Who are we?

Gordon Hannington

Gordon has over a decade of experience of working and instructing as a historical interpreter, in heritage crafts and in the outdoor industry.
He has been working with traditional materials such as horn and leather for many years and is passionate to share his skills and experiences with others and keep these wonderful heritage crafts alive. He is also a storyteller and travels up and down the country to events to perform.

Gordon is also one of the instructing team at The Black Gate Combat Academy and is training to be a stunt man for Film and Television and is currently undergoing The British Action Academy's Warrior Master-class training course. He studies HEMA (historical european martial arts) particularly Longsword and sword and shield. He has also recently developed his interest in Historical Medieval Battle in which fully armoured knights compete in full contact tourney fighting. Currently in his "spare" time Gordon is learning to manufacture his own steel armour.

In his younger days Gordon served in the Territorial Army as a Royal Engineer and was lucky enough to travel extensively around Europe and further afield in Africa, Nepal and the Antipodean. He is also a keen kayaker, climber, snowboarder, mountain biker and mountaineer.

Gordon is also the Regional Co-ordinator for the Northumbrian branch of the Pagan Federation.

Gordon's Qualifications:

BAA Warrior Master-class Phase 2
Mountain Leader Award
MBLA Trail Cycle Leader trained
Single Pitch Award trained
Wilderness First Aid Certified
Emergency First Aid at Work Certified
UKCC Level 1 Canoe and Kayak Coach

Lily Oak Hannington

Lily is a Reiki Master and the creator of www.hedge-witchery.com, a collection of sites dedicated to an Anglo-Saxon form of witchcraft. She has penned shorter creative pieces of writing and also contributed historical, paranormal, pagan and witchcraft related articles for various sites, magazines and e-zines. 

As well as being a published author, she has guided meditations available on iTunes, and other download sites. She leads courses and workshops throughout the UK as well as on-line on a number of topics from divination techniques, to living in sync with the moon. 
She is also involved with university interfaith work and the work of the Pagan Federation.

Lily also manages The Black Gate Combat Academy, works as part of the combat display team and is about to begin her BAA Warrior Master-class training.

Lily's Qualifications:

Reiki level 1
Reiki level 2
Reiki Master
IIHHT Massage Cert.
IIHHT Indian Head Massage Diploma
IIHHT Aromatherapy Diploma