Abbotsford Arrow – Abbotsford House – Sunday 16 Aug

September 4, 2015

Arriving at 9:30am, the club set up 2 tables and 1 tarp.

The event was an archery contest – with some extra entertainments put on. The morning was quiet, but picked up at 12:30 when we had 10 kids volunteering for a mock battle. The club put on a re-enactment of the battle of Melrose, – in 6 easy moves. A referee place the children into 3 groups, then ran through the famous battle of 1526 – making things both fun safe and educational.

The remainder of the afternoon was a constant flow of visitors, showing weapons and costumes of the Border reivers. The event was both cosy and fun.


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Fort George – 8/9 Aug

September 4, 2015

The club left the Borders on  Fri 7 Aug at noon, in the long van drive north up the A9. This was an Erskines event at Fort George, a multi period adventure within the old 18thc. barracks. We all took along 2 kits, reiver and Covenant. Arriving at 9pm, we helped pitch tents then had some beers.

The event was over two days, both followed a similar pattern. The public arrived at 11am. The event was multi period and kicked off with a parade in chronological order – going from Celts – Romans – Vikings – Medievil – Reiver – Covenant – Pirate – Waterloo – WWI – WWII. At 1pm Erskines had a 20min slot – doing 17th century soldiers – going from Reivers to thirty years war, then Covenant and ending with 1689 Jacobite. A final march was held at 4pm, with flags flying high. The event ended with a spitfire fly over. At night Erskines cooked burgers and soup.

A great event…. returned home totally exhausted.


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Waterloo 200 … 28 June

July 18, 2015

An event to commemorate the 200th Anniv of the battle of Waterloo at Peniel Heugh…. Which has Wellington’s Pillar sitting on top. The woodlands below were set out to resemble the British soldiers on that day.

The club attended as reivers – not exactly 1815 materiel – but to be an extra visual feature until the battle started. The club arrived at 12.40 – and walked up hill to the event location at Peniel Heugh. The arena was reached at 1pm, where Purbeck’s battery was putting on a demonstration. The club put on their routing at 1.20pm, which was a talk on reivers – their weapons and fighting techniques. After the routine, the club returned to the car park to put some kit back. The main battle was at 2:30pm – but when we reached the area, a cloud burst of torrential rain which sent everyone scurrying for the tents.30mins later it was dry. Returning to the main arena, fireworks were seen.

The event was extremely well attended – 7,000 people turned up.  The re-enactors were from the 94th regiment, Purbecks battery, and 6 Scots Grays. Plus around 100 of the local huntsmen and pony club members giving support. Peter Snow gave a running commentary for the battle. The current Duke of Wellington attended, plus Lord Lothian. It was enjoyable talking to visitors all day about reivers, and being photographed.


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Two events in one weekend – 23/24 May

July 18, 2015

Two events over this weekend – with half of the club going to Berwick with Erskines Foot (as Covenanters) – and the other half at Traquair with Alan Breck’s Regiment (as Jacobites of the 1715). Sat was sunny – with Sunday overcast with sunny intervals. Both events were well attended.

2015 is the 300th Anniversary of the 1715 Jacobite Rising… Hoping to see an event at Sheriffmuir later this year.


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Hawick Reivers Festival – 27/28/29 March 2015

July 18, 2015

The first club event of 2015

The event began at 10:45am with a street parade, which ended at Drumlanrig’s Tower.  The theme of the event was the 1603 “Ill Week” theme – which prompted the opening set reiver skirmish. Two gun volleys were fired at the Tower Knowe – with the reivers being pushed out of Hawick by the town militia. During the day – 4 clubs came together to put on 3 demos (12.30/1.30/2.30) of musketry and pike drill.  The day ended at 3pm – with the club retiring to Wetherspoons for a coffee.

The event continued at 6pm – with the Hot trod, mustering in the Common Haugh. The trod began at 6:45pm, with club members helping out with donations buckets. Fireworks were at 7:15pm –  The club then attended the medieval banquet – at 8pm (within the Old Baths). A small sword combat scene to open the proceedings. The banquet was excellent – with music and a stand out Bishop’s curse.

On 29 March, the club helped out with a ghost tour. Make up was provided by the Hawick Theatre group. There were 2 tours, at 7:30 and 8:30pm – with mulled wine after. Ian Landles and Gordon Jackson led the tours, starting in Drumlanrig’s tower and going up to St. Marys church. The club provided the screams, scratches and frights.

The event went down “really good” with the club members – and perhaps was the best event ever for the club. There was a good buzz along Hawick High Street all throughout the day, with no lulls or tailing off in the number of visitors. Crowds were constant. The musket volleys were remarked upon as being particularly fine – loud and smoke filled – very impressive. The fireworks were also excellent – with the bangs echoing across the park.


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AGM – 6 Dec 2014

December 20, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The club had it’s AGM on Sat 6 Dec 2014 … And appointed new office bearers for 2015.

2014 has been an amazing year for the group. The best year in it’s History.  The year featured 17 events and 4 school talks … and also the club’s largest ever audience – at 1,200 peope (for the Hornshole mock skirmish in May) … The club also appeared on TV, which was excellent PR.

Onwards and upwards – looking forward to the new season of 2015 … Cheers to all who helped and supported.

Photo – Festive Reivers in Hawick

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Scott’s Selkirk – Sat 6 Dec

December 20, 2014

The club’s final event of 2014 …

Arrived at 9:45am and took part in the opening street parade. The club went as the Selkirk Militia. The day was spent marching around and trying to arrest a group of pirates. No French POWs seen. At 4:30pm the club led the finishing parade around the town. Fireworks at 5pm. Left Selkirk at 5:30pm – and home for tea and medals


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Hawick Christmas Parade – 29 Nov

December 20, 2014

The club met at 4:30pm at Duke Street in Hawick …Tinsel was applied to helmets and fairy lights to spears – producing a fine troop of festive reivers. No weapons were carried, just the club wooden spears. The club was given slot number 19. The parade began at 5pm along Hawick High Street and into the Haugh – Santa Claus leading. Prizes were given to best float and best foot. Club did not win. Everyone enjoyed the event, short but sweet.


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Halloween at Bowhill – 31Oct/1 Nov

December 20, 2014

The club ahelped out on two days of Halloween fun at Bowhill, near Selkirk … Each show being 45mins long. The club helped out at various scenes on the ghost tour of Bowhill garden and woodlands. The first was a recreation of the battle of Philiphaugh – followed by having to get the “Gatekeeper”  – to take the challenge of eating a donut to pass. Next, the plague doctor and a witch was met – then a poignant World War One scene, reminding that Bowhill served as a hospital during the war. Next was a reiver feud between the Scotts & the Kerrs, which the audience are led around to avoid. The final stretch was a path back to the House, where the club hid under army camouflage capes – and became dead soldiers from Philiphaugh arising. The zombie soldiers followed the audience to the end of the tour, being banished by the clock striking 12.

An exhausting but fun weekend was had.


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Haddington photo shoot

September 16, 2014

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Club arrived in Haddington at 10am, reporting to the Sands. A photo shoot was done for the local pipe band; so that they can make a calendar. Club members were dressed in kit from 1548. An actual battle took place at this same site, and a siege also – in which the Abbey was hit by musket balls and cannon fire. One scenario was photographed – then the photographer left. The club then had its own photo shoot, up at the Abbey then the nearby witch’s bridge. The finished calendar will be released on 8 Nov – with the Potter Art Gallery selling copies and displaying the photos

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