Chelmsford Morris Galleries
Throughout the year we are very lucky to have had such wonderful people who take photographs for us. Most of us are usually busy dancing or playing so we are grateful to so many of our friends and family for the memories we all treasure.
We celebrated 50 years since Chelmsford Morris began. The men's side began in 1972 with the ladies' side forming in 1979. We had a wonderful reunion dinner attended by old friends and new on Friday, 15th July 2022 and we were joined by Belchamp Morris and Blackmore Morris Men on Saturday 16th July to do a mini tour from The Compasses in Littley Green, to The Square and Compasses in Fuller Street and The Chequers in White Notley. We returned to The Compasses for more dancing and a lovely buffet. It was certainly a weekend to cherish and remember.
QORC Weekend - Queens Oak and Rose and Castle morris sides invited us to join them for a weekend, 1st to 3rd July along with many other morris sides. Around 200 people gathered together for a coach tour (4 coaches, 2 tours) around Northamptonshire. Saturday night was a great night to dance and sing at the ceilidh and we had a marvellous morning dancing by the canal at Stoke Bruerne on Sunday.
On Saturday, 11th June, Thaxted Morris invited us to join morris sides from around the country. It was the 95th time that Thaxted Morris have hosted a weekend of dancing and we enjoyed a dancing tour of beautiful local area pubs. Then it was back to Thaxted for a procession with massed dancing before the feast in the evening. Following the meal, there was more dancing and the evening closed with the haunting and beautiful Abbots Bromley Horn dance by the Thaxted Morris men.
For Chelmsford Morris ladies - this was a memorable occasion as it was the first time that ladies were included in the festival since its inception. We were proud and honoured. The reception the ladies received by the huge crowd in Thaxted was truly a moment to remember.
Day of Dance
Our first outing this year was up to Halesworth in Suffolk on Saturday 2nd April 2022 for their annual day of dance and it was so good to be back after the long wait due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We always enjoy going to Halesworth and the sun shone for us enough to not worry about cardigans! We hope to be back again in 2023!