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The swords are out for the New Year

TREVOR STONE has once again compiled a list of all longsword performances over the New Year. He strongly urges readers to confirm details before setting out. The Donkey wishes all performers an excellent winter season...

FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DAY - Dec. 31st

Barnsley Longsword
1.00 'ish at Spencers Arms, Cawthorne. Phone Jack Ledger (01226) 726 585 to confirm.

NEW YEARS DAY, Monday January 1st 2001

Kirkburton Rapier Dancers (Huddersfield area)
T.B.C. A tour of the Kirkburton area starting at 12.30 pm at The Carlton Club, and ending at The Smiths Arms from around 3.00. Phone Roy Dyson (01484) 665 365 for further details.

Monkseaton Morris
Monkseaton Morris will again perform the Ampleforth play and dance on New Years Day, 12.00 noon outside The Ship in Monkseaton. Phone Peter Brown (0191) 252 3022 to confirm.

Wype Doles Longsword (Peterborough area)
A Cycle tour, visiting the homes of members of the team. Phone Coral Cornell (01733) 204 348 for more details.

JANUARY 2, 3, 5 & 6th, 2001

Ryburn Sword Dancers
Tours by the "Long Company" (doing a mummers play) to pubs in the Sowerby Bridge area. All outdoor performances start at 8.00 pm and are followed by seasonal songs and novelties, including a challenge dance with Kirkburton Rapier Dancers at the venue on Jan 3rd. Phone (01422) 822 569 for more details. SATURDAY, January 6th 2001

Boars Head Morris Mens' tour
A tour of Bradford centre (hopefully with Kirkburton and Spen Valley sword teams). Phone Andy Fieldhouse (01274) 585 595 to confirm.

Seven Stars Sword & Step Dancers (Wigan area)
Traditional Plough Saturday dance out. Dancing in Wigan followed by a tour of Chorley, Lancs. Phone John Kelly (01744) 884 931 to confirm.

White Star Sword (West Kent)
Plough Tour from 11.30 am Chafford Arms, Fordcombe; 1.00 pm at the Queens Arms, Cowden Pound and 2.30 The Fountain, Cowden (all afternoon); evening at George & Dragon, Speldhurst. Phone Brian Tasker (01892) 862 301 to confirm.

SATURDAY, January 13th 2001

Goathland Plough Stots
Starting at 10.00 am outside shops the team will tour Goathland and Darnholm ending up at Beckhole. Goathland Plough Blessing Service is the previous Sunday (7th). Phone Keith Thompson (01947) 896 311 to confirm

Grenoside Sword village tour
The Village "Traipse" starts at approx 10.45 'ish from outside The Village News and then tours the village. Phone Joe Dunn (0114) 246 0463 to confirm.

SUNDAY, January 14th 2001

Claro Morris & Sword (Harrogate area)
Plough blessing at St John's Church, Knaresborough followed by dancing outside the Church and a procession to Knaresborough Market Place. Phone Bob Hart (01423) 865 873 for details.

Highside Longsword (Kirkby Malzeard)
10.30 'ish Plough Blessing Service in Kirkby Malzeard Church (includes dancing in the Church). A new Bishop will be beheaded! Phone Ted Dodsworth (01765) 620 374 to confirm.

Sullivan's Sword Plough Celebration (Nottingham area)
Celebration of Ploughtide, Church service and Plough Blessing at 10.30 Morton Church followed by refreshments and dancing at 12.00 noon Crown Inn, Rolleston; 13.30 Full Moon - followed by a pub session. Other teams welcome. Phone John Holder (01636) 830 480 to confirm.

Trevor Stone

2000 Simon Pipe, Mark Rogers, The Outside Capering Crew

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