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Have a go at morris dancing thanks to Hurst side

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Hurst Morris People explored their rural roots last Saturday dancing at Henley Show where they met Pippy the Hereford heifer, pictured with her handler Evie Edwards. Pippy won the show overall Hereford championship

Hurst Morris People (HuMP) is inviting everyone to have a go at the traditional English pastime thanks to some free taster sessions.

Would-be dancers can see the side in action at the Sunny Saturday event this weekend in Wokingham’s Market Place between 11am and 1pm.

Then taster sessions take place at Hurst Village Hall on Thursdays, September 22 and 29. They’re open to men and women.

Good exercise


The team’s leader, known as the Squire, Karen Ricketts, said: “Everyone is welcome to come and try out morris dancing. People often tell us they’ve thought of having a go and never got round to it.

“It’s great exercise and good fun. Hurst Morris People, affectionately called HuMP, are a friendly, welcoming crowd.

“HuMP’s teachers are very encouraging, it’s easy to make a start and you are soon doing some dances.”

Members’ ages range from 20 somethings to older.

The side dances at village pubs and fairs, folk festivals, schools and stately homes.

The taster sessions are 8-10pm and at Hurst Village Hall in School Road, Hurst, RG10 0DR. Tea, coffee, cake and a visit to the pub are on offer.

For details call Sue on 0118 932 0571, email or log on to

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