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Calendar 2016 
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A 90th Birthday tea at the Old Smithy at Godshill

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Dilys with Sue our guest musician
Lizzie and Dilys
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Peter capturing a moment
Sue, Geof and Lizzie, discussing the finer points!

We were pleased to be asked to dance at a wedding at the very beautiful, Ventnor Botanic Garden

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Just some of the guests
Bride and Groom first dance !!
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We presented them with their own stick as a memento
And then we had another dance.

A Lovely day out at Northbrook House to celebrate the Queen's Birthday with the residents

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Most of the cast for the day (Where's Geoff, another ice cream?)
See Geoff was there !
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What a lovely old building.
And then we had a trip on the Birthday Special.

A very enjoyable dance and session with the Wight Bells at the Pilot Boat  July 2016

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First dance out by our newest member Janet (middle)
Theyr'e plotting something!!
White Bells Joan
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Mel Wendy and Peter
Bruce Kath and Den
Georgie in fine voice
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Hasn't that Waitrose sale finished yet, Andy??
Peter inspiring a dance
And Elaine and Mel just courldn't resist it!


Brilliant Blues - just happened by!

Sticks from an Ancient Woodland.

George Kershaw from Oxford City Morris presented a new set of sticks to Wendy, the Scrivenor during the dance out at the Pilot Boat.   Many thanks for these George,  we will "try" to look after them!!

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George presents the sticks to Wendy
John,our chief stick breaker, thinks" I'll soon snap them!

The sticks come from Brasenose Wood – a ancient traditional coppice woodland forming part of Shotover Forest.  This in the past was part of the vast Wychwood Forest, a former royal hunting ground in Oxfordshire.  Sticks for Headington Quarry Morris, come from this woodland, and with over 400 years of recorded history, they have probably harvested their sticks from this woodland for most of this time. 

In George’s capacity as Quarter Master for Oxford City Morris side, he is responsible for ensuring a constant supply of good quality sticks, both long and short, for the side.  He decided he needed to harvest some fresh sticks in Autumn 2015, as usual from Brasenose Woods.

 George remembered Wendy commenting during a walk earlier that year, that Morris sticks have a limited life and he thought he would prepare some extra sticks for Guith Morris 

Notes on stick production

The best time to cut Hazel is during Autumn after the leaves have fallen.  The sticks need to be cut at least 150mm longer than required, to allow for cracking at the ends. Next, the sticks are stored in a well ventilated area away from direct sunlight so they can dry naturally.

Having dried out sufficiently the bark and any side shoots or irregularities need to be removed using a Stanley ‘SurForm’ fitted with a ridged blade (5-21-508).

 Finally the sticks are finished off with a power sander using 60 grit paper.  Then marked up for the correct length, and cut using a fine tooth power saw, with the sharp edge’s around the ends sanded off.

George Kershaw       Quarter Master for Oxford City Morris

Our second foray to Swanage festival    September 2016
A great time was had by all, more photos to follow

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Dilys and John ( starting to regrow! )
Jane and Sue
John, Cliff (every village has got one!)  and Liz
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Jillie, Georgie and Andy
Elaine, Dilys, Georgie hiding and that bloke again!
Sue and Wendy giving the session a bit of welly


Dilys and Lizzie extracting money with smiles

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