This is a joint report from Viv and Andy covering the season to date so be prepared to be bored!
The season started with two training events, the Union at Avoncroft Museum just outside Bromsgrove and the Confederates at The Cotton Arms, Wrenbury. Both had around 50 members turn up and a lot of progress was made.
From there we went to Rockingham Castle, May Bank holiday, from which some alliances and hopefully long term friendships were made with other groups. Some excellent battles, which did "wow" the organisers, well done to everyone involved. Do we want to do it again next year?
Spring Bank Holiday found us at Sewerby Hall, nr. Bridlington and despite things not going exactly to plan we had an excellent response from public and sponsors, thanks to all involved for putting on a "spectacular" performance. The best for a long time. Many thanks to Sharon Lord for purloining the fencing from her local Shed firm and delivering it to Sewerby the week before the event.
The following weekend found a handful of members travelling to Hornby Castle, the response again was nothing but praise from the organisers. Living History taking place most of the time and so much interest in what we are doing. The skirmishes lasted approx 15 minutes, but the impact of noise, smoke and flame again made for a good impression. Thanks again to all that have made these events a success so far and hope that we can keep on a roll.
Now on to what is to come.
By the time you receive this report we will have been at Stanford Hall, so I hope you have some good memories and that we have some good photographs.
Bramcote Barracks, Nuneaton - 6th July.
Cusworth Hall - 12th-13th July ** NEW EVENT**
The Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey - 16th-17th August
Norfolk Park Sheffield - 23rd-25th August
Tatton Old Hall - 20th-21st September
Spetchley Park - 4th-5th October
Please note my comments on Authenticity in the previous Newsletter reports. It is vitally important that these comments are noted especially at Sheffield.
Another point was raised at the recent Board meeting about ladies who place themselves in camping chairs on the edge of the camp. This was noticed at Sewerby and completely ruined one of the best photo’s we have ever seen. Historically ladies would not be sitting anywhere near the battlefield. If you wish to watch, please either, place yourselves between the ropes and act as marshals or failing that, in the audience.
We had a misunderstanding over car parking at Sewerby which caused a few problems. Please check very carefully before you park your car up and leave it for the weekend. Don't ever park around or in front of the toilets. The service provider needs to be able to get in to service the loos, if they can't get in you will be the one’s who suffer with overflowing and unusable loos. Don't park on what is obviously a roadway( except at Gunpowder Mills) and please don't fill the family camp up with cars. Your camp coordinator will be shown where you have to park, so please ask him or your C.O. or one of us.
In the past we have had small events known as Regimentals. This year we have had quite a few of these events come in and we are now telling you that all members are entitled to attend a small event. Please don't feel excluded. There might be a small event in your area, so please come along and enjoy it. Don't sit at home because it’s not your regiment that is involved, we are catering for all members. Who knows next year it could be a Big event. If you are unsure, come and ask.
Sometimes, when we are only getting a small fee for an event, we have to reduce the Artillery which is the most expensive component that we have. The decision is always made fairly to enable all artillerymen to come along and enjoy their hobby. We decide on which guns are the nearest to the event and then they are shared over the weekend. For instance, Union for Gunpowder Mills, and Confederate for Tatton. The reason we are using the Confederate guns for Cusworth is because they already had the Carnival booked and it is not too far away from the main site.
We do hope you enjoy the locations that we have found this year and if you would like to submit constructive comments, what you expect at an event etc. Neither Viv or myself bite (much) if you have ideas or views come and see us, email or send us a piece of paper with your views on what we are doing, or even approach us about helping coordinate events. They are hard work, but the rewards are rich, as we have seen at the events so far this year.
Without your opinions coming to us, we will assume that what we are doing now is alright for the membership and everything is O.K.
Finally ramblings over, see you all at the next event,
Viv Corbishley and Andy Hopwood