Stony Redcaps is the new name for Old Mother Redcaps, a group of women who began dancing together in 1981. [The only Morris sides in the locality were all ‘men only’ and no ‘mixed’ sides had yet appeared…] They decided to be known as Old Mother Redcaps after an old Stony Stratford inn (location now unknown) and to dance Cotswold Morris dances.
Many years of successful dancing followed –at local festivals in Stony Stratford and Deanshanger and at events further afield, Towersey in Oxfordshire and Rochester Sweeps Festival to name a couple.
Later, when numbers sadly fell, it was decided to concentrate on dances from the Isle of Man and Garland dances from the Northeast of England and from France, as these were easier to adapt to smaller numbers.
We marked our 30thanniversary in 2011 by attending the International Folk-Dance Festival on the Isle of Man arranged to celebrate the 60thanniversary of the Manx Folk Dance Society. We performed at various venues across the Island along with sides from England, Wales, Germany and Sweden, and then in a Grand Concert. In May 2015, we hosted a return visit from the Manx Folk Dance Society and we had a lovely time together, dancing together in Campbell Park and Stoke Bruerne with Rose and Castle.
2014 saw us venturing further afield to the Czech Republic to perform in the annual “Prague Folklore Days”. This was so much fun and we got to meet and watch groups from all over the world.
At our AGM in September 2018 we decided to change our name to Stony Redcaps. We wanted our name to indicate where we come from and also wondered if we were putting off potential new younger members with the “Old Mother” connotation.