Bath Time – six teams, eleven pubs, just two weeks to go!

Can it really be a whole year since the last Bath Time? Of course not. It’s only been fifty weeks, so you’ll have to wait another fortnight before you can once again experience the heady delights of multiple rapper teams in the pubs of Bath.

I must admit though that we’ve got a bit carried away, and have accidentally invited five guest teams this year, namely Bristol’s Locksided, Oxford’s Mabel Gubbins, Sallyport from Swalwell, Bridgnorth’s Shropshire Sharpshins and one of the top two teams from Bath, Sulis.

What about a plan?

Well, because we have so many coming, we’re having to actually produce a Plan this year, and as you all know that is not something that comes naturally to us. Needs must, though, and the plan is as follows:

        Crawl 1       Crawl 2
11:30                              Meet at The Bell
12:00                                      Dance
13:00 Pig and Fiddle Saracens Head
Trinity Griffin
New Inn Bath Brew House
15:00 Salamander Raven
Old Green Tree Star
16:00                         The Bell’s Love Lounge

In order to preserve some sense of mystery and excitement, no team will know which crawl they are on until the day.

So there you are. Come along and watch, heckle if you’re feeling brave, and then buy the dancers a drink because they’ll deserve it. Follow the event on Facebook for any last-minute updates.

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Serious lack of communications effort by Edwin and Martin. Even by their standards. Plus practice.

Northgate's new winter kit

Northgate’s new winter kit

Gosh. 17th February 2018 was the last missive through this old website thingy. There have been various updates via Facebook though, so we have at least made the minimum of effort in keeping you updated and informed as to our movements. Not those ones though.

Assuming of course that you’d like to occasionally hear from us?

Hello? As Pink Floyd once sang “Is there anybody out there?”

We’re between pubs at the moment, we did love practicing at The Curfew, and Dan and Emily were awesome mine hosts and very generous with their upstairs room. But when it came to the toss up between keeping your favourite rapper team in practice accommodation or maintaining the presence of antique and ornate plasterwork on the ceiling below us, it was a very quick decision.

So, it tends to be Bath one week, and Bristol the next. Seeing as only one Northgate member actually lives in Bath, and several live in Bristol, it has been democratically decided that we’ll split the cities, and keep everyone happy.

To that end then, practice next week (18th September) will be held at The Ram in Widcombe. 7:30pm sharp for 2 hours of practice. With proper swords and everything.

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Bristol crawl tonight, and we even have a plan

Following on from our awesome Bath Crawl Without Silver Flame a couple of weeks ago, this time we’ve visiting their home city of Bristol this very night. Silver Flame are in Stratford upon Avon, of course, so there’s no danger of bumping into them.

Breaking with all tradition, we actually have a plan, which can only end in disappointment. Anyway, we’ll give it a go and see how it turns out.

Here we go then, for what it’s worth:

7:30 Canteen
7:45 The Bell
8:00 No. 51 Garden
8:15 Hare on the Hill
8:30 Hillgrove Porter Stores
8:45 Kingsdown Wine Vaults
9:00 The Robin Hood
9:15 Colston Arms
9:30 The Ship
9:45 The Gryphon
10:00 The Hatchet
10:15 Small Bar
10:30 Shakespeare Tavern

There is literally no chance of our keeping to this schedule.

Rumour has it we might just pop into the Apple at the end for a quick cider or two.

If you want to meet up with us, contact us via our Facebook page.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas Everybody!

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Mabel Day: no lights broken (in any room we danced in)

We had a lovely visit to Oxford for this year’s Mabel Day, and spent most of our time dancing in various pubs with the splendid Birmingham Rapper.

True to form, and contrary to any silly reputation we might have, we broke literally no light fittings whatsoever in any room we danced in.

There is a rumour (and indeed strong evidence) that a light in a room directly beneath us broke QUITE COINCIDENTALLY whilst we were dancing, but the connection is tenuous at best. As we all know, correlation does not imply causation.

We have only a few things left this year, including the Bradford on Avon carols (listening, not dancing), then a ceilidh down in Hampshire, a day in Bristol and, very best of all, a trip to Bridgnorth to dance with the wonderful Shropshire Sharpshins. We can hardly wait!

In the meantime, please forgive us the woeful lack of updates here. We’ve been busy with two things:

  1. Prep for our AGM next week; and
  2. Working on a new dance. Shh! It’s secret.

The AGM next week means there will be no practice. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

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Bath Time success: no lights hurt.

And so another year has passed, and another Bath Time has been and gone.

And what a great time it was! Our guests, Mabel Gubbins from Oxford and Shropshire Sharpshins from Bridgnorth, were on great form, and both put on some really top quality shows.

We, of course, were our normal, understated and restrained selves.

Highlights of the weekend include the Sharpshins introducing a plastic bat into their first dance (and nearly a light fitting, too), Mabels smacking one of there own so hard on the head that she could barely walk straight, let along dance, and Northgate eating a giant birthday cake.

It was a very good cake.

 

Oh, and Richard was four hours later for the start. A new record.

The final tally is twenty seven dances in nine pubs, which much in the way of beer, gin and cake to keep us going. And garlic mayo burgers from Schwartz Bros, of course.

