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You would think from the photo below that it was midwinter at Tretower last weekend, but it was July 20th/21st. We were asked to burn some rubbish, so we did ! Had a great 2 days meeting lots of visitors, many from Australia and New Zealand who were escaping their winter and visiting the Motherland as they called it. We've had a lot of enquiries from people wanting to join us in our Living History world. We hope that they'll enkoy themselves as much as we do when they become members. 

 

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Whitsun weekend saw more group members attending and it was great to see them all, including Master Robert and son Raff (pictured below with Master Jonathan and Mistresses Marion and Molly).The second picture features Andree and Mike with young Declan. They, and many others, had a busy and enjoyable weekend. All went according to plan except when the guns decided they'd done 5 displays and enough was enough. The audience loved the banter, coaxing and cajoling of the musketeers until, of course, the guns knew better than to resist any more and went off  with great bangs. 

 

   

 

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 Our dates for the May event have changed. Rather than the 3rd weekend, we've been asked to attend over the May Bank Holiday when we'll be in 17th century mode.

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 Easter weekend at Tretower was very enjoyable as usual. We not only welcomed Beryl and Ian again, but were also joined by Agnes and Samuel who helped swell our musical group with some beautiful renditions, although I had to pack the group off from the kitchen to play from afar as the public were asking us questions and we couldn't hear what they were asking. Once they settled in the long gallery, their music drifted throughout the house and was very pleasant indeed. Mistress Sian, with Masters Robert, Philip and Jonathan assisted many a young, and nor so young, archers. It was good to have Mistress Jennie and Friar Jeffrey with us again too. Thanks to everyone for  helping to make it a great event.

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 We welcomed 2 Living History guests today and they fitted in immediately. We had a very enjoyable day with some very appreciative visitors. We hope that Beryl and Ian will be able to join us at our other events. I'm sure they will as they fell in love with Tretower. You'll both be very welcome to join us at any time.  

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 A great start to our 2019 season at Tretower with a steady stream of visitors all day. The 'boys' did 2 musket displays and the guns behaved well, most of the time  although I gave a great build up to the final line up only to be met with synchronised miss fires ! Lots of amusement for the onlookers !! Steffan tried out his new 'contraption' on the  roasting spit and it did the job well. No fear of his lovely meat falling in the fire from now on.

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Our November and December visits to Tretower went well as usual. In December we spent 2 days instead of one, greeting visitors, singing festive songs and enjoying ourselves. We had the run of the downstairs while a Christmas Fayre took place upstairs. The event proved very popular in spite of the atrocious weather on the Saturday. We never expected to be so busy. We're looking forward to our 2019 season and, in the meantime, wish you all a very happy Christmas and a happy and Healthy New Year.

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 At our October visit to Tretower we welcomed Master Ash and young Master Christopher. We hope that they will be joining us for many more events in future. We were exceptionally busy on Saturday welcoming 2 large groups as well as many casual visitors. Sunday was slightly quieter but still busy. The weather was glorious and it was good to see so many families picnicking........somewhat unexpected towards the end of October. Our weapon displays went very well. The guns behaved themselves perfectly which is more than can be said for some of the musketeers ! Many thanks to Victoria Smith for the photograph above.

 

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The picture above  by Mike Smith, taken at Gloucester History Festival, shows Master Robert complete with flag of the arms of the Freemen of the City of Gloucester. He's also complete with a beautiful buff leather baldrick. Unfortunately the baldrick has been lost and, if anyone knows its whereabouts please contact me marmill@marmill321.plus.com Thank you.

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We were delighted to be invited by Gloucester City Council to lead the large parade through the City, on Saturday, September 1st, to signal the start of the 2 week History Festival 2018.  We set up camp behind St Mary De Crypt Church and entertained the public while awaiting the call to muster for parade at 2pm. after which we retired to our camp where we were invited to salute His Worshipful the Mayor, Aldermen and other Dignitaries with musket and hand cannon fire. The 'boys' and Sian were only too happy to oblige ! Many thanks to Robert of Gloucester for his organisational skills.

  Sian and Steffan preparing for the parade.

 

 

     Look out Mike. There are Romans behind you !

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Bank Holiday weekend was brilliant. We'd looked at the weather forecast and knew we'd be in our outdoor camp on Saturday, in the house on Sunday while it tipped down outside and outdoors again on Monday. Visitor numbers almost beat the record and kept us very busy. The firing demos went well. The only problem was we had too many volunteers to face a firing squad and I didn't have enough blindfolds. No worries.....those about to 'die' provided their own !! 

