Hoxon Hundred Ale and Workshop 2012

Hoxon Hundred held it’s annual Cotswold Ale and workshop on Saturday 3rd March at Stradbroke Community Centre. The event was essentially in two parts: the afternoon being a Cotswold workshop ably led by Mr Mike Barclay ( Hoxon and East Suffolk Morris ), the evening then becoming the ale, involving much dancing, eating and merriment. This year the workshop focused on the cotswold tradition of Kirtlington, an unusual tradition which was new to lots of us. The workshop ( and Ale ) were well attended by dancers from all over the region, including Fenstanton morris, Rumburgh morris, East Suffolk morris men, Kemps men, Westrafelda, Golden Star, Bury Fair, Maldon Green Jackets, Granta, Peterborough, Buxey, and Hageneth, as well as Hoxon Hundred. Many thanks are due to Mike for his excellent tuition, also for the interesting historical information, which Mike is so good at sharing with us. It was a very enjoyable and worthwhile afternoon, a view I know is shared by the others lucky enough to be there. The Ale in the evening was also most convivial. Dancers came and went but around 60 were there to enjoy the evening. We danced dances from many traditions, enjoyed a meal together and drank some excellent beer. Thank you to all Hoxon members who made the event such a success, also to the musicians from the many sides. Your music was much appreciated, even if a little speedy at times! It is worthwhile noting here that this is the 7th such event that Hoxon has run. The first was held in Roydon village hall back in 2005 when the workshop was led by Chris Marshall from Ducklington Morris. The following year Chloe Singleton from Golden Star taught us dances from the Juniper Hill tradition. Since then the workshops have all been led by Mike Barclay: who has taught us the ins and outs (and ups and downs ) from the Cotswold traditions of Stanton Harcourt, Hinton, Eynsham, Withington and now in 2012 Kirtlington. The workshops have always been followed in the evening by a traditional morris ale, and have proved to be a popular local event in the morris calendar. Hoxon ( and East Suffolk for that matter ) are very lucky to have Mike as a member of the side. Mike is one of the founder members of Hoxon and has been dancing continually for over 60 years. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge, which he is happy to give to others, and indeed does so on a regular basis. Mike has taught me most of what I know of the Cotswold tradition, as well as much about Rapper sword, country dancing and folk traditions in general. I am very grateful to him for patiently imparting his knowledge, and I am sure that many others feel the same. He still has a keen interest and enthusiasm to watch and learn more for himself, so visits festivals and events around the country to this end. Thank you Mike for all that you do, you are an example to us all.
Submitted by Judy Castleton on Wednesday 2 May 2012 at 02:40