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Warming up for the Wassail. A good time was had by all at Foxs Wassail in Cookley.

Saturday January 2017: The Wassail season begins with our trip to Foxs Wassail at Cookley in Worcestershire. Dancing at two lovely pubs, a torchlit procession, wassailing apple trees, a ceilidh, and then a morris workshop the next day. It’ll be a hard act to follow, but we’ll try!

Chris from Styx (wearing the crown, of course!) was on BBC Radio Gloucestershire Dominic Cotter's show to promote the Stroud Wassail.
Chris from Styx (wearing the crown, of course!) was on BBC Radio Gloucestershire Dominic Cotter’s show to promote the Stroud Wassail.

January 2017: Happy New Year everyone! We’re all geared up for the Wassail season, kicking off with our friends Foxs Morris Wassail on 7 January, closely followed by our own amazing Stroud Wassail the following Saturday, which we’re promoting like crazy as we want to welcome all our friends to our magical festival of morris, mumming and wassailing. Then we’ll be off to Chepstow the weekend after that for the Widders Wassail – always a great event with its English–Welsh dance-off on the bridge between England and Wales. What a month!

September 2016: Styx practice season starts again on Tuesday 20 September at OPENHouse/British School (behind Star Anise Cafe) in Stroud (GL5 1QG), 7.30 onwards. Drinks afterwards at the Queen Vic pub next door. See you there!

June 2016: We’ve been contacted by our friends at the Holst Museum in Cheltenham. Since we danced there earlier in the year to recreate young Holst’s terrifying encounter with Border dancers, the Museum has had to close due to damage from flash floods. We were looking forward to dancing for them again next year, so we really hope that the £30,000 needed for restoration work can be raised. Please help them by clicking here: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-holst.

 

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Styxers at Stonehenge.

Saturday 18 June 2016: Styx of Stroud are invited by the Cotswold Order of Druids to dance for their midsummer celebrations at Stonehenge – what an amazing privilege!

 

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Morris dance-off at the Royal Oak in Tetbury.

Tuesday 14 June 2016: it was billed as a battle of the giants, a clash between Border and Cotswold, a dance-off between the mighty Styxers and the nimbled-footed Chippenham Morris Men. Except the Chippy Chaps bottled it and cancelled at the last minute. So the Styxers hoovered up all the beer and nachos – result!

 

The entrance to Cheltenhams Pittville Park made a striking backdrop for a group photo, as well as a great surface to dance on.
The entrance to Cheltenham’s Pittville Park made a striking backdrop for a group photo, as well as a great surface to dance on.

Saturday 11 June, 2016: Styx of Stroud perform for the Holst Birthplace Museum in Cheltenham as part of the first Fairview Day, a community event. We had been invited to recreate a moment when, as a small child, Gustav Holst was frightened by the sight of blacked-up Border dancers in the street outside his home.

 

Dave and Lorraine were snapped at Stroud Folk Festival by local photographer Deborah Roberts, and are now on sale in the Sub Rooms Tourist Office! (Image (c) Deborah Roberts)
Deborah Roberts Styx postcard is now on sale in the Sub Rooms Tourist Office! (Image (c) Deborah Roberts)

May 24 2016: Stroud photographer Deb Roberts (www.deborahroberts.biz) has launched a new set of postcards available from the Tourist Information Office in the Sub Rooms – and one features a fine image of Dave and the rear view of Lorraine.

April 30, 2016: Styxers return from a lovely weekend at Upton Folk Festival, and are included in the Worcester News round-up of the event. A shame they couldn’t get our name right, though.