- Written by Keith Foster
Sealed Knot Events
The majority of events are musters (battles), up to 20 each year during the spring, summer and autumn. Musters are held throughout the country, with members camping over the weekend.
Normally people arrive at the campsite on the Friday evening, take part in the battles on Saturday and Sunday, and leave on the Sunday after the battle. Members are encouraged to attend as many musters as they can and after a while it can become a way of life.
During the winter the regiment maintains contact through social events (banquets etc.) Details of musters are published in ‘Orders of the Daye’, the magazine of the Sealed Knot, and via the society's web site. Additionally the regiment publishes it own newsletter to keep members abreast of any developments, and has an e-mail group for the same purpose.
What Do You Get?
You will receive Public Liability Insurance cover for all re-enactments, as well as ‘Orders of the Daye’, and ‘Dragoone’, the regimental newsletter.
For your first events it would be expected that you can borrow all the clothing and equipment you will need. The regiment also maintains stocks of coats and muskets for longer term loans, and can provide help in purchasing the larger items.
The joining fee for new members at the start of the 2017 season is set at £38 for individuals and £58 for families, plus a one off joining fee of £6. A temporary membership for one trial event is also available, as is a reduced price half year membership.
The cost of uniforms varies depending on the style and quality. As a guide the clothing we would expect you to start obtaining in your second year (shirt, hat, hose, breeches and shoes) will cost approximately £200 if new, but second hand items are often available.
There is also some financial commitment involved in obtaining a shotgun certificate and black powder license.
This is a hobby with something to appeal to everyone. It is possible to leave the cares of the modern world behind and enjoy a complete change of life style. Whether your interests lie in history, battle re-enactment, or in making lots of new friends, the Sealed Knot has something for you.
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