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Medieval guild had to pull up stumps on camp on weekend

DISAPPOINTED: Graham and Emma Law from the Capricorn Medieval Guild in costume at another event.
DISAPPOINTED: Graham and Emma Law from the Capricorn Medieval Guild in costume at another event. Chris Ison

THE Capricorn Medieval Guild had to pull up stumps on their in-costume camp at the Cawarral recreation grounds on the weekend after a double booking with the local cricket club.

Both parties said they had booked the field months in advance.

President of the medieval club Graham Law said they were asked to move on after spending the night at the grounds.

While they were happy to do that, he said he was disappointed at the attitude of the sportsmen, who watched on as the group of 20 or so members packed up their belongings in the pouring rain.

"The only help we received was once when I asked several of the onlookers to help move a tent," he said.

"We were clearly invaders on hallowed turf and had to be evicted, rain, hail or shine.

"What is upsetting is that sporting men of our community stood by and watched what we went through without helping or questioning the reasoning behind it."

However, president of the Cawarral Cricket Club Rick Sutton said the grounds were clearly signed indicating that there was no camping and no animals allowed.

He said the medieval club had lit fires on the oval, driven their vehicles on it and let their dogs run around.

"Some players were very disappointed with the way it had been treated," he said.

"Our players are volunteer groundskeepers. At the end of the day they're grounds that we maintain at our own cost."

Rick said they should have used the area surrounding the oval and not the oval itself.

Graham said the medieval club was now looking for a new venue for their camps.

Topics:  cawarral medieval



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