Boekka’s 10th Birthday – Memories 2

2015

In 2015 Rhys moved away from the area to pursue his career. Laetitia took over the role as teacher for the Morris dances as well as Teazer dances. She was also needed as a dancer and unable to play music at this time, therefore most dances were done with percussion.

Chepstow Wassail 2015

Boekka acquired another ‘Oss rider who was the shortest we ever had, so Penkevyll did not tower above the other ‘Osses as much at this event. The rider was also a founder member of a local Morris team, so I danced with them on a few occasions.

St Pirans Day Redruth 2015

Trewellard Beer Festival

Wreckers Day of Dance

After Wreckers Day of Dance, I felt the Morris team was not progressing after years of effort and decided to close it. I had put a huge amount of effort into keeping it going, however the difficulty of recruiting in Cornwall and maintaining a high standard of performance was not possible. I was then able to concentrate on the Teazer and ‘Oss performances and become more involved with the local Morris team.

All Hallows Dark Gathering 2015

At this event I performed with a local Morris team while Cassandra was the Teazer for Penkevyll.

2016

2016 was a busier year, as well as performing with Boekka we were attending many events with the local Morris team. It seemed to work well together as our main ‘Oss rider at this time performed with both.

Chepstow Wassail 2016

Fowey 2016

Handfasting Event

Boekka was asked to perform at a Handfasting in Lamorna. Our other ‘Oss rider who lives locally volunteered to do this one. The torrential rain outside, meant that Penkevyll was well and truly soaked during her performance that evening!

St Pirans 2016

Lostfest 2016

All Hallows Dark Gathering 2016

It was a busy summer, Cassandra and I worked hard with the local Morris team, but as it was not the type of performance that resonated with me. When we arrived on Friday evening at the Dark Gathering, certain events convinced me it was time to leave the team. In retaliation the founder member had decided not to ride Penkevyll at this event the evening before it took place. Fortunately another Morris dancer who attended but was not performing that weekend, kindly offered to stand in until we found another rider.

2017

In 2017 when Cassandra handed on the full role of Teazer to me, I was able to concentrate on this performance without dividing my energies. Life with Boekka began to settle into a positive routine and the energies improved immensely.

Chepstow Wassail 2017

With me as main Teazer, Cassandra focused on her drumming and met some excellent percussionists who assisted in her development.

St Pirans Day Redruth 2017

While I teazed Penkevyll at this event, Cassandra played percussion with Whippletree band.

It was decided at Beltane 2017 to give Penkevyll a total change of image, getting rid of unwanted residue from the past and making a fresh start. Penkevyll had a new mane, new dress and her tatters were the Cornish colours of black, white and gold.

Even though Cassandra had already handed over the Teazer role she couldn’t resist posing with our new image and her ‘trusty’ snapper!

After giving Penkevyll this new image, my creative juices were flowing, so I purchased a small ‘Obby ‘Oss of my own known as Morvargh the Dark Sea ‘Oss. It is a good idea to have a smaller ‘Oss so that I can ride her if Penkevyll is unable to appear at an event. The foal is a welcome addition and popular with Boekka fans.

Tintagel Carnival 2017

Boscastle 2017

All Hallows Dark Gathering 2017

Morvargh made her debut at the Dark Gathering 2017 during the afternoon. I performed with Wreckers Morris during their Song of the Sea while riding Morvargh.

2018

2018 brought a surprising change to Boekka. A younger man contacted us with a desire to join a ‘dark and edgy’ team. We tried him out as rider for Penkevyll and he had good potential. He connected with the spiritual side of ‘Oss riding and treats Penkevyll with the utmost care and respect. These aspects are extremely important. ‘Osses are not to be treated merely as puppets for one’s convenience and/or ego which sadly occurs now that owning an ‘Oss is a growing fashionable ‘trend’. I also acquired two apprentice Teazers that connect with Penkevyll in their unique ways. One of them rides Morvargh on occasions.

Chepstow Wassail 2018

Penkevyll’s riders were unavailable for Chepstow, however I managed to find a young, tall, muscular Welshman to ride Penkevyll during the afternoon. In the evening, we had the freedom to enjoy the ceremony on the bridge without an ‘Oss to distract us.

We spent the summertime training our new ‘Oss rider and Teazers who made their official debut at the next event.

All Hallows Dark Gathering 2018

Cassandra also began drumming with the wonderful Beltane as she enjoys their wild rhythms which are second to none!

It was wonderful for me to re-connect with my former Morris team from nearly 20 years ago. This gave me the opportunity to come ‘full circle’; by performing my final Morris dance with Vixen at the All Hallows Dark Gathering… a place where magical things occur ‘between the worlds’!

2019

2019 had a wonderful start with the Chepstow Wassail as we suggested that Beorma Morris joined us at this event. It was fabulous to catch up with friends we had not seen for a while as we missed them performing at the Dark Gathering with Wytchwood Morris. They enjoyed the Wassail so much they plan to attend again.

This year the Maris had a Beauty Pageant competition where Boekka were also interviewed. There were 33 Maris and ‘Osses so we were waiting there for quite a while!

Laetitia and her Teazer performed a choreographed dance on the bridge around Cassandra and Penkevyll.

St Pirans Day Redruth 2019

Due to work commitments I left Penkevyll in the hands of my two Apprentice Teazers at this event and they did a magnificent job!

Tintagel Carnival 2019

Boekka were also joined by a visiting Mari Arianrhod from Wales for the Carnival procession.

All Hallows Dark Gathering 2019

Morvargh took more of an active role this year being ridden by one of our Teazers. I stepped in as co-organizer after the sudden departure of the managers from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.

2020

The Chepstow Wassail had unfortunately been cancelled this year, so we attended the Brecon Wassail which is a smaller event, but were keen to meet up with some of our friends who would be attending with their Maris. Our Teazers also performed with the Welsh dancers, although we thought the dancing had gone better when we rehearsed the night before during our drinking session!

We also managed to fit in Cassandra’s wonderful 70th Birthday Party with special guests – the fabulous Beltane Border Morris. After that 2020 turned into one of the strangest years we have known, events are cancelled and it feels as though the whole world and our lives have changed beyond recognition! Let us hope that soon we can return to some sort of normality as there are so many performers missing the music and dance that is such an important part of our lives!

So there you have it….10 years of Boekka and what an incredible, eventful journey! I wonder what the next 10 years will bring…… we will see you soon!!

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  1. We really miss all the beautiful vibrant events this year. I really hope it won’t be long before we can all safely be together to celebrate the rich heritage that we hold in trust for future generations. Happy Birthday!

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