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Sword Dance Union (SDU) Longsword Competition 2023 (Sheffield)


A Sword Dance Union event. Open to all teams from the Morris Federation, Morris Ring, Open Morris, or independent.

Friday night there will be welcome drinks. Saturday is the competition day, finishing with awards and followed by a social evening. Sunday informal dancing at a local pub. Click on the name of the event for more info.

Talk – Goathland Plough Stots Long Sword Tradition

Goathland Plough Stots old photo

Here is a review of the talk about the history of the Goathland Plough Stots Long Sword Tradition, given by Keith Thompson, Steve Pierson, Jim Eldon and Sally Smith on 10th January.  It was attended by over 70 online guests from the UK, Netherlands, USA and Canada. “Keith Thompson is the Honorary President of Goathland Plough Stots, one of Britain’s oldest sword teams and his talk was the story of their tradition. It linked a long history of the team dating back to 1812 to social movements in and around the village with a selection of live music, slides and videos.

Talk – Goathland Plough Stots – a Long Sword Tradition (LIVE on Zoom)

Goathland Plough Stots

Keith Thompson will talk about the history of the Goathland Plough Stots Long Sword tradition in North Yorkshire, with time for Q&A. Keith is the Honorary President of Goathland Plough Stots to which he has belonged for some 40 years – a novice compared with some team members who are younger than him. Click on the link below to book a place and you will be sent a Zoom link to access the event.

Giddy Up at Whitby children’s book

Giddy Up at Whitby illustration

Morris dancing parents and grandparents! Lovers of Whitby! Horse fans! If this is you, then watch out for this new book Giddy Up at Whitby – a morris dancing adventure […]

Goathland’s Peak Performance

Goathland Plough Stots Longsword – Three Peaks Challenge fundraiser for the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group in 2019

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