It’s time to pick up your sword and fight like a knight as you learn the arts of medieval warfare in this full speed, full contact pursuit! On 1 March 2015 at the Ainslie Scout Hall (cnr of Ebden & Hassall Streets, Ainslie) we, the Canberra chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), will be starting our 8 week Foundations of Combat course.
This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of armoured combat in the SCA.
Any child can tell you of the famous Knights of the Round Table, and most will learn of the exploits of King Richard and the great crusaders. However, the formal training that led to the glory of these armoured heroes remains largely ignored in the modern day.
Our latest course starts on 1 March 2015 and details can be found here.
WOO HOO! It seems that you like talking to us as much as we like coming and talking to you! (You can also come and chat to us on Facebook!)
Well that was huge.
We talked to so many people excited to hear about our modern medieval world!
We explored the possibilities for forming a navy! (Okay we talked to the professionals)
We stood up for social justice because being medieval doesn’t mean living in the past! #UNwomenaust
It’s the national multicultural festival time! Yes, that weekend where Canberra comes out to party and the Barony is right there too! For the fourth year in a row, you’ll find us at the Community day this Sunday sharing our passion for the modern middle ages! Get your photo taken with a knight, a lord, a lady or their Excellencies, Joan and Crispin, Baron & Baroness!
Baron Crispin recently visited his Cousins in the Barony of Southron Guard (South Island, New Zealand) for the annual Canterbury Faire. The event was honoured by the presence of Their Majesties, Kinggiyadai Khagan I and Altani Khalighu Yeke Khatun I, our most glorious King and Queen of Lochac
He was not alone, being joined by a good number of Politarchopolis including Sir Blethyn, Baroness Ailis, Lady Helouys to name a few.
The event showcases both the arts & sciences as well as the combat arts.
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!
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
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.