The Barony of Politarchopolis

The Society for Creative Anachronism in Canberra, Australia

Baronial Meeting March 16 2014


Politarchopolis Baronial Meeting
March 16 2014

 Meeting opened 2:10 pm, with apology from Simon who was running late.

 - Baronial reporting completed recently. Yay!

 - process regarding fourth peerage complete, no published results as yet.

 - Other Baronies -
Stormhold – selection process underway.
Rowany – Miles and Ameline announced as successors, invest in May.
Innilgard – Eva and Yevan selected, invest before Festival.

 - Officers -
We have one applicant for each of the open officerships. All current applicants have been found acceptable. Their names will be sent to Lochac Seneschal, and once announced, there will be a commentary period of two weeks for the populace to make any opinions known. Each of the applicants present made a brief introduction to the meeting. Proposed officers are:

Naomi (Muirghein) – A&S
Niall – Marshal
Leta and Alexandra – Chronicler and Webwright
Luke (Gabriel) – Hospitaller/Chandler
Lorcan – Captain of Fence
Catherine Connor – deputy for whoever needs one (possibly Luke at this time)
Shona (Iseldis) – Chirurgeon

- Hall issues-
There have been several occasions recently when the hall has been found dirty or not properly locked up after our sessions. There are extra charges to the Barony for cleaning, air conditioners left running etc. Extra vigilance is required!

The last people using the hall or park must take responsibility for leaving the premises as it should be.

Unscheduled visits by other hall users could be contributing to the problem. We need to be certain our group is shutting everything up properly.

Simon is to prepare a checklist poster which will be prominently displayed in the hall.

Suggestion we keep a record each session of the hall status, so we have proof if needed.

 - Baron and Baroness-
Next event is 30th Anniversary Feast of Fools (29th Mar). Come along!

Roll of arms has been updated as far as currently possible. Yay! Thanks to those who have contributed. Keep sending in corrections and updates if you have them.

 - Festival-
Baronial Brunch at Festival – pancakes and basic condiments will be provided for all who wish to take part. Held in Polit Central campsite on the Sunday morning.

Niall is to be knighted on Monday at Festival. Open vigil will be held at Morales Beaumont on Sunday night, after the Fighter Auction.

 Polit Central campsite meeting scheduled for today no longer required, therefore cancelled.

 - Food Safety Legislation -
Members of the Barony who would like to receive training as Food Safety Officers should contact the Seneschal. A number of people will be sponsored, so we have people available for every event.

Interest already indicated by Brigid, Helouys, Catherine Connor.

 - Working with Vulnerable People-
Anyone working with minors (marshalling, running a class etc) will need to have a WwVP card. The check is free for volunteers, but requires filling in a form, providing passport photos and witnessing by a JP.

Use the Seneschal’s details as contact info for volunteer organisation.

Simon to post information and links to paperwork on the website and email list.

 - General Business -
More advertising for meetings needed. This meeting was announced in the minutes from the previous meeting, but was not widely publicised in the leadup to the actual day. Info needs to be sent to email list, website and FB group. Simon undertakes to ensure this is better managed in future.

 Rachel (Liadan) wants volunteers to help with running her A&S event.

 Helouys – thanks for attendees at beginners dance session today. All welcome to future sessions also.

 Ulric – novelty archery shoot coming up, as there is a fifth Sunday in this month. “Winter” archery targets are at 20, 15 and 10 yards. Sunday 30th March, Tuggeranong Archery Club.

 Meeting closed 2:58 pm. 20 people attending. Minutes taken by Joan.

The next Baronial Meeting should be at 2pm, Ainslie Hall, Sunday 13th April.


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Rowany Festival

Here you will find some information and resources about Rowany Festival, the SCA’s largest event.  In particular, this page deals with the Politarchopolis baronial campsite.

Going to Festival?

Easter is only Two Weeks Away!

You may want to consider:

 If you’d like to stay in the Politarchopolis campsite (Polit Central), make sure to tell Anushka, who is co-ordinating it. There’s a Facebook group for it: “2014 Politarchopolis Festival Campsite”. And when booking for Festival, make sure to put Politarchopolis as the group you are camping with, so that the campsite is big enough to fit everyone.

