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England

Herefordshire

Leominster Morris [Website]

Category:

Dancers who perform Plays

Home Town:

Leominster, Grid Ref.: SO4959, Lat.& Long.: 52.2310, -2.7395

Description:

Original side died out c.1914. We dance mainly Welsh Border Morris, but some Cotswold as well in Summer months. Chief play event is The Wassail on Twelfth Night, which we revived in Jan 1984. Wear our interpretation of 'cheap print jackets' from notes by E.C.Cawte describing the original kit.

Established:

1983

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2004 (1), 2005 (2), 2006 (2), 2007 (1)

Media Links:

1 link to Photo(s)

Contact:

Thony Handy (thonyhandy@hotmail.co.uk), Phone: 01432 842717

Notes:

Revival of traditional Lerominster side, performing dances and ritual from the local tradition, often referencing 'The Folklore of Herefordshire' by E.M. Leather (1912)

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Hertfordshire

Ashwell Mummers

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Ashwell, Grid Ref.: TL2639, Lat.& Long.: 52.0390, -0.1555

Description:

A village group, performing mummers plays in and around Ashwell, Hertfordshire. Most of us live in the village and our main performance is the Christmas Play on the 2nd or 3rd Friday in January. We perform in all three pubs, the old people's residence and private houses as requested. We occasionally perform plays at other times of the year, such as Easter, and for special events in the village.

Established:

2002

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (2), 2003 (3), 2004 (3), 2005 (2), 2006 (1), 2009 (1), 2010 (1), 2011 (1), 2012 (1), 2013 (1), 2014 (1), 2015 (1), 2016 (1), 2018 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Ian Chandler (ian.v.chandler@gmail.com), Phone: 01462 743091

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Croxley Green Mummers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Croxley Green, Grid Ref.: TQ0795, Lat.& Long.: 51.6475, -0.4461

Description:

Revived by a group of friends in 1995. Written in 1920s by local headmaster for school play from traditional manuscripts, mostly from Cornwall then performed until mid 1950s by mostly the same boys later adults.

Established:

1995

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2001 (1), 2002 (1), 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2005 (1), 2008 (1), 2009 (1), 2010 (1), 2011 (1), 2012 (1), 2013 (1), 2014 (1), 2015 (1), 2016 (2), 2017 (2)

Media Links:

1 link to Photo(s), 1 link to Web page

Contact:

Chris Hillier (hilli01@globalnet.co.uk), Phone: 01923 779580 (Home) or 07719619934 (Mob.)

Notes:

Money raised goes to local Hospice. Performances on Sunday before Christmas.

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English Miscellany [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Harpenden, Grid Ref.: TL1314, Lat.& Long.: 51.8171, -0.3532

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2003 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Notes:

Folk Display Club

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Hoddesdon Crownsmen

Category:

Sword Dance Group

Home Town:

Hoddesdon, Grid Ref.: TL3709, Lat.& Long.: 51.7668, -0.0072

Description:

[None provided]

Established:

1971

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2005 (1), 2006 (1), 2014 (1), 2015 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Thomas Bending (thomasbending@hotmail.com), Phone: 020 7736 1104

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Lea Valley Mummers

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Hoddesdon, Grid Ref.: TL3709, Lat.& Long.: 51.7668, -0.0072

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2003 (2), 2004 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Stephen Rolt (rsteverolt@aol.com), Phone: 01920 822464

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St. Alban's Mummers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

St. Albans, Grid Ref.: TL1407, Lat.& Long.: 51.7540, -0.3410

Description:

St Alban's Mummers perform their play of St George and the Dragon each Boxing Day in St Albans. Details of venues, etc, are on the website

Established:

1966

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2001 (1), 2002 (1), 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2006 (1), 2008 (1), 2009 (1), 2010 (1), 2011 (1), 2012 (1), 2013 (1), 2014 (1), 2016 (1), 2017 (1)

Media Links:

1 link to Photo(s), 8 links to Video

Contact:

Trevor Adams, Secretary (secretary@stalbansmummers.org.uk)

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Woodside Mummers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-acting Sub-Group

Home Town:

Watford, Grid Ref.: TQ1097, Lat.& Long.: 51.6649, -0.4021

Description:

Woodside's play is based on the Croxley version, but heavily modified. The Woodside Mummers perform on Boxing Day as part of Woodside's Yule celebration.

Established:

1974

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2004 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

David Dunham (david.dunham@woodsidemorrismen.com), Phone: 01923 336007
Address: 98, Cassiobury Drive, WATFORD, WD17 3AQ

Part of:

Woodside Morris Men

Notes:

Woodside's play is a mix of tradition and modern mayhem. Please contact us If you are interested in either taking part or coming along to watch.

