Welcome to our website. Leicester Morrismen are a group of ordinary guys of varied ages and backgrounds,who share a love of the Morris and like having fun!
Morris Dancing has been part of English life for at least six hundred years and there is continuing argument as to its origins and age and while it was unique to England there are clear similarities to traditional dances from elsewhere.
Leicester Morrismen are currently following HM Government advice and have suspended practices until it is safe and sensible to resume.
We are missing our practices and the comradeship of our fellow dancers. We miss the immediate opportunity to entertain and interact with our audiences, and surprise surprise, we miss the opportunities to have a pint of good beer in local pubs.
All of our commitments for 2020 were cancelled and so for the first time since 1959 our programme of Wednesday evening tours did not take place. When the current restrictions are lifted we will reassess our situation and plan to transfer our unused 2020 programme into 2021, and hope that our pub venues have been able to survive to welcome us back.
We all look forward to the post-virus future.
Leicester Morrismen (aka Red Leicester) were not able to perform at The Griffin Inn, Swithland on Boxing Day for the first time in nearly 40 years, but to maintain this tradition we posted clips of some of our past performances and a specially recorded Covid19 version of the Sproxton Wooing Play.
This is a big THANK YOU to all of our friends and supporters who used the JustGiving link to help us to raise our target of £400 for Rainbows Children’s Hospice , the charity we collect for every Boxing day. We have reached our £400 target but the JustGiving page is still active!
The drinks industry, and small breweries in particular, are struggling through lockdown. Leicester Morris have come up with something to follow Dry January – Febrewery.
The idea is to acquire a different brew for each of the 28 days of the month. For the gluten-free we include ciders, gins or whiskies.
During Febrewery as part of Leicester’s weekly Wednesday Zoom get-together, we will bring out and review our seven-beer selection for that week. Even if you buy early in bulk, just bring out seven beers for each of the four weeks.
The final week should see the full array of 28 bottles or cans*. They can be full or empty! (Please note, there is no requirement for them all to be empty!)
There are no prizes, the beers are prize enough, but there will be recognition for the best ‘stories’. Nearest, farthest, strongest, smallest brewery, or largest collection on a theme. You can make up your own theme but we hope to avoid the quick and easy option of a single supermarket sweep.
We invite other sides or individuals to adopt the idea of Febrewery and each week post pictures of your selected beers. Please let us know if you plan to join us.
Bagman of Leicester Morris
* Note: We assume that any cans will be craft ales and not Carling, Fosters or Skol.