The Barony of Politarchopolis

The medieval Society for Creative Anachronism in Canberra, Australia.

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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Valentines Event (Saturday the 13th of Feb)

Greetings,

Schedule for Saturday’s event is:

1500 site set-up
1700 event start – games. Also try out archery, rapier and heavy.
1920 Baronial Court
2000 event close

Plenty of room for additions – just ask…

Aeveril of Ambledune

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Politarchopolis campsite at Rowany Festival

Greetings all,

As of today’s baronial meeting, I’m the campsite coordinator for the Politarchopolis campsite at this year’s Rowany festival.

If you are the contact for a household that is camping in the Politarchopolis campsite, or if you are not part of a household but want to camp with Politarchopolis: Please let me know how many people you expect to be camping with you and give me a list of your tent dimensions.

This will help me with planning out where to fit everyone and will help ensure our campsite gets enough land.

The other important way to ensure we are allocated enough space is to book for Rowany Festival. Go do that NOW!

http://festival.lochac.sca.org/

Thanks,
– Baron Crispin

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Pot Luck End of Year Celebration

The last regular Sunday afternoon practice for the year is on the 19th of December, and to end off the year we are having a pot-luck (bring a plate to share) celebration.

Reading Anne’s wrap-up in Griffintayle reminds us that this has been a big and varied year, so come along and join in, talk about what we’ve done and bring your ideas for what we should do next year.

– Crispin and Joan

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Fields of Gold

Greetings everyone,

Fields of Gold was fabulous once more, thanks to a large and dedicated
team of people. We will leave it to the Stewards to make their specific
thanks, but we would like to note that a large multi-day event such as
this requires a huge amount of time and effort.

Thank you to any and all who helped, even in the smallest way. Chipping
in where you can reduces the burden on the stewarding team and makes a
much more pleasant event for everyone.

There was a LOT of court. Their Majesties made numerous awards which
were very well received. We also conducted some baronial business, and
paid our taxes to the Crown. Our thanks to the populace who provided
goods with which to pay those dues.

Thank you also to all who assisted us and the Crown at various times. We
were excellently attended during the event, and knowing we can rely upon
our retainers is a marvelous thing.

We hope everyone enjoyed the event and came away with great stories to
take home.

Regards,
Joan and Crispin.

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Late breaking news: Tudor feast cancelled

Unfortunately the Andronicus Tudor Feast has had to be cancelled. Apologies for the late notice.

However things are ramping up for Fields of Gold: See you there!

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Tudor Times

We’ve had great fun at the Field Day Demo and at Baronial Quarter Day. Thanks to all those who helped out.

Next up: The College of Andronicus has announced a Tudor Feast in honour of the current King and Queen.

And of course, There is Fields of Gold at the end of November.

– Baron Crispin

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Coming events!

Greetings All,

A few events of note are coming up within the barony:

Murrumbateman Field Days demo (17-18 October, Murrambateman): Otto Sexburger is the steward, please contact him with offers of help. There will be tournaments and display tables and no doubt other things. This is an important chance for Torlyon to attract new members, so come along and help.

Baronial Quarter Day (24 October 2015, Tuggeranong Archery Club): Ginereva is the steward of this day of picnicking, archery and tournaments, including the baronial archery championship.

Fields of Gold (27-29 November, Bungendore Show Grounds): Ysambart Courtin is the steward of this weekend of tournaments, classes, jousting and feasting. This is a Royal event, with many visitors from around the kingdom, so come along and join the fun.

– Baron Crispin

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Arts & Sciences Event This Weekend

Due to there being a heap of good fun classes at the A&S Event this weekend at the Tuggeranong Sea Scouts Hall, we will not open our regular hall at Ainslie on Sunday Afternoon.

If you would like to participate in heavy or rapier training on Sunday Afternoon, come along the the A&S Event instead and do some training in the park. And if you were thinking of doing something more craft-related at our usual practice, then do I have the event for you!

Arts and Sciences Collegium 15-16th August

Classes start from 9am both Saturday and Sunday.
Lunches are provided and there is a feast on Saturday night.

In addition there will be a fundraiser breakfast BBQ hosted by the College of St Andronicus on both Saturday and Sunday before the classes begin.

Address: Mortimer Lewis Drive, Greenway, ACT

See you there!
– Baron Crispin

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Peace! (Also: War!)

Greetings to all from Baron Crispin.

We were present at Coronation to witness the end of the Mongol empire and celebrate the beginning of the Tudor reign of King Steffan and Queen Branwen. As the Good King Steffan decreed, the coming 6 months will be ones of peace, joy and good fun.

With this in mind, I shall journey to Radburne this 7th to 9th of August to partake in as much peace, joy and jolly good fun that war can offer. I encourage all who appreciate such simple pleasures to join with me for a spot of clashing and pillaging on the battlefield.

Further details here:
http://radburne.lochac.sca.org/?p=919

Good cheer!
– Baron Crispin

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