Col John Birch's Regiment of The Sealed Knot
The Sealed Knot, the society of Cavaliers and Roundheads, organises events throughout the country: most weekends you will find a battle somewhere. They vary enormously, from major battles ('musters') which involve the whole Sealed Knot society and will regularly have more than two thousand combatants, to mini musters with battlefield turn-outs of between fifty and two hundred. We also arrange small regimental displays and give educational talks.
The society attracts people from all walks of life and of all ages. We have 'Knotters' ranging in age from new-born babies to 90+, although neither of these extremes includes many regular battlefield combatants! Some members go for the excitement and physical contact of the battlefield, others for the relaxed atmosphere of a weekend away, others for the socialising and the beer tent, and most people for all these. We are a very family-friendly society: this is one of the few hobbies where all members of the family including the kids can take an active part.
Col John Birch's Regiment of Foote is a parliamentarian regiment of The Sealed Knot. Our regiment raises money for charity by providing entertainment and educating the public about this very important period in our history, and individual members take part on the battlefield to escape the pressures of today's hectic lifestyle, and relax and enjoy a great social life. We recruit across the country but as a regiment we have concentrations of members in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Powys and the West Midlands.
We are actively recruiting for new members to swell our ranks, so if you think this could be for you, please contact us for further details. Once you've joined, you will experience the noise and excitement of clashing pike blocks, musket fire, roaring cannon and cavalry charges, a thrill that experienced Knotters never tire of. There are many different roles within the regiment, ranging from fighting in the pike, musket and artillery to non-combatant roles for drummers, camp-followers, and living historians.