About Martlet Sword and Morris
We are a Traditional Men Only Morris side, dancing in and around the Chichester area
Keeping English traditions and customs alive over the centuries: the Martlet Morris Men perform dances from the Cotswold are of England (Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and environs).
In the 1950ís there was a lot of folk dance activity in West Sussex, with many folk enthusiasts living in the Arundel and Chichester area.
A Menís Sword Dance Team had previously been established in Arundel, and in 1953 the Martlet Sword and Morris Men were formed with the older team as its nucleus. In 1956 the Martlets were admitted as full members of The Morris Ring at the Abingdon Ring Meeting.
During 2013 the club celebrated its 60th year and to mark the occasion we held a meeting of the Morris Ring which was attended by 200 Morris dancers from all over England.
The Club shows the Morris every Wednesday evening during the summer in towns and villages of West Sussex. The Club also attends meetings of the Morris Ring held in various locations throughout England, and has taken part in many folk festivals in Europe. By doing so, it has helped to keep alive this uniquely English tradition, a part of our heritage that can be traced back through Chichesterís archives to an account of Morris Dancers in North Street in 1618.
The men enjoy the dancing and the fellowship of the club. New members are always welcome, and anyone who is interested in having a go, should contact the Bagman/secretary (by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01243 263829). Following our season of summer displays weekly winter practice evenings are on Wednesdays at the Southbourne Club, New Road, Southbourne, Emsworth PO10 8JX. Please see the Programme page for details.