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England

Bedfordshire

Bedford Morris Men [Website]

Category:

Dancers who perform Plays

Home Town:

Bedford, Grid Ref.: TL0549, Lat.& Long.: 52.1333, -0.4585

Description:

In winter, the Bedford Morris Men perform a traditional Plough Play. Their script comes from Branston, Leicestershire, collected by Davd Welti, a former squire of Bedford Morris and the Morris Ring.

Established:

1932

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (1), 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2005 (1), 2006 (1), 2007 (1), 2009 (1), 2010 (1), 2011 (1), 2014 (1), 2015 (1), 2017 (1)

Media Links:

1 link to Video

Contact:

Ian Daye (ian.daye@btinternet.com), Phone: 01582 883009

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Brafront Guizers

Category:

Folk Play-acting Sub-Group

Home Town:

Ampthill, Grid Ref.: TL0338, Lat.& Long.: 52.0348, -0.4910

Description:

The group performs at pubs etc around Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire during Dec & Jan, collections are for charity. Traditional performances on Boxing Day (outside The George, Silsoe approx 12.30pm) and on Plough Monday (Cross Key, Pulloxhill approx 9.00pm).

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (5), 2003 (5), 2004 (2), 2005 (5), 2006 (6), 2007 (1), 2008 (1), 2009 (1), 2010 (4), 2011 (4), 2012 (6), 2013 (3), 2014 (2), 2015 (5), 2016 (5), 2017 (4)

Media Links:

2 links to Photo(s)

Contact:

Phil Perlin (bagman_redbornstoke@yahoo.com)

Part of:

Redbornstoke Morris

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Caddington Mummers

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Caddington, Grid Ref.: TL0619, Lat.& Long.: 51.8635, -0.4532

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (1), 2005 (1), 2006 (1), 2010 (1), 2014 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Richard Rowley (richard-rowley@lineone.net), Phone: 01582 414742

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Riseley Mummers

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Riseley, Grid Ref.: TL0462, Lat.& Long.: 52.2508, -0.4707

Description:

Members of the newly created Riseley Community Theatre group formed Riseley Mummers under the directorship of Amanda Whittall, to bring Mummers plays to the local community and to keep alive the tradition of Mumming in North Bedfordshire.

Established:

2010

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2010 (1), 2011 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Amanda Whittall, Director of Mumming (amandawhittall@hotmail.co.uk), Phone: 01234 708832 (Home)
Address: Appletrees, 29 High Street. Riseley. Beds. Mk441DU

Part of:

Riseley Community Theatre

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Berkshire

Aldworth Mummers

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Aldworth, Grid Ref.: SU5579, Lat.& Long.: 51.5112, -1.2002

Description:

We have been appearing in our midwinter ritual since 1976, at numerous venues according to circumstances. The ritual can be observed on the Friday and on the Saturday that happen to fall during the weekend before Christmas - never at Christmas itself; and always at The Bell, Aldworth on the Saturday night.

Established:

1976

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (2), 2004 (2), 2005 (2), 2008 (1), 2009 (1), 2013 (2), 2014 (2)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Barry Gardner (gardner@peruvianconnection.co.uk)

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Cauldron Players

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Windsor, Grid Ref.: SU9676, Lat.& Long.: 51.4787, -0.6102

Description:

[None provided]

Established:

2012

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Tyto (lorraine100000@yahoo.co.uk), Phone: 01753 863369
Address: 11a Eton Wick Road, Eton Wick. Windsor, Berks., SL4 6LT

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Cold Ash and Hermitage Mummers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Cold Ash, Grid Ref.: SU5169, Lat.& Long.: 51.4217, -1.2593

Description:

Cold Ash mummers were formed after mummers featured in a village play. The play's author, Richard Marshall, founded the Mummers afterwards based on the remembered fragments of the original Cold Ash play. Over the years we have developed our own distinctive style and tradition.

