WHAT WE EXPECT OUR MEMBERS TO DO
Since Northern Forties reached over 130 members, we are now
severely limiting who can join us.
Although our group initially accepted members
who only wanted to walk about at events, we are now only
recruiting new members who own a period vehicle and/or have a
collection of militaria to bring to our events. We are
sorry, but we can no longer accept applications from people who
just want to dress up and come along to the events we attend.
are particularly interested in new members who have collections to
show off at our events, and are only recruiting people who meet the
British Airborne/Royal Norfolks - we will only accept
people with vehicles or collections to display or those who wish
to take part in battles;
Home Guard, ARP and any of the civil defence forces -
only people with vehicles or collections to display;
RAF personnel - this team will only accept new members
Luftwaffe pilots and groundcrew - prefers people with
German Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe ground troops - will
accept new members with vehicles, collections, or those who will
take part in battles;
American (101st Airborne) - will accept new members with
vehicles or collections and who wish to take part in battles;
53rd FS Operations (American pilots) - will accept new
members with collections or to help out with their display;
Royal Navy - open only to new members with collections to
Russian Snipers & Reconnaissance - only open to new
members with collections to display
Kriegsmarine - only open to new members with collections
French Resistance and French civilians - only open to new
members with collections to display
Womens Land Army - open to new members with collections
to display, but will accept a limited number of display helpers.
British Civilians - will accept new members with vehicles
or collections to display. No further display helpers or
promenaders are being accepted.
Since the wearing of SS uniforms often causes offence to members of
the public, none of our group are interested in having SS
re-enactors within our organisation. Neither do we welcome
anyone who holds extreme political views.
Believe it or not, re-enactment groups even receive enquiries from
very silly people who say they just want to come along to get
involved in a battle and to "have a good fight with someone - for
real". If this is you, you need professional help which we
aren't qualified to give. Re-enactors don't actually "fight"
anyone. Those who take part in battles pretend to "shoot" at
each other. But the majority of our members are not even into
battling. They're far too friendly to each other for that.
HOW MANY EVENTS SHOULD YOU ATTEND?
Our group is very flexible over attendance. Although our
events diary is very full with at least one event almost every week
between April and October, it is up to you to decide how many or how
few events you wish to come to with us.
There are, however, a few exceptions. There are some events
which pay us a fee to attend. The event which pays the largest
amount we usually use to offset the cost of our insurance (see
below) and keep our membership fees lower than many other groups.
For other events which pay, we divide the money between those of our
members attending the event as part payment towards their petrol
costs for making the effort to come. We think this is the
fairest way. Members are free to either keep the money or
donate it to their favourite charities.
Therefore, all we ask is that for events which are paying us, our
members make every effort to attend these. This is usually no
more than 4 or 5 events per year. These events are marked in
blue in our events diary.
Members are free to choose how many of the other events they wish to
come to. Your choice may depend on how far you wish to travel, how
much money you have left to spend in that month, etc. All we
ask is that - as soon as possible - you tell us which events in the
year you wish to attend. Many event organisers want to know
how many of our members will be attending MANY MONTHS IN ADVANCE.
It is impractical for you to decide just 2 weeks before an event
that you wish to attend unless you are prepared to pay to get in as
a member of the public. For this reason, all members must be
able to plan which events they wish to attend at a very early stage
in the year (usually January) ....which is not always easy for those
working on flexible shift working patterns.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO FIRST?
If you have never belonged to a re-enactment group before and would
like to give it - and us - a try, there are two ways to get to know
us and enquire about joining our group.
Email us: send an email to
it is that you would like to do in our group. Depending on
your stated preference, your email will be forwarded to one of the
relevant sub-section organisers who will subsequently contact you.
Alternatively, you can contact the sub-section organisers directly -
they are listed on the last page of the New Members Handbook shown at
the top right of this page.
Come and see us at an event: Alternatively, we suggest
you come along to an event (as a member of the public) to see us
BEFORE you join or pay membership. You will need to meet
one of our members, get to talk to them; you can ask them
questions about the group and they will ask about you and what
you want to do in the group. Tell them what you collect
and can bring to events to show to the public as part of a display. Give them your contact
details and we will contact you.
Membership is now closed for this season. If you are
interested in joining us in 2013, and meet the membership criteria
outlined above, please send us an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest. We
will need to speak to you, and will only issue a membership form for
you to fill in if we think you you will get along with us and us
with you. When we send you the membership form, you will need
to return it with your membership fee to us.
be advised that we reserve the right to decline membership to anyone
who does not meet our criteria.
PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE:
Your membership fee goes towards paying for the group's public
liability insurance, and part payment towards our costs of
contacting people to sort out which events we are all going to.
Nearly all event organisers request that re-enactment groups and ALL
their members attending their event MUST have public liability
insurance. This covers each of our members incase they cause
any injury to any member of the public, or any damage to any member
of the public's property. Obvious when you take part in a
battle, but even if you don't, you need to be covered if someone
trips over your tent guy rope, or even walks into your (even
inadvertently) poorly parked caravan. Our members' names need
to be on the insurance, or else event organisers can refuse them
entry whether they battle or not.
Therefore, if you object to paying our membership fee because YOU
think you don't need to be covered by OUR insurance policy, then
please don't bother trying to join our group and cause an argument
about it (some silly, argumentative people have done so in the
past!). We politely suggest you look elsewhere.
Public liability insurance does not cover YOU, as a re-enactor, if
you get injured at an event or your property damaged, lost or stolen
whilst with us. For that, we recommend you take out your own