Arts & Sciences

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.

token court more entries bow rack picknicking picnicking crowd and the banner on display second field target baron success baron shoots Lauren squires shooting Dam shoot more preparation getting ready archery banner - aeveril


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February 2014 – Courtly Graces Session

6.30pm – 8.30pm
Cost: Gold coin donation to hall costs (Non members pay $5 for insurance in addition)
Bring: Good sense of humour and maybe some snacks/a drink

Program is open to suggestions, but the current plan is;


Revision of Known World Pacane and the Black Allemande.

New – the Official Bransle and another Bransle if we have the time

Singing: Tavern song and a round

Performance: we are currently open to suggestions!


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Arts & Sciences Class Update

Hello everyone!

A few A&S updates 

Firstly, there is an extra class being run this weekend. Rachel will be hosting a class at 1pm: Entering A&S Competitions for beginners. Should be a great class for people to learn some of the ropes and get up the confidence to enter.

Secondly, Helouys and Lady Emeline are going to hosting a series of focused dance workshops to get people festival dance ready and working towards their Silver Rondels. The sessions will start on Sunday the 15th of March, go from 12.30 – 2pm, and run for 5 consecutive weeks. These classes are for both beginners and those who need to brush up on their skills. The last session will be the Sunday before Festival so it should be fairly fresh in everyone’s minds and it will be a mini garbed ball so that beginners can get used to dancing in skirts and slippery shoes.I’ve added each of the sessions to the class list below. Remember: dance is lots of fun and great exercise. Come join in!

Don’t forget on Wednesday evening we have a class on Identifying Fabrics and on Friday we have Courtly Graces. Sunday includes brewing with Rurik (please give me a yell if you want to get involved) and A&S competition introduction by Rachel.

Lastly, I need a little help with banners. If anyone can lend a hand hemming on Wednesday or Sunday I would be beyond appreciative.


26th Feb – Wednesday 7.45pm – Fabric Identification

28th Feb – Friday 6.30pm – Courtly Graces

2nd Mar – Sunday 12noon – Brewing with Rurik
(booking required for practical, cost TBA)

2nd Mar – Sunday 1pm – Entering A&S Competitions for Beginners

5th Mar – Wednesday 7.45pm – Easy potluck plates
and simple period dishes

12th Mar – Wednesday 7.45pm – Ye olde wattle
bottle covers (gold coin donation for fabric)

15th Mar – Sunday 12.30pm – Dance Session 1, Cassandra and the Knowne World Pavane

19th Mar – Wednesday 7.45pm – Intro to blackwork
embroidery styles and stitches

23rd Mar – Sunday 12noon – Workshop, Make your
own weapon rack (bookings required for practical, cost $35)

23rd Mar – Sunday 12.30pm – Dance Session 2, Pinagay and the Black Allemand

26th Mar – Wednesday 7.45pm – Basic history and
styles of period beadwork

30 Mar – Sunday 12.30pm – Dance Session 3, Ruffty Tufty

2nd Apr – Wednesday 7.45pm – A class on period

6th Apr – Sunday 12.30pm – Dance Session 4, Review

9th Apr – Wednesday 7.45pm – Designing and
registering your coat of arms

13th Apr – Sunday 12.30pm – Dance Session 5, Mini Garbed Ball

30th Apr – Wednesday 7.45pm – Event Feasts

7th May – Wednesday 7.45pm – Period Toys and


In Service


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A&S updates – new classes!

Banner in progress

Banner in progress


Firstly, this weeks class on Burgundian Fashion has been cancelled due to the teacher having a clash of schedules. Due to this, we will be working on silk banners instead for the barony. If you would like to be involved, please come along, it’s free for engine to join in! Otherwise, there will be plenty of space for personal projects. If anyone has any 1m by 1m silk frames they could bring along, that would be grand.

The weekend we have two surprise session being held!

Sunday – 12noon – Tunics 101
Going to border war in a few weeks? Need extra tunics for festival? Just need some garb? Libby is going to be teaching a class on Tunic creation. We’ll have sewing machines available, all you need to bring is 5m of fabric (Lincraft has a 50% off fabric sale at the moment, look for home spun cotton as a cheap option) and some matching coloured thread.

Sunday – 3pm – Brewing for festival with Rurik.

