October 2021 - our winter practices start again and we have an OPEN EVENING to hopefully attract new dancers, on Tuesday 12th October 2021. Do come along and say hello to this friendly group of poeple!
August - our Summer practices are now over, and we are looking forward to Tuesday 12th October when we will be holding a OPEN EVENING FOR NEW DANCERS. Please do get in touch with us, or just come along to the Village Hall, Clyst St Mary at 8pm on that evening.
June 1st 2021. Our first practice again, outdoors, and socially distanced. A nice warm sunny evening. We would especially welcome new dancers to join us.
January 2021. A Happy New Year to all our members and friends. Regular Zoom meetings are keeping us in touch, and we are hoping to resume dancing again later this year, but dependent upon the vaccines doing their job in suppressing coronavirus.
March 2020. Due to Coronavirus, our practice evenings ended, and there will be no more until further notice. We normally practise most Tuesday evenings, from October to April, at the Village / Parish Hall, Woodbury Road, Clyst St. George near Exeter EX3 0RE (8.00 - 10.00pm).
The side has about 20 members and has lots of fun at practice evenings, and at pub evenings and weekends away in the UK or abroad during the summer. We are a mixed side and have around 8 musicians and the rest are dancers. We also have supporters who come out regularly to assist, watch the dancing, and enjoy the music and song session afterwards. Jenny & John have been great supporters recently, and Dave Land, too, who we are indebted to for his excellent photos, many of which are featured on this website - both group photos, and photos of us while we are dancing out.
In the summer we dance out most Tuesday evenings, and after dancing for an hour or so we often go into a local pub and sing and play music. We sometimes go away for Morris dancing weekends together; destinations such as Bridport and Lyme Regis, Minehead, Ilfracombe, Plymouth & Falmouth have featured in recent years. The Side also makes regular trips abroad to France - where we take part in a Champagne Festival, and to Germany where we take part in a Wine Festival. We give displays of Clog Morris dancing around the towns and take part in grand processions. And in the winter we have a social weekend away, usually on the coast.
New members, musicians and especially dancers are always welcome and should contact us by e-mail via this website or just come along and meet us one Tuesday evening. We are a mixed Clog Morris Side, men and women, no partner necessary, though of course couples are also very welcome.
Raddon Hill Clog Morris dance in the North West tradition, which originated in the cotton mills and factories of the North West of England.
The dances were performed by factory workers on feast days, holidays and in carnivals.
Our costume - see photo on Home page - is representative of the working clothes that were worn up to the 1930's. The men would have worn bowler hats and waistcoats and the ladies long flowing skirts. All would have worn hard wearing clogs on their feet, hence we dance in clogs.
The name "Raddon Hill" comes from a landmark hill with a large tree on top. This is near Shobrooke, Crediton, in Devon, where the side was formed in 1991 by Marian and Colin Bargery. Our first dance outs in Raddon Hill kit were in 1992.
Our logo is shown at the top of each page, and features the tree on the top of Raddon Hill.