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Isle of Wight

Mr Baker's Dozen [Website]

Category:

Dancers who perform Plays

Home Town:

Niton, Grid Ref.: SZ5076, Lat.& Long.: 50.5855, -1.2866

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2005 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

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Kent

Cowden Mummers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-acting Sub-Group

Home Town:

Cowden Pound, Grid Ref.: TQ4640, Lat.& Long.: 51.1445, 0.0946

Description:

Our play is still based on the traditional formula of Father Christmas introducing the event then St.George battling, in turn, with a dragon, a Turkish knight and Beelzeebub all for to save the King of Egypt`s daughter (no character, just reference to her). Jolly Jack provides the music on concertina when required and the Doctor is also on hand to bring the fallen characters back to life, St George having triumphed. Father Christmas the brings the play to a close and we all sing the Mummers Play Song.

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (1), 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2005 (1), 2009 (1), 2010 (2), 2013 (1)

Media Links:

1 link to Photo(s)

Contact:

John Hills (hills636@btinternet.com), Phone: 01732 762224

Part of:

Elsie's Band

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Darent Valley Champions [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-acting Sub-Group

Home Town:

Wrotham, Grid Ref.: TQ6059, Lat.& Long.: 51.3114, 0.3031

Description:

The Darent Valley Champions perform the traditional Mumming Plays collected in the Darent Valley area of North Kent. They were formed to perform the Darent Valley plays in their home villages.

Established:

1973

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2003 (2), 2004 (2), 2005 (2), 2008 (3), 2009 (2), 2010 (2), 2013 (2), 2014 (2), 2016 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Tony Tomlin (dvc@hartleymorrismen.org.uk)

Part of:

Hartley Morris Men

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Deal Hoodeners [Website]

Category:

Other Performing Group

Home Town:

Deal, Grid Ref.: TR3752, Lat.& Long.: 51.2223, 1.3999

Description:

A group of musicians and a horse who play traditional English music around the streets of Deal collecting money for local charities.

Established:

1997

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2009 (5), 2010 (5)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

horse@dealhoodeners.org.uk

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Hartley Morris Men [Website]

Category:

Dancers who perform Plays

Home Town:

Wrotham, Grid Ref.: TQ6059, Lat.& Long.: 51.3114, 0.3031

Description:

The play performed was collected from Firle in Sussex and is performed traditionally on Boxing Day.

Established:

1952

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2003 (1), 2004 (2), 2005 (2), 2008 (1), 2009 (2), 2010 (1), 2012 (2), 2013 (2), 2014 (3), 2015 (1), 2016 (2)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Tony Tomlin (play@hartleymorris.org), Phone: 01622 685960

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Mummers of Boyden Gate

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Boyden Gate, Grid Ref.: TR2165, Lat.& Long.: 51.3448, 1.1809

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2005 (4), 2006 (1), 2013 (3), 2014 (2)

Media Links:

[None registered]

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Rabble Folk Theatre [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Charing, Grid Ref.: TQ9549, Lat.& Long.: 51.2107, 0.7993

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (1), 2003 (3), 2004 (2), 2005 (1), 2006 (1), 2008 (1), 2009 (2), 2010 (5), 2011 (1), 2013 (1), 2014 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Gail Duff, Phone: 01622 858460

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Ravensbourne Mummers & Sword Dancers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-acting Sub-Group

Home Town:

Keston, Grid Ref.: TQ4164, Lat.& Long.: 51.3614, 0.0327

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2003 (4), 2004 (4), 2006 (2), 2008 (2), 2009 (2), 2010 (2), 2011 (1), 2013 (4), 2014 (2), 2015 (3), 2016 (2)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Aidan Hardy (bagman@ravensbourne.org)

Part of:

Ravensbourne Morris Men

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Sandgate Hoodeners

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Sandgate, Grid Ref.: TR2035, Lat.& Long.: 51.0759, 1.1482

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (2), 2003 (5), 2004 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Doug Quinney (dougquinney@ntlworld.com), Phone: 01303 275258 or 07813 827516

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The Hoodeners (St Nicholas and Sarre Hoodeners) [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

St Nicholas-at-Wade, Grid Ref.: TR2666, Lat.& Long.: 51.3519, 1.2533

Description:

Hoodening has gone on for over 200 years in East Kent, featuring Hooden Horses (wooden heads on poles with a sack-cloth 'coat'). It is performed in the week before Christmas / Winter Solstice. Songs are an important part; dance not at all.

Established:

1800

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (5), 2003 (4), 2004 (4), 2005 (4), 2008 (6), 2009 (4), 2010 (4), 2011 (2), 2013 (6)

Media Links:

1 link to Video

Contact:

Ben Jones (mastermummers@ozaru.plus.com), Phone: 01843 847701

Notes:

There have been gaps of several years without any active hoodeners, but the current troupe has been performing regularly in pubs and private houses around Thanet since around 1966.

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Tonbridge Mummers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Tonbridge, Grid Ref.: TQ5946, Lat.& Long.: 51.1949, 0.2830

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2003 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

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Wadard Mummers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-acting Sub-Group

Home Town:

Farningham, Grid Ref.: TQ5467, Lat.& Long.: 51.3850, 0.2206

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (2), 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2005 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Part of:

Wadard Morris Men

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