21–23 January
by Allan Harley
At long last the event some of us had been waiting for all year: THE FEAST! 

On Friday 21 January we all descended upon Langdale Youth Hostel in the Lake District and, no, it wasn’t too far away, it wasn’t too difficult to find, and there were roads. The fancy dress on Friday night was Victoriana and highlights were Cleggy as a Luddite, Naomi’s full Victorian costume including bustle, and Vez as one of the Ripper's victims. I of course upheld my end (oooerr missus) and came as a member of the famous 18th foot and mouth out of Carry on up the Khyber – “oi fakir off!”. 

We got fed and very seriously drunk; I don’t remember much more. On Saturday afternoon the AGM was held, details of which should be appearing elsewhere in the SwanSong, and formalised events for 2005 (there are lots for you to pick and choose between). 

On Saturday night came the feast itself, Sumptuous food, copious drink and stupid entertainment – with a musical montage and a play. I have to apologise and say that I seemed to descend into a beery haze of drunkeness very early in the proceedings. 

My highlights: Nigel attempting to stay on a unicycle, “I want 26 apostles and one kangaroo” (you had to be there). The play – “Ring Wars: the final end“ – and the look on everyone's faces during the musical numbers. 

Thanks to all those involved in organising another very successful feast, thanks to the cooks for brilliant food and thanks to all those that helped out with the entertainment. Without which I probably wouldn’t have got in such a state.

It has been some time since we have had any event reports added to the site, so as a new seasons resolution  I have decide to start posting them, starting with a report on the Warwick castle event that took place at Easter 2007.

The 2007 re-enactment season has finally started with a 4 day event at Warwick this Easter. It was the hottest Easter weekend I can remember, and even when the skies darkened on Monday afternoon no rain actually arrived. Set up was on Thursday night, and was much harder then we expected, firstly it was not apparent which gate we where supposed to be using, so a lot of time was wasted driving round the site before we could find the rest of the group, then there was no vehicle access was allowed on site meaning that all the kit had to be carried through a small side gateway in the dark. The group is going to have to look at making an authentic cart, to cope with sites like this in future.

Although the for the Buckinghams the seasons has already started, for the Wars of the Roses Federation 2007 started with a training event at Blore Heath on another swelteringly hot April weekend.

The Buckinghams were only in attendance for the Sunday of the event, so only the local members attended with Cleggy and Vicky probably travelling the furthest from Rochdale.
By 11 o’clock Alex, Allan, Jane, Chris, Andi, Cleggy, Vicky, Paul, Joanne and myself had arrived and congregated in the barn, along with the latest recruit to our merry band, Kyle Glover. We spent a little while chatting to Kyle about what to expect before we changed into our medieval kit. The blokes then donned armour for a short drill session to warm us up just in case the temperature of about 27 degrees Celsius alone was not enough.