One of the aims of the Lochac Brewers guild is to enhance individuals experience of the SCA through beverages. As such in the lead up to festival I am going to be running two brewing days on  at Sunday gathering so that people can learn some basic brewing skills, have a product to take home and ferment it for festival.

The first of these sessions will be on Sunday at The Ainslie Hall and we shall be making HYDROMEL AS I MADE IT WEAK FOR THE QUEEN MOTHER from Digby. This is a small hydromel (a variation of mead) that is about 2% ABV with strong over tones of ginger. It is a refreshing drink that is suitable for festival as a day drink.

The cost for the class is free. However four people (will be able to take home a cube (22.5L or about 25 long necks) of must (unfermented wine) to ferment and bottle/keg at home for the cost of $17. To do this people will need to bring a container suitable for transporting 22.5l of hot must home in.

Next weeks class session on Wednesday is empty so far, would people like a hood making session before Festival?

Any questions, please let me know. Ideas for a class? Give me a buzz :)


Making stuff!

Making stuff!

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Announcing: The Great Arts and Sciences Surprise Round Robin, 2014

Hello all!

I’m sure everyone in the Barony has been eagerly awaiting the announcement of a new A&S competition!

Wait no longer! Behold, The Great Politarchopolis Gift Bestowal of 2014! Everyone who was involved in the Pentathlon worked insanely hard last year, so I thought we might be due for something a little lighter and less intense. This year, I will be running what is essentially a A&S Competition based around the concept of a Round Robin of gift making and giving.

The Competition:
– Registrations are open as of now to join in.
– The enter you must send me your Name (legal and SCA) and period of interest. You may also choose to send me your geographic area of interest and 3 topics of interest. As an example you could include France (Music, Hats and Books). The more information that you give, the more likely it is that you will receive something useful to you.
– On the 2nd of Feb, I will draw people randomly from a hat and you will be assigned your target.
– You will also be given a category; Fashion & Accessories, Household Items, Warfare, Food or Entertainment
– Make an item to give to your target! You will also need documentation for the competition side of things.
– Items will be judged at the August A&S Event, where the gifts will also be distributed to their receivers. There will be a winner of each category and also a voted on populace favourite.

FAQ (so far)

  • Does it need to stay secret?

No, it’s up to you whether you want to remain secret. It may be an item which you couldn’t create without talking to them. Or this may be a chance to talk to someone and get to know them better before sorting out what you want to make. It’s entirely up to you. You can be as sneaky as you want to be. Publicly sharing your journey is highly encouraged through blogs, Facebook, emails, messenger pigeon or whatever takes your fancy. If you want to be sneaky, start a new blog site anonymously and then flaunt your progress through it while your target tries to work out who you are!

  • Can I swap my target or category with someone else?

Of course! Try to do it as soon as possible to make certain everyone has a chance of getting something completed. All I ask is that to remember that sometimes challenges are awesome

  • What happens if I can’t finish it (due to life/responsibilities/crazed sloth attack)?

Please don’t fret! Life happens and that is understandable. If you could provide a small gift for your target (gift voucher, something already completed, hoard, IOU, bottle of wine etc), that would be great. If not, I will try and organise a substitute. Please just let me know ASAP so that I can work out a solution and make certain everyone gets something shiny.

  • What does this cost?

Please limit the spending on your item to an upper amount of $50. Trades, up cycling and creative thinking are highly encouraged for your materials. This is about creating something awesome for another lovely person, so the idea is to put in as much effort as you would like someone to put into you. Items which also carry a story as to how they were completed are an added bonus for the recipient. As an example ‘The fabric came from my stash which I bought in Germany, and the buttons were a gift to me from the Queen…’

  • I don’t live in Politarchopolis

No problem! I’m not really limiting it to just Canberra as there are plenty of Polit people living in all sorts of interesting places. However, I would ask that everyone who is involved to have at least some connection to our fair barony. Also, please be mindful of how you will get your gift to Fields of Gold and how the giver can get their gift to you. There are plenty of options on how to do this, but just consider this before entering.

  • How will this be judged?

There will be five judges, a specialist for each category. Judging will use the standard matrix. There will also be a populace choice winner, which will be voted on at the August A&S event.

  • When will I know the results?

