Trayned band Ogre

Well as a living I operate computers. Unfortunately this means that when I have any time off I avoid them as much as possible and spend most of my time and effort on my hobbies.

I am a Musketeer in Sir Gilbert Hoghton's Companie of Foote, a Royalist Regiment of the Sealed Knot. In my (not so) humble opinion this is the best hobby in the world. You get to travel all over the country with free camping provided, an active social life, excercise, more alcohol than you can reasonably expect to down in one session (but do anyway) and get to meet some wonderful people. Have a look at" > />
The Sealed Knot celebrated it's 40th year in 2008 and is still going strong as the largest re-enactment society in Europe. What most people forget is that we ARE an educational charity, and have raised thousands for charity over the last 40 years. Not only do we raise money to support our educational charity, but by staging events for other organisations they can raise money as well. We are also very active on the educational side, members can apply for grants for research, and we do many school visits and talks every year. I have the honour of being the Education Liaison Officer so I'm the first point of contact and my role is to arrange the visits. As a shift worker I'm able to do many myself but there are many members willing to give their time as well, not forgetting the members who handle all the paperwork.
Please go to" > and see what we're really about.

I'm also a volunteer with the National Trust, based at a 17thC property called Moseley Old Hall, about 3 miles from where I live in Wolverhampton. It's a wonderful place that I can really recharge my batteries at when I'm there. As it's one of the more important places (again in my opinion) that Charles II hid at on his 6 week escape after Worcester there is great synergy of me being a musketeer and a guide as I can do both hobbies at the same time. The Hall also runs a strong Education programme where schools come and visit (I remember going there from Primary school 30+ years ago), to learn about the Tudors and Stuarts and I have been known to run a Drill session. However I am just one of many volunteers. One of the best things about being at Moseley is meeting people from all over, who all have stories to tell. It has been a real eye opener over the years." > />
I'm really interested in the Escape of Charles II, as it's one of the greatest recorded escapes in History, one of my ambitions is to organise a huge commemoration for the 360th anniversary in 2011.


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