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.