January 19 2019
Terry Tribute Dance-out
Following the death of our long-time Melodeon player, Terry Cook, in November 2018 we arranged a dance-out in his memory at two of his favourite cafe’s – Half Moon Cafe in Roberts Park, and Higher Ground at Hirst Wood. Thanks Terry, for your support at all those Morris events over 25 years, and we enjoyed the coffee and cakes too.
Jill is a volunteer at Fern House, playing the piano for an hour once a week for the residents. Maggie’s next door neighbour is now a resident here so when Jill suggested that we dance there I was keen to do so. Although the weather has been so fantastic it was a bit cool for the residents to sit outside so we danced in the dining room – which was very hot.
Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and the audience showed their appreciation. We chatted to quite a few people and I discovered that one resident, Jack Greenwood, knew a lot about clogs. His father was a clog maker in Haworth and as a teenager Jack himself made clogs. He even had some photos of his father at work in his workshop. It was a delight to dance for these residents.
Tuesday July 24th found Rainbow in the company of our friends from Wayzgoose Border Morris.
The was a good crowd enjoying a warm summer’ evening; but their peace was shattered by the energetic sounds and sights of both sides.
We thought we danced rather well, and as usual The Shuttle was a firm favourite and brought compliments!
It’s lovely to do such a local dance-out – and arrangements for same-time-same-place next year were discussed.
On Saturday June 9th Rainbow spent a lovey day in Otley, helping Wayzgoose celebrate their 25th birthday with a day of dance.
As usual these days, The Shuttle was our pride and joy, and a successful Showcase dance. We were able to dance a good programme of hanky, stick and hoop dances, for 4, 5 and 6. Ben and Ted did us proud with their lively music.
The day had a perfect mix of dance styles from the beauty of 400 Roses to the stylish Jet Set and the intriguing Molly dancing of Hornbeam. It was great to be dancing with Briggate again – our allies in the North West style, and always an inspiration to us!
For the Day of Dance, we ran a Workshop to teach our dance Tingley, which our workshop attendees learnt quickly, despite the challenges of the tricky ‘rant’ step. The session finished with an outdoor performance in front of the Victoria Hall. Thanks to Judith for teaching the dance.
We then joined Acorn Morris for a trip up Shipley Glen on the tramway for some lunch and dancing at the Old Glen pub, followed by a return trip down the Glen to finish with dancing by the Church.
Many congratulations to Acorn on their first 40 years and hopefully many more years to come.
Dudalnieki invited us to dance at their 35th anniversary at the Latvian Club in Bradford and we were made very welcome. Several Latvian dance teams came to join in the celebrations with their beautiful costumes and caps, and the traditional music was wonderful. We were presented with a certificate and pretty hand sewn tokens, in all a total Latvian cultural experience.
RAINBOW MORRIS DANCE OUTS 2018
Saturday 17 March
Latvian Club Bradford
Saturday 28 April
Saltaire Day of Dance
Saturday 28 April pm
Acorn Morris (York)
Saturday 12 May
Doncaster Folk Festival
Saturday 9 June
Friday 29 June – Sunday 1 July
Yorkshire Coast Morris
Saturday 28 July
Sunday 9 September
Friday 21 – Sunday 23 September
Morris Federation AGM
Camden Town, London
HAWORTH AT CHRISTMAS, SATURDAY, 9TH DECEMBER
Another year has gone by and here we are again dancing in Haworth.
It was a very cold day with snow on the ground but we danced the afternoon away with smiles on our faces. Our highlight was dancing our new dance for the first time called “The Shuttle” I hope the spectators enjoyed watching as much as we enjoyed dancing it.
Last but not least thank you Kay and Judith for supplying us with mulled wine and mince pies, very welcoming on a cold winter’s day.
Christmas Lights Switch On, Victoria Hall, Saltaire
Sunday, 3 December
We really enjoyed dancing at this event – there was a great atmosphere, with lots of stalls and the bonus of the appearance of the mighty Wurlitzer organ!
We entertained the crowds as they arrived and a highlight of the event for us was the debut performance of our new dance, The Shuttle. Performed magnificently, I must add!
SUNDAY, 3RD DECEMBER
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON – VICTORIA HALL, SALTAIRE 4pm to 5pm
We’re delighted to once again be invited to dance outside Victoria Hall prior to the turning on of the Saltaire Christmas Lights. Last year’s event was very enjoyable – very busy and a great atmosphere. We’re looking forward to it!
SATURDAY, 9TH DECEMBER
TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION, HAWORTH from 1pm
We’ve been attending Haworth’s Christmas activities weekends for many years. We’re looking forward to this dance out very much – always a super event. As usual, we’ll be dancing around the village before joining the procession from the top to the bottom of Main Street, where we’ll be adding our voices to the carol singing around the Christmas tree.
RAINBOW MORRIS DANCERS DAY OF DANCE AT SALTAIRE FESTIVAL
SUNDAY, 10TH SEPTEMBER 2017
We were delighted to host our Day of Dance on the first Sunday of Saltaire Festival. Seven guest teams – 400 Roses, Briggate Morris, Fiddle ‘n’ Feet, Flag & Bone Group, Leeds Morris Men, Makara Morris and Yon Lot Cloggers – joined us to dance around the village at spots including the Salt Building, the Mill Yard and Roberts Park. At the end of the day, all teams congregated on the Saltaire United Reform Church drive for a showcase, a group photo and a mass dance.
