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A celebration of old reenactment groups

Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:30 pm
by Earl Mortimer
In two weeks time my group Order Of Fighting Knights will be ending forever.

From 2001 till 2011 we have been doing some fantastic shows in the midlands and many members have won the LA full contact tournament. We have had fun at all multi bashers not only in the shows but at night playing games like base ball and football with our kid members:)

But time goes by and everyone grows up. Members leave and others find other hobbies :( :(

Sad has it my be but things have to go on.

I was wondering how many groups have gone Over time and what they used to do?


So let's put in this thread old group names and things that they did that where special to you;)

Shane

Re: A celebration of old reenactment groups

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:39 am
by Tiddles
May I start with my old group "The Hounds of the Morigan".

Originally a Roman/Celtic group that also latter did 15th century. Lots of fun, good friends and taught me everything I know.
They installed the importance of being safe, honour and comradeship in all the members. I still where the society pendant to remind me of the values taught to my by people like Phil, Max, Peter and Myk.

As time went on members began to specialise in there favourite period and so smaller groups appeared within the main society. They then developed in to independent groups of there own like the Herbert Household, Woodville Household and Gods Company to name a few.

I understand from a recent chance meeting the the founder members have started a multi period group called Pirates and Warriors. Based in Basingstoke as the Original Morigan was.

I am now a member of the Wytchwood Warriors in Oxford and have continued to use and uphold the skills and lesions taught to me in those early days.

Tiddles.

Re: A celebration of old reenactment groups

Posted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:08 pm
by Earl Mortimer
Well thats the Order Of Fighting Knights passed into reenactment history.

Great weekend at bolsover castle and it was sad for me when I did my normal final site check to make sure nothing was left knowing this would be the last time i would do it for OFK ;(

Im starting a new group but its going to be very difficult knowing my good friends Dave and Bev (Despencer ) will not be there.
Wishing all the members of my group who are leaving reenactment altogether all the best.

Shane Hill

Re: A celebration of old reenactment groups

Posted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:28 pm
by latheaxe
All the best with your new group Shane...Have you decided on a name yet??. If We can be of any help in the future please let us know.. :D :thumbup:

Re: A celebration of old reenactment groups

Posted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:33 pm
by Brian la Zouche
Stars and Bars,

my 1st time i got to play, over 34 years ago. small bunch of solid guys manily smaller scale shows supported by (and supporting, by the Iron brigade ) the wish for bigger battles drew some away to the bigger societies, and before long, like a good many independant groups, slowly faded into the background,

big spectacular shows are great ! [i]but [/i]some of the best were the small school/ village fates ( after all, not all veunes cant support large scale numbers, and without smaller groups willing to partake, a lot of the smaller events just woundnt get the chance to see of a few nutters re-enacting, their chosen period )

20 good mates around the camp fire, no politics, no petty inter- society back biting, no slagging off other societies because their views were differant,,,,,,,,seemed to me what re-enacting enjoyment was all about,

i dont think im alone with thinking the size of the actual battle is not the be all and end all to re-enacting

so to me the S & B are sorely missed

roll of honour to the 6th Maine, 2nd U.S cav, 1st texas cav,(yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaaaaaa) , 5th and 7th Va cav

Re: A celebration of old reenactment groups

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:46 pm
by Earl Mortimer
our new group name is Swords of Mercia and thankyou for you offer of help. Im honored :thumbup:

Re: A celebration of old reenactment groups

Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:43 pm
by latheaxe
Cool name shane...Sure it will be a success!!! :D :D

Re: A celebration of old reenactment groups

Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:44 pm
by Cat
MacSweeney Galloglas. I was there at its birth, for about 6 years(?) and it carried on for quite a while after I moved on to the Tudors.
I did the exponential learning thing within this group, from blankets and woad through to almost Fed standard.
I am delighted to have recently joined the Fitzgeralds, (a Fed prospect group) as many of the old MacSweeney and some of my friends from the Courtenayes are in this group.
I'm still very much with Stanleys and GCoT, and am apparently an honorary Tudor still, which is lovely.
(Don't start me on C18th...I'm only with 2 groups so far, and an independent posh bint/excise clerk and commentator... :rock: )

Re: A celebration of old reenactment groups

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:59 am
by Skevmeister
Good luck with the new group Shane.

Re: A celebration of old reenactment groups

Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:08 am
by Strickland
Well, used to run Hastings Retinue from around '87 i think (started reenactment in '85), in the very beginning early days of the Fed (one of the first groups to join in fact) in the Glorious Days of High Wang! It was when the White Company were still around (of which I was also a member) and multi period bashes were the norm! We were basically a fighting bill unit, representing Lord William Hastings of course. Had a great time doing it, had a rest from it all at the end of the 90's which basically ended Hastings as a group. The surviving hardcore went off and did their own thing, and now Im back and with my old sargeant who is now Captain of his own group. Shame it all went in retrospect as we knocked around with Outremer (as they were then!) and the early incarnation of Rosa Mundi and plenty of other great groups. But some things are meant to be!!


Neil :twisted:

Re: A celebration of old reenactment groups

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:16 pm
by DELARACE
Strickland wrote:Well, used to run Hastings Retinue from around '87 i think (started reenactment in '85), in the very beginning early days of the Fed (one of the first groups to join in fact) in the Glorious Days of High Wang! It was when the White Company were still around (of which I was also a member) and multi period bashes were the norm! We were basically a fighting bill unit, representing Lord William Hastings of course. Had a great time doing it, had a rest from it all at the end of the 90's which basically ended Hastings as a group. The surviving hardcore went off and did their own thing, and now Im back and with my old sargeant who is now Captain of his own group. Shame it all went in retrospect as we knocked around with Outremer (as they were then!) and the early incarnation of Rosa Mundi and plenty of other great groups. But some things are meant to be!!


Neil :twisted:


A very belated thanks to all the good times me and my buddies had fighting alongside Hastings retinue at Tewkesbury. We always seemed to end up with you, and had great times.

Re: A celebration of old reenactment groups

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:14 pm
by Ghost
Strickland wrote:Well, used to run Hastings Retinue from around '87 i think (started reenactment in '85), in the very beginning early days of the Fed (one of the first groups to join in fact) in the Glorious Days of High Wang! It was when the White Company were still around (of which I was also a member) and multi period bashes were the norm! We were basically a fighting bill unit, representing Lord William Hastings of course. Had a great time doing it, had a rest from it all at the end of the 90's which basically ended Hastings as a group. The surviving hardcore went off and did their own thing, and now Im back and with my old sargeant who is now Captain of his own group. Shame it all went in retrospect as we knocked around with Outremer (as they were then!) and the early incarnation of Rosa Mundi and plenty of other great groups. But some things are meant to be!!


Neil :twisted:


Ah the Good old days

Ghost - (ex Outremer)

Re: A celebration of old reenactment groups

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:44 pm
by Foxe
I'll always have fond memories of Bevill Grenvile's regiment of the ECWS. A great bunch of people, many of whom are still friends long after our reenactment careers together ended.

Fondest memories include the regiment's complete refusal to take anything too seriously, nights where rules were laid down like "Nobody is allowed to go to bed until we've drunk all of Charlie's beer" (he'd arrived at an event with a barrel), the regimental 2p, and legendary tournaments of Skittle Alley Chicken (you know the channel down the wall in a skittle alley for sending the balls back? You put your head on the channel and somebody else throws the ball down it as hard as they can...can't remember if it was possible to actually "win"). Other memories less fondly recalled include "Tony's Irish Bum Jig" and falling off the roof of a van on the way back from the beer tent.