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Berkshire Bedlam Morris

 

 

Welcome to the Home Page of Berkshire Bedlam!

 

 

BB - still rated amongst the top 99% of all Morris sides in the country.....

 

Who are we ?

              

Berkshire Bedlam, a renowned men's Cotswold Morris dance team from Wokingham in Berkshire, were formed in 1977, and perform a wide range of dances. While some are based on the legendary Leafield dances of Oxfordshire, the majority of today's repertoire is original compositions put together in recent years. Whatever the dance, BB's aim is to perform with gusto and spirit, and to present spectacular and original performances. Do we succeed? - come and see us to find out!
You can find out lots more about us through this site including something of our history, and a guide to the dances in our past and present repertoire. There are old and recent pictures of the side in our gallery section, latest news of events, a guide to our media appearances, and you can even find out what happens at a Berkshire Bedlam Bunfight.
New dancers are always welcome at any of our weekly practices whether an experienced dancer or a novice, and we can provide full tuition for anyone keen to have a go - contact details at the bottom of the page!

Recent and Future Happenings ....

  Another great Bunfight - with A Lotta Help From Our Friends!

 

Huge thanks to everyone who came to the 2017 Bunfight in November, with the Beatles flavoured theme 'A Hard Day's Bunfight'. Great to see lots of familiar and new faces in an imaginative variety of outfits including the Abbey Road zebra crossing, a tinfoil Maxwell's Silver Hammer (until it disintegrated), Lovely Rita, some Long and Winding Roads, a Walrus, some authentic Sergeant Peppers, a Day Tripper, and a host of other interesting costumes. This year's great band The Diatonics truly rose to the occasion too, immaculately interweaving into their repertoire snatches of Beatles refrains and in some cases whole songs (yes, When I'm 64 works as ceilidh number...). BB's contribution was a Dance of Stance in the first interval (not helped by the fact the Silver Hammer couldn't see where it was going) and then later a be-blazered Putting on the Ritz. Another great Day In The Life of BB!
Oh, and there was a lovely opportunity for the probable 2018 Sidmouth jig winners to pose with the trophy they'll be getting...  
See the Bunfights page for pictures of the event, and see everyone next year on Saturday 24th Nov 2018!

2017 - our 40th birthday year!



2017 has been BB's 40 birthday year, and what a celebration we had in July! Apart from that though we've enjoyed a sunny day at the Oxford Folk Festival where we featured in a Spanish TV documentary, had a fabulous weekend in May at the JMO in Leicester followed by a day in the morris heartland of Adderbury, partly dedicated to a celebration of David's forthcoming marriage to Heather in June. We've also had days out in Reading, Lewes, and Wallingford, a brief appearance at Sidmouth Folk Week, and then our November weekend of Beatles themed Bunfight followed by the Wokingham Winter Carnival. We've also been invited onto the morning show on Radio Berkshire!

Our big event of the year though was held over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd July, when we hosted a number of other superb teams at our 40th anniversary celebration, based at Tadley Rugby Club, themed 'Billy Bedlam's Holiday Camp'. On the Saturday we visited locations around West Berkshire, followed by a fantastic celebration evening including spots and musical interludes from us and our guests. Who there will ever forget Elvis Steptoe? On Sunday we all danced in the centre of Reading to round off a great weekend.
Pictures of all our 2017 events in the 2017 gallery pages and full story of the year in latest news!
2017 Sidmouth - Will's jigs rock!


August's John Gasson jig competition at Sidmouth proved to be the year of Will. A fantastic jig in Hammersmith colours with excellent accompaniment by Jim Sawyer saw them run away with first place in the solo jig competition - as well as John's Mum's special prize for the jig she enjoyed most. And shortly after that, dancing with Kynan Parker-Roth, and accompanied by our own Jerry, all in fetching bandanas, the 3 of them won the double jig competition. Go Will!
Downton Morris ...
Anyone wonder who the mystery morris team was briefly featured in the BBC's 2012 Christmas Day's Downton Abbey?

 

Yes, it was some of BB who just happened to be in the Downton area on the day of filming, and stopped by to liven up the country fair using some borrowed togs. For added authenticity, some of the young chaps had a short back and sides first, which they thought was just spiffing...

 

Latest Media News !!

Yes, you can now have a little BB at home with you by ordering one of our DVDs - see the MEDIA PAGE for details, and also links to our various media appearances in print, in pop videos, on TV, and on YouTube! 

 

Contact Us / Join Us / Book Us

CONTACT US NOW FOR DETAILS OF OUR BEGINNERS / IMPROVERS EVENINGS IN OCTOBER - ALL WELCOME!

We're always delighted to welcome new members. We practise on Thursday evenings at the Scout Hut in Evendons Lane, Wokingham, RG41 4DX
(click here for map) and dance out at festivals, pubs and other events throughout the summer. If you would like to come to any of our practice evenings to try it for yourself, you will be very welcome, especially for our October practice evenings aimed at beginners and improvers (though maybe phone or drop us an email first to check what we are doing!) - we may also run occasional weekend practices for those who can't make a Thursday evening. If you would like to find out more about us, or check if we may be available for a particular event, our contact details are:

Main contact & Webmaster
- Malcolm Major - Tel 01189 771952 or 07715 294568, or e-mail malcolmmajor at ntlworld dot com
You can also contact the following :
Foreman - David Steptoe (david dot steptoe at ntlworld dot com)
Squire - Charles Allison (cmuisca1 at aol dot com)
Publicity - Florent Crepineau (florentcrepineau at yahoo dot fr)

And finally, if
you would like to find out more about other Morris sides, or Morris dancing in general, try these links :
Morris Side Finder : a UK wide guide to find teams in all parts of the country
Wikipedia's Morris Dance Page : a good explanation of the origins, history, terminology and different styles of morris


and remember ....
....it never rains on Berkshire Bedlam 
 

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