August Monthly Letter

To the populace of Ynys Fawr, do Anna Felice Tavestoche and Adelindis filia Gotefridi send greetings.

Thank you to all those who braved the winter chill to come to our Baroness’ Challenge Picnic and Tourney at Nutgrove Park. It was a splendid day and many incredible food creations were tasted, and sewing projects worked on, but alas no tournament. So the challenge remains set to the fighters of Ynys Fawr for our next tournament.

Baroness Anna has returned triumphant from her travels to Drachenwald where she witnessed the coronation of Siridean MacLachlan and Jahanara Vivana. The many gifts given to them from our populace were greatly appreciated. But one gift was spoken of most of all. As happened at Rowany Festival, Baroness Anna gave out 4 vials of ice from Ynys Rhew (2 to the Prince and Princess of Insular Draconis and 2 to the newly crowned King and Queen). This was a sign of love between our Kingdoms and a way to prove Lochac’s might in the South by claiming that southern white land of Ynys Rhew as ours and ours alone. King Siridean however took this gift as a personal item and has now claimed Ynys Rhew as rightfully his. Their majesties Lochac were notified of their brother’s treachery and have thus called for any and all from Drachenwald who would challenge Lochac’s claim for the lands of the South to come and war with us for it at Rowany Festival. We await to see the result of this overtly treacherous extension by King Siridean.

Thank you to all those who have recently put their names forward to be new officers. Once the commentary period is completed we would ideally like to have office changeovers done before GSG so as to minimise court at this casual gathering. Please talk to Baroness Anna or Baroness Adelindis along with Lord Declan to help us co-ordinate a time and place that would suit all officers involved.

It has been wonderful seeing so many people help with the new silk banners over the past few weeks (from the young to young at heart). We hope you are all plotting to make personal silk banners soon too. There will be many A&S days and weekends leading up to GSG and November Crown. Please either bring your own project to work on or chip in with the larger projects for the Barony. There may even be a bardic potluck night in September (date tbc) to help round out one of the A&S weekends.

Our hearts have been warmed to see archery taking place again of a Sunday and we have heard rumours that there could be 2 new rapiers fighters authorised soon. We look forward to seeing more bodies on the field in all areas of the combat arts.

The Pear Ridge demos are coming up quickly and we thank those who have already put themselves forward to help. Please contact Baroness Beatrix for more information if you are able to assist in any way. The demos are on August 19th and September 9th. Remember that these are paid demos depending on ticket sales so promoting the demos is strongly encouraged as well.

Baronesses Anna and Adelindis are travelling up to Leathann Tir for the first Sunday of the month meeting in September (3rd Sep) and have room in the car for any others wishing to join them for the trip northward.

In service to the Crown and the people of Ynys Fawr,
Anna Felice Tavestoche and Adelindis filia Gotefridi
Baroness and Baroness of Ynys Fawr

July Missive

To the populace of Ynys Fawr, do Anna Felice Tavestoche and Adelindis filia Gotefridi send greetings.

A very chilly Winter Solstice was celebrated in splendid Roman style at the feast of Saturnalia. Many thanks must go to the steward, THL Karl Faustus, and head cook, Lady Alessandra, for pulling together such an enjoyable day. We were pleased to enjoy the company of Baron Gilbert and Baroness Bethony Kraé Glas and their family for the day.

Thanks must go to Lord Ranmor for his time as Captain of Archers; we are sad to see you step down from the position but glad to see that your commitment to archery in the Barony will continue. We were very pleased to see the resumption of regular archery at the Showgrounds this month, and commend our Marshal, Lord Anselm, for his initiative in encouraging more members of the populace to train as Target Archery Marshals to facilitate weekly practice.

We thank Lady Alessandra for stepping up as deputy A&S officer, as well as taking on the job of organising the A&S competition for Great Southern Gathering. We would remind the populace that a number of Baronial offices are vacant or are currently looking for successors. The Barony cannot function without the devoted service of her officers, and we urge you to consider taking on one of these important roles.

There will be A&S activities in plenty in the lead-up to both Great Southern Gathering and November Crown. Thanks to Countess Beatrice and Sir Wulfgar for running the first silk painting workshop. Thanks also to Lady Alessandra and Lord Constantine for offering their home and workshop for the upcoming Big Projects Day on 22 July.

