St Sebastian’s is coming!

Only one week remains until Lightwood’s annual archery extravaganza is upon us! Suspenseful shooting, fiendishly difficult targets, and delicious pies, what’s not to love? Book by 24th February to the stewards to make sure you get fed.

To get in some last minute practice before the event, there is archery scheduled tomorrow at Surges Bay Recreation Ground – weather permitting, as ever. If it looks iffy, check the Facebook group or contact the Captain of Archers (6297 1083) to confirm.


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Saturnalia: save the date

The Canton of Lightwood will be running our Roman-style celebration of the winter solstice on the 9th of June this year. More details to come closer to the date, but this year will be a cosy indoor event featuring games and merriment – and of course, food!

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4th St Sebastian’s Archery Picnic

The Canton of Lightwood cordially invites you to join us for the fourth St Sebastians archery tournament and picnic. Enjoy a day of archery, including a couples shoot, and a pot luck lunch.

Following the success of last year’s extremely popular (and delicious) A&S competition, we will be running the same competition this year. Make your favourite pie (or two!), bring it along to be judged, and then let the crowd decide whether they agree with the judges’ vote. Documentation appreciated, but not required.

Last year’s winning entry, by Lady Heloise de Bonnay

Member: $5. Non-member: $10
Steward: Morwenna & William de Bonnay
Bookings by Sat 24 Feb, to the stewards on morwennadebonnay@gmail.com

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Canton of Lightwood in the news

The Huon News, that is. The Canton’s contingent were photographed for the Huon News spread on the Geeveston Christmas parade. Huzzah! Thanks to all our participants for putting on a great show for the crowd and supporting our local community.

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Geeveston Christmas Pageant

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!

2015 Christmas parade contingent

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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 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.

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November Canton Day update

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.

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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, fromĀ  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.

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Canton Days

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.

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August Canton Day

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.

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