We visited two pubs in Bishopston, The Joiners and The Valley Hotel, on a gloriously sunny evening which was certainly a lot cooler than it should have been for mid May. Those who had brought their rag jackets to wear were glad they did!
At the Joiners, we danced Fieldtown, Adderbury and Bampton mainly, which enabled Alison B to demonstrate how much she has learned since joining us earlier this year. There was an audience outside who appreciated our performance.
The Joiners always does good Ale and the London Pride they had as a guest was really good.
The Valley Hotel is a short walk/stagger from The Joiners and we danced a more expansive Adderbury set there, performing Shooting which we really should do more often. We were also able to do Lichfield Vandals of Hammerwich, and Nantgarw Caseg Eira which added a degree of complexity to the evening.
We learned that sadly, The Valley is having to close. The loss of a pub on Gower is always disappointing, especially when it is one like The Valley who have always generously welcomed our Morris displays and our Mummers Play performances at Christmas. Sweyn’s Ey Morris hope the closure is temporary and that it will soon reopen.
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