December letter – Town Meeting!

 Baron Crispin and Baroness Joan offer greetings unto their noble and gentle populace of Politarchopolis, wishing that all are kept in good spirits and rude health.

 Of first importance, thanks again to all those who made Fields of Gold the fabulous extravaganza that it was, and who helped us in both large and small ways as we took on the role of being your Baron and Baroness. We are very proud to be here, and hope the Barony will prosper even more than usual during our reign!

 A town meeting has been scheduled for soon after Christmas. The purpose of this meeting (beyond socialising!) is to create a forum for ideas from all members of the Barony, and to assist bot h us and the Officers in planning for the coming year. We aim to help you get more of what you want out of the Society, and with so many different interests and opinions, that takes planning. And participation.

 So, if you have an event idea, if you want to run an event, cook for an event, clean privies at an event…come along. If you want to catch up with people you aren’t necessarily related to, after the family holiday, come along. If you want a say in the shape of future meetings, training sessions, competitons, etcetera…come along! And if you think you might like to take on an officer role, but just need a bit of encouragement, please come along. 😉

 The meeting is planned for Sunday, 5th January, at the Ainslie hall. Please come and join the fun!

 After the Town Meeting, the next items in our official calendar are Twelfth Night in Okewaite, followed by Valentine’s. His Excellency will be travelling to Border War in February. We hope many of you will also be able to enjoy these events.

 Those who attended Yule may have heard talk of our consultation with the Oracle. In her wisdom, she has delivered us a riddle of oaks and rowan trees. We believe we understand her meaning, and intend to make a show of strength at 12th Night. We expect the matter to escalate from there. 🙂

 In service, this seventeenth day of December,

 Joan and Crispin.

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From the Baron and Baroness – April Greetings

Greetings to the populace!

This year seems to be going by very quick and we’ve enjoyed some great events including the Feast of St Valentine and Festival.

Their Excellencies at Rowany Festival 2013, chatting to their Northern Cousin

Their Excellencies at Rowany Festival 2013, chatting to their Northern Cousin

We are looking forward to the rest of the events coming up this year, at least one a month! Our new coronets should be on their way to being made soon and we are very happy with how the barony and its colleges are faring.

Politarchopolis seems to be thriving at the moment which is fantastic to see. Many people have been putting in much hard work and if you have seen someone do so, please recommend them and their actions to us at Politarchopolis@lochac.net. A full list of available awards is available here.

Yours in service

Aonghus and Ginevra
Baron and Baroness

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From the Seneschal – A Quick Word

Hello Polit!

Rapier Championship It is wonderful to see so much happening in the Barony at present!

I just want to mention a few things happening around the place. Firstly, as has been advertised the annual hall hire fee has been increased slightly to reflect the cost of our   new hall in Ebden Street, Ainslie. Individuals 16 years and over will be paying $60 a year. This allows use of the hall whenever it is open and covers insurance and hall hire for members. The $5 insurance levy for non-members continues as is. Additionally we are introducing a family rate. This will cover families consisting of two adults and one child between the ages of 5 and 16. Any other children between 5 and 16 in that family are free. As you can gather, children under 5 are free. Fee’s can be paid at the hall in cash or you can find the details to make the payment electronically on the Reeve’s page.

I am also undertaking research to enable SCA Politarchopolis to be registered as an association within the ACT. There are several benefits to this, one of the most important being gaining the ability to apply for government grants to support our activities.

Valentines feast was a roaring success with lots of good reports coming out of it, many thanks to the stewarding team for the night.  Coming up we have the Baronial Rapier Championship in May and the Politarchopolis Arts & Sciences Collegia in August.  Proposed events (event details still to be finalised) include Event in Box (June) Midwinter at the Manor (July), St Vitas Dance Weekend (September), the Baronial Heavy Combat Championship Tournament (October) and Fields of Gold towards the end of the year.

As always I invite members of the populace interested in running events to talk to me about them. All ideas are welcome and my door (or phone) is always open.

Best wishes


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