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Anniversary Side
On 10th July 1999 we celebrated our 40th year since the formation of The Icknield Way Morris Men in 1959. 

A Day of Dance was organised with the many Morris Ring (and other all male) sides whose company we have enjoyed over the past 4 decades. These include Yately, Winchester, Oxford City, Mr Hemmings', Thames Valley, Crendon, Kennett and Icknield Way Old Boys.

This Day of Dance consisted of a walking tour of Wantage, King Alfred's birthplace and historic market town.

In the evening there was a ceilidh at the Old Mill Hall with entertainment provided by one of  Oxfordshire's top ceilidh bands, the Mad Hatter'sCeilidh  ExtravaganzaFederation and non-affiliated teams were invited to present  show dances in an event that included wives, girlfriends, etc. for a knees-up.    This event was also open to the public as part of the Wantage  Festival.





10.00 - 10.30

Coffee at King Alfred's School Centre

11.00 - 11.30

Vale & Downland Museum W H Smith's Forecourt Sainsbury's Forecourt

11.45 - 12.15

The Shears/The Wharf The King's Arms The Abingdon Arms

12.30 - 13.00

The Abingdon Arms The Shears/ The Wharf The King's Arms/ Rockwell House

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch at The Abingdon Arms Lunch at The Shears Lunch at The King's Arms

14.15 - 14.45

The King's Arms/ Rockwell House The Abingdon Arms The Shears/ The Wharf
15.00 - 16.00
Massed Dancing - The Bear Forecourt
16.15 - 17.00
Tea at King Alfred's School Centre
17.00 - 19.30
Visits to local sites of interest; e.g., Uffington White Horse, Wayland's Smithy, Uffington Castle
19.30 - 23.00
Mad Hatter's Ceilidh Extravaganza at the Old Mill Hall, Grove, Display dances by Federation, Open Morris and non-affiliated sides.
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The Mad Hatter's Ceilidh Extravaganza

The Mad Hatters are a seven-piece ceilidh and concert band with a unique blend of musicians from both classical and folk music backgrounds.

Three members of the band have orchestral links, which in one case extends to the London Symphony Orchestra. The other band members have a strong folk music base having played at clubs and festivals for song and dance over many years.

Four of the band members have considerable involvement with both North-West and Cotswold Morris dancing.  The musical line-up comprises fiddle, cello, guitar, banjo, clarinet, and two multi-musicians playing melodeons, accordion, concertina, percussion and mandolin. Calling is normally by John Stanley of Horwich Prize Medal Morris Dancers and for concerts the band is joined by singer Linda Dellow.

The band's repertoire is similarly broad with music taken from editions of John Playford's 'Dancing Master', the Thomas Hardy family manuscripts, as well as modern composers such as Ben Woodward, Ian Wilson and Dave Richardson.

The Mad Hatters play throughout the Thames Valley and home counties area.  They have played for ceilidhs at Cecil Sharp House, The Conway Hall, Knebworth, and many Universities and Colleges.

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