The side was formed from a group of friends who love Morris Dancing. At the beginning of our inaugural meeting, on 16th January 2011, we had no name, no kit and the practice season was half way through. Fortunately, however, we did have a place to practise, courtesy of the 1st Lyndhurst Scouts. We were lucky enough to be able to use the new hall that is part of the Scouts' newly completed home, Deorfrith Lodge in Lyndhurst.

Deorfrith is a word - two words actually - that may be found in the works of Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400). The first part, 'deor', means an animal, commonly a deer. The second part, 'frith', has a number of meanings, but essentially it refers to peace, security or sanctuary. So, put simply, 'deorfrith' means 'deer preserve or sanctuary'.

In 1121, in one of the earliest recorded writings in English, a scribe at the Benedictine monastery in Peterborough wrote that William the Conqueror 'set up a great deor-frith and laid the law therewith that said should anyone at all who killed hart or hind, that this man should be blinded'. Naturally, the King did not include himself in that arrangement. William's New Forest is our home territory, so we decided to call ourselves Deorfrith Morris.

On Tuesday evenings throughout the summer months you will find us dancing somewhere in the New Forest area, usually at a pub. In addition to these regular events, we dance on most weekends, either at festivals or at the request of the organisers of shows or fetes.

Many of our members have come from sides which danced both Border and Cotswold dances, so we include several Border-style dances in our repertoire. Some of these have been learned at workshops, where other sides share dances, often ones they have written themselves. A few we have changed slightly to suit our own style of dancing, but we try to keep them individual and to avoid them looking similar. At the moment we are "resting" a few Border dances as we have been performing them for several years, and it gives us an opportunity to learn new ones.

The larger part of our repertoire comprises dances from various Cotswold traditions. Again, many of these have been learned at workshops, both at folk festivals and at local events organised by individual Morris sides. As well as well-known traditions such as Bampton, Bledington, Adderbury and Stanton Harcourt, we dance in a couple of traditions rarely seen in our area - Ampthill and Wayford. We have written a few dances within several of these traditions, to suit our side's dynamics, but we have tried to retain to the individual characteristics of the traditions we have used.

For the more energetic members of the side we dance a few jigs, but rather than leave just one dancer 'in the spotlight', we usually dance these with two, three, or even four of the team performing.