas Party Day with a tour across Bristol followed by an evening of feasting and fun, and then our Solstice Party on the 21st.
November 2012
Always a quite month for Rag as we work hard to develop our dancing in practice sessions but we still made time to celebrate one members wedding with a guard of honour and a dance or two. The month also included dance workshop, badge making and scrapbook-ing days and we ended the month with a visit to the Bath Ceilidh were we performed in the interval spot.
October 2012
As we enter the final quarter of the year things begin to slow down performance wise for Rag. October is when we restart our practice calendar and is our time to welcome new members to the side, and what a fantastic bunch of new people have joined us this year! We celebrated Apple Day with a visit to the two city farms, first to St Werburghs City Farm and then onto Windmill Hill City Farm, a beautifully autumnal day of dancing, apples and cider. We end the month with a dance out at The Ostrich for Halloween where we were joined by Nonesuch Morris and made the most of it despite the persistent rain.
September 2012
On the 5th we went across the bridge to dance with Isca Morris Men at Raglan and at Clytha. Over the last three years, as part of the Cultural Olympiad in the run-up to the Olympics, Dinosaurs Not Allowed has been held in Weymouth. This year on September 8th the final gathering saw a good contingent of our youngsters out doing their stuff. On the 22nd we were all out on a lovely autumn day for a tour of pubs in Bath. On the 29th we danced at a prestigious private function at Leigh Court, just outside Bristol. Again the weather was lovely. It's been a feature of our year that, despite the dreadful spring and summer, we have managed to find fine slots to dance in!
August 2012
The main focus, of course, was the Olympic Closing Ceremony, with final rehearsals and then the event itself. It was amazing and quite unreal - you had to pinch yourself to make sure it really was happening! But there we were, 24 of us on stage with Eric Idle, our friends Blackheath Morris Men, skating nuns, a pipe band and two male voice choirs!
Along the way we danced in the Olympic Park on a lovely sunny Friday. Back in Bristol with it all over, what did we find to do? Dance on the Big Bouncy Stonehenge, of course, (fresh from its Olympic Park adventures) and then to the Three Tuns (local Camra Pub of the Year!). On the 20th we joined Priston Jubilee Morris at Hallatrow on their Royal Diamond Jubilee Tour. The 27th saw us dancing at Westonbirt Arboretum's Treefest.
July 2012
What very few people outside the dancing side were aware of was that during all of this secret and frantic trips were being made to London for rehearsals ahead of our best gig ever - appearing with Eric Idle in the Olympic Closing Ceremony!
Meanwhile, life went on, with three pub dance-outs and a birthday gig at The Imp
June 2012
We began the month in style with a long and jolly weekend at the Dulverton Folk Festival in Somerset. Following that our 'pub evening' at The Volunteer and The Phoenix introduced two excellent pubs to our dance venues. In celebration of the summer solstice we met our friends Pigsty Morris at the Druid's Arms in Stanton Drew on Thursday 21st. We even did a spot of dancing in the stone circle there in the twilight.
May 2012
May began as ever with us gathering at first light (4.30 a.m.!) on Brandon Hill, Bristol, along with Pigsty Morris and Ashley's Rise, to dance the sun up; then after breakfast on to our tour of schools.
Bristol Folk Festival came next and, on the Monday, Hutton May Fair. On alternate Thursdays we dance out at pubs in and around Bristol, beginning this year with the Ostrich. We still found time to tuck in a visit to Brighton Morris Men's Day of Dance and to go on our own tour of St Werburghs and its lovely hostelries! Still not danced into the ground, we performed at Ashton Gate Primary School Fair and at Windmill Hill Spring Festival!
April 2012
We joined Pigsty Morris for their 25th Anniversary Day of Dance and very splendid it was too. St George Lives! We celebrated his day three times - at Wotton-under-Edge, Yate Heritage, and at the Cornubia in Bristol.
March 2012
On the first weekend the hardy among us trekked to Aberdeen for the Inter-varsity Folk Dance Festival (IVFDF).
The end of the month saw a contingent of us driving to Flanders to visit our old friends Volkskunstgroep Boerke Naas (http://www.boerkenaas.be/) for a splendid weekend's dancing to celebrate Mid-Lent (Halfvasten). We ended the month at a fantastic Spring Beer Festival hosted by the Green Man in Kingsdown.
February 2012
This month we made our annual visit to the Cheltenham Folk Festival in strength - three sets up a lot of the time!
The 18th found us at Frome in Somerset for the weekend for the first - and highly successful - Frome Folk Festival.
January 2012
With a month of celebration, ceremony and cider to begin the new year we returned to some of our favourite wassail events in Chepstow and at St Werburghs in Bristol, as well as attending a fantastically dramatic and fun wassail evening in Thornbury for the first time.