Ousekjarr

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Introduction

Ousekjarr is a group centred on the North Cambridgeshire area, with strengths in both combat and LHE and a strong family-friendly focus. The group was formed in 1994 by Cathy and Paul Murphy. It became a Herred 1st October 1997 when Cathy became the Group Jarl, and now has over 50 members across the country. We recreate the life and military history of the Vikings, Saxons, Celts and Normans between 800-1100AD. Our name means "brushwood island in the river Ouse", and is based on the time in the 10th Century when Cambridge was the furthest extent of the Danelaw. The city changed hands several times, leading to a mix of Danish and Saxon inhabitants who were never really sure where they stood. CAthy stood down as group leader in 2019.

Ousekjarr 2017

Group and Society Officers

Ousekjarr has always made a major contribution to the running of the Society:

  • Sturaesman: Jonathan Clinkscales
  • Society Elders: Paul Murphy, Benedict Coffin
  • High Council Jarls: Sandra Orchard, Gareth Evans (Goose)(Society H&S), Cathy Murphy (Society Education and Safeguarding Officer)
  • Society Membership Officer: Julie Luke
  • RTT(C): Paul Murphy, Cathy Murphy, Goose
  • RTT(M): Goose
  • RTT(V)s: Previously Jude Bloomfield (deceased)
  • CATs: Benedict Coffin
  • Group Secretary: Sue Austin
  • Group Treasurer: Julie Luke
  • Group Authenticity Officer: Benedict Brien
  • Group LHE Officers: Ally King Philippa Moore (Kelda) - tent allocation
  • Group First Aid Officer: Goose
  • Group Combat Training Officer: Paul Murphy
  • Group Logistics Officer: Darren Taylor

Awards

Group Awards

In 2005, Ousekjarr were awarded the trophy for Best Group LHE award (2004).

In March 2013 Ousekjarr won The George Hay Trophy for Herred of the Year (2012),

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In March 2018 Ousekjarr won The George Hay Trophy for Herred of the Year (2017),

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Individual Awards

  • 2000 Gareth Evans - Konungr's Silver Award of Merit
  • 2001 Sandra Orchard - Konungr's Silver Award of Merit
  • 2001 Paul Murphy - Konungr's Silver Award of Merit
  • 2004 Vince Clarke - Gerry East Award for the best all round Drengr
  • 2005 Benedict Coffin - Steve Hurley Memorial Trophy for the best clerical presentation during the year.
  • 2006 Julie Luke - Konungr's Silver Award of Merit
  • 2007 Jude Bloomfield - Konungr's Silver Award of Merit
  • 2011 Sandra Orchard - Konungr's Gold Award of Merit
  • 2012 Jude Bloomfield - Konungr's Silver Award of Merit
  • 2013 Jude Bloomfield - Konungr's Silver Award of Merit
  • 2013 Gareth Evans - Konungr's Silver Award of Merit
  • 2016 Steve Almond - Konungr's Silver Award of Merit

Training and Meetings

Ousekjarr train regularly throughout the winter months in Haddenham, with at least one RTT(C) and often also an RTT(A) present and available to run testing. LHE Basic Skills tests could also be run on request. If you wish to come along, contact cathy[at]ousekjarr.org for details.


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