The Canton of Lightwood

Medieval Recreation in the Huon Valley

St Sebastian’s Archery Picnic

The Canton invites you to join us for the third St Sebastian’s Archery Picnic, to be held at Surges Bay Oval on February 18th, 2016.

Details: Target Archery Tournament & supplemented pot luck lunch.
Come along and join in! Bring a partner for our Mixed Pairs Shoot.

9.30 Sign In For a 10am Start

Price: Adults and over 16: $15, under 16: FREE
$5 insurance for all Non-Members

Bookings: close Sun 12 Feb
Bookings Contact:

A&S Competition
Make your Favourite Medieval Pie

MEAT, FRUIT the list is endless!
– Bake 1 Pie or a Dozen
– Leave it at the A&S table upon sign in with your ingredients list
– Pies will be scored by our judges on the day
– Documentation is encouraged

Judges will be looking for:
– Presentation
– Flavour
– Skill

Once the judges have finished scoring, the populace will be able to eat them and decide on their own favourites!

We hope to see you on the day.

By Adelindis filia Gotefridi | Webminister | Link

UPDATE: Canton Day, November

Alas, the weather is not co-operating, and Canton Day has been cancelled for November. Check back here for details on our next archery practice.

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Canton Day, November

Welcome to people finding us from the the Blossom Festival display at GeCo today! If you are interested in finding out more about us and what we do, why not come along to our next Canton Day? Held on Saturday 5th November, at Surges Bay oval, we will be getting together for a relaxed day of archery practice, BBQ lunch and socialising. Set up is between 11:30-12pm, and practice usually winds up around 3pm. We will be in garb, but don’t worry if you don’t have anything to wear – our Hospitaller will have something available if you want to get into the spirit of the thing.


Children are welcome to participate in archery from the age of about five (or when they are old enough to hold the bow safely and take direction from our archery Marshals).

To participate in the archery, all non-members, of any age, will need to pay a $5 insurance surcharge, which makes you members for the duration of the event and thus covered by our policy. If you want to come more regularly, a yearly SCA membership is $35 per adult, and any number of children can be added to an adult membership for free. A gold coin donation per adult towards the Canton’s expenses is also appreciated, but not required.

10476398_658777790883145_3494990831613981726_nArchery is always subject to the vagaries of the weather, of course, so if it looks doubtful due to wind or rain, the best way to confirm whether or not it will be going ahead for the day is checking the Canton of Lightwood’s Facebook group, where any cancellation will be advised before 11am, or by calling the Captain of Archers.

For more information on archery in the Canton, please contact the Captain of Archers, Lord William de Bonnay (Terry Arnold), on (03) 6297 1083. For more information on the Canton, you can talk to our Hospitaller, Lady Morwenna de Bonnay (Jan Arnold), at or (03) 6297 1083. We hope to see you at an event soon!



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Archery is back!

The Canton kicked off archery practice for the season with a well-attended session at Surges Bay oval today.

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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.

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Sheffield Medieval Festival

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.

canton-sheffield-stallCanton Deputy Seneschal Lady Mariot de Bonnay, Baron Karl Faustus von Aachen, and minstrel Bridget Wynter at the stall on Saturday

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.

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End of an Era

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.

Bronze Falchion photo by Adelindis filia Gotefridi

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.


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Geeveston Christmas Pageant

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.

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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

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Feast and Candelabra     Feasting and merriment 3     singing the Lightwood Anthem

Dessert course and the cutting of the cake

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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

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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


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