Established:

1995

Performances:

Forthcoming: 2017 (1)
Past events: 2002 (2), 2003 (2), 2004 (2), 2005 (2), 2006 (2), 2008 (2), 2009 (2), 2010 (2), 2011 (3), 2012 (2), 2013 (2), 2014 (2), 2015 (2), 2016 (2), 2017 (2)

Media Links:

1 link to Photo(s)

Contact:

Richard Marshall (marshalr@btinternet.com), Phone: 01635 200907 (Home) or 02071332353 (Work)
Address: Heathwaite, Slanting Hill, Hermitage, Thatcham, Berks, RG18 9QG

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Datchet Border Morris [Website]

Category:

Dancers who perform Plays

Home Town:

Datchet, Grid Ref.: SU9877, Lat.& Long.: 51.4874, -0.5812

Description:

Male Border Morris side with a mixed band. We perform border and occasional long sword. Our mummers play is performed over the Christmas period.

Established:

1962

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2001 (2), 2002 (2), 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2005 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Bagman (bagman@datchetmorris.org.uk)

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Ellington Morris [Website]

Category:

Dancers who perform Plays

Home Town:

Pinkneys Green, Grid Ref.: SU8682, Lat.& Long.: 51.5343, -0.7528

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2001 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Notes:

Morris Federation

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Hummers' Mummers (Hurst Mummers) [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-acting Sub-Group

Home Town:

Hurst, Grid Ref.: SU7973, Lat.& Long.: 51.4544, -0.8557

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2003 (1), 2004 (3)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Ian (contact@hump.org.uk), Phone: 0118 926 8187

Part of:

Hurst Morris People (HuMP)

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Bristol

Ashley's Rise Morris

Category:

Dancers who perform Plays

Home Town:

Bristol, Grid Ref.: ST5872, Lat.& Long.: 51.4495, -2.5973

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

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

Media Links:

1 link to Photo(s)

Contact:

Kim Woodward (ashleyrisemorris@aol.com), Phone: 0117 940-1566

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Rag Morris (Bristol Rag Morris) [Website]

Category:

Dancers who perform Plays

Home Town:

Bristol, Grid Ref.: ST5872, Lat.& Long.: 51.4495, -2.5973

Description:

Primarily a morris dancing side, but occasionally performing traditional-style plays.

Established:

1981

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2009 (2), 2010 (3), 2011 (5), 2014 (2)

Media Links:

1 link to News article, 1 link to Photo(s)

Contact:

Gavin Skinner (fds_gavin@yahoo.com)

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Buckinghamshire

Crendon Morris (Crendon Mummers) [Website]

Category:

Dancers who perform Plays

Home Town:

Long Crendon, Grid Ref.: SP6908, Lat.& Long.: 51.7704, -0.9927

Description:

Traditional Cotswold Morris plus Christmas Mummers

Established:

1967

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (1), 2003 (2), 2004 (1), 2009 (2), 2010 (3), 2011 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Pete Summerskill (pete.summerskill@crendonmorris.org), Phone: 01844 291172

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Haddenham Mummers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Haddenham, Grid Ref.: SP7408, Lat.& Long.: 51.7698, -0.9202

Description:

We perform the traditional village mummers play as published in 1942 by Walter Rose in his book 'Good Neighbours'. The play was revived in 1976 and every year since then it has been performed in pubs in and around Haddenham on the days just before Christmas. After each performance money is collected for local good causes.

Established:

1976

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (2), 2003 (2), 2004 (2), 2005 (2), 2009 (2), 2010 (3), 2012 (2), 2013 (7)

Media Links:

1 link to Video

Contact:

Andy Hardy (hardy48@btinternet.com), Phone: 01844 291173
Address: 48 Churchway, Haddenham, Bucks, HP17 8HA

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Owlswick Morris [Website]

Category:

Dancers who perform Plays

Home Town:

Twyford, Grid Ref.: SP6626, Lat.& Long.: 51.9326, -1.0327

Description:

Perform morris, clog, rapper, longsword, Appalachian, and Mummers.

