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The FedExtra magazine was not produced in 2021 & 2022 due to Covid.  Note that some issues up to 2020 may contain drawings and/or images of performers wearing full face black makeup, and are not intended to cause offence, but are there for historical context.  

Newsletter Summer 2014

Congratulations to Crook Morris who join the elite of the rapper sword teams by winning more than one category at the DERT weekend this year, plus Jack Worth writes about the morris census, which he is undertaking across all three morris organisations.

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Newsletter Spring 2014

Traditions old and new are given an airing, there is a report of a morris jig performed in a most unlikely setting, and anniversaries in this issue span several continents. The Lake District is the setting for our front cover photograph and for the 2014 AGM and Day of Dance, full details of which are given.

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Newsletter Winter 2013

A brief appearance on the X-Factor and ladies photographed dancing inside a prehistoric stone circle are two unusual settings for the morris featured in this issue, Ray & Bev Langton describe the work they did in Shropshire schools in the lead-up to The Morris Federation Day of Dance & AGM in Shrewsbury, plus a well-researched article on the background to the custom of blacking up.

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Newsletter Autumn 2013

An extended interview with Dom & Ben Moss, two prominent new generation dancers, and a two-page colour spread of The Morris Federation sides dancing at Warwick and Sidmouth Festivals, four anniversaries and a wedding, foreign exchanges and performances in unusual settings, the background to a ‘modern’ tradition and a thought-provoking change to a club’s constitution.

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Newsletter Summer 2013

Three pages with colour pictures and a short article are given to the JMO Day of Dance in Exeter, also one of the venues for Damien Barber’s Lock In, with many local teams dancing in the city before the show. Franken’s Nights in Devon, and the Winkleigh Morris weekend of dance, Roy Dommett’s ‘last’ Farnham workshop, Hadrian Wall Dancing, Whitby Shindigs, strange goings-on in Conwy Castle, plus much more, including foreign trips, anniversaries and May Day celebrations.

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Newsletter Spring 2013

If you are having problems sourcing durable sticks (we all know broomsticks are useless!) then there’s some valuable advice. The Antipodes are well represented in this issue, with an account of a visit down under by a couple of Beetlecrushers, and an initiation into Molly Dancing by a City of Auckland Dancer. Everybody involved in Longsword will be aware of the priceless contribution to the preservation and promotion of the tradition by the late Ivor Allsop.

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Newsletter Winter 2012

The young ladies of Maltby Phoenix Rapper that take pride of place on the cover, plus a good variety of material in the articles submitted, including work being done to encourage young people to dance.

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Newsletter Autumn 2012

More Olympics photos and news, plus a Joint Morris Organisation initiative to present a large cheque for Children in Need, with (hopefully) all of this country’s morris sides making a contribution.

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Newsletter Summer 2012

A few early photographs of the passing of the Olympic flame, a couple of specially composed dances, two articles about morris costume, as well as Paul White’s regular column. Dodge the showers and enjoy your Summer’s dancing.

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Newsletter Spring 2012

If some clubs seem to feature regularly in Newsletter articles while other clubs never appear it is largely down to the efficiency or otherwise of the club’s publicity officer. I make a selection for publication basically from what I receive – in practice almost all submissions get published. So, if there is something of general interest in which your side is involved, please let me have some pics and an article.

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