As soon as the judges finish judging

  • What if I can’t be there at the hall for the Draw?

That’s okay, at the end I will draw the rest of the people and send through the results via what every form of communication you find the easiest.

– What if I can’t make it to the August A&S event?
That’s okay, but you will need to get your gift delivered there for the judges. If you start to get worried, let me know and we will work out a plan together on how to get it there.

  • My target wasn’t at the August A&S event, how do I get their gift to them?

That’s okay! Contact the target and try and nut out a plan on how to get it there. Teamwork is the name of the game!

  • My target lives in America and I’m going to carve a 4 poster bed!

Please think about the realism on how you might get peoples items to them. If you find yourself thinking ‘Wow! I have no idea how to get this there’, it may be a project that is a little too big for a distance thing.

  • My gift never arrived!

Well that’s not very nice, in fact I think we could even use the word Grinch. The gift giver should have spoken to me before it got to this point, but I will be doing a tally and call around at the end to make sure everything goes alright. If, failing that, there is a gift missing I can’t guarantee that I will find a replacement person but I will try my best!

  • My target dropped out!

Bollocks! This could mean two things. I could be contacting you to see if you would consider doing something to cover someone else or it could happen right at the end. If it’s to cover someone else, it’s okay to say no and continue what you are working on but it would be awesome if you could help. It’s up to you. In all cases, you can either give the person the gift anyhow, give it someone else, keep it, sell it, donate it, auction it, throw it, it’s entirely up to you.

– What do the winners receive?
The satisfaction of knowing that they made something awesome, made another person smile and a shiny gift from someone else

Any questions? Please send them through! If you can see any concerning problems with this, please give me a yell

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A&S Classes Start 15 January 2014

Hello everyone!

Who feels like some awesome A&S classes and projects?

Firstly, there are projects lined up for Sundays but there will still be plenty of room for anyone that wants to grab some space and work on a personal project! Come join us, there is tea, coffee and occasionally more talented people then I bring cakes.

Secondly, A&S will be running Wednesdays at the Ainslie Hall from 7.30pm till 9pm. This is awesome! Tea and coffee will be available, some of us will probably be ordering food to come to the hall and if you have already eaten that is fine as well. If you are interested in running a class, please get in touch with me ASAP, the beginning of the year is starting to fill up quickly!

Thirdly, you may notice that there are no times filled in for after the 16th of Feb. With a possible change to what times we will have access to the hall, I am listing these classes but I won’t be able to give an exact time until the baronial meeting.

Also, if there is a type of class you would like to see run, let me know! It’s a lot easier to organise classes if I have an idea of things that people want to learn about!

So, without further ado!
Silk Banners – Kicking off on the 12th of January at 12 noon. This will be running every Sunday for the next 4 weeks, hopefully to have them ready by Border War. For the first weekend we will be designing and drawing up our cartoons for the banners. Come along, learn some new skills, participate in a big baronial project and have fun with awesome people! Even if painting isn’t your thing, there is a list of other things that will need to be worked on as well.

Wednesday 15th January, 7.30pm – Basic twisted wire rings, hosted by Manda Swadling. The Baronial coffers are lacking in the taxes that they deserve! I will be bringing beads, wire and some tools so that we can fill the Baronial box with lovely twisted wire rings. If you have a pair of long pliers, or red and white beads that you would like to add to the collection, please bring them along.

Wednesday 22nd January, 7.30pm – Tassels and finger loop braiding, hosted by Manda Swadling and Tim Liersch. The Baronial coffers are lacking in the taxes that they deserve! I will be bringing lots of cotton so that we can make so lovely bits for the Baronial box.

Wednesday 29th January, 7.30pm – How to run lists, including a practical presentation, hosted by Shona Klocke. Ever wanted to learn how to run a list for a tourney? Very handy skill to learn for all those who enjoy taking the field and for those interested in participating without the bruises!

Wednesday 5th February, 7.30pm – Voice Heraldry 101, hosted by Micheal Stankiewicz. Voice heraldry can seem intimidating at first, but this session will guide you through not only voice heraldry but also through some basic public speaking tips. How to tackle those hard names, voice projection and how to get the populaces attention!

Wednesday 12th February, 7.30pm – Ladies Burgundian Fashion, hosted by Wendy Weber. More details to come!

