Wessex Medieval Alliance

Late Medieval Re-Enactment

Founding Members

Wessex Medieval Alliance was founded in 2014 by four experienced re-enactors. We have considerable experience in running re-enactment battles, living history encampments and other historical activities at events. Above all, we are passionate about history.

Colin Deady (joint founder)

(Sir Gervase Clifton, d. 1471 at Tewkesbury)

Colin Deady
Colin has been continuously involved in medieval re-enactment since 1993. Previously he has been the recruitment officer for a well established UK Re-enactment group and has helped numerous individuals enter the hobby. In 2008 he jointly challenged the Government’s proposed ban on samurai swords which could have had catastrophic repercussions for UK Medieval Re-Enactment (the original ban would have caught falchions and may also have been extended to cover all straight bladed swords), resulting in an exemption being granted for medieval re-enactors who are members of an insured group.

Colin organises the group's attendance at Tewkesbury Medieval Festival, the largest medieval event in Europe. He can be found commanding the group in battle at numerous events. He has built up significant battlefield situational awareness and works tirelessly to ensure all members of Wessex Medieval Alliance and those on the opposing side are kept as safe as possible when in combat. Recently, Colin has been asked by organisers of a number of shows to play leading roles at events:
 - Glastonbury Medieval Festival
 - Loxwood Joust (as Jack Cade)

Colin has a specific interest in Data Protection legislation and is also the group's Data Protection Officer.

Rebecca Quinn-Stevens (joint founder)

(Lady Nimue de Walkinton)

Rebecca Quinn-Stevens

Rebecca is the Recruitement Officer for Wessex Medieval Alliance, and brings excellence in organisation and planning to the group. Previous roles in administration ensure that planning for any event goes like clockwork. Rebecca has numerous contacts across the re-enactment community and works tirelessly to promote the group's good standing.

Rebecca began re-enacting in 1991 and has been a member of established re-enactment groups since 2006. Rebecca has many years experience in a range of medieval roles: she is a proficient swords woman and fights on the battlefield, and is also an experienced archer, having began her re-enactment hobby as a water bearer and battlefield drummer.

Rebecca has a great love of medieval history and is passionate about re-enactment and the WMA. 

Stephen Aldridge

(Sir Stephen De' Botune)
Stephen is the  Chairman of Wessex Medieval Alliance.

Stephen AldridgeStephen has been a Re-enactor since 1998. From an early age he has had a deep love of history, especially the medieval period which has followed him throughout his life to the present day. He is an experienced event organiser, having arranged and organised several shows over the years, and is adept at making sure an event runs smoothly and successfully for the client, the public and of course for our members. He has written scripts and storylines for re-enactment shows, researching and following whenever possible historical events local to an event location.

Stephen always makes sure that our members get looked after well at events.

Following Heart Trouble in 2005 Stephen has become a staunch supporter of  The British Heart Foundation and regularly gives talks to local rotary, ladies groups, scouts and other groups on medieval armour and re-enactment, and gives his fee to the BHF.

When not re-enacting Stephen owns and runs a successful Butchers shop with his two partners, and supplies the meat for the group’s medieval encampment.

Mark Harris

Mark is an experienced re-enactor.