This week saw the Kynren site a hive of activity as all of the show teams returned back for training, in what will only be described as another highly anticipated Summer and Season 2 of Kynren – ‘An Epic Tale of England’.
Despite the male teams starting their training a couple of weeks prior, it’s been great to be amongst many of the volunteers this week, to relive the buzz and the excitement that we all remember from season 1.
And many flashback moments have been shared this week, as each week from herein symbolises key moments in the lives of each volunteer.
For me, this time last year, I attended the Experience Team’s World Host Ceremony night held at Bishop Auckland College, celebrated amongst the full army of soon to be kitted up red jacket volunteers who make each visitor welcome when you attend the shows.
To this week, one year on.
More combat training, more choreography, more techniques.
From reading my last blog, I can hold my hand up and say I struggled, it’s not as easy as we witness from the shows. It’s a real credit to both the professional trainers and the volunteers themselves how they learn and adapt to new skills.
Thankfully, I feel more relaxed and calmer after this week, as the saying goes “practice pays off” and having taken part in some refresher training sessions I certainly feel I lot more comfortable and confident in what lies ahead.
Each training session is coming along thick and fast and the Kynren factor has already captured everyone’s hearts, no one wants to miss anything.
The project is special, the people even more so.
As you know, one of the main reasons why I moved teams from the Experience to the Show was to keep developing my blog.
I wanted the opportunity to write and record the emotions from the eyes of another side of the project.
It’s what I’d like to do each year if possible.
Every volunteer plays a part in this project, and each of us witnesses something completely different, which for me, makes this project, so, so special.
For many, combat training is special and it is, sword fighting, what’s not to like right?
But it isn’t everything, this project offers so much more, when you’ve had the opportunity to witness it from another set of eyes.
For me, my role last year wasn’t seen as glamorous, being part of a car park team throughout the majority of the show nights, but it needed doing and I’m proud of myself for standing up to do it.
Being in that role taught me so many things about myself and what my strengths and capabilities are.
But a highlight that will stay with me forever was the many families, often in some cases 2, 3 or even 4 generations of their family, arriving in Car Park ‘C’ with their picnic blankets, food and drinks.
Setting up outside their cars, sitting on the grass, catching up with each other, sharing stories and watching the sheer excitement of why they were all there, to witness our show that is Kynren.
I’ve mentioned many times that Kynren means different things to different people, but from that unglamorous role in the car parks I got to witness families meeting up, some who hadn’t seen each other since Christmas, many even longer.
I got to see their smiles, and witness the excitement, in many cases from the parents, equally, if not more than their children.
And I got their final wave of goodbyes and thank you’s when they left, with a final note of ‘we will be back’.
From moving over into the show, this week I wanted to soak up all the excitement and the buzz from the show team volunteers, not only in my training sessions, but stay around for the registration process for other sessions too.
And what’s left to say?
It’s great to be back…
Kynren returns for Season 2 on Saturday 1st July, running for 17 shows.
From the training I have received and speaking to various volunteers, this season is going up a notch and it really isn’t something you should miss.
For more information or to book your tickets, please visit Eleven Arches website http://www.elevenarches.org/