Crispin and Joan, Baron and Baroness of Politarchopolis send warm greetings to you our populace.
Our plans for this year begin with Joan travelling to witness the coronation of Kinggiyadai and Altani at twelfth night in the Barony of Rowany. We hope that this show of support will be agreeable to Them and disuade Them from sending Their Horde to lay waste to our towns and villages.
On Sunday January the 25th we anticipate the next ultimate fighter tournaments at our regular training ground in Ainslie, and in February there will be a picnic on St Valentines day. Watch out for more information about these events in the coming weeks.
On the 20th of February Crispin shall travel to Bordescross to test the strength of the southern armies. We encourage all who would join him to book before the 6th of January to get the cheaper rate.
Crispin and Joan
Due to the ongoing Silly Season, we will not be opening the Ainslie hall this afternoon (28 December), nor on Wednesday which is New Year’s Eve. Normal programming will recommence from next Sunday, 4th January.
We hope that you are all very busy enjoying time with your friends and family, and look forward to seeing everyone soon!
Crispin and Joan
Baron and Baroness
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!
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.
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.
Many thanks to those who have recently sent words speaking kindly of those around them; we are keeping a list…
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!
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
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.
COMBINED PROGRAM – MUSIC AND DANCE STREAMS
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
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
1:00 – 2:00 LUNCH
2:00 -3:00 Discussion of now and future music and dance events.
The fundraising raffle today was drawn at 5pm by their Excellencies, Crispin and Joan.
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.