The Barony of Politarchopolis

The Society for Creative Anachronism in Canberra, Australia

Barony makes the front page of the Canberra Times!

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Photo by Wendy Higgs

Did you see us in the paper?

Last weekend the Barony hosted their Majesties, Niall and Liadan as well as the Barons and Baronesses from Stormhold, Rowany, Innilgard and Aneala at the 2014 Fields of Gold Tournaments Weekend.

Drawn by the tournaments (rapier, archery, armoured combat and equestrian) and the feasting the Canberra Times popped out to say hello! They were lucky enough to be there on the day that Lochac history was made when Baroness Eva von Danzig was sent to her vigil in preparation for joining the Order of Chivalry by their Majesties.  Baroness Eva will be the 41st female knight in the Society and the 1st female knight in Lochac!

You can read about it here and see the wonderful photos they took.

There was amazing classes run on weaving, heraldry, making hose and pageantry.  Many people were recognised for their work, their artistry and their prowess.

There was roast suckling pig, smoked trout, orange sorbet, roast lamb, roast onions, herb sallet and poached pears – all medieval recipes that the modern palette seems to love!

 

Why not look us up and join the fun!

 

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Ultimate Fighter today – postponed

Due to the excessive heat expected today, the November Ultimate Fighter round has been postponed.

Keep an eye out for the new date. And drink lots of water. And stay in the shade.

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Send us your words

Greetings, Politarchopolans,

With Quarter Day (Fields of Gold) rapidly approaching, this is a reminder that although our spies are everywhere, we still rejoice to hear from our populace.  If you feel that any member of our Barony, or any visitor from afar, is deserving of reward,  let it be speedily known.

Recommendations are best in writing. Email addresses for us and for the Crown are below.

politarchopolis@lochac.sca.org
crown@lochac.sca.org

Many thanks to those who have recently sent words speaking kindly of those around them; we are keeping a list…

Regards,
Joan, Baroness.

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Woden Valley Festival

The Barony was invited to participate in the Woden Valley Festival on 8 November 2014.  The Woden Valley Festival (WVF) is a community celebration of the Woden Valley, Canberra, held annually since 2007. It is hosted by the Woden Community Service (WCS) in partnership with sponsors, and is supported by the ACT Government.

The festival provides an opportunity for the community to gather in a positive and uplifting environment. It is a chance to talk with neighbours, discover local talent, develop new interests and get active. The festival also aims to provide a platform for local organisations to promote services and resources on offer to residents of Woden Valley and greater Canberra.

Big thanks to everyone who participated in the Woden Valley Festival demo yesterday. We had His Excellency, Crispin, Otto, Gabriel, Robbie, Maedb, Blanche and Henri throughout the day.

Our display items looked gorgeous on tables Mistress Rowan had loaned us, banners fluttered merrily and Gabriel and Sophia’s photo cards (contact details on the back) were in high demand!

We have received verbal thanks from the Woden Valley Community Centre and an invitation back for next year where they would like to put us in one of the central positions!

A wonderful showing for the Barony.

 

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The Barony at the Woden Valley Festival this Saturday

This Saturday we’re participating in the Woden Valley Festival at Eddison Park.

We are looking for artisans who can demonstrate their crafts, fencers who are ready to stab all the things and heavies who can bring the noise and singers, dancers and musicians. Unfortunately due to the festival’s insurance, archery displays are not possible. Pretty much if you are passionate about the sca – I need you

Our hospitaller, Gabriel has arranged some great new promotional materials and with Fields of Gold only a month away ( have you booked?) it is a wonderful recruitment and demonstration opportunity.

Please let me know if you can come along

10-4 this Saturday

Anne

Seneschal

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Baronial Archery Champion

The new Baronial Archery Champion is Wintherus Alban. Huzzah!

Woe to any who would attack our walls, for they shall not advance within bow shot for the hail of arrows that will be.

Our thanks to Lord Sigmund for his year’s exemplary service.

We congratulate all those who participated in this years’ championship. It has been a lot of fun.

We had 20 archers in the field round of the championship today, and a number of observers. The picnic lunch was ample and scrumptious, and we were blessed with gorgeous weather and magnificent views.

There were six fabulous entries in the A&S competition, ranging from the practical to the delicious. There was poetry, there were bunnies, there were cupcakes, as well as a masterfully decorated bow rack and a token effort by the incumbent champion.

Lady Avril of Ambledune won the A&S with her perpetual banner, featuring archery motifs and space to record the personal colours of each of our champions past and present.

