Cardiff Castle Garrison had a terrific time at Caerphilly Christmas Market, despite some pretty intense weather conditions! Wales experienced gusts of up to 60mph on Saturday, and a good deal of the day was spent fighting to keep the tents up. Luckily there was plenty of space in Caerphilly Castle’s great hall, and everyone spent the day nice and snug inside, including two rather cute reindeer.
The market featured a wide variety of guests, including Father Christmas himself, some wonderful cake and baked goods sellers, a great selection of meads and wines, and various displays from fellow local re-enactment group, the Freemen of Gwent. Our craft display was extremely popular and pretty busy throughout the day.
On Sunday, as the weather was much improved, we were able to run a have-a-go archery range, which also proved very successful with the public.
After a thoroughly wonderful time at Caerphilly, the Garrison would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you all in 2016!
Cardiff Castle Garrison were thrilled to be invited up to Anglesey this August Bank Holiday to be part of Beaumaris Castle’s Medieval Festival. We showcased a full living history camp, with weapons and armour, cooking and crafts, along with providing have-a-go archery for the public. We had an amazing time, and it was wonderful being able to meet so many other medieval re-enactment groups who were part of this event.
Garrison have had a busy summer with events at Cardiff, Chepstow and Caerphilly Castles. Please see below for details and galleries for each show!
Chepstow Castle May Show – 30th and 31st May
We took part in a late-May show in Chepstow Castle, offering fourteenth-century cooking, armour, clothing and crafting displays. Photos are below, and for more information about our cookery please see our ‘Salt Dough Salmon’ post.
Joust! at Cardiff Castle – 19th, 20th and 21st June
One of Garrison’s largest annual events took place at Cardiff Castle’s Joust!. We provided displays and demonstrations of fourteenth-century armour, crafts, clothing, cookery, and blacksmithing. The event also featured an incredible jousting display from The Knights of Royal England, along with storytellers, falconry, a children’s dragon parade, and various traders. See Garrison’s pictures from this event below.
The Big Cheese Festival – 25th and 26th July
This was the first year the group attended Caerphilly’s long-running Big Cheese cultural celebration event. Set in and around Caerphilly Castle, one of South Wales’ largest medieval castles, it featured huge numbers of stalls, street entertainers, a traditional funfair, falconry, and dancing, along with Living History encampments from ourselves and many other re-enactment groups.
Cardiff Castle Garrison provided our own Living History camp with weapons and armour, blacksmithing, cookery and craft displays. See below for our pictures.
Medieval Melee at Cardiff Castle – 15th and 16th August
Another of Garrison’s biggest annual events took place at Cardiff Castle’s Medieval Melee show. This featured Living History encampments and archery displays from fifteenth-century re-enactment groups, circus skill demonstrations, plus appearances from many traders.
We provided a cookery, weapons and armour, and craft display along with have-a-go archery for the public.
We’re still taking part in Beaumaris Castle medieval festival on Anglesey over the August bank holiday weekend (29th, 30th and 31st August), and will be pottering along to Caldicot Castle show on 5th and 6th September.
Cardiff Castle Garrison held an EGM on 15th August to discuss several changes to our committee.
Cat Camacho stepped down as Secretary and Colin Edwards-Jones stepped down as Combat Captain. Due to these changes, there was a committee role reorganisation which resulted in the replacement of the Archery Captain and Combat Captain posts with a single Training and Displays Officer post, and the creation of a Social Media Officer post.
Garrison’s committee is now as follows, with the changed positions highlighted in bold.
Chairman – Alice Evans
Secretary – Matthew Cunnah
Treasurer – Sally Byrne
Living History Officer – Jayne Lutwyche
Training and Displays Officer – Sam Steele
Social Media Officer – Cat Camacho
Health and Safety Officer – Kelsey Dronfield
Membership Officer – Miriam Griffiths
We’ve had some great times with our previous committee and are really looking forward to the future with our new reorganised members.
Our Annual General Meeting 2015 was held in Cardiff on 26th April, as a result we have some new committee members and some new ideas for the group.
We will be arranging extra support for those who work on set up and take down for events. Without the hard work of those who give their time to the group to set and strike camp our events wouldn’t happen so we will be trying to offer them a token of our appreciation.
Membership rates have been altered for the first time in a decade:
Price increases were discussed at the last AGM and agreed, so these price increases are to be paid for this year’s membership (2015-16).
£12 general adult membership
£7 child membership (under 16)
£30 family membership (up to 2 adults and 2 children)
The option to indicate gender has also been removed from our forms.
Our new committee is as follows:
Chairman: Alice Evans voted in.
Secretary: Cat Camacho voted in.
Treasurer – Sally Byrne voted in.
Health and Safety – Kelsey Dronfield voted in.
Combat Captain – Gor (Colin Edwards-Jones) voted in.
Living History – Jayne Lutwyche voted in.
Archery Captain – Sam Steele voted in.
Membership Officer – Miriam voted in.
Full minutes are available to members on request (please email firstname.lastname@example.org). I would like to thank everyone who was able to take part.
Cardiff Castle Garrison enjoyed a lovely show at Chepstow Castle. We had a great turnout of newer members who we introduced to how to take part in a re-enactment show, and many of our older members also joined us for a wonderful weekend.
Garrison set up a living history camp in the grounds of Chepstow Castle and gave fourteenth-century cooking, crafting, and weapons and armour displays, along with a more interactive archery display and a talk on medieval clothing.
We all had a wonderful time, and thanks so much to all members of the group who took part, as well as the public who came to see us.
Cardiff Castle Garrison are pleased to be doing an introduction to re-enactment show at Chepstow Castle next weekend (3rd and 4th October). We will be showcasing a living history camp with crafts, blacksmith, weaponry, armour, archery and clothing displays. This show is designed for some of our newer members to get acquainted with re-enactment and learn how our equipment and displays are run and members of the public will see more detailed medieval talks and displays, including how to put up a medieval tent. If you’re free next weekend head along to Chepstow Castle between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m; we’d love to see you!
Cardiff Castle Garrison are pleased to have been involved in the Early Medieval Alliance’s show at Caldicot Castle over the past weekend (30th and 31st August). There was, as always, a wonderful selection of traders there including some of our favourites like Bernie the Bolt and Herts Fabric. We did quite a bit of shopping there;buying various lovely-quality wools, and some brass accessories. Several of our members were also involved in the battle between the Welsh and English forces which amassed at the castle. We look forward to seeing you all there next year.