Allington Morris was formed in 1988 by members of the then Gala committee as an added attraction for the Gala. We were able to put together two dances for the event under the tuition of one of our members who had been a member of a Morris side in his youth – which was a very long time ago. Much to our astonishment we received an invitation to dance for another village fete and decided we should perhaps take this Morris lark a little more seriously and train a little harder.
We are a mixed side and members of Open Morris. We enjoy life and Morris to the full. We practice in Allington Village Hall on Thursday evenings from September until the official start of the Morris Dance Season on the 1st May 8.30 to 10.00pm when we may well head to the Welby for a reviving drink. We dance out with other Morris sides as often as possible and on Thursday evenings during the summer we are usually out and about dancing at pubs around the area. We always dance at our home pub, the Welby Arms, on the first and last days of our dancing season.
We perform a traditional Mummers play on Boxing Day at the back of the Welby Arms. This has become a most enjoyable tradition over the years and has been performed in a variety of weather conditions. Any monies we collect and any fees we charge for our dance performances are donated to charity.
If you would like to join us and have a go come along to the Village Hall on a Thursday evening from September to the end of April or ring Mary McKinlay, secretary on 01400 281671. By using the link below you can access our online calendar of activity.