As Baron and Baroness, we were proud to witness the prowess of our archers, to see their creativity and to enjoy the hospitality of their table. It was also lovely to have other members of the populace turn out to enjoy the day with us. Thank you, and we hope to see you all again very soon.

Joan, Baroness.

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St Vitas Early Music and Dance Weekend Timetable now confirmed

COMBINED PROGRAM – MUSIC AND DANCE STREAMS

SATURDAY
9:00 – 10:00 Pythagorean tuning – Crispin Sexi
Warm-ups with Amoroso and/or the Black Allemande –
Helouys le Poer

10:00 – 11:00 Beginner Recorder and Reading Music – Kiriel du Papillon
Gratiosa/s – Estelle Canning

11:00 – 12:00 Rounds – Ailis Inghean Mheadhbha
Spagnoletta – Alliette Delecourt

12:00 – 1:00 Dance Band Practice – Leon Arundell organising
Newcastle – Brian le faucheeur

1:00 – 2:00 LUNCH

2:00 – 3:00 Pipe and Tabor – Leon Arundell
Good Manners according to Four 16th Century Dancing
Masters – Joanna of the Beechwoods

3:00 – 4:00 The Viheula – Jehan
An Arc of Fine Dances—2 Domenico, 2 Chigi and 2 Arbeau
– John Garden

4:00 – 5:00 Musical Instrument Show and Tell with 3D printed period
instruments – Paul de la Ville.
Continuing An Arc of Fine Dances

6:00 Feast, followed by a Ball

SUNDAY
10:00 – 11:30 Red Book of Monserrat Voice and Instrumental Jam
Session – Annabel deSwinburne
Gloria D’Amore – Joanna of the Beechwoods

11:30 – 1:00 Writing four-part harmony using Campion’s method
– Crispin Sexi
Parsons Farwell & Variations for Rostbolli Gioso – Alliette
Delecourt

1:00 – 2:00 LUNCH

2:00 -3:00 Discussion of now and future music and dance events.

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Congratulations to our Raffle Winners

Good afternoon everyone

The fundraising raffle today was drawn at 5pm by their Excellencies, Crispin and Joan.

Results:

1st prize, ticket #44  Clem Avenell won the breast plate

2nd prize, ticket #42 Sally Avenell won the shield painted

3rd prize, ticket #101 Cathy Skippington won the silk banner

Big thanks to all involved who helped sell tickets and particularly Baroness Alesia for all her hard work coordinating as well as painting the banner.  Thanks also to Lord Gabriel and Sir Kitan for their donation of their time and efforts in crafting the shield and the breast plate.

The raffle has raised $700 for the Barony so well done everyone who assisted.

in service

Anne

An example of the work of the Whyte Falcon Forge who donated the breast plate

An example of the work of the Whyte Falcon Forge who donated the breast plate

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Vacant Officer Positions – FAQs

Offices currently vacant include – Arts & Sciences, Herald, Chronicler, Webwright & Chandler.

Ever thought about being an Officer of the Barony – WE NEED YOU!

Currently the offices of Herald, Arts & Sciences, Chronicler and Webwright are currently vacant and we are keen to find fabulous individuals to fill those roles. What’s in it for you, I hear you ask? It’s a chance to meet a whole bunch of people, share your ideas and inspirations, promote excellence in a particular field and just have a go. You are supported by your Kingdom Officer (and their network of people across Lochac), your friendly local seneschal and other baronial officers as well as their Excellencies, the Baron & Baroness. Most offices will only take a couple of hours a week at maximum (and not all the time).

If you are interested in learning more, please email seneschal.polit@gmail.com, letting me know which office you are interested in applying for. If you think this sounds awesome and you want to apply, please email the appropriate Kingdom Officer (http://lochac.sca.org/lochac/regnum/index.html) stating your interest and any relevant skills/experience, ccing your local friendly seneschal (seneschal.polit@gmail.com).
Being an officer in the SCA is a great way to learn, contribute and meet people.

We’d love to have you on the team!

Officer Positions – Answers to questions I’ve received (as I figure this might be good general information.

Q:Are there already preferred applicants for the roles?

A: Nope, every application is taken on its merits, discussed with the relevant kingdom officer and the Baron & Baroness.

Q: Have you received any applications so far?

A: Yep, one for webwright (however they would like a short term to mentor somebody in the role so this would be a temp fix) and one for chandler.

Q: I don’t have much experience – can I apply?

A: Depending on the office, experience can help but they can also be an amazing opportunity to learn and we can discuss what supports that may be available.

 

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Ainslie Hall – open from 2

The Hall will be open from 2pm today for project work. Heavy combat and Rapier will also run. See you there!

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