Special call out to our The Curfew which not only opened early for us as a starting point but also fed us in the evening. Many thanks to Dan for his chilli and Emily for her patience!

Do we have to wait a whole year to see you again?

Surely not. We hope to practice this Tuesday, again at the Curfew, but it’s entirely possible we’ll take the week off to recover, so if you’re planning to come along, drop us a line here first to check.

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Bath prepares for mayhem as Bath Time looms

The pubs of Bath are increasing stocks of beer and gin, making sure they have plenty of plasters, and raising their light fittings, and it’s all in preparation for Bath Time tomorrow!

As regular readers will know, we’re being joined on our annual outing this year by two other teams. The first is Shropshire Sharpshins from Bridgnorth, famous for their innovate dances. The second is Mabel Gubbins from Oxford, famous for their ability to consume gin in vast quantities.

We and our friends will be starting at The Curfew at 11am, before plunging into the very heart of the city to dance in as many pubs as we can before teatime, at which point we’ll take a break for food, drink and cake, followed by a final dance-off back at our starting point.

The Plan (and why we don’t have them)

Jack the Bag has looked at the timing and, being the professional he is, has cut back on our rather ambitious plan of several days ago to give us an evens chance of getting round them all in time. This is why we never plan anything. Anyway, the new (shortened) plan for Bath Time is:

The Curfew                       11am
Barley Mow
Pulteney Arms
The Griffin
New Inn
The Bell
The Curfew again

You’ll notice there’s only one time given here, because we know our limitations. And I suspect we’ll slip a few more in. Indeed, they’ll probably be the one’s we’ve just taken out…

How do we find you then?

If you’re trying to track us down, go here and just ask.

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Saturday 28 October is Bath Time, with very special guests!

Northgate had so much fun at our 25th Anniversary celebration last year that we’re doing it again this Saturday, 28th October. Oh yes, Bath Time lives!

This time we’ve invited two very special guest teams to join us. Firstly a relatively new side from Bridgnorth, called Shropshire Sharpshins. Just a few years old, the lads and lasses of that beautiful town have stormed festivals, pubs and indeed whisky shops in the West Midlands, especially Shrewsbury Festival and of course Bridgnorth itself. They have some very innovative figures and more energy than seems fair.

Oh, and they have a true TV star from Countdown, but he can rest assured that we will make no stupid jokes on that subject. Because we’re grownups.

But who are the other team?

The other team are, to put it bluntly, not quite as young as the Sharpshins. Indeed, some of them would give Methuselah a run for his money.

They are the delightful, if gin-soaked, ladies of Mabel Gubbins.

They come from the screaming spires of Oxford and bring with them a spectacular display full of vim, vigour and quite possibly spunk.

So what’s the plan?

Well, we have as much of a plan as we ever have, inasmuch as we know the starting pub, the end pub and even all the pubs in between, although not necessarily the timings. But the plan so far is:

11:00  Start dancing! First pub is The amazing Curfew.

After that, with no particular timing:

The Barley Mow
The Pulteney Arms
The Boater
The Ale House
The New Inn
The Griffin
The Westgate
Old Green Tree (if our guests are tough enough)
Pig & Fiddle
The Bell
The Star

…then back to The Curfew around 16:30 for food and final dances.

So, twelve pubs in a reasonably short time. It’s entirely possible that more dancing, or even more drinking, might take place after this.

Keep an eye on Facebook for last-minute changes, photos on the day and descriptions of any interesting injuries as they happen.

See you there!

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A short break to regrow our skin…

Ouch

Well, that’s our festival season over for another year, and it’s time for us to take a little break to recover.

Indeed, some of us need some time to heal our wounds after the rather over-enthusiastic final dance at Priston Festival last weekend left Squire Martin without an epidermal layer on the knuckles of his left hand. But did he complain? Did he whinge? Did he even flinch?

You bet he did. Wimp.

Anyway, we’ll be taking a short break while our skin grows back, and then we’ll return with a vengeance.

You seem pretty keen to practice…?

Indeed we are, because we have Bath Time coming up at the end of next month, when we once again will be visited by some of our friends for a blood-soaked extravaganza of sword wielding fun.

Watch this space!

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This weekend: Bristol crawl and Priston Festival!

It’s a busy weekend coming up for Northgate. On Sunday, we’re appearing at the wonderful Priston Folk Festival, and we’re excited about that. And as a warm-up we’re off on a crawl around Bristol on Saturday night, and we’re excited about that too!

In fact, when we consider both these things, the word “excited” is no longer adequate, and we will have to resort to “super-excited” or “trembling with anticipation” to describe how we feel.

We know what you’re thinking: a major crawl running into the early hours immediately before a festival sounds like a recipe for disaster. But the lads of Northgate are made of strong stuff, and will not let this faze them, nor affect their performance on the Sunday.

When will you be dancing?

The Bristol crawl will start at 7pm in a pub yet to be announced, and will continue until we run out of time.

We’ll be dancing at Priston from 10:45 onwards.

Will you be practising next week?

Oh yes. The Curfew in Bath, 19:30 on Tuesday night. You know, like we always do.

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