In February 2019 we agreed to amend our constitution to welcome women into membership. To reflect this change, we have also adapted our name to "Mendip Morris", dropping 'Men' from our title. ALL are now very welcome to join us to dance or play - Wassail!
Please note that we have also changed our web domain name to mendipmorris.org.uk to reflect this change.
About the Mendip Morris
Founded in 1956, originally as a male only side known as the Mendip Morris Men, we have regularly danced throughout the North Somerset area performing the traditional dances of the Cotswolds.
In February 2019 we amended our constitution to welcome women into membership and adapt our name to Mendip Morris, dropping the 'Men' from our title.
The Mendip Morris can be identified by their red, gold and blue baldrics (crossed sashes), adorned with the King Alfred's jewel at the back and the Somerset dragon at the front. Black breeches, bell pads and gaily decorated straw hats complete the outfit.
Our Special Characters
We are sometimes accompanied on our outings by three other traditional Morris characters:
Our Fool, also known as Peter Rose who wears a smock, odd coloured socks and a very fetching black top hat - see picture below:
A manic spotted horse called Horse (why complicate matters?) who is really very friendly and especially likes children - see picture below:
Our much loved and often photographed Green Man who changed colour from playing with too many chemicals when he was a science teacher - often known by his alter ego of Brian Kemplay - see pictured below:
Each summer, on Thursday evenings, we dance outside local pubs and in village centres, bringing with us the exciting sight and sound of this ancient custom. You may also see us dancing at school fêtes, country fairs, festivals and visitor attractions. We've even danced at Bristol Airport and the European Parliament building in Brussels!
Of course no Morris side would exist without their musicians and the Mendip Morris are exceptionally lucky to have a wonderful team including melodians, accordians, fiddles, pipers and drums:
Want to join in the magic?
If you feel you would like to share in the magic of the Morris, either as a dancer (no previous experience required) or a musician, please contact our Acting Bagman (secretary) Robin Morris - yes, that's really his surname - or:-
Why not come along to one of our winter practice sessions (October to May) held on a Monday evening at 8pm in the Methodist Church Hall, Congresbury where you'll be sure of a very warm welcome - click here for a map.
We also hold a fortnightly 'Learners' session on alterative Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm in the Congresbury Memorial Hall (directly over the road to Methodist Church Hall above). This is particularly suitable for those new to Morris wanting to learn in a relaxed way in the company of other newcomers.
Alternatively, join us for a drink after both practice sessions in The Plough Inn, our sponsor pub just along the road - click here for a map. For a special bonus on the first Monday in the month we play music in the pub - come along and get the flavour.
Finally, you can always follow us on Facebook - click here to go to our Facebook page.