The Politarchopolis campsite is not planning a food fund, so you may wish to book with the Greesispoone kitchen being run by our very own Mistress Monique. See for further details.

If you are a heavy fighter who first fought in Politarchopolis, then you are eligible to join the Politarchopolis team for the “Group of Origin” tournament that is being organised for Monday afternoon at Festival by Count Niall. Talk to Countess Liadan, who is organising our team.

The war this Festival is between Politarchopolis and Rowany: we need your help! Heavy combattants, combat archers, water bearers, banner bearers and generally anyone keen to see our Barony victorious are welcome to join the war effort, either at the procession in opening court on Thursday night (and the party afterwards), on the battlefield or helping make banners and other items in the lead up. Talk to Baron Crispin if you want to get involved, either in person, or send an email to

We’re also planning a Baronial Brunch for Sunday morning at Festival, from 8:30am. Joan is cooking pancakes, so come along to Polit Central and eat, socialise and prepare for war.

For more about Festival, see the Festival Website:

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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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Roll of Arms check and update

I have just updated the Roll of Arms as far as I am able. This pretty much means that I’ve added our awards from Valentines’, and a few out of an old post I discovered from Ginevra.

Obviously this still leaves enormous gaps in the record. We’ve decided it may be useful to put out a call, for you all to look at the existing list and see if you can help to fill those gaps.

If your name is incorrect, that’s an easy fix. Send us an email.

If you are sure you have received a certain award, but are not listed, we will need as much info as possible. Give us your name, the current B&B, Herald’s name, event and date – as many of these as you can fill in. We will attempt to cross-check your memory with the appropriate herald and B&B, and hopefully our roll of arms for the last decade will look much less ragged.

Fingers crossed!




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Day at the National Multicultural Festival 2014

It’s the day when Canberra comes out to play so we thought we’d join in!  It’s always great to get out to promote the game we love even it was a little bit warm!

Wendy Weber National Multicultural Festival Canberr 2014 - Martin Ollman

Photo by Martin Ollman

Wendy Weber National Multicultural Festival Canberr 2014 2 - Martin Ollman

Photo by Martin Ollman


Photo by Sam Bianchini


Photo by nanningbear


Slurpies keep the modern knight cool (photo by Sam Bianchini)

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Learn the Arts of Medieval Combat!

luke v ben







Few activities can match the colour, romance, and excitement of the medieval tournament of chivalry. Knights and Squires, Lords and Ladies compete with one another in displays of prowess and honour.

The Beginner’s Combat Course aims to introduce the fundamental principles and techniques of tournament combat, construction of swords and shields along with some of the etiquette and culture of SCA tournaments.

The next course begins Wednesday 19 February 2013  lejla in armour

Venue – Ainslie Scout Hall, corner of Ebden St and Hassall St, AINSLIE.

Cost $20+ weekly Insurance $5 or SCA membership.

Classes are at 6:30pm on Wednesdays with a repeat class Sunday at 2:30pm

All equipment is supplied


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Join us at our Newcomer’s Feast & Tournament – 8 March 2014

Welcome those new to our society  at the Politarchopolis Newcomers feast

When: 8th of March
Where: Ainslie Scout Hall – Cnr of Hassall and Edben St Ainslie
Newcomers (First event) – $10
Members – $15
Non Members – $18

Activities in the park start at 1 with the hall opening at 4 and the first course around 6.30

Details of the heavy and fencing tournaments to be announced

Booking contact Adam the Renegade via Email: or after hours on 0400 299 760

Hope to see lots of you there!

Rapier Combat

The Barony feasts!

The Barony feasts!

sir kitan

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Baronial Meeting This Sunday at 2pm

Good evening,

a reminder that the Baronial meeting will run between 2 and 3pm on Sunday afternoon at the Ainslie Scout Hall on Ebden/Hassall Streets.  Hall usage, fundraising, officer duties and newcomers groups are due to report back with proposals for final reporting as well as standard officer updates.

Posted on behalf of Seymon, Seneschal

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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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