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Belles and Arrows Morris

 

This is a temporary website, as a new one is being developed, so here you will find at the moment just necessary information!

 

We are a mixed Morris side, although sadly no men dancing at present. We have a brand new kit and  now wear baldricks over a white shirt and black trousers and bell pads, plus add lovely new tatters for when we do our Border dances

 

We have recruited some new members but we need more!!

 

We fit in some practices all through the summer 'dancing out' months, so we're happy to welcome you

at any time to come along to a practice and give Morris dancing a try :

Just contact Naomi if planning to come along so we can watch out for you!

                         

 

 

  CONFIRMED DATES for 2019  

Time

APRIL    
Tues 16th Practice 8pm
Tues 23rd Practice 8pm
MAY    
Weds 1st Wickham square, with various Morris sides

6.30pm

Tues 7th Practice 8pm
Tues 14th Practice 8pm
Sat 18th Winchester May Fest various times
Tues 21st Practice 8pm
Fri 24th Emsworth Square, guests of Fishbourne Mill 7pm
JUNE    
Tues 4th Practice 8pm
Tues 11th The Ship Langstone, PO9 1RD with Fishbourne Mill and Deorfrith 8pm
Tues 18th Practice 8pm
Sun 3oth Rose in June Charity Beerfest, Milton Road, Portsmouth, PO3 6AR 12 noon onwards
JULY    
Tues 2nd Practice 8pm
Tues 9th Jolly Farmer Warsash, SO31 9JH with guests New Forest Meddlars, 7pm
Tues 16th Practice 8pm
AUGUST    
Tues 27th Practice 8pm
SEPTEMBER    
Sun 1st Isle of Wight day of dance various venues

 

 

We currently practice on the first, second and third Tuesdays at the Church of the Resurrection Hall, Drayton, (corner of Brecon Ave, top of Penarth Ave PO6 2AP)

Why not come and give Morris Dancing a try at one of our practices - free of charge

for the first session, then £2.50 per evening. Beginners or experienced dancers of all ages, we promise you a warm welcome! (under 16's will need to be accompanied by a parent/responsible adult escort).

 

We dance  to have fun, keep fit and make friends. We currently practise three times a month during the winter, but also slot in some practices during the summer months, between dancing out at pubs, festivals and fetes, both in the local area and further afield.

 

If you would like to come along to a practice or have any questions about joining us

please ring or email Naomi on 07982 260080

naomithompson626@gmail.com

 

Our dances are mostly from the Cotswold and Border traditions. The Cotswold tradition dances are mainly from the villages of Adderbury, Stanton Harcourt, Lichfield and Ducklington, and are in the style that people usually associate with Morris dancing. The  Welsh Border dances tend to be more flamboyant and lively, and less traditional, therefore there are more 'made up' dances in this style.

 

'Belles and Arrows'were formed from the amalgamation of two Morris Sides in the area

‘Southsea Belles’ and ‘Arrowhead’

Southsea Belles began life as a Cotswold women's  side in 1977, the year of the Queen's Silver Jubilee.

Arrowhead began as a small group of Morris dancers based in Portchester. Their dances came from both Cotswold and Border traditions, and as the side grew, it transferred its base to Fareham.

 

 

updated June 2019