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Morris men return to Chipperfield this weekend

Greensleeves Morris Men of Wimbledon, London’s longest established Morris club, with two guest Morris sides from Nottingham and Yorkshire, will perform a lively programme of traditional stick and handkerchief dances in Chipperfield and surrounding towns and villages annual as part of the club’s annual Chipperfield weekend dance tour which this year runs from Friday July 14 to Sunday July 16.

“We had a wonderful time when we visited Chipperfield last year and celebrated our club’s 90th anniversary with everyone in the village,” said David Legg, Squire of Greensleeves Morris Men.

“We are looking forward to our annual Chipperfield weekend in July again this year. It’s the highlight of our summer dancing season.

Greensleeves’ weekend of dance begins on Friday July 14 with a 9.00pm performance on Chipperfield Common, opposite the Two Brewers public house.

On Saturday July 15, after a day of dancing in towns and villages around Herts and Bucks, Greensleeves and guest Morris sides will perform at 5.30pm at the Plough public house in Belsize.

Then on Sunday July 16 at 9.55am Greensleeves and guest sides will dance in a procession to the annual open air church service at St Paul’s Church on Chipperfield green which begins at 10.05am and includes Morris musicians.

After performing individual and mass dances at 11.00am at the end of the church service, Greensleeves and the guest Morris sides will then dance in a procession to the nearby Windmill public house at 11.55am and then perform outside the Windmill at 12.15pm, which will be the final performance of the Chipperfield weekend tour.

“For the past 56 years we have been doing our annual Chipperfield weekend in July. The audiences are enthusiastic and we enjoy dancing here,” Legg commented.

“It’s a traditional part of our July dancing programme.”

Founded in 1926, Greensleeves (www.greensleevesmorris.org.uk) is London’s longest established Morris dancing club and has been based in Wimbledon for the past 31 years.

Picture courtesy of David Hayes

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