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The Buttercross Belles


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Mother's Day at Bolton Abbey

Posted by Linda on April 4, 2011 at 7:19 AM Comments comments (1)

We arrived at Bolton Abbey just after a heavy rain shower and although we danced mostly in the sunshine there was much splashing in the puddles.  There were plenty of spectators to watch us at the Cavendish Pavilion as many families were out walking by the river and in the Bolton Abbey grounds.  We performed a number of our regular dances and gave the first public viewing of our new dance - St Helen's


Dementia Caf� in Headingley

Posted by Hannah on March 10, 2011 at 8:31 AM Comments comments (0)

We were invited to dance at the New Headingley Dementia Café on Monday 28th February 2011. The Café  offers people with dementia and their carers a friendly environment, activities, refreshments and a chance to chat with people in similar circumstances. 


 The Café is usually open on the last Monday of each month, from 2-4pm run by Volunteers.
For more information on the Headingley Dementia Café: Click here

Team Cardigans

Posted by Hannah on March 16, 2010 at 8:58 AM Comments comments (0)


In November 1995, the Buttercross Belles proudly wore their newly designed appliqued cardigans for the first time. The cardigans, over the years have been very well worn and 14 years later (although the beautiful applique is as good as it was when new), sadly the cardigans had started to ware. In mid 2009, it was brought up at the AGM to possibly look into having some new cardigans for the side. A straight cut cardigan was seen as the best option as when the original cardigans were fastened, it pulled the skirt of the dress in and spoilt the shape of the smock.
It was also suggested that the design could be amended to fit the current side (the side no longer use sticks in dances as it shows on the original cardigans). The flowers on the original design were very popular with the Belles, and are somewhat unique, so it was decided that the new design was to incorporate similar flowers.



The Buttercross Belles team cardigans November 1995


There was also descussion about wherther we needed to have 'Otley' on the back of the cardigan. It was decided it was to be on the design, as its a conversation starter on dance outs and shows spectators where we are from and who we are. Places such as Chorly, Oxford, and even Brugges and Switzerland, we get people coming up to us saying 'Otley? I used to live there', 'its such a loverly place' or 'I live in Harrogate' and such comments.


On the new design, the slings (bobbins with plates) replaced the crossed sticks, with the plates forming a follow through oval, which leads into the rest of the design. We decided to change the colour of the cardigans for two reasons. 1. As we ware black tights and black Tap shoes, it was seen as fitting to the overall out fit, and 2. the design stood out better on a black background, bringing the purples, white and pink out in the flowers and the vivid green of the leaves.

We received the cardigans on the 11th March, just intime for the anual Mothers Day dance out at Bolton Abbey.



The Buttercross Belles team cardigans - March 14th 2010



Boxing Day - The White Swan - Otley

Posted by Hannah on February 13, 2010 at 5:32 PM Comments comments (0)

This years Boxing day dance out was held at the White Swan in Otley. We were again joined by Wayzgoose, where we took it in turns to dance on the pavement outside of the pub, due to ice obscuring the courtyard around the back.


Despite the weather we managed to dance for two hours with cold fingers and toes, and had a lovely afternoon dancing off the Christmas dinner....and eating mince pies! 

 Aftewards a few of us ended up in the pub to warm up infront of the fire before heading off home through the remaining  snow and ice.






Bolton Abbey

Posted by Hannah on February 13, 2010 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

 On Sunday, 25 October 2009 we danced at the Cavindish at Bolton Abbey, the weather was terrible and was intermittent rain all the time we were there. (It seemed that every time we came out from under the canopy to dance, the rain came on harder) but we soldiered on and danced quite a lot of our repertoire.


Despite the rain and wind, there were lots of people around the Cavendish Pavilion who took the time to stop and watch so it was quite a nice atmosphere with the audience's participation and cheering as we danced on whilst getting soaked!!




Otley Folk Festival 2009

Posted by Hannah on February 13, 2010 at 4:37 PM Comments comments (0)

We spent Saturday 19th September dancing around Otley as it was the Otley Black Sheep Folk festival. Flash Company, the morris hosts of the festival along with two other local sides Kitchen Taps and Wayzgoose as well as the Buttercross Belles were joined by the fantastic Flagcrackers of Craven, Rhubarb Tarts, Jig Crew,Chippenham Morris,Medusa,The Minster Strays and Yorkshire Coast Morris.







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Morris: A Life With Bells ON

Posted by Hannah on February 13, 2010 at 3:49 PM Comments comments (0)

On the 4th October 2009, the Buttercross Bells, along with Briggate Morris and Leeds Morris Men......ADD MORE HERE







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