October 2013

NEWS FLASH: WALK WAKEFIELD 1460 & WALK TOWTON 1461 ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE FROM YPD BOOKS.
Please see their Publications pages for details of stockists - or UK customers can order signed copies directly from me for £7.50 inclusive of postage & packing by emailing me at her.story@hotmail.co.uk

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Finally, for the benefit of anyone who wonders where re-enactors get their kit from, here's one of the answers: the pics below show our recent outing to the International Living History Fair at Bruntingthorpe Proving Grounds near Leicester (below, centre). This is just one of the numerous fairs around the country where traders and craftspeople sell their wares, from raw materials to finished goods, to re-enactors of all periods and live-action role-players - and there's an even bigger one (The Original Re-enactors' Market) coming up on 15th - 17th November at Ryton-on-Dunsmore. I came away with an armful of fabric and a set of buttons to make Hubcap a new livery jacket, plus some medieval pins for myself - very modest purchases compared to the boys! Below right, our resident peacocks Lord Clifford and Sir Wayne pose in their newly-acquired furry gorgeousness; and below left, Bill shows off an excellent archer's jack, complete with jack-chains, which he picked up for the bargain price of £250. So whether you're looking for serious kit, treats for yourself or quality, hand-made gifts, these markets are excellent places to browse.

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Bloody Meadow under snow, New Year 2010: copyright Roger Keech

21st October

Some deeply disappointing news for Towton battlefield (left, in one of Roger Keech's magnificently evocative photographs): Towton Battlefield Society has recently learned that since a planning application for change of use on part of the Burn Airfield has been rejected, Selby Council will be unable to go ahead with a project to create 15 new traveller pitches at the site (the first tranche of a total of 33 new pitches required by 2028). This is a major set-back for the travelling community, whose needs are seriously under-met in the Selby area; and of course it's a real worry for the Battlefield Society, because our site (among others) may now be under greater threat of development from travellers desperate to find somewhere to live. (It also means that there is nowhere to re-house the traveller currently based at the site known as The Gallops within Towton village, increasing the likelihood that permanent planning permission will be granted within this archaeologically-sensitive area). So bad news all round - after all the years of expensive consultation, planning and help from central Government, the area is no further forward in terms of providing pitches for the travelling community.

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