The Barony of Politarchopolis

The medieval Society for Creative Anachronism in Canberra, Australia.

Registrations Now Open for the Standard Standards Project for Politarchopolis, Torlyon and Okewaite

Inspired by Mistress Sabine’s Collegia on Heraldic Standards and the banners of St Florian’s (https://threegoldbees.com/collegia-notes/heraldic-standards/ ), the Barony is calling all members to come along and make a painted standard (of a standard shape and size) to increase the pageantry on display.

The project will start after Polit Uni. You do not need registered heraldry to participate however heralds will be around to assist you if you would like to develop your personal heraldry. Standards will have a cost of $15. Some materials have been sponsored, please message me if you wish to discuss accessing those.

You can register to participate here:

http://goo.gl/forms/MEpohBsIyF7wz9Ws1

Here are some answers to questions that may come up for you.
What are the standards made of? Standards will be calico painted with acrylic mixed with fabric medium to make them water safe.
Can I take it home?
Yes! Your standard belongs to you. You will be encouraged to display them and stewards will occasionally ask to borrow standards for hall decorations but they will belong to you! All yours!
I’m in Torlyon or Okewaite and can’t get to Canberra.
Can I still participate? Yes! Templates for sizing and basic chief/hoists (the bit at the top of the banner) will be made available through the A&S officers for each of the cantons.
I don’t have registered heraldry. Can I make one?
Yes! The standards are an interpretation of heraldry, not a direct replica. Basic heraldic rules still apply (no colour on colour or metal on metal) but you can still make a standard. Baronial and canton heralds would love to help you register your arms if you would like to but it’s not mandatory.
I’d like to make a standard but I can’t afford it at this time.
Some of the members of the Barony have sponsored a number of banners for those who’d like to participate but don’t currently have funds. Please talk to Anne (Brigid Costello) if you’d like to access those materials.
When does this start?
It will begin the weekend after Politarchopolis University and run most Sundays at the Ainslie Hall.
I can’t draw! Will there be people to help me?
Some people will be available to help me but we’ll also be developing a range of templates. The calico is thin enough to allow for people to trace designs from templates through it. You can also use the Pictorial Dictionary to help you get templates for tracing. http://mistholme.com/pictorial-dict…
What size will the standard be?
2.7m in finished length, and 1.05m in width. The hoist section is exactly 75 cm wide
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Thaw War: 2-4 September 2016

Greetings All,

This talk of war to the south concerns me greatly. Not only that our southern neighbors are flexing their muscles; not only the instability, distress and hardship that comes from war; not only that “Thaw War” sounds suspiciously like “Tharwa”, which is within our borders last I checked; but also that this event sounds like jolly good fun.

So I shall be journeying south to battle. Come join me!

– Baron Crispin

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Coming Events

Greetings All,

Tomorrow we visit Okewaite for their Leet Court and potluck picnic, noon until 4pm at Cockatrice Farm.

Next week we have coming up the Torlyon 20th Anniversary and Baronial Quarter day on 30 April with many activities to try out.

Following those events, in May is the Feast of Champions, a visit on Their Majesties tour of Their Kingdom.

Further anon we have the Feast of Saint Andronicus in July, the Politarchopolis University in August, the Tournament of the Griffin in September and St Vitas Dance and Music weekend also in September.

With all this plus the regular activities, you can see there is much going on.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Baron Crispin

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FOUNDATIONS OF ARMOURED COMBAT RESUMES THIS SUNDAY!

With our warriors returning from Rowany Festival, the Foundations of Armoured Combat Course will resume this Sunday (3rd of April) with our first practical training session. Anyone can come along, pick up a sword and learn the arts of medieval warfare.

We will revise the basic guard and stance, along with the warmup motion. A direct cut and ear to ear cut will be covered, along will shield defence against these cuts. Suitable for beginners, all equipment provided.

WHEN: Begins 3rd April 2016 at 1.00pm (classes run for an hour)

WHERE: Ainslie Scout Hall, Cnr of Ebden & Hassall Streets, Ainslie, ACT

COST: $20 for the entire course, free for paid students from the 2015 course.
Non-Members will need to pay $5 per session for insurance purposes (Membership options available)

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No Ainslie Hall for two weeks

There will be no access to the hall or training scheduled for the next two Sundays due to the impending Rowany Festival.  Normal training and activities will resume in April.

Anne

Seneschal

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KNIGHTS IN TRAINING – WE WANT YOU!

Alice - solo -Photo by Amanda SwadlingA call to arms! The Canberra chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism is inviting Canberrans to pick up a sword, fight like a knight and learn the arts of medieval warfare over an 9 week “Foundations of Armoured Combat” course commencing on 13th of March.

