Beau stars in Poldark

We’ve noticed that the Lloyds Bank television Black Raven K H Day 2010  (161)advert has been shown again in the last week or so.

Did you know that lovely, sleek black stallion that appears in it is Beau, who comes to King Harold Day and enchants young and old alike.

He really is a star.   This week he has been down in Cornwall filming the next series of Poldark.   

If the weather has allowed filming to progress to the finish, then he’ll be at King Harold Day, with his usual rider, The Black Raven Knight.    Well, let’s hope filming has gone well so we can enjoy having Beau with us once again.

A “Feudal” return to King Harold Day

It’ll be a welcome return for The Feudals re-enactment group at King Harold Day this
???????????????????????coming Saturday 11 October.   The Feudals were our first re-enactment group when King Harold Day started, and we thought it was time we invited them again.   Members of the group will be travelling from across the country for what will be the last event of their 2014 season.   They’ll set up their Village with medieval tents, where they’ll demonstrate medieval crafts, cook their food in the medieval way, and show visitors their arms and armour.   Twice during the day, at 11am and 3.15pm, they will perform in the Arena.   Engaging in archery, they will shoot for a prize and for the approval of the Queen and her Ladies in Waiting.

KHDay 2013(adj)102 (2)The medieval musicians, Squeake’s Noyse, will be playing at their tent and showing visitors their medieval musical instruments.

Coda Falconry will be with us.   The birds will be on show all day so visitors can get close to them, and at 11.30am and 2.45pm they will be flown from the Arena, no doubt soaring up into the trees and then returning to the falconer’s hand.

Chingford Morris will be performing their Mummers’ Play and dancing.Chingford Morris K H Day 2010  (300)

And there will be Have-a-Go Archery with Epping Archers. 

There will be animals to get close to, and bees in an observation hive.   The alpacas, which caused such a sensation in the last two years, will be with us again, and, big secret, a tiny horse.   Yes, we know it’s not medieval, but the lovely Copped Hall vintage Rolls Royce will be in attendance.

There will be Craft Stalls around the gardens and in the Abbey Church Centre. 

Five of Waltham Abbey’s primary schools will be taking part in an Art Exhibition which will be on display in the Abbey Church so do go and see the children’s work.   Hillhouse Primary, Leverton Infant & Nursery, Upshire Primary, Waltham Holy Cross Infant, and Waltham Holy Cross Juniors will be taking part.   Their work this year is part of the important new project for a Waltham Abbey Tapestry.   Bayeux has one, so why not Waltham Abbey.   The tapestry will portray the history of the town and its former and present
industries and attractions.   The primary schools were asked to design their ideas for subjects to be included in the tapestry’s panels.

In the Abbey Church, there will be a special concert recital at 12.30pm, part of the Grenville's tourMusic for Lunch series of professional concerts.   Ian McDonough, violin, and David Boarder, piano will play Sonata in G major, Brahms,  and Scherzo-Tarantelle, Wieniawski.  The concert is free with a retiring collection, and refreshments available from 12 noon.

There will be guided tours of the Abbey, (small charge for church funds), and a demonstration of traditional bread-making.        

Procession and Ceremony  –  At noon, the costumed performers and traders will gather outside Epping Forest District Museum at the end of Sun Street, and will walk in procession, led by the musicians and the Anglo Saxon flag, along Sun KHDay 2013(adj)086 (2)Street, through the Market Square, Church Street, and into the Abbey Churchyard, where a ceremony will take place at the King Harold Memorial Stone.   Flowers will be placed on the memorial stone by our principal guests, the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Cllr Tony Boyce, and the Mayor of Waltham Abbey, Cllr Ann Mitchell.   Waltham Abbey’s Town Crier, Peter Frost, will also be with us. 

King Harold Day will be held in the Abbey Church, the Abbey Churchyard and Abbey Gardens, (by kind permission of the Church authorities and Lee Valley Regional Park), from 10.00am to 4.00pm.  

Admission is £5 for adults, £3 for senior citizens; with children who are accompanied by an adult free of charge.


A film star at King Harold Day

A true film star is coming to King Harold Day on Saturday 11 October.   (Abbey Gardens, Waltham Abbey) 

Yes, Beau is back.   He couldn’t be with us last year as he was filming then, and his
?????????????????????????busy film star schedule has continued for most of the year.  But he has kept his diary free for King Harold Day, and has told The Black Raven Knight to get busy preparing his accoutrements and his own armour. 

