After a busy Saturday at Levellers’ Day in Burford, we were back out again the following Monday 19th at the Prince of Wales in Shippon as guests of Mr Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris. It was another sunny evening, but got a little cool later on.
Havoc dancing Sidesteps at the Prince of Wales, Shippon
Mr Hemmings at The Prince of Wales Shippon
Abingdon hankies to the fore.
Somebody looks curious.
We also got to enjoy the remnants from the beer festival the Prince of Wales held over the weekend!
One of the staples of the Cry Havoc year is leading the parade at Levellers’ Day. This year Levellers’ Day was on a sunny Saturday May 17th.
The parade usually starts outside the church, passes through back streets and then down the hill on the main road, stopping the traffic. The closure this year of the usual venue, Wessex Hall, meant that this year we had to dance up the hill to the recreation ground by the A40. Once there, we danced in turns with the Vale Islanders.
Dancing Banbury Bill at the Recreation Ground
Afterwards we retreated back down the hill to Burford High Street and the Cotswold Arms and enjoyed a little outdoor music session.
Thusrsday May 8th saw us dancing at the Cock Inn, Combe, with Wychwayz Border Morris.
It’s fair to say that we weren’t at our most organised, and managed to turn up with any sticks! Wychwayz generously lent us their for a couple of dances – Young Collins with shorter sticks than normal is unexpectedly tricky – but we spent most of the evening waving hankies instead, and also tried Constant Billy with clapping rather than sticks. This works surprisingly well, and Acting Squire Jim is very grateful to our friends at Foxwelp Morris for the idea!
The music session after dancing was unusual. The Cock Inn provides nothing less than a white grand piano for its visitors, and on our evening there was a local gentleman playing. He not only joined in with us:
Havoc’s May Day outing was an evening event at The Punter on Osney Island. On arrival, things didn’t look good for an evening’s dancing.
We improvised, doing a few dances in a confined space inside the pub. Constant Billy was tricky enough, but we really felt the lack of room doing our audience participation dance, Sherherd’s Hey. This is usually done in a large circle. This evening was more a highly squashed oval.
Luckily the rain lifted enough to allow a couple of outside dances, before we called a halt to dancing for the evening and retreated back into The Punter for a long session of music and songs, accompanied by various other folky types still going from the morning.
For St. George’s day, we were invited to dance at the Eight Bells at Eaton … although, somehow we ended up there on St. George’s day plus one! It was very pleasant spring evening: perfect for a few dances and some tunes.