What does it cost?

What does it cost?

As a participant of SCA activities in Politarchopolis it is recommended that you pay for SCA Australia membership (please find more info here.)
This is optional, however as you will incur additional insurance fees per session if you have not signed up as a member.

All users of the Politarchopolis hall are expected to pay their share of hall fees (more info below).

Other activities may incur their own costs, but these vary from activity to activity. for more information please contact our Hospitaller (Recruitment Officer) at polit.hospitaller@gmail.com.

Hall Fee payment structure

The following table is a breakdown of various available ways to help us pay the hall hire fees:

SCA MembersNon-members (Includes insurance)
AdultsMinorsAdultsMinors
Single Session
Square only
$5.00$0.00$5.00
+ $10 insurance
$0.00
+ $10 insurance
Monthly(payment plans)
Square only
$13.50$0.00$13.50
+ $10 insurance
per session
$0.00
+ $5 insurance
per session
Quarterly
Square or
online transfer
$40.00$0.00$40.00
+ $10 insurance
per session
$0.00
+ $5 insurance
per session
Annual
Square or
online transfer
$160.00$0.00$160.00
+ $10 insurance
per session
$0.00
+ $5 insurance
per session

Please note this is just our fee to help cover our cost of using the hall, SCA Australia membership is handled separately. For more information on SCA Australia membership, please find more info here.

Why are these fees necessary? 

The Barony of Politarchopolis loses thousands of dollars every year on the hall in Ainslie. This is normally recouped by the group’s annual signature event “Fields of Gold”, however, this makes the group extremely dependent on the financial success of this one event each year. This isn’t great practise, because it limits what we can do with the event, and leaves us financially vulnerable to cancellations. In these uncertain times, we would like to address this financial vulnerability before it leads to trouble. The hall houses our weekly meetups and serves as one of our main storage points for group gear that is both used at events and loaned out to those who need it.

When will payments be due?

Quarterly fees will be due from the first day of the following date ranges:

  • Quarter 1 – 1 Feb to 30 April
  • Quarter 2 – 1 May to 31 July
  • Quarter 3 – 1 Aug to 31 Oct
  • Quarter 4 – 1 Nov to 31 Jan

The Reeve or Seneschal will arrange to have these dates added to the group calendar and wil send reminders before each new quarter. 
Those who choose to may pay for all four quarters upfront if they choose, this is how the annual fee will be charged.
Those who opt for a monthly payment can start from any day of the month.
Single Session fees are due on attendance.

What if someone starts paying in the middle of a quarter?

Monthly increments of $13.50 can be used to fill the remaining time until the next quarter begins without entering into a payment plan.

What about insurance?

Insurance is covered by SCA membership, however if you are not a member you are required to pay $10 per session or $5 per session for minors. 

Will minors have to pay?

People under 18 are not required to pay the hall fees. Event insurance must still be paid each session by non-members though. This is $5 for minors. 

How will compliance be monitored? 

The reeve will be responsible for recording each person’s payment status for the quarter. This file with the seneschal and constable. 

No sensitive financial information will be shared in this document, only:

  • the person’s name, and
  • Which quarters they have paid for, or
  • Whether they are currently on a square payment plan.

How do I pay? 

If you would like to sign up for reoccurring payments, please sign up via our online form. The accepted payment methods are via Square and Bank transfer; the details themselves are available once you have completed the form.

You can also pay by card in person when you show up via our Square readers (more info on the tech here).

Please also be aware that the Baroness has received a number of offers from members to discreetly assist those who might struggle with the hall fees during these tough times. If you think you may have any trouble please contact Baroness Anne privately.