General Group Information:
The Garrison is always delighted to welcome new members. If you have an interest in history (especially the Second World War), would like to make new friends, and are looking for a thoroughly rewarding way to spend some of your weekends, why not join us? The lads can choose between ack-ack and field artillery as their primary role (although we tend to swap around from event to event) and with the 93rd Searchlight Regiment RA we have a real roll for the ladies. Although it’s difficult to fit in young ones on the field gun side, as ack-ack home front we can accommodate family groups.
The group asks prospective members to join for a six month trial period so you can assess us and us you. There is more information on this listed below. Once you've you have registered as a prospective member you can start re-enacting with the group. You can attend as many of the groups events as you wish, as well as receive the group's e-mail updates.
Some frequently asked questions and answers that may help:
What will it cost? It may seem quite an expensive hobby when you first start buying your kit, but once you have it, it should last a life time. We don't expect you purchase any of your own uniform or equipment until you have become a full member. Even after this we will still help until set up by lending out group or other member’s equipment. There is also a flourishing market for second-hand kit within the re-enactment world, so it is often possible to pick up items of uniform at reduced prices. The membership fee is £15 per head per year; which goes towards the group's insurance and administration costs.
How old do I have to be to join? The minimum age for an individual member is 16, however special arrangements can often be made and there are no limits for family groups. There is no maximum age, but do take into account that you can be climbing in and out of vehicles and walking a fair bit.
What will my first event be like? If you've not been involved with historical re-enactment before, it can seem quite daunting taking that initial step and attending your first event, but we are a small friendly group and every attempt is made to make new members feel welcome. We will readily offer help and advice on any part of the hobby, from authenticity to where to get the best reproduction kit.
What will be expected from me? For the first six months very little, we would like you to come to at least one main event or training weekend and to follow the club rules. By the end of the first year we would - although we are very flexible on this - like you to have the basic kit as laid out in the personal equipment table. In a group like ours you only get out what you put in so the more events you do the more fun you have.
If after reading all this you are keen to join, or would like further information, please contact the Membership Secretary, Tracey Brigstock
Click here for the Membership Application Form. (This form needs a password to access it ... Tracey will be able to talk you through how to access it.)
The aims of The Garrison are described in our constitution;
''To promote and provide and an educational resource through living history interpretation displays and re-enactments of historic periods of our British Military Services to the benefit of all peoples.''
A trial period of 6 months, in this time prospective members will attend training sessions or main events of the group.
Full members will monitor behaviour, standard of equipment and drill, health & safety awareness, knowledge and team work of prospective members.
During the trial period prospective members will pay the standard annual membership fee, to cover administration, newsletter and insurance. This will be reimbursed in full if the prospective member is not successful in achieving full membership status.
Prospective members will be informed after 6 months or at the AGM, if they have achieved full membership of �The Garrison�. This will be the decision of the committee is final and with no re-dress.
All prospective members will supply the following to the Membership Officer;
Supply two passport size photographs,
Supply a permanent home address,
Copies of all firearms, shotguns, black powder acquire / keep / use licences.
Full members will keep the membership Officer informed of all changes to the above requirements
All members will carry the following documentation at any training or main event;
All relevant licences and certificates relating to firearms, shotguns, explosive handling or store.
'The Garrison' current membership card.
All members will also;
Use only blank ammunition and black powder charges supplied by or through The Garrison members, licensed or approved to do so, unless otherwise authorised, for use in training or public events.
At each event the following officers will have with them the following documentation;
Events Officers will have copies of any relevant Contract, Display specification.
Safety Officer will have First Aid, Fire Equipment, Risk Assessments & Operations Manual.
Membership Officer, details of all members.
Members will be careful with all equipment but the following rules are emphasised;
(Bayonets, Army knives will be kept sheathed)
Fires & Cookers
During public display, unless part of a static display area, where risk assessment has been carried out and appropriate safety features such as barriers and safe distances for public viewing, with appropriate supervision, until these are in place to the satisfaction of the Safety Officer, the above items will not be handled by the public and will be kept safe from tampering.
Members will behave and act when on public display in presentable uniforms, language and bearing to the service and period portrayed. The Accuracy Officer will be happy to help out with all historical data. Members falling short of this will be reminded of standards in training events but will be removed from public events, or asked to leave the display area in the interests of 'The Garrison' aims and standards.
Members will have to accept all other rules and regulations, relating to the re-enactment activities, including;
English Heritage site & re-enactment rules.
Health & Safety Executive rules and advice for re-enactment.
Event organiser's rules.
Re-enactment can be dangerous, if you see a risk of injury to anybody, remember the key word;
''STAND FAST'' everybody will stop what they are doing and the person calling out the alarm word can communicate the problem to the event or display co-ordinator.
When resolved, ''GO ON'' will allow activities to be continued.
Safe Operating Procedures have now been introduced and all members should become familiar with the recommended way to operate guns and other equipment.
Consultation on events, detailed planning, maintenance, training will be attempted through sub-group meetings and via the newsletter, any problems or concerns can be made directly to a committee member or Chair for discussion informally or formally. Iain Sherring, Chair can be contacted by e-mail.
Infringements of any of the above rules will result in members being dismissed from training or main events as they occur and consideration of membership of 'The Garrison' being revoked.
"We are pleased to aim and aim to please."
Agreed and up-dated 2002