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Currently in: Hillary 2023

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What's happening?

Much is going on this term! Particularly events aimed at introducing new people (freshers or otherwise) to the world of reenactment. As usual every week we will have Sunday afternoon Battle Practice and Thursday evening meetings but we also have several big events in term including an evening fire, trip to reenactor markets and a feast towards the end of term.

You don’t need any previous experience or stuff of your own. For all our in-person events we provide all the equipment/materials. Nor do you need to attend every session nor attend both kitmakings and battle practice - focus on what interests you!

Battle Practice Sunday afternoons 1-3 PM

Learn display and competitive fighting with steel swords and spears. We meet at the bottom of Jackdaw Lane, just outside the entrance to the University Sports Grounds.
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You'll progress over the term from simple moves to free fighting. Once ready, you can take our competency test, meaning you're qualified to perform displays.

Thursday evening Kitmaking Plus 7:30 PM

We meet every Thursday evening from 7:30 PM. Meet at the gates / porters' lodge at 7:30 PM.

For Hillary term, it is an excellent opportunity to work on larger pieces of kit with fabric you have bought. Support for this will be available all term, but more of a focus at the start. However, feel free to continue any craft you started last term, or even learn new ones!

Event details

1ST WEEK
Sunday 14th January: 1-3 PM. Battle Practice

  • Location: Jackdaw Lane
  • Continue training with sword, spear or other weapons.

Thursday 18th January: 7:30 PM. Kitmaking and crafts

  • Location: Merton College, meet at the gates at 7:30 PM.
  • Continue work on your Dark Age costume
  • Fabric Workshop: an opportunity to make your undertunic/underdress, tunic/dress, cloak, or trousers.

2ND WEEK
Sunday 21st January: 1-3 PM. Battle Practice

  • Location: Jackdaw Lane
  • Continue training with sword, spear or other weapons.

Thursday 25th January: 7:30 PM. Kitmaking and crafts

  • Location: Merton College, meet at the gates at 7:30 PM.
  • Continue work on your Dark Age costume
  • Fabric Workshop: an opportunity to make your undertunic/underdress, tunic/dress, cloak, or trousers.

3RD WEEK
Sunday 28th January: 1-3 PM. Battle Practice

  • Location: Jackdaw Lane
  • Continue training with sword, spear or other weapons.

Thursday 1st February: 7:30 PM. Kitmaking and crafts

  • Location: Merton College, meet at the gates at 7:30 PM.
  • Continue work on your Dark Age costume
  • Leather workshop: learn how to craft with leather, making pouches, needle-cases, belts, and more.

4TH WEEK
Sunday 4th February: 1-3 PM. Battle Practice

  • Location: Jackdaw Lane
  • Continue training with sword, spear or other weapons.

Thursday 8th February: 7:30 PM. Kitmaking and crafts

  • Location: Merton College, meet at the gates at 7:30 PM.
  • Continue work on your Dark Age costume

Saturday 10th February: 5 PM - late. Fire

  • Location: the Kidneys Nature Reserve, Oxford. Fire, stories, songs and merriment deep in the woods (half an hour walk from Oxford city centre).

5TH WEEK
Sunday 11th February: 1-3 PM. Battle Practice

  • Location: Jackdaw Lane
  • Continue training with sword, spear or other weapons.

Thursday 15th February: 7:30 PM. Kitmaking and crafts

  • Location: Merton College, meet at the gates at 7:30 PM.
  • Continue work on your Dark Age costume
  • Quiz: a historical quiz will be held during kitmaking, come to compete (or watch).

6TH WEEK
Sunday 18th February: 1-3 PM. Battle Practice

  • Location: Jackdaw Lane
  • Continue training with sword, spear or other weapons.

Thursday 22nd February: 7:30 PM. Kitmaking and crafts

  • Location: Merton College, meet at the gates at 7:30 PM.
  • Continue work on your Dark Age costume
  • Wimple workshop: experiment with women's headgear, and explore the evidence for veils, headscarfs, and caps.

7TH WEEK
Sunday 25th February: 1-3 PM. Battle Practice

  • Location: Jackdaw Lane
  • Continue training with sword, spear or other weapons.

Thursday 29th February: 7:30 PM. Kitmaking and Annual General Meeting

  • Location: Merton College, meet at the gates at 7:30 PM.
  • Food! In the runup to our Dark Age feast we'll have Anglo-Saxon food for people to come and try out.
  • Continue work on your Dark Age costume
  • The Society's Annual General Meeting, to select in the new committee and any changes to the constitution will be held during kitmaking.

Saturday 2nd March: 6-10PM. Feast

  • Location: Venue TBC but typically a 5 minute walk from Central Oxford
  • Join us for a multi course Dark Age feast complete with copious amounts of mead, songs, entertainment and games of strength and skill! A chance to show off any kit you might have made over the term or just come to enjoy the festivities!

8TH WEEK
Sunday 3rd March: 1-3 PM. Battle Practice

  • Location: Jackdaw Lane
  • Continue training with sword, spear or other weapons.

Thursday 7th March: 7:30 PM. Kitmaking and crafts

  • Location: Merton College, meet at the gates at 7:30 PM.
  • Beads! As a congratulations for all those who've made kit, passed combat competancy tests or for other good deads we'll be handing out beads our last kitmaking of the term.
  • Continue work on your Dark Age costume

OTHER EVENTS

Easter Hauksby 2025: Provisional dates Friday 4 April - Wednesday 9 April

  • Location: Murton Park, near York
  • One of our big events during the year where we put on a four day long display for the public and gathering round the fire in the evening, with all the usual mead, songs and merriment.
  • A great opportunity to practice crafts such as wordworking and leatherworking.
  • Don't worry if you don't have all the kit, the society has plenty enough for people to borrow as needed!

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