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for full details of future programme
you can read about our earlier year's activities in our previous year's diaries
Our year in 2020 got off to a fine start
with an evening at the Kennet Ale on 15th February - but then the dancing
stopped and the lockdowns began.....
Apart from an occasional socially distanced pub meet when restrictions
permitted, and a splendid summer picnic in Wallingford during what would have
been the Bunkfest weekend, the team only met weekly for practices via Zoom. We did manage though to put together
two documentaries during the year, thanks to lots of contributions from the team
and particularly thanks to the brilliant Ben Potton for
the time, effort, imagination and editing skills needed to make them
happen. The first, filmed
during the summer, and in which the team chatted about how they were finding
lockdown, and reminisced about bygone times, is available on YouTube here - BB
in Lockdown. The second, a replacement for our traditional November Bunfight
ceilidh and end of year celebrations, is here -
in Lockdown - 2!
That leaves us all looking forward to meeting again some time in 2021 - but meanwhile here's
a look back at our fabulous year in 2019!
It was Zoom practices again
for the early part of the year, but from April onwards the team were able to
meet outdoors for some Sunday practices in the Scout Hut car park, and from July
onwards some Thursday evening practices in the car park of St. James Church,
Finchampstead. While great to be physically back together, everyone was careful
to remain socially distanced and dances were adapted to be suitably Covid
friendly to avoid any close proximity, stick clashing etc. Nevertheless a
considerable improvement from dancing round our kitchens avoiding light
Then on 15th August an actual event! - low key it may have been, but at last an
excuse to ease ourselves back into breeches which had inexplicably shrunk in the
intervening 18 months. Tom was hosting several of Fools Gambit over the weekend
at his house in Bracknell, and arranged an afternoon danceout together at the
Stag and Hounds in Binfield. And so, in front of a small audience consisting
mainly of friends, relations, and a couple of babies who definitely weren't
around before lockdown, BB were back! Some of the dances were adapted for the
new prevailing circumstances, including a debut for 'Tossy Jockey' - normally a
stick throwing dance across set, now adapted for solo stick twirling - and some
dances avoided altogether, but it was still great to be out in kit again, 18
months to the day since the 2020 Kennet Ale.
And on 4th September, another event! - this one to mark what would have been
the Wallingford Bunkfest day, sadly cancelled for the second year in a row.
Strictly speaking this was 2 events, as we first did a short 10 minute spot at
the Upton Fete, substituting for the Outside Capering Crew who normally perform
there, being home to one of their dancers. A jolly English occasion, though our
performance area was on some very uneven grass - definitely not our preferred
surface. Following this we moved on to the Six Bells at Warborough where we had
been invited to join NYFTE for the afternoon, who were also having a not-the-Bunkfest
weekend of their own. Some 30 or so talented youngsters performed a wide
variety of dances in various styles, interspersed with some music and songs, and
it was very good to see their enthusiasm and energy shine through, while we just
played the experience card. Our own Robert was among the NYFTE performers, and
he was also able to join us for a fine STM - overall an excellent afternoon in
Splendid September sunshine.
And on 18th September, yet another event! - this time an afternoon in Windsor,
hosted by Windsor Morris. An excellent if low key afternoon, again in great
sunshine, and with the BB/Windsor babies in attendance.
A Magic Arch to finish, of course - always interesting to see who or what comes
After much deliberation we decided our annual Bunfight ceilidh would have to be
cancelled again in 2021, but instead we would hold a Bunfight party. This took
place on Saturday 28th November at our normal venue, with no band or dancing,
and limited numbers, consisting of just members of BB, Fools Gambit, some of
Windsor, and a few special friends of the side. To make it more like a Bunfight
we maintained a theme for the evening, this year 'Monty Python's Flying
Bunfight'. Around 50 people came, duly dressed in appropriate outfits, and had a
great evening with games, quizzes, songs, Bedlam Bingo, Elvis Steptoe, and to
finish, a gumboot dance from BB choreographed by Lee.
Then the following day we were out again at the Wokingham Winter Carnival.
Following its enforced cancellation in 2020 it was back with a bang, and the
sunny (though cold) weather brought out huge crowds to the town. The morris
dancing was limited to just 4 teams, ably organised on the day by Paul, and it
was great to be back performing in our home town.
Finally we were able to finish the year in a more traditional manner - firstly
on Thurs 16th Dec with our annual Xmas meal at The Bull at Barkham. Reduced
numbers for a variety of reasons, mostly Covid related, but still a good evening
and great to see 'Santa' back dishing out his Secret presents. Sadly once again
Paul missed the present giving - maybe one year he'll be able to catch Santa
(now that would be a surprise...). And then on Saturday 18th Dec, our much
missed St. Thomas's Day tour of Wokingham - again with reduced numbers but
enough to do a decent programme of dances. Dancing started at The Ship Inn, a
traditional starting point in the past but not for some time before moving on to
Peach Place, the newly renovated Elms Field, and finishing up at the Queens
Head, where we were welcomed back like long lost souls by landlady Carol - great
to be back there, though sadly we had to give the carol singing a miss this
year. Hopefully next year!?
Meanwhile reports from earlier years are also available -
2019 2018 2017
You can also see pictures of all events in the various Picture