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Wirhalh Skip Felagr in full Viking action

The following images show some of the activites and events that Wirhalh Skip Felagr have taken part in.


Our members

Steve Banks
Group Leader & Military Officer
WSF Group Leader & Military Officer Steve Banks - Steve is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge on Viking life and has a unique talent to put across any facts in an interesting and fun way. As well a being Group Leader Steve is also responsible for the safety and training of all combatants participating in any form of battle re-enactment. Steves viking name is Stain... er Svein.
Victoria Banks
Wic Coordinator
WSF Wic Coordinator Victoria Banks - The power behind the throne. As we all know, behind every good man is a good woman and Viki is our group leader's most capable other half who runs our wic (a period term for settlement or encampment). She takes on all those often under appreciated little chores required to ensure the Skip Felagr are all where they're supposed to be, arrive when they're supposed to be there, are all doing what they're meant to be doing once they get there, as well as getting fed and watered as and when they get hungry and thirsty. A thankless task but without her organisational skills we would be lost.
Andy Quick
Publicity Officer
WSF Publicity Officer Andy Quick - Andy has whole heartedly and enthusiastically thrown himself into all we do. Andy's design background is a great asset producing posters, flyers, contacting the press about our events and publicising all that WSF do.
Dave Capener
Deputy Military Officer & Deputy Publicity Officer
WSF Deputy Military Officer & Deputy Publicity Officer Dave Capener - Unapologetically a fan of the Anglo Saxons even within a Viking group, Dave's a keen local history enthusiast, lecturer and a published author on the Battle of Brunanburgh where a large Viking alliance was defeated by his beloved Saxons in 937AD
John Donovan
John Donovan - One of our longest serving members who took a recent career break to return to university as a mature student to take a qualification in archaeology just for fun.
Jimmy Johnson
Jimmy Johnson - once he became a post-grad archaeology student elsewhere in the country and took up freelance work teaching about the Vikings we have seen less of Jimmy than we used to but he's regularly welcomed back to the group when he's home in the North West.
Ele Phelps
Ele Phelps - Ele is our longest serving group member (although she does not look that old)! Ele was raised into the world of Viking re-enactment as it was her father who founded the Skip Felagr in 1998, and so a Viking way of life comes entirely naturally to her. As well as being a great help to Vicki in all Wic tasks Ele can often be found playing Wic adoptive mother to our gaggle of 'authentic' viking children.
Jesse Phelps
Jesse Phelps - It's said we all have hidden talents and that life's challenge is to find them. When Jesse joined us he instantly showed us his passion and skill for detailed wood working. Jesse and Ellie have returned to the WSF fold after a period of time living and working in the fair isles of Orkney. (Lucky things)!
Claire West
Clare West - After joining another Regia group during her time as a History student at university, Claire moved to WSF in 2015. Since then Claire has been developing her textiles crafts including tablet weaving. Her next project is to look at the extent Anglo-Saxon art changed with the introduction of the Vikings.
Elizabeth West
Elizabeth (Betty) West - Having joined a couple years ago Betty has been greatly influenced by her time in the group and is now endeavouring on a masters course focusing on our period of history. Betty is very involved on the wic and while deciding what craft she wishes to follow is regularly found telling the lads off for not drinking enough water.
Paul Williams
Paul Williams - Paul is another member who has whole heartedly and enthusiastically thrown himself into all we do. He is keen to learn blacksmithing and is building his own smithy in his spare time.
Jacob Quick
Jacob Quick - Jacob, like his father Andy, has thrown himself into all we do and is now proudly our youngest (and keenest) battlefield member. An avid fencer he now uses the same skills to make the adult warriors look like amateurs during battles.
Rick Cutts
Rick Cutts - Rick is a dedicated Viking reenactor belonging to two major reenactment societies. When not on the battlefield protecting his lord he can be seen in his other guise as a Brother trying to convert the Pagan Vikings.
Helen Ronald
Helen Ronald - Helen has joined us after a long period in the Sealed Knot. (She wanted something a little more exciting!) She is an excellent Seamstress in real life for the reenactment community and can be seen on her incredible food display with husband Keith.
Keith Ronald
Keith Ronald - Keith has joined us after a long period in the Sealed Knot. (There beards were not exciting enough!) He is an excellent craftsman and can be seen working with Helen on their wonderful food display.
Alia Banks
Alia Banks - Daughter of our group leader and Wic Mother, Steve and Vicki, who having been born and raised into the world of Viking re-enactment takes it all in her stride and can ofter be found with the boys on the weapons display explaining the weapons to members of the public.