Established:

1982

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (1), 2003 (3), 2004 (3), 2005 (2), 2006 (1), 2008 (2), 2009 (1), 2010 (2), 2011 (3), 2012 (1), 2013 (1)

Media Links:

1 link to Photo(s)

Contacts:

Juls Thomas, Special Events (owlswick.morris@gmail.com)

 

Hilary Conboy, Secretary (h.conboy@btinternet.com)

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Stony Stratford Mummers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Stony Stratford, Grid Ref.: SP7940, Lat.& Long.: 52.0568, -0.8404

Description:

We perform mainly at Christmas. We use a variety of traditional scripts, adapting them to our local circumstances and to the number of Mummers available. We usually have a small band of player/musicians to accompany songs, to play as we process, and to provide music to dance to - although we don't always dance!

Established:

1973

Performances:

Forthcoming: 2017 (1)
Past events: 2001 (2), 2002 (2), 2004 (2), 2005 (3), 2006 (5), 2008 (1), 2009 (4), 2010 (3), 2011 (4), 2012 (5), 2013 (5), 2014 (3), 2015 (5), 2016 (2), 2017 (2)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contacts:

Julian Drury (jadrury@btinternet.com), Phone: 01908 260546 (Home)

 

jeremy@olio.demon.co.uk, Phone: 441908226118 or 441908226118

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Cambridgeshire

March Mummers

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

March, Grid Ref.: TL4196, Lat.& Long.: 52.5476, 0.0870

Description:

We are group based in March, Cambridgeshire and we perform a folk play in the town to raise money for local charities. The current play is one written by Mike Herring and performed by members of the Peterborough Folk Club in the winters of 1968 and 1969. The script includes some words from an old play that was featured in a local newspaper in 1902.

Established:

2011

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2012 (1), 2013 (2), 2014 (1), 2015 (4), 2016 (2), 2017 (2)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contacts:

Stuart Broad (stuart@tellinghistory.co.uk)

 

Maureen James (maureen@tellinghistory.co.uk), Phone: 07967240328
Address: 22 Darthill Road

Notes:

We have performed the play in local pubs and other venues in the town since December 2011. Since that time we have not only had fun, but also raised over £750 for local charities - Open Door (£203), Eddies (£226), East Anglian Children’s Hospice (£188), MENCAP (£100), and FACET (£51).

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Midwinter Mummers

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Peterborough, Grid Ref.: TL1999, Lat.& Long.: 52.5798, -0.2362

Description:

Our play is a quack doctor play, given to us 1989 by a man from the Whittlesea area, he was 92 at the time, and remembered doing it as a boy in the scouts and in the church youth group in the '20s and '30s. He said it was written down by his grandfather in the Black Bull pub in Whittlesea sometime in the 1880's.

Established:

1990

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2003 (1), 2010 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Notes:

We put the play on at various pubs, collecting money for charity, which we give to local charities only. During our 20 years of existence, we have given away approximately £10,000.

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Northstow Mummers (Traditional Music of Cambridgeshire Collective) [Website]

Category:

Other Performing Group

Home Town:

Cambridge, Grid Ref.: TL4658, Lat.& Long.: 52.2053, 0.1425

Description:

Northstow Mummers perform mummers' plays and play Cambridegshire music, as well as keeping up the day at Wassails, Plough Sunday/Monday. May Day, Midsummer, Lammas, Hallowe'en, Tander and Christmas/Yuletide.

Established:

1996

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2009 (4), 2010 (5), 2011 (4)

Media Links:

3 links to Video

Contact:

Nigel Pennick, Lord of Misrule (keepinguptheday@live.co.uk), Phone: 01954 789751
Address: PO Box 530, Cambridge, CB23 8FS

Notes:

Affiliate of English Folk Dance and Song Society

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Cheshire

Alderley Mummers Play

Category:

Folk Play-acting Sub-Group

Home Town:

Macclesfield, Grid Ref.: SJ9173, Lat.& Long.: 53.2582, -2.1274

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (3), 2003 (3), 2004 (3), 2005 (2), 2008 (2), 2009 (2), 2010 (2), 2015 (1), 2016 (2)

Media Links:

3 links to Photo(s)

Contact:

Duncan Broomhead (adlingtonmorrismen@btopenworld.com), Phone: 01625 827988

Part of:

Adlington Morris Men

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