UPDATE: Due to poor drainage and construction work in Heritage Park, the route has now changed. Assembly point for participants is at the intersection of School Road and the highway (at the big log), and the parade will follow the usual route but then continue along Arve Road and turn back up School Road, to end at the Fire Station for carols, etc.
Lightwood’s last outing for the year will be our annual contingent in the Geeveston Christmas Pageant. This year we don’t have a float, but will be walking in garb and with banners. Meet at 6pm at the Geeveston Fire Station for a 6:30pm start. After the parade we will be staying for carols in the park, unless the weather is really determined to make us go home early – like last year, the forecast looks like warm and waterproof garb might be advisable!
Lightwood celebrated our sixth birthday with a lovely, relaxed archery tourney and potluck picnic on November 25th. The weather blessed us with a perfectly-timed break between unpleasantly hot and windy and thunderstorms, which meant that we had just the right conditions for the event and the heavens opened as everyone was leaving site.
The winners of the archery tourney were THL William de Bonnay (first), Lady Jennifer Dragoner de Lille (second) and Lady Morwenna de Bonnay (third). Huzzah!
Photos and more details to come.
Due to inclement weather, November’s Canton Day will now be held at a private venue in Castle Forbes Bay. Please contact the Seneschal for address details.
Lots happening in the Canton in November! Canton Day is Saturday the 4th, and our 6th birthday celebration will be held on Saturday 25th. In between, many of us will also be attending the Kingdom of Lochac’s November Crown Tournament, which is being hosted by the Barony of Ynys Fawr in the lands of our fair Canton, on 11-12 November.
For a bit of a change, and because we’re also holding an archery picnic later in the month, Canton Day this month will be a garbed potluck picnic on the Franklin Foreshore. 11:30-1:30, newcomers very welcome. You don’t need to wear garb to come along and chat about what we do, but if you want to borrow something please contact our Hospitaller, Lady Morwenna de Bonnay (Jan) on email or (03) 6297 1083.
Lightwood’s Sixth Birthday
Come and join us on November 25 from 10am-3pm, as we celebrate our sixth birthday on Surges Bay Oval, Esperance Coast Road, Surges Bay. There will be an archery tournament, a boffer tournament and potluck picnic lunch. There will be cake! Cost is $5 + $5 for non-members insurance. Steward of the event is Lady Mariot de Bonnay (Dayle).
This is a garbed event: if you need to borrow something please contact our Hospitaller (details above).
We hope to see you there!
The Canton was well-represented at the recent 9th Great Southern Gathering, held at Orana Scouts and Guides Camp, Roches Beach, from 29 September-2 October. Both Baroness Adelindis and the honourable Lord Karl Faustus von Aachen taught several classes across the weekend, and Nick and Tina of Lightwood and their family enriched the event with their living history encampment. Nick put on a demonstration of campfire cooking throughout the day, ultimately sharing his delicious goose stew and goose pastries (from their own homegrown and processed geese, to make the experience even more authentic) and home-brewed mead with the interested visitors. They also hosted a bardic circle around the fire on Saturday night.
The encampment was a thoroughly atmospheric addition to the collegia and tourneys of the weekend, and was thoroughly appreciated (particularly the bits involving geese and mead) by all its many visitors throughout the event.
All photos supplied by Tina Hale. Click to embiggen.
In the lead-up to November Crown Tourney, hosted by the Barony, the Canton is holding a potluck dinner and discussion on the etiquette pertaining to a Royal event. Anyone who is interested in learning more about what to expect at a Kingdom event is welcome to attend. This will be held at our usual venue, GeCo, on 7th October, from 7pm, and will be facilitated by Countess Beatrice Maria Malatesta and Sir Guillaume d’Oze. We thank these gentles for their time, and look forward to a productive and enjoyable discussion.
When: October 7th, 7pm
Where: Geeveston Community Centre, 9B School Rd, Geeveston.
Cost: $2 donation to cover venue hire plus $5 non-member insurance levy as applicable
What to bring: a plate to share, and lots of questions!
Alas, the glorious run of luck we’d been having with winter events deserted us this weekend, and the archery component was cancelled for this month’s Canton Day. Instead, we met up for a potluck lunch.
After this month’s date was put back to avoid clashes, Canton Day for September will return to being the first Saturday of the month, so feel free to come and join us on September 2nd for a few hours of archery and fun.
Over the weekend 29 September- 2 October, the Barony of Ynys Fawr will be hosting the 9th annual Great Southern Gathering (GSG), a weekend teaching event which rotates yearly between Ynys Fawr and the Baronies of Krae Glas (south-east Melbourne) and Innilgard (Adelaide). This year it will be held at Orana Girl Guides Camp, Roches Beach. Members of the Canton will be in attendance, both teaching and attending classes.
GSG was conceived as a relaxed weekend of teaching and sharing knowledge across many fields and spheres of interest – this year’s line up of Arts and Sciences (A&S) classes includes topics as diverse as singing early music, 16th century men’s shirts, leather working, understanding historical pottery, panel painting, and creatively anachronistic op shopping. This year, there will be also a Viking living history encampment, with Canton members Nick and Tina demonstrating campfire cooking and other period crafts during the day. There will be a strong focus on rapier (fencing), with several visiting teachers of high renown offering classes both practical and theoretical. A feast will be held on Saturday night, followed by a bardic circle around the campfire where performers gather to share songs, entertainments and laughter. Classes continue on Sunday morning, followed by tournaments for children’s boffer combat, armoured combat, archery and rapier.
Our next Canton Day will be held on August 19th, from 11am-3pm. Canton Days are a relaxed and fun way of getting involved in the Canton – come along and try archery and enjoy a potluck lunch. Canton Days are garbed events but we have loaner garb available if needed. Just talk to our Hospitaller to arrange something.
Canton Day will be held at a private address, so please contact our Hospitaller, Lady Morwenna de Bonnay, for details, by email or calling (03) 6297 1083.
If you’re closer to Hobart, the Barony of Ynys Fawr is holding a similar casual garbed potluck picnic (no archery, but there may be a heavy or rapier tourney, depending on attendance) on August 5th, at Nutgrove Park, Long Beach, Sandy Bay. Contact the office of the Baronial Chatelaine for details.
After the success of the children’s boffer-fighting component at Saturnalia, the Canton decided that we needed to make boffers for the group rather than relying on private or Baronial loans. Friday 21 July was picked as the night to work on this project. Many hands make light work, and with the use of the workshop at our wonderful venue, the Geeveston Community Centre (GeCo), we had seven new boffer swords and daggers made in no time.
Photos by Adelindis filia Gotefridi and Karl Faustus von Aachen. Click to embiggen.
The Canton meets most Friday nights at GeCo from 7pm for A&S project night – bring your own, or work on something to benefit the group. For details, check out our calendar, Facebook group or contact our A&S officer, Tina of Lightwood.