THE OFFICERS OF WOODSIDE MORRIS MEN
Most Morris teams exist with a committee type structure, usually with a leader, a dance teacher, a secretary, a treasurer and leader of music. Woodside's committee of officers reflects the Morris Ring styled club structure, with a Squire, Foreman, Bagman, Treasurer and Lead Musician, fulfilling the above roles respectively. Our current officers have been encumbent in their roles for some time now, and it all seems to work very well...
NEXT UP! WEDNESDAY 28 JUNE 2017
8.00pm, THE PLOUGH, Sleapshyde, AL4 0SE
9.15pm, THE WOODMAN, Wild Hill, AL9 6EA
Squire: Dave Lang
Dave has spent more than a quater of a century among the ranks of Woodside Morris Men. It is easy to tell where Dave's passions lie; he doesn't hark on about the finer attributes of the Bampton dances, but whenever he discusses their performance with you, the fire in his eye burns brightly. Dave has only danced with Woodside as a team, but learned his first Morris dance at Folk Camp to the tune of Portsmouth, which was the only tune the musician could play that fitted!!. Wife Ann sings with the Berkhamsted Choral Society and can often be heard adding a little depth, nay class, to the Woodside chorus.
Foreman: Dave Pearse
Dave has danced with Woodside across five decades, being visible in a number of pictures in the side's 1970s scrap-book; strangely though, he looks older then than he does now. A 'loverly little dancer', as an anonymous former member often describes him, Dave has been Foreman for longer than most can remember, taking up the role sometime in the 1980s. His superbly weighted 'Hmms' on practice night strike fear into the heart of all Woodside Men, and a comment of 'not bad' is seen as his highest mark of praise. Dave's wife Sue dances with the Harrow based women's Northwest Clog side Whitethorn.
Bagman: Nick Wilson
Nick Wilson; Tall, dark, handsome, three words never used to describe Nick previously, but after volunteering to take on the role of Bagman, he's whatever he wants us to call him! Previously described as annoying, short, tenacious and intoxicated, he is the same age as Woodside, and seems feted to become a member, harbouring secret Morris yearnings only matched by his courage in mid-life. Nick runs his own event management and travel company, having learned the arts of hospitality and eventing at various beverage based businesses, which contributed to Nick's sylph like form. Nick has been with his partner Lynda for many moons, and they have two children, Eleanor and William. Nick is now delighted to devote his spare time to the most ancient of English Martial Arts.
Treasurer and Lead Musician: Pete Flanagan
Pete Flanagan has not only the awesome task of taking over the music from Woodside's legendary musical maestro, Lank Broughton, but he's now also taken on the role of Treasurer. Pete has been playing for over twenty years and has experience with another, now defunct, Watford area team, Old Bull. Pete is married to Julie, and harbours an ambition to one day open a music shop in the Watford area, catering for all folk music needs. Pete is another member with Welsh roots; in fact, as far as Woodside are concerned, there is quite a Welsh tradition developing among Morris Dancers - and Musicians.
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WOODSIDE MORRIS MEN
Squire: Dave Pearse
Foreman: Dave Lang
Bagman: Nick Wilson
Lead Musician: Pete Flanagan
WHY NOT GIVE IT A TRY?
During Winter, we meet at 8.00pm on Wednesday nights in the Pump House's Colne River Rooms, Watford. You would be most welcome to come along.
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