Meet the Side

A Morris troupe or team is known, for reasons unsure, as a Side.

DANCERS

Stephen Collingwood – The Squire  has danced the Morris for longer than he can remember. When not dressed in baldricks and bells, and having retired (several times) as an EHO sorting out ‘Lives of Grime’, he now sings with the East Surrey Choral Society (http://www.escs.org.uk/ ) and St Matthews Church choir.

Jon Wimhurst – Bagman is a printer by trade and also the Side’s photographer. More important though, Jon keeps us organised and makes sure that we have a diary of events to attend.

Roger Hill has friends and family all over the world and is often away globetrotting. He may be the oldest member but maintains a spring and style to his dancing that belies this entirely.

Mick the Barber retired in 2021 after 43 years cutting hair in Woodside Green. A visit to Mick’s shop left you not only younger and better looking but also entertained by the best raconteur not yet found by the mass media.

David Williams – Treasurer is doggedly learning the complexity of Morris dancing. He is now retired having spent over 40 years working with computers. The emblem on the back of his waistcoat depicts this with a famous cartoon and the caption, “Hit any Key !”

Brian Tasker, a past Squire of the Morris Ring, takes the trouble to don North Wood kit and travel some distance to join us for several events through the year.

Andy Ellis – WebMonkey  is recognisable by the Stag Beetle which adorns his waistcoat. When not clashing sticks and jangling bells he runs a small computer business but is also apprenticed to the City of London and learning to be an official tour guide.

Malcolm Hill has been a member of Northwood Morris for more than 15 years and still has difficulty remembering the steps, but he has the philosophy “Persistence may lead to success”. For many years he was the keeper of the Northwood Beast “Nugent” but has recently passed him to younger shoulders. Malcolm’s other passion is model trains. He has advanced first aid skills. but has never had need to use them at a Morris event.

Bob Houghton has moved back to his native Canada and is sadly missed. Having danced in Canada for nearly a decade with Cold Barn, Orange Peel, Cats on Fire, Cambridge Splinters and Wolf at the Door Molly. Bob came to us via the Red Stags of Southampton and introduced us to the dance called Cuckoo’s Nest. A history and ICT teacher by trade, he finds that dancing the Morris keeps him from taking himself too seriously.

MUSICIANS

Brian Stewart NoteMaster has taken over where Brian Collins has left off as being our musician. He uses similar instruments so the undiscerning may not have noticed the difference. Brian can be relied on for a non-ending series of clever jokes and commentaries on the tram system in Chennai: he is married to ….

Jannette Stewart who, despite some obvious and other less obvious obstacles, provides essential support for the team in banging her drum and commenting on the team’s dancing styles and sometimes even dancing herself which really does show us up.

Brian Collins, our former musician, fought a losing battle as the side’s musician but was ever hopeful that one day he’d convince the dancers they ought to listen.  We are pleased that Brian still comes out occasionally to pipe for us.

…AND FINALLY

Crispin Duck, a firm favourite of our Squire, is our trusty mascot without whom no North Wood outing would be complete. 

 

He is sometimes accompanied by the aloof L’Orange.

L'Orange