Ramrugge Clog Morris ribbon

What is Ramrugge?

Lesley_Colin_Jeremy 1994

Formed in 1985, we are a mixed side dedicated to performing the more absorbing and complex morris dances to be found in the traditional style of Lancashire and the Cheshire Plain. The name "Ramrugge" is taken from an old spelling of "Ramridge", an extinct hamlet and mansion which once existed close to our original base in Wheathampstead, Herts.

We dance in this style for no other reason than that we enjoy it. We practice once a week throughout the year at the Village Hall in Great Wymondley on Wednesday evenings. If you would like to join us, please contact one of our members who will explain what is involved.

Our uniform or kit is our own design and also follows the traditional conventions of North West Morris. The distinctive sound of the dances comes from a heavy drum presence and our wooden clogs which are fitted with irons, similar to horseshoes, for outdoor use. The twizzles and bobbins held in our hands were spools once used in northern textile mills.

The ram's skull is our mascot inspiring us with determination, excellence and resourcefulness, especially when spinning a good yarn.

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