Wednesday 26th February – Simple steps to improve event photography, hosted by Manda Swadling. Want to take amazing photos at events? The probability is that you already have been, you just need a few extra tips on how to make your photos really shine. This is a very straight forwards class, anyone with any type of camera can learn these very simple steps. I’ll also cover some basic camera buying tips for those looking to change cameras.

Wednesday 19th of March – Intro to black work styles and stitches, hosted by Naomi Lea – More detail to come!

March 5th – Easy potluck plates and simple period dishes, hosted by Mistress Kiriel

March 26th – Basic History and styles of period beadwork, hosted by Alex Rapp

April 2nd – A class on period plays, hosted by Chris Struz 

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Project: Need More Banners

Good morning!

I was having a discussion with His Excellency Master Crispin about the 10 meters of silk that I bought and put aside for the barony this year. The time has come for us to build up not only a mighty war band but to ensure that our fighters and campsite are gloriously decked in red and white silk banners.

To do this is going to require a few populace who are capable of designing the banners, a few people capable of making the wood frames, a lot of people willing to paint and hem the banners and a few people capable of making protective bags that they can be stored in.

Lastly, I’ve heard that an army is gathering in Borderscross for an assault that they plan on carrying out in Feb. It would be fitting to have our warriors and campsite banners at least partially ready by then.

If you would like to get involved, ping me and I will start up a discussion group. This should be a really fun project and should add a lot of bling to various occasions. Even if you don’t have any silk painting skill, ping me anyhow because we are happy to teach the enthusiastic. I would also like to break this into small bite sized projects so as not to overwhelm any one person :)

In service,

Lady Sophia van Dorne


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Upcoming A&S Classes

This Wednesday (25 September 2013) sees singers and musicians of the Barony invited to make merry in a casual evening of music making at the Scout Hall in Ainslie (Ebden & Hassall Streets, Ainslie).  All levels of experience and talent welcome.  Come play, sing or listen!

Medieval Musicians and dances

Medieval Musicians and dancers

On  16 October 2013, Mistress Tyghra will be running her class on “How to Reproduce Medieval Jewellery” also at the Scout Hall.  The class will start from 6.30pm.  You are invited to research a piece you would like to reproduce and bring that information along.

In the near future, Sir Ysambart will be teaching his incredibly useful chest making class. A spinning class is also being organised. Stay tuned for further information.

All confirmed classes are now listed on the Baronial calendar, available on the website.

Keep making shiny things!

In Service,


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Latest Pentathalon Round Judging 15 September 2013

Hi all!

Next Sunday will be the next Pentathlon judging session. The hall (Scout Hall, Ebden St, Ainslie, ACT)  will open at 12noon and judging will start at 1pm. Your judges are going to be Mistress Leonie de Gray, Duke Sir Cornelius and myself, Lady Sophia Van Dorne. Please send through documentation by Wednesday so that we can start to read through it ASAP. Best email address is

Not in a group for the pentathlon? Come along and see the group tables! There has been some amazing entries with lots to learn, see and sometimes taste!

There is a final round of judging in November 2013 followed by a display by the winning team at Fields of Gold.

In service


Descartes Specials Pentathalon 1



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Politarchopolis Pentathalon 2013 – Round 1 Results

Results are now available for the first round of the 2013 Politarchopolis Pentathalon (10 March 2013)  – a big congratulations to the Descartes Specials who took out first place!

Descartes Specials Pentathalon 1

Some of the winning entry from the Descartes Specials

Points for the team were as follows:

La Cocinara Locas – 135
Team Andronicus – 135
Burbage – 132
The Three Amigos – 121
Descartes Specials – 153
Rouge et Valois – 143
Sew & Swear – 146
House of Hurts – 97

Huge congratulations to all who worked to create their projects.  With entries ranging from hand made sugar, candles, soap, inks, sauces, wines, pickles and pottery, Politarchopolis should be very proud of the knowledge and creativity of its populace.  Some of the teams are sharing their progress along the way.  You can keep in touch with the progress of the Three Amigos here.

Entries for Round 2 of Pentathalon are due on the 19th of May 2013.

Some of the lemon themed entries from La Cocinaras Locas

Some of the lemon themed entries from La Cocinaras Locas

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