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Saturday, 17 December 2011

Events: Wessex Morris Men Christmas Tour

The Wessex Morris will be performing over the festive period once again, with traditional singing, dancing and mumming plays

Their Christmas programme for 2011:

Saturday 17th December
Dancing in Sherborne as part of the Sherborne at Christmas celebrations
Sunday 18th December
The Wessex Morris Men will be joining the carol singing at Halsey Arms, Pulham, near Dorchester around 8.00pm
Monday 19th December
The Wessex Morris Men present their Christmas Party at the Royal Oak, Cerne Abbas, near Dorchester from 7.30pm. They will be dancing in the street and then don a range of colourful guises to present the traditional mumming play.

Mummers' plays have been performed in England since the late 1700s and most Dorset villages would have had their own play. It is very likely that there was a play in Cerne Abbas but, unfortunately, all traces of it have been lost, so Wessex Morris Men have "imported" a play from Quidhampton, near Salisbury. Nevertheless, since their play has been performed regularly in Cerne Abbas for over 30 years it has come part of Cerne Abbas' Christmas tradition.

The evening will be rounded off with traditional songs, music and entertainment.
 Below: The Wessex Morris Men perform there mummers play in the The Royal Oak, Cerne Abbas, Dorset in 2006.

Monday 26th December
The Wessex Morris Men return to the Royal Oak, Cerne Abbas, near Dorchester to dance on Boxing Day around 12.00pm
If you like what you see at these events, come and join them to learn morris dancing and dance out next season. They practice at the Halsey Arms, Pulham, on Monday evenings from 8pm-10pm. Ask any team member for details or Telephone Mike Phelan on 01305 786754 or alternatively visit their website at www.wessexmorrismen.co.uk

N.B. The information above has been compiled with the best of intentions and I am afraid we cannot accept any responsibility for any of these events being cancelled or venue changed.  Always phone before you set out on your journey, especially if you are travelling long distances.

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