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international organisation devoted to bringing the Middle Ages and Renaissance to life through research and re-enactment, employing their knowledge of history to enrich their lives and the lives of others. With over 100,000 participants worldwide, the SCA is one of largest living history societies in the world.

This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of armoured combat in the SCA and starts with an introductory session on the 13th March 2015, with practical classes from 2nd of April and following Sundays in Ainslie at the Ainslie Scout Hall, corner of Ebden and Hassall Streets.

“Last year we had a strong turnout of people looking to become modern day Crusaders, Vikings, Spartans or Knights” Ben Norman (aka Lord Otto Sexburger), course instructor said. “However I’m sure we can find a few more in Canberra, I’m sure the Baron is looking forward to having more men and women to fight on our side in the kingdom’s next war”

SCA fighting is not the impractical and highly stylised fight choreography seen in Hollywood blockbusters but a martial art that is designed to emulate armoured combat in a way that allows you to deliver full powered blows without hurting your opponent. Claudia Linder Rachel Horne by Rachel Vess

Male and female fighters (aged 16+) dress in armour, which ranges from full plate steel to padded doublets and leather, to protect them while wielding swords, spears, and axes made of rattan to simulate the balance and handling of original weapons, without the lethal qualities. Mr Norman is quite proud that “…by the end of the course each student has made their own sword and shield to use, a set of loaner armour to fight in and we’re helping them to either buy or make their own set of medieval armour”.

“Anyone can pick up a sword and have a go but the SCA offers you the opportunity to not just like fight like a knight but to aim to be one,” Brigid Costello (Baroness Anne de Tournai), Canberra President, said. “You get the fighting but so much more – it’s a gateway to a worldwide society of tournaments, wars, feasts and balls. Your whole family can be involved.”

WHEN:                 Introductory Session 13th March 2016 at 1.00pm

Practical training commences 3 April 2016 (classes run for an hour, followed by supervised free sparring)

WHERE:              Ainslie Scout Hall, corner of Ebden & Hassall Streets, Ainslie, ACT

COST:                  $20 for the entire course plus $7 per session for insurance purposes (Membership options available)

CONTACT:          Benjamin Norman (Instructor) poleaxecanberra@gmail.com

WEBSITE:           http://polit.lochac.sca.org

 

Ben Norman by Amanda Swadling

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Valentines Event (Saturday the 13th of Feb)

Greetings,

Schedule for Saturday’s event is:

1500 site set-up
1700 event start – games. Also try out archery, rapier and heavy.
1920 Baronial Court
2000 event close

Plenty of room for additions – just ask…

Aeveril of Ambledune

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Politarchopolis campsite at Rowany Festival

Greetings all,

As of today’s baronial meeting, I’m the campsite coordinator for the Politarchopolis campsite at this year’s Rowany festival.

If you are the contact for a household that is camping in the Politarchopolis campsite, or if you are not part of a household but want to camp with Politarchopolis: Please let me know how many people you expect to be camping with you and give me a list of your tent dimensions.

This will help me with planning out where to fit everyone and will help ensure our campsite gets enough land.

The other important way to ensure we are allocated enough space is to book for Rowany Festival. Go do that NOW!

http://festival.lochac.sca.org/

Thanks,
– Baron Crispin

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Pot Luck End of Year Celebration

The last regular Sunday afternoon practice for the year is on the 19th of December, and to end off the year we are having a pot-luck (bring a plate to share) celebration.

Reading Anne’s wrap-up in Griffintayle reminds us that this has been a big and varied year, so come along and join in, talk about what we’ve done and bring your ideas for what we should do next year.

– Crispin and Joan

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Fields of Gold

Greetings everyone,

Fields of Gold was fabulous once more, thanks to a large and dedicated
team of people. We will leave it to the Stewards to make their specific
thanks, but we would like to note that a large multi-day event such as
this requires a huge amount of time and effort.

Thank you to any and all who helped, even in the smallest way. Chipping
in where you can reduces the burden on the stewarding team and makes a
much more pleasant event for everyone.

There was a LOT of court. Their Majesties made numerous awards which
were very well received. We also conducted some baronial business, and
paid our taxes to the Crown. Our thanks to the populace who provided
goods with which to pay those dues.

Thank you also to all who assisted us and the Crown at various times. We
were excellently attended during the event, and knowing we can rely upon
our retainers is a marvelous thing.

We hope everyone enjoyed the event and came away with great stories to
take home.

Regards,
Joan and Crispin.

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