January 2020. A Happy New Year to all our members, supporters, and to visitors to our website! Our committee are busy preparing an exciting programme for Raddon Hill for the coming summer, incuding a visit to Ay in the Champagne region of France.
December 2019 - Raddon Hill members and supporters enjoyed a Christmas meal together at The George and Dragon, near Topsham. We were pleased to see Big Dave there. As he has recently retired from playing side drum in the band, after 20 plus years, Ron our Squire presented him with a large framed photograph of the Side, with Big Dave at the centre, as a thank you and memento.
November 2019 - The Blue Ball Inn at Sandygate, Exeter, is our "local", where we meet after evening dance practices, and have lunch together after Sunday morning dance practices. Always friendly, they not only allow us to play our instruments and sing, but actively encourage us to do so. When we needed a new drum this month for our reserve drummer Judy, the Blue Ball generously sponsored us by paying the full price of the new drum! See Gallery 2019 for photos. Our thanks go to Steve the manager, and to Adam the area manager who has invited Raddon Hill Clog Morris to dance at both The Blue Ball and at The Puffing Billy, Exton in the coming season. We are also sponsored by the Royal Oak, Idford, the Sir Walter Raleigh, East Budleigh, and Bicton Gardens, and we are very grateful for their support.
November 2019. At the Raddon Hill AGM on 12th November Judy became Squire Elect, and will shadow / and on occasions deputise for Ron, until at the AGM in 2020 she becomes Squire. Jane R has become Treasurer; Barry was given fulsome thanks for his ten years as Treasurer. We welcome Heather as a new member and dancer.
October 2019. Winter practice evenings have begun, with two new potential dancers joining us. Caz has started teaching a new dance called Whitby Shindig, and the band have learnt the Buddy Holly tune "It Don't Matter Any More" to play for the dance. Big Dave has sadly decided to retire from playing drum in the band, after 20 plus years, and his big personality will be missed. He will become a Friend of Raddon Hill and we very much hope we will see him sometimes at social occasions and dance outs.
September 2019. The Side attended the Swanage Folk Festival. It was a very enjoyable weekend, with members camping, caravanning and staying locally.
July 2019 A new dance out venue proved a success, when the Side visited The Tap Room of Topsham Brewery, at Haven Banks, on Exeter The Quay.
May 2019. The Side have just returned from a very successful tour of the Isle of Wight, linking up with The Oyster Girls, Men of Wight, Wight Bells, and Moonshine and dancing in various locations in the East of the Island
The winter season is a good time to join us and start to learn the dances.
We practise on 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 25 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 10 musicians and the rest are dancers. We also have supporters who come out regularly to watch, and enjoy the music and song session afterwards. Among these is Dave Land, 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.