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The History of Wickham Morris

Wickham Morris first performed in 1980 and have gone from strength to strength in recent years. Since we invited the ladies to dance with us and became a mixed side, we have enjoyed performing in festivals at Winchester, Sidmouth, Isle of Wight, Chippenham, Rochester and Swanage and made foreign tours to Villers sur Mer and Maneglise, the twin towns of Wickham and Swanmore, and to the International Festival at Bray in Ireland. We have danced in the London Millennium Parade in front of the Queen, in the grand Easter parade at Maastricht and at the Millennium Dome.

We dance in the Cotswold and Border styles. The Cotswold dances come from the villages of Stanton Harcourt, Bampton and Adderbury, plus others that we have invented in similar styles. The Cotswold dance style is with hankies and/or sticks and usually in a 6 man set. The Border dances are originating from the villages on the England-Wales border. These dances are more wild and often have furious exciting sticking sequences. We have gradually developed a unique Wickham Style, with our own dances and a laid back happy go lucky 'stance', best viewed over an emptying ale barrel.

Our main dancing circuit from May to September encompasses the pubs and fetes along the Meon Valley, but we have entertained, too, at social dances, barn dances, opening ceremonies and weddings, in the process raising funds for our charities. If anyone would like to book us, then please call our Baggie, see contacts page for details. We meet every Thursday and new members are welcome to contact the Squire.

The History of Morris Dancing

Our ex-squire, Dennis Wheeler, has penned two separate histories of the tradition which can be found from the following links. The one is reasonably substantial and attempts to be accurate, and the other is lighthearted.

Below is the roll of honour of the past officers of the side (as best we can remember!).

 

 

  Squire Dance Master Bagman Swagman
1980 Colin George Anjie Swayne Philip Perraton as Bagman
1981 Colin George Anjie Swayne Brian Sharpe as Bagman
1982 Colin George Anjie Swayne David Swayne as Bagman
1983 Nic Holladay Anjie Swayne David Swayne as Bagman
1984 Nic Holladay Anjie Swayne, John Gale David Swayne as Bagman
1985 Nic Holladay Anjie Swayne, John Gale Eric Bright David Swayne
1986 Nic Holladay Anjie Swayne, John Gale David Swayne as Bagman
1987 David Swayne John Gale John Sudbury as Bagman
1988 David Swayne John Gale Neale Fray as Bagman
1989 David Swayne John Gale Neale Fray as Bagman
1990 David Swayne John Gale Neale Fray as Bagman
1991 David Evans Bob Swallow Ted Fitzgerald as Bagman
1992 David Evans Bob Swallow Ted Fitzgerald as Bagman
1993 Bob Randell Bob Swallow, Geoffrey Hebditch Dennis Wheeler as Bagman
1994 Bob Randell Geoffrey Hebditch Dennis Wheeler Kim Lees
1995 John Shillitoe Pete Boyce Andy Folkes, Fred Toomer Dennis Wheeler
1996 John Shillitoe Pete Boyce Andy Folkes, Fred Toomer Adrian Mori
1997 Dennis Wheeler Pete Boyce Andy Folkes Adrian Mori
1998 Dennis Wheeler Dennis Wheeler Andy Folkes Adrian Mori
1999 Andy Folkes Dennis Wheeler Maggie Wilson Adrian Mori
2000 Andy Folkes Dennis Wheeler Maggie Wilson Adrian Mori
2001 Pam Folkes Dennis Wheeler Vonne Wheeler Adrian Mori
2002 Pam Folkes Ian Nichols, Keith Davis, Andy Folkes Vonne Wheeler Adrian Mori
2003 Jackie Randell Ian Nichols, Keith Davis, Andy Folkes Andy Folkes Adrian Mori
2004 Fred Toomer Ian Nichols, Keith Davis, Andy Folkes Ian Nichols Adrian Mori
2005 Dave Rudland Ian Nichols Bernard Brombley Adrian Mori
2006 Rob Mills Ian Nichols Andy Folkes Adrian Mori
2007 Ian Nichols Ian Nichols Dennis Wheeler Adrian Mori
2008 Ian Nichols Ian Nichols Dennis Wheeler Adrian Mori
2009 Yvonne Wheeler Ian Nichols Maggie Wilson Adrian Mori
2010 Julia Dean Ian Nichols Maggie Wilson Adrian Mori
2011 Maggie Wilson Ian Nichols Kate Hearn Adrian Mori
2012 Stephen Hayes Ian Nichols Ian Nichols Adrian Mori
2013 Bernard Brombley Ian Nichols Ian Nichols Adrian Mori
2014 Pam Storey Ian Nichols Penny Munday Adrian Mori
2015 Cath Watkins Ian Nichols Penny Munday Dennis Wheeler
2016 Julie Collett Ian Nichols Penny Munday Dennis Wheeler
2017 Penny Munday Ian Nichols Dave Sawdon Dennis Wheeler