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5 of us were invited to a reception with HRH Prince of Wales at Tretower Court yesterday and what a wonderful time we had. The Prince made his way upstairs where he saw schoolchildren making Tudor roses and doing other crafts. Then he made his way to The Great Hall where he met Steffan who demonstrated a few of his musical instruments. Phil and Graham were in the Servery where they spoke about Living History and the Prince asked lots of questions. Hopefully they gave the right answers ! Sian and I were in the kitchen and he asked us about food preparation and we invited him to try some flat bread which Sian had just cooked. Yes, we had a fire although it was a scorcher of a morning weatherwise. We then made our way to the garden where there was a lovely buffet and opportunity for more photos and chat. HRH was late leaving for his next appointment as he seemed to be really enjoying himself. The Police outrider and the Royal chauffeur had to drop a big hint by starting up there engines !!

Pictures above reproduced with thanks to The Daily Mail. The third picture shows the reaction when Sian told the Prince the source  of her recipe which shall remain secret !!

 

  Sian and I waiting patiently in the buffet queue. Some important folks have already been served with their cups of tea !!

 

  The Prince taking his leave after thanking Steffan.

 

  Ladies of the Court after saying their farewells to the Royal visitor. 

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3rd weekend in June was another great time at Tretower.  On Saturday we added a certain amount of entertainment at the wedding of Chris and Gary. After a lovely ceremony in The Great Hall, fun and games were had by all especially when Gary thought he was to join the firing squad rather than be their target. His 'friends' wouldn't allow him to back out and he was  a wonderful sport, even if it meant him kneeling on the damp grass in his immaculate wedding suit and then falling over when 'shot'. Many thanks Chris and Gary for your token of appreciation. Sunday was not quite so busy, but busy enough to keep us on our toes. Many thanks to Claire for her great photos below and to the whole group for making it another good event.

  

  

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   Thanks to Peter, our friendly caretaker who provides us with jackdaw twigs, we have a brilliant starter for our kitchen fire. By the look of it you'd never think it was  a beautifully sunny day, but visitors always appreciate the warm welcome ! Yet another very busy, enjoyable weekend. Many thanks to Steve White for the wonderful photo.  

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 Publicity shot taken by our friendly custodian, Rose. 

 

 Mistress Gwen and Master Anthony during a break from the archery.  Photo by Steve White. 

It was good to be back in the 17th century last weekend. We hadn't been in that period for some months. The 'boys' were delighted to be able to fire their muskets. the archery went well under the auspices of Sian, Mike and Anthony and many visitors, fairly local and foreign kept us busy. Our talented musician has acquired another role, that of bee keeper ( or perhaps I should say bee rescuer ) as he clambered up to great heights to rescue bees who came into the house and couldn't seem to find their way out again. It was warm enough to tempt the bat to fly around the house too. Another great weekend. 

 

 Master Steffan relaxing from musical and bee rescuing duties.Thanks to Phil and/or Sian for the photo.

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We had a brilliant Easter weekend (and Monday) and had no need to worry about inclement weather when we're inside such a beautiful building. Lots of visitors again, young and old, and we met some lovely re-enactors too. Many thanks to Lorna Thomas for the first picture taken in the Great Hall. Our newest family are keeping  their distance at the end of the Hall and their son appears camera shy in the second picture as he's hiding being his halberd !! The camera does lie as they're not like that at all. They talk to the visitors and 'muck in' with the rest of us, a great asset to our group.

 

 

 

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 We thought we'd had very busy days in the past, but last Saturday (Feb 17th) surpassed everything. It was the first time we had to sort out a traffic jam within the house. What a day ! The whole house was packed with people ( and their dogs who enjoyed my feeding them our lunchtime cheese) and we had a wonderful time. The public were so appreciative and sent us some great photos and compliments. It's wonderful to get feedback and we thank those who took the time to contact us after the event.

      

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We are delighted to have been invited to Gloucester on September 1st to commemorate the Siege of the City. It's a large event, but we are the only re-enactors to be asked and will live life in the 17th century at the 12th century Church of St Mary de Crypt. Gloucester folk have always given us a warm welcome in the past and we look forward to seeing some of them again. 

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 What a start to the season at Tretower today. The weather was atrocious , but, as you can see in the 15th century selfie above, Phil captured himself, bottom right, and the rest of us enjoying the 'warm' kitchen. Plenty of visitors to keep us busy and to get Anthony off to a great start talking about weapons to people who came from Swansea, Crickhowell, Sweden and Buffalo USA among other places. Sian needed that fire for her flat bread and Steffan used the spit to cook a chicken. The rest of the group made sure we had plenty of victuals too. Thanks all. Roll on February when we can do it all again !                                

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