Our HQ for the day was Caroline’s Social Club who looked after us really well, providing hot drinks throughout the day (plus alcoholic ones if required!). Once again our home made tea-time cakes went down very well.
We were extremely lucky that the expected heavy rain held off until it was time to head home.
Special thanks go to Rosey, 400 Roses’ musician who also played for us as our musician was away. She did a fantastic job.
All in all – a great day.
Yorkshire Day at The Hartshead Social Club – Tuesday, 1 August 2017
Yorkshire Day and despite the rain earlier in the day, several of us went to Hartshead Social Club to celebrate.
We were met by a fairly large crowd in the car park and we danced the night away alongside Thieving Magpies and Persephone.
The landlord served very welcoming pork and stuffing batches which went down very nicely.
It was a lovely evening enjoyed by all I’m sure, hope we get invited again next year.
The Cliffe Castle Garden Party, Keighley – Sunday, 30 July 2017
We were delighted to take be asked to take part in the recent Garden Party at Cliffe Castle. We kicked off proceedings at the Band Stand stage area with a performance of several of our dances, following which we enjoyed a delicious picnic and welcomed the chance to see The Demon Barbers perform. As usual, their performance was most entertaining – we’re big fans! Later in the afternoon, we danced outside the Museum to an enthusiastic crowd.
We very much enjoyed being part of the event and look forward to being invited to return to dance at such a lovely venue. We were subsequently delighted to learn that a photograph of Rainbow in action was featured in The Keighley News!
Tuesday, 25th July 2017 – An Evening of Dance with Wayzgoose
On Tuesday evening we were invited by the Otley based Morris team Wayzgoose to join them for a dance out together outside one of our local pubs – The Hop at Saltaire. This year we were really lucky with the weather and so had quite an audience sitting outside watching. Wayzgoose are a “border morris ” team, which contrasts well with our North West tradition to give quite a variety of dances.
We really enjoyed the evening, as did our audience if the amount of videos taken on mobiles by pub customers and passerbys is anything to go by!
Good to meet up with old friends in Wayzgoose and have a few drinks. A good night all round.
Monday evening, 10 July – Ferrands Arms, Bingley
Dancing with Oakworth Village Morris Men
On Monday 10th July we enjoyed a lovely evening of dance at The Ferrands Arms in Bingley with our friends Oakworth Village Morris Men. This has become an annual event and once again it proved delightful to watch each other and to share dances and music with each other. The small audience enjoyed opportunities to join in, and we took the opportunity to try out our new dance – the Shuttle – which is looking really good!
We wish our Oakworth friends luck in their recruitment drive, and hope that we’ll share may more dance outs with them.
Saturday, 8 July 2017
Fylde Coast Cloggers Day of Dance, St Annes, Lancs
Up early and on the road, off we went to Fylde coast and what a lovely day we all had. The sun shone the whole time with lots of smiles on people’s faces watching us dance.
At lunchtime we headed for the beach and ate our sandwiches. One of the biggest decisions of the day was deciding which flavour of ice cream we were going to have to cool us down.
It was a wonderful day and thank you to the ladies for the tea and homemade cakes at the end of the day, they were delicious.
Rainbow enjoyed another great weekend of dance, fun and friendship on the East Coast. Along with five guest teams – Herring Gals, Leap to Your Feet, Makara Morris, Mucky Mountains Morris and Ragged Robin, we were once again hosted magnificently by Yorkshire Coast Morris.
The weekend began on Friday evening when some of us met up at Scalby Mills Pub to socialise and dance informally with other teams.
On Saturday, we danced at spots including Peasholm Park, the miniature railway and the Sands Development/beach huts. This year we were treated to a display by the Red Arrows who were performing as part of the Armed Forces Day celebrations – very exciting! In the evening, we got together in a local church hall, were Yorkshire Coast Morris once again provided an excellent evening meal, which was followed by dancing.
Sunday morning saw us all performing at Scarborough Castle – a wonderful location. After lunch, all teams performed a Showcase dance at the Harbourside, following which Leap to Your Feet were presented with the Gordon Crowther Memorial Staff.
Following a short procession to the beach, we all danced the Dorset Four Hand Reel before the traditional singing of Auld Lang Syne – it’s always quite a sight when dancers form a large circle with musicians standing in the middle.
As always, the weekend concluded with the traditional run into the sea. Once again, Rainbow, in bloomers, blouses and hats, formed a line and charged down the sands into the sea, which this year was unexpectedly warm (it’s usually freezing)!
The weather was perfect for a weekend of dancing – sunny but not too warm. Thanks so much to Yorkshire Coast Morris for working so hard to ensure the weekend was a success and for their warmth and friendship.
Sunday, 18th June – Friends of Valley Gardens 1940s day
We were invited to dance again at this fabulous event in Harrogate. The day was hot and sunny, so the gardens were crowded with exhibitors and visitors. Stylish vintage clothes were on display and for sale, including the cutest mini-morris-hat fascinator.
Temperatures soared, we danced and smiled, and then dashed for shade and ice cream.
Roz Doherty invited us to view her exhibition – a photographic display of Rainbow Morris Dancers members. Several of us attended and were delighted with it. Roz had previously taken individual photos of us in our home surroundings. The visit was rounded off with a trip to the Gin Bar in Sunbridge Wells. Altogether a very enjoyable evening!