Bloodstone Border Morris

Bloodstone Rally 2019

Bloodstone are proud to host our rally on the occasion of our tenth anniversary on the Isle of Wight from Friday the 21st to Sunday the 23rd of June 2019. Weekend tickets for non-performers are £5, available from the gate or in advance by contacting us.

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Morris Teams and Live Music

As always, we have a number of visiting Morris sides for the weekend and a pair of excellent bands to entertain us on Friday & Saturday evening.

Evening Entertainment at Smallbrook

Friday and Saturday evening's entertainment at Smallbrook Stadium...

Photo of The Crew

The Crew
Friday night: The Crew
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The Chain Ferry Gang

The Chain Ferry Gang
Saturday night: The Chain Ferry Gang
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The Morris Teams

It's our pleasure to welcome Morris friends new and old to the rally. Our awesome guest teams this year, are...

Wolf's Head & Vixen

Wolf's Head & Vixen
Wolf's Head & Vixen
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Ælfgythe

Ælfgythe
Ælfgythe
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Mythago

Mythago
Mythago
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Tatters and Tails

Tatters and Tails
Tatters and Tails
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Screeming Banshees Gothic Morris
Screeming Banshees Gothic Morris
Screeming Banshees Gothic Morris
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Borderline

Borderline
Borderline
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Hook Eagle

Hook Eagle
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Moonshine

Moonshine
Moonshine
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Guith

Guith
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When and Where

Friday, 21st June 2019

  • Teams arrive throughout the afternoon and are welcomed with tea and cakes in the 'hostility tent'.
  • 20:00  Enjoy The Crew play a confluence of Folk, Sea Songs, Shanties, even some rock n roll in the Smallbrook bar. Arrr!

Saturday, 22nd June

  • 09:45  Buses leave Smallbrook stadium 9:45am prompt on a scenic drive to the Island Steam Railway's Wootton Station.
  • 10:18  Train departs from Wootton Station in a cloud of steam and soot.
  • 10:30  Arrive at Havensteet Station Yard in the midst of their Steampunk Event. All teams have one dance each before going off to explore the site and going on our allocated dance spots.
  • 12:00  Dancing...
      outside Number 4: Mythago, Wolfshead and Vixen, Bloodstone, Borderline, Guith.
      outside The Bar: Hook Eagle, Screeming Banshees, Aelfgythe, Moonshine, Tatters and Tails.
  • 12:45  Lunch for Morris teams. No doubt a music session will start in the Bar tent, and lunch may be washed down with 'Bloodstone 10' Ruby Red Ale.
  • 14:00  Dancing...
      in the Station Yard: Tatters and Tails, Wolfshead and Vixen, Aelfgythe.
      outside The Bar: Mythago, Guith, Borderline.
      outside Number 4: Hook Eagle, Moonshine, Screeming Banshees, Bloodstone.
  • 14:45  Morris teams explore the site, optionally dancing on the tiny woodland stage.
  • 15:57  Train departs eastwards from Havenstreet, an optional ride to and from Smallbrook Interchange (nb, there is no way off the platforms there, even though it's close to the stadium!!)
  • 16:30  The remainder of our morris crowd will join the train when it returns to Havenstreet for the ride back to Wootton.
  • 16:45ish  Buses leave Wootton station, bound for Smallbrook stadium.
  • 17:00ish  Teams gather at Smallbrook Bloodstone Henge to entertain each other with one dance each.
  • 20:30  Listen to The Chain Ferry Gang Skiffle inspired folk songs in the Smallbrook bar, together with the raffle draw that makes all this possible!

Sunday, 23rd June

  • 11am ish  A minibus will be shuttling those that need it.
  • 12 noon onwards  Ryde We will be dancing in rotation in three dance spots...
  • Sunday dance spots
    Ryde Pavillion The Solent Inn Ryde Harbour
    12noon Screeming Banshees
    Mythago
    Aelfgythe
    Hook Eagle
    Borderline
    Bloodstone
    Tatters and Tails
    Wolfshead and Vixen
    1pm Tatters and Tails
    Borderline
    Bloodstone
    Wolfshead and Vixen
    Mythago
    Screeming Banshees
    Aelfgythe
    Hook Eagle
    2pm Wolfshead and Vixen
    Hook Eagle
    Tatters and Tails
    Screeming Banshees
    Aelfgythe
    Bloodstone
    Mythago
    Borderline
  • 3pmish  Finally a Massed Dance near the Pavillion.
  • 3:30pmish  Minibus available to ferry those that need it back to Smallbrook. It will be nearly high tide, so a good time for a paddle!
  • Teams are welcome to stay Sunday evening, the marquee will still be up. Bloodstone will hog one end of the Marquee for our “wind down” meal!

Of course all these timings are based on the famous "Morris Time" and may change at any given moment.
Just make sure that on Saturday your team all get on the buses!

Map of Locations

Camp site address for your Sat Nav: Smallbrook Stadium, Ashey Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 4BH.

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Getting Around Smallbrook Stadium

Getting around Smallbrook Stadium Please note that the stadium will not be open to the public, only those with rally wristbands.

Campsite Rules

(Not too many as we want you to have fun!)

  • No personal alcohol allowed in the bar or on the balcony; Real Ale will be available in the bar. (Your own drink elsewhere around the campsite is fine.)
  • Please take your litter away with you.
  • No fires or barbecues.
  • Dogs must be kept on a lead and please ensure that you clear up after them.
  • 5 mph speed limit on site. No racing around the track!
  • No noise before 9am; our squire likes his sleep, bless 'im.
  • Bugger off by 12 noon on Monday.

Food and Shopping in the Ryde area

Excellent cooked breakfasts are made to order in the Smallbrook stadium bar on Saturday & Sunday morning. Please note there will be no burger van this year for other times of the day.

The list is by no means exhaustive, but here is just a small selection of nearby shopping and restaurants.

  • Tesco: Shopping. PO33 1QS - 1.5 miles away from Smallbrook Stadium. map
  • Domino's: Pizza. Takeaway & delivery. Order Online
  • Monsoon Indian Restaurant: Indian food. Restaurant, takeaway & delivery. Website
  • Hong Kong Express: Chinese food. Restaurant, takeaway & delivery. Website
  • Farmhouse Pantry: Home cooked food, Sunday roasts. Coffees, local Ice creams. BYO drink. Restaurant & takeaway. Facebook page

Acknowledgements

Southern Vectis

Many thanks to Southern Vectis for providing the buses and drivers. You guys ROCK!

Southern Vectis
Southern Vectis - the Island's buses
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Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Thanks to all the team at Havenstreet for hosting our tomfoolery once more. The best railway this side of the solent!

IOW Steam Railway
IOW Steam Railway
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Island Ales

What would a 10th Anniversary be without a specially brewed Ale to celebrate with?

Island Ales
Island Ales
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