And because Beau knows he has so many fans, he has promised to bring a list of all his film credits so we can see which films he has been in.

Come and see Beau on 11 October.

Photo of the day – Make mediaeval music

Maggie Sand and Serpentyne make lovely mediaeval music at King Harold Day, Waltham Abbey, 13 October 2012.

(Photograph  –  Jonathan Foster)

Maggie Sand & Serpentyne

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Photo of the Day – The Knight dons his armour

The knight from Swords of Chivalry dons his armour, at King Harold Day, Waltham Abbey – 13 October 2012.

Photograph  –  Jonathan Foster

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Serpentyne at KHD 2012

Serpentyne was our guest musical group at King Harold Day 2012.   Led by Maggie Sand, Serpentyne at King Harold Day 2012they performed their medieval music to a very appreciative audience, and, a first for us, conducted a Dance Workshop teaching some of our visitors how to do a medieval dance.

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Squires and Knights

The squires prepare their Knights  –  The Swords of Chivalry KHD2012- (50) (427x640)

at King Harold Day 2012.

(Photograph  –  Jonathan Foster)

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Birds and a war horse from PL Falconry at this year’s King Harold Day

We’re very pleased that PL Falconry will be with us again this year, and Owl from PL FalconrySteve tells us that he will be bringing some more unusual birds, such as a raven, a tawny owl, and an eagle owl which lived in England in Saxon times but is now only found in parts of Europe. 

He will also be bringing a medieval war horse called Oliver!

We’re all looking foward to seeing Oliver and his new friends.   Meanwhile, this is a beautiful owl that Steve brought last year.



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The Roller wouldn’t roll out of bed!

For those of you who were worried that the Copped Hall vintage Rolls Royce did not turn up on Saturday, we’ve just received this message:-

“regret that our Rolls Royce showed her age on Saturday and refused to get out of bed”.

I know how she felt!   When the alarm went off at 5.30 on Saturday morning I wished I could stay there.

Hopefully, though, she will be coming next year.

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King Harold Day a huge success despite the weather

Thanks to everyone who came to King Harold Day at Waltham Abbey yesterday.  We hope you enjoyedViking Camp by Everything Epping Forest your day.   We think it was every bit as good as usual, continuing to grow each year.

Light rain in the afternoon didn’t stop the great entertainment, and all the trading stalls were doing well.

Thanks to Saebert’s Folc, Barebow Archery, Richard & Elizabeth York, Chingford Morris Men, PL Falconry, The Black Raven Knight & Beau, Epping Archers, Grunal Moneta, Pebadale Apiaries, Lee Valley Park Farms, Jenny and her animals, Annette Banks, Ray Sears, Waltham Abbey Historical Society, Waltham Abbey Police, Waltham Cross Army Cadets, St John Ambulance, and the Scouts.

They’re all at the front, but the event would not happen without Lee Valley Regional Park and particularly Naomi Chant; Waltham Abbey Town Council and all the staff at the Town Hall; the Abbey Church and all who help at the Church and the Church Centre.

We very much appreciated having our special guests with us:-  Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Cllr Ken Angold-Stephens and Mrs Angold-Stephens;  Mayor of Waltham Abbey, Cllr Antony Watts;  Mrs Eleanor Laing MP and her son, Matthew;  Rector of Waltham Abbey, the Rev’d Peter Smith; and the Rev’d Rod Reid.

Congratulations to Hillhouse School, Leverton Infant & Nursery School, Upshire School and Waltham Holy Cross Infant School for the wonderful art work they showed in the Lady Chapel as part of the King Harold Day Art Exhibition.

And my personal thanks to Peter Frost, Isabelle Perrichon, Dave and Sheila Giles and Lester, Paul Fury, Paul Parker, Tony O’Connor, Nicola Jarmaine, Pat Brooks, Helen Hollick and her daughter and friends, Phil Chadburn, Vic Copsey, John Bruton, John Clarke, Tim Yeowell, Sue,  Jonathan Foster, Barbara Utting, Grenville Weltch.

We hope to see you all at next year’s King Harold Day on Saturday 13 October 2012.

(Thanks to Everything Epping Forest website for use of photograph)


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