Membership of Regia Anglorum
Finding a local group
Regia Anglorum is composed of many Local Groups situated through the British Isles, and some overseas. We recruit geographically and have groups scattered the length and breadth of the country from Orkney to the Isle of Thanet in Kent and to Pembroke and beyond.
All members must belong to a Local Group. By joining their local group, members will be able to learn about the society from those nearby.
Each Local Group is situated within an area known as its Land Grant.
Within this Land Grant, a Group may recruit, hold Local shows, battle practices, civilian training days, banquets and training weekends. If a National Show falls within a Group's Land Grant, then generally that Group will host the show.
How do the groups operate?
Different Groups have their own individual rank structures. Generally, each new person can expect to start at the bottom, whether civilian or military, and work their way up through the ranks. In other words, don't expect to join a Norman Group and begin as a knight!
When you are at a show you will probably tend to fight, pitch a tent and eat with members of your own Group, but Regia is a pretty gregarious Society and it won't be long before you've been killed, woken up by, or bought a pint by a member of another Group.
As well as the Group Leaders there are several Officerships in Regia. The Group Leaders, the Officers and the Eolder gather together at least once a year for what is known as the High Witan – the council of Regia Anglorum. The Witan discusses and may vote on proposals made by Group Leaders. The Witan decides who will fill the various Officerships, when they come up for re-election, and may also amend the Constitution, or the Practice and Procedure document of Regia Anglorum. A copy of this document (normally called the Code of Law) and the Officers' Regulations are available on the members area of this website. Before you join you will be shown the Code of Law; it's quite a big document – and chunks of it are not particularly relevant to everyday membership of the society – however you will be shown the relevant sections of the document and should read these before signing the membership form.
As well as the High Witan, there are a number of other smaller Councils within Regia. These are groups of interested members of the society who assist the various officers in their rôles. They meet when necessary and normally communicate via email; if you wish to become involved in these then feel free to contact the relevant officer; see the members area on this website for more details.
- To join Regia in your own right you must be at least eighteen – however – until you are eighteen you may join as a free family member alongside one (or both) of your parents, and you will be expected to be in the charge of your parents at events.
- The minimum age for combatants in Regia is sixteen, but we set stringent conditions which must be followed.
- Regia requires a Capitation Fee of £15 from every adult member, but this is usually increased to £25 at local group level. Some charge a little more and some a little less. These fees at local level are there to help run the individual groups and cover mailing costs etc.
- There are concessionary rates for junior and un-waged members.
- You will find no downloadable membership form on the site – that can only be obtained from (and submitted to) a Local Group Leader as we insist on meeting people before they become members! We have no “national” members.
- We particularly welcome families with children. Most big events have around twenty children of all ages in costume on the Living History Exhibit.
- We have members in other countries of the world. About 10% of our membership live in North America. If there is not already a group operating in your state then you could always form a new Regia local group along with a few friends.
- Everyone gets their own membership document, a passport-like booklet that carries a photo of the member plus all sorts of details about events they attend, skills they acquire and personal information.
We have an international membership with groups in both the USA and Canada. Our members include representatives from many European countries, including the Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, France and Germany.
What do I do now?
So I haven't put you off yet – good! The next bit is quite easy – you can contact us in one of four ways:
- By email: Drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org (send e-mail) – make sure you tell us where you live as we will pass you on to the relevant local group.
- At a show: Come along to an event – talk to us – and we can take it from there.
Or select a page you want to go to:
Email: email@example.com (send)