Priston Jubilee Morris is a men’s Cotswold dance side that was formed in the village of Priston (located approximately 4 miles southwest of Bath in Somerset, UK) in 1977 in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee.
Some 35 years later and we’re still here, much to the surprise of many of the residents of Priston who seem to feel honour bound by inviting us back to their various annual celebrations: New Year, Wassail, Social, May Day, Festival…, either that, or they hope that their fantastic tea and cake will one day see an end to our nonsense.
The line-up of the dancers may have changed (rumour has it there is a woman in the side!) and although a couple of the original Priston Jubilee-ers still dance or play, most of the members of Priston Morris now hail from the surrounding villages of Farmborough, Clutton, Camerton and Chilcompton with the odd member from Bath (well, you’d have to be to live there).
Like all Morris sides we are always open to new members, so if you’re interested in Morris Dancing, keeping fit, meeting new friends and having fun in good company, then come along to one of our practice sessions or contact us to find out more.
We practise our dances at Priston Village Hall, Priston, near Bath on Monday nights from 8.00 to 9.30pm, before retiring to the Ring o’ Bells for a drink and tall tales.
Beginners, experienced dancers and musicians are all invited and welcomed, so in this Diamond Jubilee year, give local dance a chance and have a go indulging in the most curious of English dance traditions that is Morris Dancing!
Where exactly is Priston anyway?
The shortest answer is ‘two miles away’, as every local signpost seems to indicate as such, however, we appreciate that’s not a particularly useful answer, so here’s a nice map: