A digitally enhanced woodblock print showing the congealed wounded being taken from the field of Edgehill in 1642. British Library Collection, MarrickvilleA digitally enhanced woodblock print showing the congealed wounded being taken from the field of Edgehill in 1642. British Library Collection, Marrickville

Thank God for a hard frost!

During the evening after the inconclusive fighting at Edgehill on 23 October 1642, King Charles’ forces had retired to the nearby Warmington hills and Parliament’s army returned to their camp at Little Kineton and Kineton, Both forces left troops on the field to monitor each other’s position throughout what was a bitterly cold night with a HARD FROST. Fortunately for many of the wounded left lying on the field that night, the BITTER COLD actually allowed their wounds to congeal and saved many from bleeding to death or succumbing to infection. Therefore, bitterly cold weather is good for you.

This, the 35th Winter Camp, the Routiers will reenact the aftermath of Edgehill in the coldest known place in the arse end of the Blue Mountains, Black Springs.

The event will be, as always, fully catered, with a wonderful fully functional Chapel of the Holy Turd and a comraderie and fire pit that will warm the cockles of your heart. Any wounded will be placed away from the fire to congeal.

When – Over the weekend of 4-5th of August. Early arrivals on Friday 3rd are encouraged.

Events will include; eating, drinking, dicing, musketry – including the World Renowned Captayne’s Cup – archery, ceaseless drill movements, constant bowel movements, various games (including the madness of Cardinal Pell Mell), archery, and inane singing of silly and yet somehow poignant songs.

Beer will be available, as will the finest of wines, at ridiculous prices if not free.

Reply via email or Facebook if you wish to attend, would rather stay in a cosy common tent, have some straw to keep warm, eat things which are not meat, or need any other requirements which can be met by the Routiers…

Black Springs is around 3.5 hours drive from Sydney on a good day, via Oberon. If you want to bag a lift, please let us know. If you need directions to the encampment at Kennedy Park, Loch Erin Road, Black Springs, let us know.

Remember to bring warm stuff and put anti-freeze in your car. As opposed to anything else.

Cost will be around $40-$60 per reasonably adult person which covers meals, site fees, and straw. Congealment of any nagging, nasty wound is a free bonus.

Mid-17th C Living History Weekend – Fully Catered, with Authentic Loo! EVENTS – Eating, Drinking, Musketry – including the World Famous Captain’s Cup Competition, Archery, 17th Century Military Drill, Gambling, Music, Dance and Games including the Grand Pell Mell Tournament.

Mount David in full glory..

Mount David in full glory..

Alternate weekend 26-28 Aug.

Mid-17th C Living History Weekend – Fully Catered, with Authentic Loo! EVENTS – Eating, Drinking, Musketry – including the World Famous Captain’s Cup Competition, Archery, 17th Century Military Drill, Gambling, Music, Dance and Games including the Grand Pell Mell Tournament.

Note: This year the captayne is out for revenge and the return of the cup that is rightfully his!

Program
Friday 12 August –
Arrive from midday, via Oberon and straw pickup.
Establish encampment, secure toilet, establish fire pits.
Dinner, drinks and merriment.
Saturday 13 August –
10am – ON PARADE in FULL CAMPAIGN (outside city walls/day trip/picnic) KIT
Inspection of kit and notation of deficiencies
10.30am – Drill session. Basic manoeuvres, deportment, facings, marching, turns.
11.00 – Separate Pike and Musket refined drill movements.
11.30 – Combined drill and march to Range for Grand Drill Display with firing
12.30 – Lunch
13.30 – Grand Pel Mel tournament
14.30 – Prepare for Captayne’s Cup
15.00 – Company On Parade. March to range for Captayne’s Cup
16.00 – Reverend’s Plate Archery competition
17.00 – Prepare dinner. Foraging party to march to river to deliver wild Boar for dinner
18.00 – Dicing, dancing and drivel around the campfire
Sunday 14 August
Breakfast
10.00 – ON PARADE. Review all drill manoeuvres and correct any deficiencies.
11.00 – Grand Pell Mell Tournament, Free Range Egg shooting, Archery at will
Midday – decamp and return to London

The World Famous Pike & Musket Society Winter Camp this year also known as The Arquebus Fight at Black Springs Corral will be held in the depths of Winter, for the first time ever in the month of August.

Black Springs near Oberon at the back end of the Blue Mountains is very, very cold at this time of year and quite likely to snow. However a very large fire and lashings of conviviality will keep you warm.

The weekend of 8-9 August – including the Friday night of the 7th for early arrivals – will see the hot stuff of the Captayne’s Cup fly, and will be a special St Ives Medieval Fayre Drill and Muster. In fact quite possibly our annual muster..

If you haven’t been to Winter Camp and experienced the thrills of 17th Century living history in typically European conditions, then get in touch and find out what to bring.