What to Paladins actually do? What is the club’s purpose?
We are, first and foremost, a performance society. We are hired by heritage sites and event organisers to entertain and educate their visitors, and all our members are expected to take part. During an event, we provide static “living history” displays and live shows. We regularly meet for practice, but the main purpose is to help us prepare for the events: we are not a fencing club or a dance group. Our fighting style was developed for the stage and our tournaments are scripted; our members are welcome to train with other groups if they wish to fight competitively.
How much does it cost to join?
£40 per adult for one year, £1 per child aged 13-16, and for children under 13 a token payment of £1 must be made. This entitles you to train at the club for a year and pays towards your insurance whilst at group events; also, at events most of the food is provided free of charge by the club. If you are on a low income, we can always be flexible, and you could for example make payment at £2 per week.
Where are you based? Do you meet regularly?
The Paladins are based in South-West London. We train each Tuesday night from 8 – 10pm at Beverley Hall, 89-91 Grant Road, just off Lower Addiscombe Road in Croydon. As we have attracted several new members from outside the London area, we also try to arrange at least one weekend training per month in the off season.