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Hemlock Morris Are Still Alive, November 2023
Just wanted to reassure anyone out there that Hemlock Morris are still alive and well. Well... not unwell at least. The side managed to continue through COVID and beyond, and we have been out doing our thing in the years since. Our website editor has just been slacking (oops). Ideally, this would have been to learn video editing as per the below post from May 2020(!) but alas, it was not.
We have returned to our old home at The Gordon Arms' events venue, The Ent Shed. I believe the Ent is to do with entertainment, as I have yet to spot any large, sentient trees in there. The pub itself looks very different from its previous incarnation, and has a lot of beers from BrewPoint, our local brewery. We practise there (almost) every Tuesday evening at 20:00 (8pm) and you can get in touch with us via the contact form if you'd like to get involved with either the music or the dancing. You can also use this form to make enquiries about booking us for performances. It was broken for a while, but we fixed it, so we are very sorry if you tried to send us a message and nobody ever came back to you. The website editor has a lot to answer for.
We're coming into our Christmas border season, so our performances will be focusing on our border (or border-esque) dances. We'll also have some festive favourites from years gone by, so hopefully you will manage to catch us some time over the winter period!
Hemlock Members Celebrate May Morning in Isolation, May 2020
On the morning of 1st May, at approximately sunrise (or just before), several members of Hemlock took to their gardens and other isolated outdoor spots for their daily exercise in accordance with current governmental guidelines and law. Many of us danced a Fieldtown jig called The Nutting Girl, and others of us performed other rituals or otherwise paid tribute to the incoming spring season. Perhaps one day, a video of these occurrences will materialise, once we have learned how to do video editing...
Hem-lockdown, March 2020
As per government guidelines and the advice of health professionals, Hemlock Morris will be suspending all practice sessions and public performances as of March 2020 to contain the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to meet up online using video conference technologies so that we remember what our members' faces look like and to discuss morris business (at least for a few minutes before moving on to sillier topics). Once it is safe and practical to do so, we will discuss with our members potential ways in which we can start to get involved with morris dancing again. The health and safety of our members and wider community will always be the priority in any such discussions, and our thoughts are with those who have been affected by this pandemic. From all of Hemlock, we want to express our gratitude and appreciation to all the key workers who are doing incredibly important work under impossibly difficult circumstances - THANK YOU!
A New Home for Hemlock, February 2020
With the sad closure of The Gordon Arms in Bedford, Hemlock are roaming the town looking for a new practice space. For now, we are located in the Cardington Reading Rooms, but stay tuned - we may be moving around a little in the next few weeks! We'd like to thank Ruth and Phil for being marvellous hosts over the past few years, and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.
Taster Sessions, January 2020
Hemlock Morris are open to new members!
We will be holding two no-obligation taster sessions in January where you can come and meet us, see what we do and even learn a dance or two. Come along, bring a friend or three, see if you like it - if not, there's always the pub next door.
Monday 20th January and Monday 27th January 2020, 8pm-10pm
The Ent Shed, Gordon Arms, Castle Road, Bedford (UK)
You! Yes, you. Plus Hemlock Morris.