Dalby Forest re-enactment today and tomorrow

From Scarborough Evening News

Forest camp for Roman re-enactors

Published Date: 20 June 2008
MEMORIES of the days when the Romans ruled Britain are being kept alive by a hardy bunch of re-enactors in the shape of the Comitatus period history and research group.
The largest amateur historical society of its kind in Britain, it is setting up camp in Dalby Forest this weekend.
Roman relics abound in the North York Moors, including a marching camp and Roman road in Cropton Forest. The legionaires will display the artillery and weapons which won an Empire, but ultimately failed to stem the Barbarian tide.
They include the “Cruise Missile” of its day, a kind of catapult known as a Ballista, capable of firing a bolt which could smash through wood 100 yards away.
Comitatus is based on an elite unit that was based near Bridlington to repel foreign invaders.
Soldiers and their families will also demonstrate the other side of army life in Dalby, as rations are prepared, equipment mended, leather, wood and bone worked into every day objects and medical treatments explained.
The event, from 11am on Saturday and Sunday, takes places near the new Dalby Forest Visitor Centre and is free.
Normal forest toll charges for vehicles apply.
For information contact the visitor centre on (01751) 460295 or log on to the Forestry Commission’s new website for the region at www.forestry.gov.uk/YorkshireandtheHumber

Free download- Roman Villa model

Armada Models provide pdf cutout and glue sheets that make a model Roman Villa.

They say:

Card model of Bancroft Roman villa

There are actually two versions of our roman villa model available on this page. The first is a large, full colour version that needs to be printed on five sheets of A4 (including the base). The second model is smaller and requires only 2 sheets of A4 card.

31st Latin Play Competition in Cambridge

Russell Lord, justifiably proud of his actors, has sent us this:

Sancton Wood School, of St Paul’s Road, has won the 31st Latin Play Competition in Cambridge.

The winning play, written by Latin teacher Russell Lord, is called ‘City of the Dead’ and featured ghosts, an opening tomb and the eruption of Vesuvius at Pompeii.

Judge Hilary Goy said, “The spooky Sancton Wood play had terrific atmosphere and was full of surprises. The actors aged 12 and 13 spoke with weight and accuracy. They had outstandingly authentic Latin pronunciation and truly brought the language to life.”

Drama teacher Michelle Holman was also singled out for praise:

“We were really impressed by the standard of drama and the choreography was just beautiful” said judge number two Susan Oliver. The Year 8 group has been practising for the last two weeks and all the children were thrilled.

Jamie Avis, 13, of Sancton Wood, said, “I am so happy that I really don’t know what to do.”

Dr Jack McDonald, Headmaster, was full of high praise for the winning team, “I did Latin A level, and it was never as fun as this! Russell Lord and Michelle Holman are a winning combination in Latin and Drama, and – as usual – our pupils have risen to the occasion.”

This latest win follows Sancton Wood’s victory earlier this year of the Classical Association Drama Competition, which they have now won for three years running. Other schools competing in the competition were the Perse School, St John’s College School and St Mary’s School from Cambridge, and from further afield Rugby School, Norwich School and Norwich High School.


actors in the winning play

Resource-sharing site has new web address

‘The Classics Library’ is now at www.theclassicslibrary.com/