2015 – A Round Up

Hello again! After a quiet winter it’s time for the blog and social media to get up and running again ready for the 2016 season! There’s no better way to start than to have a look back over the highlights of 2015.

We may be saying so ourselves, but we had a rather good year! Lots of great events, plenty of reasons to celebrate and lots of new faces joining the ranks, so here’s a good look at all the good stuff from last year.

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Elite Discourse and Witchcraft: Nationalism, Anti-Catholicism and Puritanism.

Firstly, let me apologise for the lack of content here in the past few weeks, as the Newcastle’s Blog Fairy it’s been a bit on the hectic side so some things had to be put on the back burner! Things are calming down now though so normal, weekly service should be resuming!

A little while ago there was a post on here put together by one of our members, Anne, all about Medical Knowledge and Medicinal Herbs in the 17th Century. Anne, who has a lot of knowledge on the subject wrote a fantastic piece for us to put on here and it was really well received. As time goes on and especially over the winter when there are less battles to tell you about, other members of the regiment have agreed to write posts for the blog sharing their areas of knowledge.

For some it’s something they already have a lot of knowledge about, for others it’s a chance to sit down and do some research and reading about a topic they want to know more about as they put together their article. Today’s article is from Beth who was our ‘Meet the Member’ this month. Beth is a History student at the University of Sheffield and for one of her assignments looked into Witchcraft in the 17th Century and agreed to write a shortened version of what she found for the blog, so without further ado, here is a piece all about Witchcraft. Beth has provided a list of sources and book for further reading at the end of this piece for those who wish to find out more.

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Battle of Edgehill, Warwickshire: 24th & 25th October 2015

At the weekend, Newcastle’s regiment headed out for their final event of 2015 at Edgehill in Warwickshire. The event was held at Kineton Sports and Social Club, in the village of Kineton, just on the edge of the original battlefield.

Having braved the rain on Saturday, glorious Autumn sunshine accompanied us on the memorial march on Sunday morning and held through to the battle in the afternoon.

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Medical Knowledge and Medicinal Herbs in the 17th Century

The Newcastle’s Blog Fairy decided it was about time that some of our wonderful members were able to share their knowledge of the period with our delightful blog readers.

Last month we introduced you to one of our members, Anne who has spent her time in the society either being a medic or sharing her medical knowledge of the period on the Living History camps. Anne kindly agreed to be the first to share her knowledge so in our first piece of a more historical nature, as opposed to what we get up to, here is an insight into Medicine and Medical knowledge of the period.

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‘Warfare Through the Ages’ at Bovington Tank Museum – 19th & 20th September 2015

After our big event at Chester over the August Bank Holiday weekend, we knew that the season was starting to wind down, but there were still a few events to look forward to over the Autumn and first up was ‘Warfare Through the Ages’, a mulit-period event being organised by our friends in Tillier’s and being held at Bovington Tank Museum.

We were mainly looking forward to seeing the tanks if we’re all honest, because what’s better than spending a weekend fighting AND looking at tanks?! Nothing, is what!

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Meet the Member: Baby Newcs Special – September 2015

It’s time to introduce you to some more of the flock again and this time, the Newcastle’s Blog Fairy decided it was time for something a bit different. So far she has introduced you to our C.O Dave, Pike Coroporal Chris, Musketeer ‘Tig’ and Living History participant and ex- Medic Anne. All of them had some very interesting stories to share, but they all had one thing in common, they’re all adults. It’s about time we introduced you to the next generation of Newcastle’s, the ones who’ll be keeping the regiment going in decades to come, so without further ado, it’s time to introduce you to our Baby Newcs!

Name: Romilly

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