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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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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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Magna Carta Medieval Fest – Why we do it

Occasionally, you open your emails and there is a message that reminds you exactly why we participate in community events (apart from the fact we’re proud to be part of the Canberra community).

“Milady

Could you please convey the following message to the good gentles who organised and attended today?

“Thank you for organising the medieval festival.  I loved watching the knights fight.  I loved all the people in beautiful clothes.  Everybody was really friendly and knew a lot about history.
I liked the juggling too.  I liked having a picture taken.

Thank you so much for all the hard work making it!”

Warmest Regards
Sebastian (5 years) (& Laura)”

 

 

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Next Ultimate Fighter Tournament – 22 March 2014

Hi everyone,

the next date for Ultimate Fighter (Glaive round) is the 22nd of March 2015.  There was some confusion regarding the date.  Their Majesties are likely to be in attendance so please join us to celebrate skill at arms and grace on the field.

Anne

Seneschal

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Great starts for Foundations of Combat and Beginner’s Rapier

Last Sunday saw the Barony’s Foundations of Combat Intake 1 class and Beginner’s Rapier class kick off for 2015.

It was wonderful to see both classes so well attended.  We hope all participants have a brilliant time building their skills.  Next Sunday sees an Ultimate Fighter Tournament prior to class so feel free to come along early and watch the Barony’s more experienced fighters and fencers take the tournament field!  Opens at 10.

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Change of Venue & Times for Valentines Event 28 February

Hi everyone, Due to a very slow response from ACT parks and a slightly stressed out and overwhelmed steward we can no longer hold the event at Nara Park. The new location is the scout hall in Ainslie, our usual training park
NEW LOCATION: Ainslie Scout Hall, corner of Ebden St and Hassall St, Ainslie ACT 2602.
NEW TIME: 12PM TO 4PM
Please spread the message FAR AND WIDE!!!

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No Dance classes 26 February 2015

Dance will not go ahead tomorrow evening.  Normal schedule will resume from next week.

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Celebrating 50 years of the Society for Creative Anachronism

FinalColorKWMap_smallWith all the exciting information about SCA 50 Year, we thought you should check out the website! Take an early look at what will be happening at SCA 50 Year, on June 17-27th, 2016. ‪#‎SCA50Year

 

 

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Have you booked for the Valentine’s Regatta & Games Day yet?

On the 28th of February, Politarchopolis hosts the Valentine’s Day Regatta & Games Day.  Normally held as close to the 14th as possible, this year we’re going for double the love!

You are invited to recognise those who are deserving of admiration (a messenger service will run throughout the day), picnic on the food provided by House Rookwood and try your skill & luck at games!

Boats are under construction (Henley on Todd style) and Their Excellencie, Joan and Crispin look forward to seeing the members of their populace triumph in feats of skill and courtesy!

Costs and booking details can be found here.

 

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