Dragon Pit Tourney

The upcoming Rapier Revel on the St George's Day weekend will feature a tourney honouring Dragons (rather than saints, as we're not sure Thamesreach has any of those)! The Tourney Rules It is a single rapier “bear pit”. Winner stays on for a maximum of five wins, then goes to the back of the queue without forfeiting a life. For a double kill both fencers retire and lose a...
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Making a Knife Blade

Ingvar Gråhök explains how he made his own knife blades I decided to see how hard it would be to make a knife. Doing this in a 100% medieval style is not easy to do in the home, since finding raw materials in period qualities is hard. But, in this day and age, you can find good materials by a little bit of searching. I decided that O1 tool steel would be my material of c...
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Notes & Queries

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about how to get started. Everyone starts somewhere, and we're happy to help you get involved. What kind of activities does the group do? Do I need to have skills and knowledge to join in? We explore lots of crafts and pastimes in workshops and classes, usually led by knowledgeable members of the group. Thes...
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Tavern Revel – 18th March 2017

Join us to learn about brewing, play medieval tavern games, sing bawdy songs and dance some simple medieval dances. We will learn how to play medieval board, dice and card games, including Fox and Geese, Hazard and Nine Men's Morris - and try our wits against each other. There will be an interactive talk on medieval beer making and its ingredients, with samples to taste, smel...
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Thamesreach at the International Rapier Seminar

  By Cecily Arderne Two Thamesreach fencers, myself and Lord Guy de Dinan, attended this year’s International Rapier Seminar in Godalming, in April, in order to improve and test our skill with the sword.   This weekend-long training event and tournament involved fencers from many different schools – and indeed countries – so it was a great opportunity to learn how ra...
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Excitement is brewing about the Tavern Revel

 The next Thamesreach Revel will focus on the pleasures (and perils) of the medieval tavern. Afternoon activities will include: A chance to try several period dice, card and board games. A talk on brewing. A tasting of (modern) beers and wines that approximate some of the flavours of ancient and medieval drinks. The Thamesreach minstrels will perform several songs for our ...
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Sewing Revel Classes Announced

The Revel on February 20 will include classes to help you get started on making or improving your wardrobe. Class start times are approximate and it is expected that projects started during the sessions will be continued through the afternoon. 1.30pm Class: It’s Hemming Time by milady Cecily Finish your garments properly with hand hemming. We'll look at four different hem st...
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Early Music in Spring 2017

There are lots of opportunities to hear (and make) medieval and renaissance music at all kinds of interesting venues within our shire in the coming months. The events listed all include at least some "SCA period" music, sometimes in a mixed programme. If you're feeling inspired to sing, the Thamesreach Minstrels practice regularly and perform at our revels and other event...
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