Open Morris Needs you!

A brief message from the new Chair of Open Morris

Dear members,

It gives me great pleasure to address you all as the new Chair of Open Morris. I am very grateful to all of you for the support you gave me both at the EGM & AGM on Saturday and in messages from sides and individuals beforehand. It was important to know that I had the mandate from the vast majority of members to stand for election, along with those who are now my fellow Officers.
You will all have been aware of Brian Antuar as Secretary and Craig Simmonds as Web Officer and I am pleased that we will have the opportunity to continue working together. In addition, Lindsay McComb is our new Treasurer and Liz Scholey is Membership Secretary in my place.

We are all busy getting to grips with our new roles and addressing important issues such as an urgent audit of accounts, updating the website, typing minutes from Saturday and processing outstanding renewals. Please bear with us if things take a little longer than usual!

For now, I will continue dealing with renewals that come in addressed to me. You are welcome to email Liz on regarding emailed forms and online transactions. We will talk to each other!

Watch this space for more news and information and lookg out for an email from me shortly.

Nicki Pickering - Open Morris Chair

AGM 2015 Minutes

Please download the minutes from here

As you will see if you read right through, the meeting was abandoned and declared null and void.
The Committee are tasked to thus organise an Extra-ordinary General Meeting in around two months, and to investigate claims made at the abandoned AGM.
You will recieve a formal notice of this EGM in the next couple of days.

Roy Dommett

Open Morris regrets to announce the death, yesterday, 2nd November, of Roy Dommett, dancer, musician, rocket scientist and friend to everyone in the Morris world . His influence on the Morris revival and in particular on Women's Morris cannot be understated. Although illness had curtailed many of his activities in recent years, Roy still took a keen interest and was actively advising workshops and events until very recently.

Many of the older members of Open Morris are eternally grateful for his teaching, his research, and his knowledge of the Morris that he so freely passed on to us all.

We pass our condolences to his wife, Marguerite and his family.

Roy's life was remembered on "Last Word" on the 20th of November.
Adrian Williams (Redbornstoke Morris) has kindly provided the following links:
iPlayer- >>
Also available as a podcast - >>

Bristol JMO 2015

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Permission to use these photos has kindly been given by Brian Antuar, Robin Springett, Graham Cox, Alan Cole, Matthew Leighton and Nicki Pickering Thank you all!

Rag Morris hosted a fantastic day of dance for this years JMO in Bristol. With 66 sides attending from all over the UK, even the weather was perfectly organised!
Open Morris would like to thank Rag Morris for all of the organising and effort put into the event!

For more information on how the day went please visit our JMO page >>

If you have some good photos from the day please send them to (jpg format) and if they are suitable they will be added here.

Open Morris - what we stand for

Morris dancing for all!
Open Morris is open to any group or individual involved in the performance of Morris Dancing or allied activities. All sides are welcome - mixed, male or female, as are dancers or musicians who wish to become individual members.

Morris should be FUN!
We believe our members should enjoy their dancing.


JMO 2016 - York - Saturday April 23rd

2016 JMO National Day of Dance in the fabulous City of York
Saturday April 23rd, hosted by Minster Strays. Should be a great do!

More details will follow on>> in due course.

Open Morris Dancing On Magazine changes

Please click here for further information >>

The Joint Morris Organisations raised £324.73 at the JMO National Day of Dance in Bristol!

Please click here for further information >>

£1,929.16 raised by The Join Morris Organisations for Children in Need!

Please click here for further information >>

The Spring edition of Dancing ON! is now available online!
Please Click Here>> to download it

The original graphics on this site were created for Open Morris by Marc Vyvyan-Jones.