Stroud Wassail features a great gathering of morris dancers for the day. You will find them dancing in the streets throughout the day –outside the Sub Rooms, by the Farmers’ Market, by the Shambles Market, outside the Merrywalks arcade… they’ll be popping up all over the place! And keep an eye out for the odd group of mummers as well.
Invitations have gone out for the 2018 Wassail, and it looks like there will be quite a few new visitors to Stroud. Here’s who has signed up so far:
Aelfgythe – a vibrant and very entertaining women’s Border side all the way from Alvechurch, and new visitors to Stroud Wassail. Just try saying their name after a few pints in the Ale House.
Appleyard name themselves after a kind of duck. And why not? They’re a women’s side from Worcestershire, and they’re first-time visitors to Stroud Wassail.
Bedcote Morris are coming down from Stourbridge to join us. They’re a mixed Cotswold side and always put on a good show.
Chippenham Morris Men are stalwarts of the Wassail. As well as being a fine Cotswold side, they have some superb musicians, so look out for them in the music sessions in the afternoon.
Dartmoor Border Morris first came to Stroud some years back when host side Styx invited them for a ‘Five Valleys Tour’ – and now they’re back as first-time visitors to our Wassail. Lovely people, with a strange tendency to adorn themselves with sheep.
England’s Glory is one of the longest established women’s morris sides. They are named after a brand of matches – hot stuff maybe?
Malmesbury Morris is another Wassail stalwart, and we’re glad to welcome them back to Stroud again. They dance Cotswold with the odd bit of Border thrown in, plus some of their own original dances.
Mason’s Apron came to our Wassail for the first time last January – and now they’re hooked! They’re a North-West Clog side, based in Long Hanborough in Oxfordshire. They get their name from a pub, which is always a good sign!
Merrie Morgana/Aziza Belly Dancers hail from Cheltenham. During the summer they are belly dancers, but in the winter they very sensibly don medieval garb and become Merrie Morgana. They bring a bit of calm and elegance amidst the mayhem and madness of the morris folk.
Silhill Border Morris come from Worcestershire (as do many of our visitors this year – what’s going on?). Apparently they like real ale – good news for the Little George and the Ale House then!
Styx of Stroud Border Morris is the host side for Stroud Wassail. They are loud and enthusiastic performers, and hard-core party animals when off-duty. They’re looking forward to hosting friends old and new on January 13.