A VILLAGE is keeping centuries-old traditions alive with their maypole and Morris dancing day.

Hurst Morris People's event is on Sunday, April 28 from noon at Hurst Village Hall in School Road, Hurst.

There will be dances to watch and also some to join in with.

Simple dances that everyone can do will be taught.

Hurst Morris squire Karen Ricketts said: "This day marks the approach of May, the time when we start our dancing out season.

"It’s an informal, family-friendly event on the grassed orchard area by the hall.

"We’ll transfer to the hall if it rains."

Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be available, and entry is free.

Visitors are invited to bring a picnic as well as family and friends.

After the event on April 28, Hurst Morris will continue to dance locally, as follows, at 8pm, unless otherwise stated, on:

  • May 16 at Wheelwrights Arms, Hurst, at 7.30/45pm
  • May 23 at The Cricketers, Littlewick Green
  • June 6 at The Crown, Swallowfield
  • June 13 at The Crown, Cookham
  • June 17 at Crooked Billet, Honey Hill, Wokingham
  • June 25 at The Castle, Hurst
  • June 29 at Hurst Show and Country Fayre
  • July 4 at Jolly Farmer, Hurst
  • July 11 at Henley Market Square
  • July 18 at George and Dragon, Swallowfield.

Everyone is invited to have a go at Morris dancing at taster sessions on Thursday September 26 and October 3, at 8pm at Hurst Village Hall.

Details can be found at www.hump.org.uk or by emailing Contact@hump.org.uk.