Good Morning List
I have been somewhat on the periphery of this whole thing and will
try to offer some insights. The schools are not mine, the decisions
are not mine but we have worked to support the Crown Forces and
hobby at large wherever we might and that included offering some
perspective on what we did in the spring of 2008.
In 2008 the 41st Regiment and Royal Scots Grens worked together to
offer a spring training/garrison weekend at Fort George for an
opportunity to shake off the winter rust, enjoy a truly wonderful
site and build some goodwill and friendships between units. Despite
relatively short notice and a weather forecast that promised spring
rains we still had a nice representation of units and soldiers and
it was wonderful to see the fort come alive.
For 2009, the idea was kicked around on a variety of fronts to
potentially combine the annual Officer & NCO School with an all
ranks training day all in one weekend at Fort George.
The basic scenario was that Fort George would be available to those
wishing to arrive Friday night to sleep in a heated barracks
building. Others could day trip for the Officers & NCO School on
Fort George would then be available for late Saturday
afternoon/evening arrivals for any units wishing to participate in
the training day on the Sunday.
The opportunity would be for units to work out on Sunday in the vast
spaces inside and outside the environs of Fort George. Not only
could rust be shaken off but also any new concepts or movements
covered in the Officer and NCO School on the Saturday could be
immediately passed on to and practiced by individual units on the
Sunday. Finally if there are sufficient numbers and if time
permits, some efforts could be made at some Battalion drill.
In terms of choice of weekends, the availability of the fort had to
be considered. The first weekend in April was considered too early
from a weather and stability of the ground perspective. If I recall
correctly, the next weekend is Easter. The following weekend would
be ideal as it would be 2 weeks before Longwoods BUT many members of
this list and the 1812 community also do WW1 and that is their
spring weekend for 2009. That left only the one weekend, less than
ideal but still quite workable.
For those that can come and take advantage of the opportunity, it
should be a marvelous weekend. For those that cannot then we look
forward to catching up with them at Longwoods.
I think this can be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a great site
which has not been able to host an 1812 event for several years now
and also to build upon an excellent notion of an annual Officer &
NCO training day that can be expanded to include far more ranks.
YOur most humble and obedient Servant,
Tom Fournier, Captain
41st Regiment of Foot