Last week, we handed over a donation to the Oxfordshire Association for the Blind. Today, we received a very nice letter of thanks!
One of the people we met on our trip to Gerrards Cross was Douglas Gray. Douglas is a photographer, and is currently working on a photographic book entitled “Other People’s Trades”. He’s chosen two pictures from that day that he’d like to include in the book.
I think they’re both rather good. I’ve scaled them down slightly for the website, but I have the full versions if anyone wants them. Click on the small pictures below for my intermediate larger version.
Come out, ’tis now September
Jim’s Mum is one of those people who Organises at her local church, All Saints in Gerrards Cross. The Church Committee heard somewhere that running a small beer festival was the latest natty fundraising idea, so they decided to try. And booked Havoc as entertainment.
Mercifully, we got a sunny September Saturday. We were given free beer – always the way to attract a Morris side – and lunch too! We also got distracted while dancing Jenny Lind by a Spitfire and a Hurricane circling overhead.
We had an unexpected guest from Chippenham Town Morris – try and spot which one he is!
And a ‘guest’ from Foxwhelp – less easy!’
We even managed to capture a video of ‘Hunt the Squirrel’.
As you can see, the evenings are starting to draw in, my phone camera isn’t good in low light, and I didn’t remember to ask other Havocs to take pictures.
A jolly evening nevertheless, with much singing during the session in the pub afterwards. Armaleggan know some, umm, unusual songs.
The last weekend in August. It must be Bunkfest in Wallingford.
Cry Havoc were, as usual, part of the public dance programme. We appeared at four locations around the town centre, alternating with another side for 30 minute displays.
There were just enough Havocs floating around Towersey Folk Festival on Saturday August 23rd to make up a scratch side for a few dances outside the Three Horseshoes in response to an invitation from Owlswick Morris. Owswick and Havoc are both have their origins in Towersey Morris.
We did three dances, notably chiefly for Jim going horribly the wrong way when pressed into doing Sidesteps. Luckily further sides arrived and we retired thankfully.
It was all hands to the pump, and we didn’t get any pictures. So here instead is one of the other sides present, the recently formed Makeney Morris from around Belper, Derbyshire. They were rather good, especially considering most of them have been dancing for under a year.
And did you catch Nigel and Oliver on BBC Radio Oxford from the Festival on the morning of Sunday 24th?
Two days after dancing at the Kite, we were back in action at the inauguration of the new Old Woodstock Mock Mayor.
We did a half hour dance spot at the Black Prince as part of the partying, and followed the Mock Mayor and Corporation leading the procession up the hill to the Town Hall.
Once at the Town Hall, we did some further dances, including one in which the Mayor and Mock Mayor took part!
Cry Havoc have participated in the ceremony before, but not for quite a few years, and we couldn’t quite remember what was supposed to happen. So some of the requests took us a bit by surprise. But it was great fun, and we’ll hope to do it again soon.
It was a hectic afternoon, and none of us had time to take pictures. We’re hoping the committee will supply some.