Posted by: internationalroutier | February 1, 2010

The Captayne His New-Year Thinge

Welcome back, all, to the twenty-seventh year of Routiering. As Louise has noted, it’s a packed schedule this year, and likely to get packter as we go along. I hope that this will fill people with enthusiasm rather that with weariness – time will tell. Whichever it will do, it will only do it if we turn up to things, so please do.

A new (old) feature this year is regular-ish drills, which will be scattered about the countryside. The first one is this month at Parramatta, for old times’ sake, followed by one in the North, and then one in the South. If we have a fourth one it will not be in the sea but in the Mountains, but that may have to wait until next year. The idea, of course, is not that we all go to the one most convenient to home, but that we all go to all of them, sharing around the (in)convenience and getting to know strange and far-flung parts of this great city, and drink beer in them.

Most of us march, but if you are one of the few who does not, perhaps you could come along to drill anyway and organise something for the other non-marchers (if any) to do while you are not-marching together. In fact, in general, I am calling for volunteers to take responsibility for some particular area of interest and practice, so if you fancy being the minister for drinking, for sheep-shagging, or for military architecture, get in touch. Those positions are still open, as are thousands of others I haven’t yet thought of. The appointment of officers that has been made will be announced here shortly.

We are calling in particular for expressions of interest in two field positions, which in recent years have been filled ad hoc at field events. We feel that that has not been altogether satisfactory, so we are looking for permanent (for the year, anyway) assignments. The positions are those of ensign and drummer. There are a couple of obvious candidates for each of these, but we won’t necessarily go for the obvious. If you are interested and non-obvious (or if you are obvious, or indeed if you are downright unmissable by a blind man on a galloping horse) let me know.

Oh, and one last thing. We have long known about the six calls of war beaten by drummers in the ECW. We never knew how they went, and never did the research to find out. Well, somebody else has and we can stand on their shoulders. The Marquess of Winchester’s Regiment of the English Civil War Society has recorded the six calls on youtube, so I urge you all to have a watch. Prospective drummers will need to learn these, and everybody else will need to be able to recognise them. If we have a glut of drummer applicants we might perhaps have a public beat-off (is that the expression I want? Maybe not …) to decide who gets the gig.
See you all soon.

editor’s note: The Sealed Knot have a youtube series “So you want to be a…drummer, pikeman, civilian etc that I found quite interesting and demonstrate what I think is one of the strengths of the Sealed Knot…experts training the newbies.



  1. Hello

    You are more than welcome to use the tube vid to train up your drummers.

    These are just the calls, the commands and how the troop react to them has not been posted, yet.

    I will add a link on our website to here – could you, would you do the same for us?

    Have fun

    The Marquess of Winchesters Regiment

  2. Thank you, Dave. I will ask the Publisher-General to see to it.

  3. Done! Very envious of your numbers and club gear Dash; highly recommend a squiz at their site everyone.

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