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2018 News

Year 41 for BB and all is well with a busy programme to come! The first time we stepped beyond the confines of the Scout Hut though was for a Sunday practice in March at Vibez Dance Studios in Woodley, used in 2017 by the fragrant Debbie McGee when rehearsing for her Strictly Come Dancing appearances. Not sure we were as light footed in the Studios as she was, but bet she couldn't wield a coconut like BB can.

Our first proper outing of the year was on Sat 21st April at the Oxford Folk Festival, these days a traditional season opener. Once again the weather was mostly sunny, and we enjoyed a good day, starting in the Botanical Gardens and finishing in Bonn Square, with some Cornmarket appearances thrown in. Then on 10th May we had an evening at the Fisherman's Cottage, Reading, with Rockhopper and Windsor Morris, and with dancing on the canal towpath just outside the pub.

Next, a day in Brighton on Sat 19th May, as guests of Brighton Morris at their 50th Anniversary Day of Dance - a great chance to escape the Royal Wedding and FA Cup Final on the same day. 15 different sides took part altogether, and during the day we enjoyed the company of 7 Champions, Great Western, Hunters Moon, Cuckoo's Nest and Rockhopper, plus all the other sides at the opening stand in Pavilion Gardens, and at the end of the day alongside the i360 on the Promenade. Another very sunny day and red faces all round at the end of it except Tom, who had spent the day shrouded in a ghostly mask of white sun tan lotion. But he wouldn't be hurting at work on Monday...

24th May saw us on the wasteland of the Queens Oak car park with Fleet Morris - a good evening if you avoided the potholes. Than in June we had another visit to the Abingdon Tradition Morris Dancers Mayor Making Day - a Day of Dance with the election of the Mock Mayor of Ock Street in the afternoon followed by carrying him ceremonially along Ock Street. As always Abingdon were excellent hosts throughout, and the day finished with an evening of food, drink, relaxing and entertainment in the Long Gallery of Abingdon Abbey.

Then from Fri 27th - Sun 29th July we were once more at the Warwick Folk Festival, based as usual at Warwick School. This year there were a number of changes to the layout of the Festival site due to construction work at the school. As a result, Morris teams had their own camping field, still adjacent to and accessible from the main site but actually in the grounds of Myton School. Our Festival started on the Friday evening with a successful ceilidh spot in the Ceilidh Hall, and then on the Saturday we had spots on the excellent Arena stage on the main site, then in the grounds of Warwick Castle, and then at the Rose and Crown before lining up for the afternoon procession. The whole of July had been glorious weather, and the glorious weather continued right up to the point when the procession started, which was the signal for some quite heavy rain to start. Nevertheless the procession carried on through the Market Place, down Church Street, and then down Castle Street and rather soggily into the Castle grounds again. Back at the school, another dance spot was due but apart from a short spot under the awning outside the Theatre, the rest of the day's dancing was cancelled. An outdoor BB pizza evening had been planned for later which looked in doubt until Ben secured the large covered outdoor dining space of Myton School. This made an excellent base for us, and Will, having been taught so well by dad Gary, coordinated and ordered pizzas for the large BB contingent and their guests (and Lee!) - no easy task!

More rain threatened on Sunday but none materialised, and we were able to enjoy good dance spots at the Rose and Crown, the Zetland, and finally at the Arena Stage. A great weekend, shared with some excellent teams, and one where BB acquitted themselves very well. Bring on the next event...!

... which turned out to be a pre Sidmouth dance out at the Queens Head with Customs and Exiles on Thurs 2nd Aug. There was lots of BB involvement at Sidmouth with no less than 10 of the team there throughout the week doing various things, but for the first time for many years at no point did any of the 10 get together under the BB umbrella. No need - the weather was fantastic almost throughout the whole week!

Instead the next team event was on Saturday 1st September at Wallingford Bunkfest - another beautiful day, and we had good dancing spots at the Dolphin, on the Kinecroft Main Stage, at the Market Place, and for the first time at the Boathouse pub by the Thames, where too many backsteps could lead to a submergence. The day ended, like all good Bunkfests, with another great Chunkfest courtesy of Sue. Always a highlight!  





 

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