cm-kemps-hayHill-1980In 1953 a small group of people gathered together to learn and enjoy some English traditional dance. This group continued practising and dancing for a few years, and in 1956 they finally formed the club, which they called Kemp's Men of Norwich

Kemp's Men of Norwich are still going strong and now have over 50 years of history. We celebrated our golden jubilee in 2006. 

We'd very much like some help in compiling this history so if you have reminiscences of Kemp's events or have photographs from down the years, please do drop us a line or add your contribution in the comments box below.  

Can you, for instance, help us out with other photographs like this one of Kemp's Men dancing at Hey Hill in 1980?  Do you know who the bloke with the beard is?

... or how about some details about the event depicted below?  Entitled "Eric needs the kiss of life from a nubile maiden"; all we know is that it was taken at Hindeloopen on 23rd September 1989.  The dance must have been Adderbury "Shooting" and Eric at Hindeloopenthere's a good chance that Eric's human alter ego is Peter Salt!

Some would say that we're a bit long winded or, indeed, a bit long in the tooth: we just like to think of ourselves as having a certain longevity with currently active members spanning eight decades.

Take a look below and see what we mean!

Journey back in time with Kemp's Men - Mouse over to get slideshow controls.

Win Made MBE

Kemp's Men ... are very proud and hugely pleased that Win has been awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year's Honours "for his contribution to folk music and dancing in Norfolk".

This is in recognition of a life devoted to teaching traditional English Folk and Morris dance and music, and for tireless encouragement and support of English Folk traditions in Norfolk and elsewhere in the UK.  At the age of 96, Win attends the Kemp's Men Wednesday evening practices, and plays for us when we dance out during the year.

When Win returned to Norwich after collecting his 'gong' from Buckingham Palace, the Men (and Hon Men) welcomed him home with a surprise performance of Morris Dancing. This included one of his favourite traditional melodies, The Banks of the Dee.

Peter Mayne, our Squire says:

I am personally absolutely delighted... it is something for us all to savour with Win.

The award brings well deserved recognition to someone who has made a unique contribution to traditional music and dance locally and who has inspired and taught so many of us to love and celebrate our own English tradition and to enjoy through taking part.

(c) Kemp's Men of Norwich - Sponsored by Beeston Brewery