Winter Warmer Warmed Wonderfully

After rather a complicated couple of weeks during which everybody was distracted by various medical and other emergencies, it was lovely to come together for a traditional Lightwoodian pot luck feast.  Fifteen people attended, which is pretty good for this time of year, and we got to try out some new ideas. Lord William has built a new game, known in the mundane world as Cornhole (we really have to come up with a less disturbing name!), which has origins in mid-period Germany.  It will rival our beloved Kubb in popularity and enhance the training that will make Lightwood’s archers …

LAVITSEF – Totally Informal, Still Awesome

For the second time in mumble mumble years, Lightwood has responded to that silly mainland Rowany Festival with a festive occasion of our own: the Lightwood Alternative Very Informal Totally Simplified Easter Festivity, or LAVITSEF. About a dozen Lightwoodians and Ynys Fawrians came down to our new home base at Castle Forbes Bay and had fun. Over three days of Easter there was singing, archery, the Viking game called Kubb, a very silly movie, an easter egg hunt, a sudden unexpected Arts & Sciences collegium, and lots of food! It was all good fun and we’re planning to do it …

Canton Day Was Amazing!

Lightwood has found a new home base at the Castle Forbes Bay Recreation Ground at the end of Meredith Street, so this past Saturday we had our first garbed Canton Day there and then joined in the CFB Recreation Club’s Open Day. Both were well attended: even with the long drive down for St Sebs fresh in their memory, we got a few visitors from Hobart, and as well we had a huge amount of interest from the locals in CFB who thought a medieval group in their back yard was quite a delight. The Rec Ground is a bit …

St Sebastians V

Now that was a fun event!  The weather was dry and the promised rain stayed away, though unusually for Lightwood this didn’t mean either blistering heat or gale force winds. It was just a nice day, a bit cool but not in any way unpleasant. We had around forty people attending, and a large and respectable field of competitors in the tournament and the Arts & Sciences competition.  As is traditional, the trophy for the archery was taken away by Thomas Loxley of Loxley Archers up in Burnie, and to rub it in he and his good lady Guinevere Winter …

Lightwood goes to the Kempton Festival

Our friends from Loxley Archers signed up to provide some Come & Try archery for The Kempton Festival on Sunday the 17th of February, so naturally the Canton had to go along and help out.  It may be a couple of hours away, but compared to Thomas and Guinevere’s drive from Burnie it’s practically next door. In attendance from the Canton were William, Morwenna, Mariot, Ranmor and Talia from Housse de Bonnay, and Karl and Gocken (pictured) from Old Briar Farm. The Festival was moderately well attended, or very well attended if you count the sheep as well as the …

Saturnalia II

The Canton held our second Roman-style midwinter celebration on June 9th at Glen Huon Hall. Steward, once again, was THL Karl Faustus von Aachen, with head cook this year being Óláfr Hafrillugi, in his first (but hopefully not last!) feast for the group. Head Cook Óláfr Hafrillugi, photo by THL Karl Faustus von Aachen During the day, there was a bounteous spread of afternoon tea provided by Óláfr, to sustain the early attendees in various activities such as dancing (led by Baroness Jehanne de Finistère), boffer fighting, (hobby)horse racing and kubb. In the evening, the feast-goers played dice and other …

4th St Sebastian’s Archery Tourney

The Canton of Lightwood held our fourth annual St Sebastian’s archery tourney and picnic on Saturday 3rd March 2018. It was a delightful day, with a challenging archery course, a great deal of food, and enjoyable company. We had 35 archers take the field, in two individual rounds followed by a couples’ shoot. We enjoyed the company of some members of the Loxley Traditional Archers, who travelled down from the north of the Barony to join us for this event. While several are old friends, it was a pleasure to meet others who were new to attending southern events, and …

Lightwood’s Sixth Birthday

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 had finished packing up and 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! Thanks go to Lady Mariot de Bonnay who stewarded the event, Lady Helewyse de Bonnay for providing …

Living History at Great Southern Gathering

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 …