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Meet the Side



Andy's the Squire, that means he's our leader. He's basically our equivalent of the Prime Minister except he has never been to an illegal party and has never done anything dodgy (the last bit may not be true!)



Matthew is one of our youngest dancers and can also leap the highest. He's been dancing for years and that means the old blokes can't take their foot off the gas.

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Brian is one of our regular musicians and has not one unusual hobby, but two - he's also a campanologist. He likes his bells all sizes!

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One of our musicians and also in a Shanty group, Mike's busy schedule means he no longer has time to carry out his Jeremy Corbyn lookalike roles. He originally comes from Hull but we don't hold that against him.

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Ravin' Dave

As said previously, they say a picture paints a thousand words - well chew on this!

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Merlin looks like a normal person but when wearing Morris kit he becomes somewhat mad. He is house trained but best to be wary when he gets friendly with the Hooden Horse!



Tony's a longstanding member of the side but moved some distance away and so wasn't able to come as often. However, we're now seeing him more regularly which is great, although we are curious why he wants to mix with us!

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Hooden Horse

Originally erupted from an egg on the beach at Broadstairs many years ago he has followed us around ever since. Somewhat aggressive, he lives off a staple diet of coins of the realm and young children, though not necessarily in that order.



Rob's our Foreman and that means he teaches all the dancing. He loves a challenge and his favourite is someone who has never danced before - just sayin'!

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John has danced for a long time but is relatively new to Hartley. In addition to dancing, he also loves to sing. He can often be found at events supplying the side with copious amounts of food.

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Our only full female member and a honorary man, Lisa is not only one of our musicians, but also the sides Musical Director. When not doing that she can usually be found cuddling a tankard of cider.

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Fred used to be a model for Gillette Razors but they got rid of him for not taking the job seriously. He's the South East Area Representative for The Morris Ring.

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Nick is a regular dancer and also manages our Mumming plays before Christmas. He has tried to handover that responsibility but hasn't yet found anyone gullible enough (should read sufficiently interested? - Ed).

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Adam made the extremely sensible decision to move to Shropshire, so we don't see him as often as we'd like. He always seems to get to Broadstairs though. I know, why don't we all move to Shropshire?



Robin always joins us for Broadstairs Folk Weeks and we usually see him at a few more events through the year. He always brings with him a smile, a tankard and a joke that it is best not to tell in mixed company.

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Geoff is the side's Bagman, so that means he manages the accounts and he also takes all the public enquiries about bookings. 

He also currently holds the Tatman Award for doing something stupid - he took us to a pub with no beer!



Spikey's an old Punk who has hung around with Hartley for years. You never know what he is going to do next but then again, neither does he.

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Phil leads Hartley Singers. He joined Hartley the same day as Terry and he's an accomplished musician and can play the Spoons like you've never heard. He also collects the sticks after each dance and is El Presidente.

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When Rick's not blowing his Jug (and that's not what you may be thinking) as part of The Washed Up Jug Band he's one of our longest serving members despite his youthful looks.

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Tim is both a musician and a dancer with Hartley and also a musician with another side and also a dancer with yet another side. In his free time he enjoys Morris Dancing. 

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Pete dances with Victory Morris in Portsmouth but also regularly turns out with us. He's a great asset to the side. He dances a lot, sings a lot and drinks a lot - although not necessarily in that order.

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Chris joined us recently and is therefore an Apprentice in the side. Apprentices are (theoretically) still learning the dances, but he's done it before and got the T-Shirt.

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Terry is our Events Officer, so if you get in touch for an event he's the chap you end up speaking with. He joined the side over 50 years ago so there isn't much he doesn't know about Hartley.



Gareth, one of our newer members, is an Apprentice which means he's still learning the dances. He's a great addition to the side and brings the average age down to 84.



With over forty years in the side Pete leads the drinking and organises some great trips. He can often be found having an impromptu snooze in a pub!

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Brian is long standing member of the side, a dancer and also a talented musician. They say a picture can paint a thousand words - well this one certainly doesn't say talented musician!

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Smike is a full member of the side but we don't see him too often as he no longer lives locally; however he turns up regularly throughout the year. His 15 minutes of fame was on Wheeler Dealers (and since repeated on Dave!).

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Barty also dances with Victory Morris and also regularly turns out with us. He's also a great asset to the side. He also dances a lot, sings a lot and drinks a lot - although not necessarily in that order. Hang on, there seems to be a theme here!

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Alec is also one of our Apprentices. We're hoping to see him more once the practice season starts again. Come on Alec!

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