The Canton kicked off archery practice for the season with a well-attended session at Surges Bay oval today.
Archery practice happens every fortnight (please check the calendar for exact dates) from 11:30 (set-up) to around 3pm. Anyone can come and have a go, you just need to sign an event membership and pay an indemnity for the day so that you are covered by insurance. Children are welcome to participate from the age of about 5, under parental supervision. For more details, see our page on Archery, or contact our Captain of Archers, Lord William de Bonnay, on 6297 1083.
The Canton sent a goodly contingent of members to the Sheffield Medieval Festival this year, to help represent the Barony. The stalwart de Bonnay family also lent their aid to the Loxley Archers group in the running of the archery display. Despite the rain and wind it was a great event, with lots of interested souls braving the weather to come and see what is on offer in the medieval world in Tasmania.
A great photo of Canton Captain of Archers Lord William de Bonnay, captured in action, was also included in the ABC News Online’s excellent story on the Festival (near the end).
We look forward to returning next year to enjoy the hospitality of the Festival’s organisers, the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights Templar Tasmania – OSMTJ.
Congratulations to all those members of the Canton who – among many other members of the broader Barony – were recognised for their achievements at the End of an Era Royal event on Saturday!
In the Court of King Steffan and Queen Branwen, Baron Sir Guillaume d’Oze was elevated to the Order of the Silver Pegasus for his consistent record of outstanding service to the Barony of Ynys Fawr, and through it, the Kingdom of Lochac. Baron Karl Faustus von Aachen was awarded the Order of Taillefer for his achievements in the bardic arts over many years. Many inspirational words were spoken about the service given to the Kingdom by members of the Canton, which were heartily endorsed by all those present.
Also in the evening’s Court, Lord William de Bonnay, on behalf of the Housse de Bonnay and the Canton of Lightwood, made a presentation to the King and Queen of two beautifully turned wooden boxes, made by his own hand from timber native to the Barony. These were received with much gratitude and admiration.
There were also a number of awards made to Canton members at the afternoon’s Baronial Court.
Lord Ronald of Ynys Fawr was recognised by Baron Hrolf as being an inspiration to all the fighters of Ynys Fawr, as well as for his quiet but consistent record of success in melee fighting. He now holds the Bronze Falchion in trust until a new opportunity to recognise one of the Barony’s fighters for their achievements presents itself.
Lord Ronald of Ynys Fawr, the newest holder of the Bronze Falchion
Other members of the Canton who were recognised at the Baronial Court include Lord Robert de Bonnay, who was awarded the Order of the Garnet Anchor for his service to the Barony; and Lord Ronald who, in addition to holding the Bronze Falchion itself, was also given the Order of the Bronze Falchion for fighting prowess.
The Canton made its usual show in the Geeveston Christmas Pageant on December 11. Luckily the rain held off for the parade, although the carols in the park were not so fortunate.
Photos by the Geeveston Gazette (used with permission). Click on the thumbnail to enlarge.
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!
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Arts and Sciences competition entries
L-R: Helewyse de Bonnay, Jennifer le Dragoner de Lille, William de Bonnay
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).
Dessert course and the cutting of the cake
Photos by Darren West, Eric TF Bat, Wendy Calabria and Christine Arnold – thank you!
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).
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)
Winner Aidan Brock (Kevin Hotson)
Second place Wulfgar Jarnsida (Dan Russell)
Third place Robert de Bonnay (Bill Arnold)
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.
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.
Bread Rolls/Gluten free bread rolls
Sweet potato soup
Pea and Ham soup
Platters of rice, vegetables and beans
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)
Congratulations to Lightwood’s new Seneschal, Lady Helewyse de Bonnay (Christine Arnold), for her winning entry in the Arts and Sciences competition run in conjunction with the Feast of the St Edmunds Pippin, 21st November 2015.
Congratulations are also due to Lady Jennifer le Dragonier de Lille (Jenni Hotson) of the Barony of Ynys Fawr, who was awarded the token for best documentation.
There were seven entries in the competition, of a very high standard and across a great range of media, from sugar paste to stone-working (in fact, with three edible entries, we proved that even in Arts and Sciences competitions, Canton events follow the motto “Walk in, waddle home”). Thanks go to Lady Helewyse, Lady Jennifer, Erlendr Tryggvason, Lord William de Bonnay, Lord Aidan Brock, Lady Morwenna de Bonnay and Lady Elena Anthony for your inspiring entries! Photos of all the entries can be found here.
There is an A&S competition being run in conjunction with Lightwood’s birthday event on November 21st, the Feast of the St Edmund’s Pippin.
Entries can be in any medium, on the theme of Lightwood’s device: Quarterly gules and argent, an apple tree Or fructed gules within a laurel wreath counterchanged. They can be either something depicting the device (item of heraldic display, artistic representation, etc), or something based on an element (apple tree, apples, quarterly red and white, etc). An attempt at documentation would be appreciated by the judges but is not required for entry. Please contact the Canton’s A&S Officer Adelindis filia Gotefridi if you have any questions or for assistance with research and documentation.
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.