The Living Journal of the Yateley Morrismen 190618 Two Poplars, Wokingham and Golden Retriever, Bracknell

The Living Journal of the Yateley Morrismen

190618 Two Poplars, Wokingham and Golden Retriever, Bracknell

Overcast weather but a sparking return to form from the lads who put in a grand couple of performances. Quite a buzz about our trip to Helmond (Holland not Afghanistan) on the following weekend.

Small audience at the Two Poplars and welcoming landlord. Good support from family and friends, as ever. Lovely to meet Richard and Jane from Reading, and we do hope that Richard does join us in the autumn. We are always ready to welcome new dancers and musicians who fancy having a go – have a chat with any of the lads if that is you!

Despite the dreaded Greene King sign there was an excellent range of beers, Flack Manor was good. Some good dancing as well, with the squire working us hard. Lass of Richmond and Feathers were the pick of the bunch with Baz adding ‘spots’ figure to get us well and truly knackered. We had our customary two sides (12 dancers) up but only for a while as one of the lads had over imbibed….

Off to the Golden Retriever, fast becoming one of our regulars. The garden was packed solid with a very diverse crowd including old friends Barry & June plus a few from Ascot races in their finery now looking a bit jaded after a ‘good lunch’. Lots of q&a and reassurance from our chatty fool won over nearly all the tables around, even the obligatory couple of bikers. Dancing area was challenging with low hanging solar lights above and dodgy faux farmyard slabs & gravel underfoot – all miraculously survived. Good range of beers again,

Q  Morris man at bar (decisively) – ‘I’d like something hoppy please!’

A  Barmaid (engagingly) – ‘A rabbit perhaps….?’ 😀

Lots and lots of good dancing and a good performance all round. Teia our birthday girl and Maid of the Mill was great. Max’s Princess Royal, Bampton was really good……and extended as 6 of us joined in…one a time… J. Myrtle Tree was good, Dennis in fine form eager to have a go at new dances and the Horse causing utter mayhem amongst the diners. Cap’n Corelli’s Ukulele was best so far, Shooting was also crisp with massive rubber duck abuse (who has a most unfortunate reinflation point) and the rubber stick almost landing in a shocked Jenni’s gin.

Final ‘Joiny Inny’ dance, ‘surely no-one is going to join in!’ was an instant hit with the audience needing little persuasion to have a go. A lovely finish to a fine evening of morris.


Andy Pobjoy, Rod Crane, Mike Clarke, Steve Betts, Max Haynes, Tom Brady, Greg Bramwell, Chris Chapple, Ryan Cooper, Baz Crossman, Dennis Hausen, Ross Healey, Tim Lloyd, Ian Sutherland, Ian Young, Andy Young, Robin Acreman still in civvies, WFYH

One thought on “The Living Journal of the Yateley Morrismen 190618 Two Poplars, Wokingham and Golden Retriever, Bracknell

  1. From the squire: Just a quick word to say how impressed I was with our performance last night at The Two Poplars and at The Golden Retriever. It was one of those nights where it all seemed to click into place. We danced to a very good standard even though I called a few tricky dances like Lass of Richmond Hill which I thought went really well as did Captain Lano’s Skirmish. I am sure the audience picked up on our positive vibes and it was good to see so much audience engagement. Remember – the audience only notices lines and smiles – both in high abundance! Well done!


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