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Issue No. 43 [Back Issues]
3rd May 2005

This Week - [The Wardour Garrison at Goodrich Castle - Ashfield Park] [125 Years at Westons Cider - JKHS - Stats]
[Admiral Lord Nelson - Ashfield Park - Topical Photography, Political Candidates] [Photography - Nature Watch - Archive]

Seventeenth Century Entertainment at Goodrich Castle

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The Wardour Garrison is a group of enthusiastic people who enjoy leaving their more conventional lives behind and meeting up at various locations around the country to re-create life as it might have been during the seventeenth century.

Over the bank holiday weekend, the garrison of around seventy men, women and children set themselves up at Goodrich Castle.

Various tents were erected on the encampment, where visitors were able to observe family life as it would have been over three hundred years ago. The demonstrations of gunpowder and candle making and various other period crafts which took place were entertaining to watch.

Some fine demonstrations of dancing were also given. Pictured left, Melanie Lycett-King entertains the crowd, playing music of the period while entertainers and audience alike danced around the traditional Maypole. Ribbons on the Maypole were an invention of the Victorians, it was explained.

Battle demonstrations, involving Pikemen and Musketeers took place at various times throughout the event, involving some very loud bangs. Having photographed and watched the whole show through on Sunday, I returned again on Monday, taking up a high position on the castle so that I would not get shot myself and photographed the musketeers from the front.


Some members of the Garrison. left to right men: Peter Hood, Richard Newton, Steve Stocker, Chris Simpson holding baby Jasper Tony Faulkner.
Left to right women: Julie Shields, Jodie Ringe, Melanie Lycett-King and Jen Hood. Ref: DSC_1829

Gaming in the 'Tavern Tent'. Ref: DSC_1831

A menacing charge by a musketeer with the butt of his weapon. Ref: DSC_1898

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If you would like to see more of the photographs I took over the two day period, they are available for viewing in the gallery. There are lots of them and many look similar as, in order to catch the precise moment the muskets fired, I took photos at a rate of three shots per second. Further information about Goodrich Castle can be found here.

A School Visit From Hereford Material Museum

Year One children at Ashfield Park Primary School were visited last Tuesday by Nina Williams of the Hereford Material Museum. The children were shown exhibits such as volcanic rock, a dinosaur tooth, a quartz geode, a shell and a natural sponge.

Left to right with Nina in the photograph below are Susan Yaldiz, Alice Wilson, Joshua Simmons, Joshua Collins, Grace Poole and Jack Dobbs.


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