Morris dance group could fold without new members

The New Saint George Morris dancers perform at festivals all over the Vale and the borough 'PHOTO: Supplied

The New Saint George Morris dancers perform at festivals all over the Vale and the borough 'PHOTO: Supplied

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A group of morris dancers are in danger of folding if new members can’t be found.

On more than three occasions this year the New Saint George Morris dancers have had to decline or cancel invitations to dance at local events due to lack of numbers.

The group which has been performing routines since 1999, has seen its numbers dwindle from 20 to having less than the required 12 to dance at events.

One of the dancers Sally-Ann Shouler said: “I put the decline down to folk moving away. Some, mostly retired, have a variety of illnesses. All active people, whether retired from paid employment or not, have busy lives these days and no one can commit to all the practises or proposed dance-outs.

“We have represented the Vale of Belvoir in many events from the Yorkshire Coast to Stow-on-the-Wold to Crook in the Lake District as well as supporting local charities such as Mencap, and Carehomes. We have also taught morris dancing to local schools so it would be a shame if this had to stop.”

The group, whose current members range from 16-86, practise at Hose Village Hall on Wednesday nights from 8pm. The cost is £2 and a distinctive red waistcoats, bells and hankies are provided when a dancer is ready to perform.

l Newcomers are encouraged to attend a free taster session on Wednesday night. For more information email newstgeorge@gmail.com or call Steve on (01664) 823041 or Jo on (01664) 822119.