November dates: Canton Day and 6th Birthday picnic

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.

Canton Day

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!

By Adelindis filia Gotefridi | News, Upcoming | Link

Royal Event Etiquette discussion

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!

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Great Southern Gathering

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.

Go here for information about prices and bookings. For enquiries, contact booking officer Lady Thyri skjaldmær.

By Adelindis filia Gotefridi | News | Link

Canton Project Night – Boffer Making

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.


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Canton Day

Lightwood was blessed with a beautiful winter’s day for the resumption of Canton Day on Saturday 8 July. We had 12 people in attendance, including several who had travelled down from the greater Barony, and several rounds of archery were enjoyed, interspersed with a pot luck lunch.

photo by Eric TF Bat

The ingenious backstop for catching arrows and preventing them from travelling into the neighbour’s paddock worked very effectively. Thanks to Lady Mariot and Lord Ranmor for their hospitality, and the effort they put into preparing the archery range. We hope to be back again soon!

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Canton of Lightwood in December and January

While the Canton Day on the 5th was washed out by the weather, the Canton will still be active in the lead-up to Christmas. Upcoming dates:

  • December 11th: the annual Canton entry in the Geeveston Christmas Parade, starting at 6pm
  • December 12-13th: End of an Era – Royal event, being held by the Barony at Kraken Hall in Hobart, all day
  • December 18th: last A&S project night for the year, 7pm at GeCo
  • December 19th: garbed archery/imot/potluck BBQ and Christmas celebration, Surges Bay oval, 12-3pm
  • December 29th: garbed potluck picnic and practice tourney, Huonville Foreshore BBQ area, 5pm

The Canton will be returning in January with A&S project night and imot on the 8th and 9th, and our next Canton Day on the 16th. Canton Day will be welcoming us back into the swing of things for the year, and we hope to have enough fighters attending to put on a relaxed tourney as well as the usual archery and potluck. Hope to see you there!

By Adelindis filia Gotefridi | News | Link

Feast of the St Edmund’s Pippin photo gallery

Click on the thumbnails to embiggen.

The Day

Opening Court

Opening Court

Arts and Sciences competition entries

Helewyse     Jennifer     William

L-R: Helewyse de Bonnay, Jennifer le Dragoner de Lille, William de Bonnay

Erlendr     Morwenna     Aidan

L-R: Erlendr Tryggvason, Morwenna de Bonnay, Aidan Brock


Lady Elena Anthony’s gilded sugar paste, marzipan and pashmak (fairy floss) entry came to an unfortunate end in an untimely gust of wind, however the populace were still most appreciative of her efforts (particularly the bits they got to eat before this photo was taken).

The Feast

hall in daylight     Feasting and merriment     Feasting and merriment 2

Feast and Candelabra     Feasting and merriment 3     singing the Lightwood Anthem

Dessert course and the cutting of the cake

dessert remove     cutting the cake     birthday cake


Photos by Darren West, Eric TF Bat, Wendy Calabria and Christine Arnold  – thank you!

By Adelindis filia Gotefridi | News, Uncategorized | Link

Feast of the St Edmund’s Pippin

On 21st November 2015 the Canton and Barony gathered at Kraken Hall, the home of the Barony of Ynys Fawr, to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the creation of the Canton of Lightwood. It was a light-hearted event featuring a full day of heavy and rapier tourneys and an archery competition, an A&S competition, and an evening of feasting and entertainment.

Stewards were Helewyse and Robert de Bonnay (Christine and Bill Arnold), and Head Cook was Ursula Mariae Einhorn (Angela Garth).

Opening Court

Baron and Baroness of Ynys Fawr at Opening Court – photo by Darren West

The winners of the various competitions were as follows:

Party hat killer skirmish

Winner Jack of Lightwood (Jack Hyde)
Second place Wulfgar Jarnsida (Dan Russell)

Heavy tournament

Winner Aidan Brock (Kevin Hotson)
Second place Wulfgar Jarnsida (Dan Russell)
Third place Robert de Bonnay (Bill Arnold)

Rapier tournament

Winner Perran of Lyskyret (Peter Apted)
Second place Anselm de Calabria (Nicholas Calabria)

Archery target shoot

Winner William de Bonnay (Terry Arnold)
Second place Aidan Brock (Kevin Hotson)
Third place Morwenna de Bonnay (Jan Arnold)

Apple on the head target shoot

A very close 1 for 1 shoot out between William de Bonnay and Erlendr Tryggvason (Tully Lampasona) saw William de Bonnay take the win.

A&S competition

Winner of the overall prize for the A&S competition was Helewyse de Bonnay (Christine Arnold).
Jennifer le Dragonier de Lille (Jenni Hotson) was awarded the token for best documentation.

Further details of the A&S competition can be found here.


At Court, the changeover of the Canton’s Seneschal, Constable, Lists and A&S Officers took place. Thanks were given to Mariot de Bonnay (retiring Seneschal), Helewyse de Bonnay (retiring Constable and Lists) and Adelindis filia Gotefridi (retiring A&S Officer) for their service, and congratulations to Helewyse de Bonnay (Seneschal), Morwenna de Bonnay (Constable and Lists) and Tina of Lightwood (A&S) for stepping forward to take on these offices.

Bridget Wynter was also appointed a lady-in-waiting to Her Excellency, Baroness Madeleine de Bourgogne.

The feast

Feasting and merriment 3

Photo by Wendy Cockshaw

First Remove:
Bread Rolls/Gluten free bread rolls
Vegetarian soup
Sweet potato soup
Pea and Ham soup

Second Remove:
Platters of rice, vegetables and beans
Apricot pork
Beef Nicoise
Armenian Lamb

Third Remove:
Dessert – Hot Apple Pies (what would a Lightwood event be without apple pie?) with cream and fresh made custard
Fruit Cakes (made by Jenni Hotson)
Birthday Cake (made by Christine Arnold)

cutting the cake

Adelindis and Karl Faustus cutting the cake – photo by Christine Arnold


By Adelindis filia Gotefridi | News | Link

Canton Day

Curious about medieval re-enactment and want to know more about it?

During October-May the Canton of Lightwood will be holding Canton Day at Heritage Park in Geeveston from 11:30am on the first Saturday of every month (weather and other Baronial events permitting), where we put on our medieval clothes and bring along a potluck dish to share for lunch, and enjoy conversation, games or other social activities. Anyone interested is welcome to come by and have a look. Garb isn’t expected of newcomers, of course, but we have some to borrow if you want to get into the spirit of the day.

Last season Canton Day included archery, which interested bystanders were welcome to participate in, but due to changing circumstances at Heritage Park this is no longer possible. If we find a new venue this may change, so check back here!

For more information please contact our Hospitaller, Lady Morwenna de Bonnay (Jan Arnold) on (03) 6297 1083.


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Medieval Mayhem Returns

After a three-year break, Medieval Mayhem will return to Geeveston in April 2012.

Read on

By Karl Faustus von Aachen | Press Release | Link