Canton Day on 8 July was successful and enjoyable, with a casual day of garbed archery and potluck feasting. Thank you to Lord Ranmor and Lady Mariot for hosting. We also hope to see another good turnout for the next bimonthly picnic and casual tourney at Nutgrove Park, Long Beach on 5 August, from 10-2.

We would also encourage more of our fighters to consider attending the Pear Ridge demos to be held in Margate on August 19 and September 9. These nights will be paid performances, to a self-selected audience who are already interested in medievalism, and it would be wonderful to see a good show put on by the populace promoting the Barony. Please speak to Baroness Beatrix to register your interest.

Baroness Anna will not be in attendance at this month’s meeting, as she will be returning on that day from her travels in Drachenwald.

In service to the Crown and the people of Ynys Fawr,

Anna Felice Tavestoche and Adelindis filia Gotefridi
Baroness and Baroness of Ynys Fawr

Prizes at Great Southern Gathering

Greetings all.

The 9th Great Southern Gathering will be held by the Barony of Ynys Fawr this year. As usual, there is a time slot set aside on the Sunday morning (the first of October) for prizes to be fought under the auspices of the Lochac Royal Guild of Defence.

If you are attending and considering fighting a prize, whether as a heavy combatant, a rapier fighter or under the cut and thrust rule set (or even across all three), now is the time to start planning.

Firstly, you should look to find a sponsor for your prize. If you are looking at trying for a free scholar or journeyman prize, anyone at provost or guildmaster level within the guild can sponsor you. If you would like to try for a provost prize, you will need either a guildmaster or two provosts to sponsor you.

Next, you and your sponsor should look at the numbers and types of weapons forms you may be looking at; one form for a free scholar, three for a journeyman and five for a provost.

After that, your sponsor should contact the Lord Guildmaster, Master Emrys Tudur (Matthew_Mole at to seek his permission you to try for your prize. The contact should be at least 30 days before the date of the prize fight (ie by the first day of September), as required by the rules of the Guild.

Finally, you need to contact me, the Prize Arranger for GSG IX (viscount99 at, as soon as possible after the Lord Guildmaster’s approval, to let me know of your intentions. I need to know this to arrange a timetable for the morning and to make sure there are enough examiners present to test you for your prize. Particularly if you are intending to try some exotic, almost unknown form…I will need time to try to find suitable examiners.

If you have further questions, please ask. If you need further information about the guild, it can be found here:

In service

Aylwin Greymane

Missive from Their Excellencies

To the populace of Ynys Fawr, do your weary and footsore Baronesses, Anna and Adelindis, send greetings.

As this missive is written we are still absent from the shores of our Barony, but Baroness Anna will be home and in attendance at the meeting, and Baroness Adelindis will return shortly thereafter. And we shall have many tales to share with you of our travels: of great armies supported upon the field by mighty war elephants, of battles between midgets and giants, of the vast range of wares for sale from the artisans and merchants of our mighty kingdom, and above all, of the pageantry and splendor arrayed before the wondering eyes of visiting gentles from across the seas, that they may return to their lands dazzled by the best that Lochac can display.

But first, we must speak with pleasure of the recognition won by our populace upon the field and in recognition of great service given. Countess Beatrice Maria Malatesta was placed on vigil before her elevation to the Order of the Pelican, which will take place at Great Northern War. We regret that it may not be in our power to both attend that event and bear witness, but we look forward to being part of her southern vigil. While she has only been a part of our Barony for a short time, the depth of service that she has paid to the Kingdom has been evident to all.

Lord Declan of Drogheda was thrice honoured, for both chivalry and service. Baroness Anna and myself were touched to hear from our cousins at the Baronesses’ Rapier Tourney of the esteem in which Lord Declan is held in Lochac, and their desire to honour him with the Sword of Chivalry for his humour, chivalry and general entertainment value upon the field that day. It was a great pleasure to watch his face as he discovered the reason for being called back from the gate to attend the court at which the winners were announced, for in his humility he had felt that he would not be needed and had returned to his duties. Those duties – running the Gate as part of the Festival stewarding team – were honoured twice in Court. Firstly by our cousins of Rowany, who were minded to bestow on him and one other the Order of the Silver Cinquefoil, bestowed on subjects of other Baronies for service paid to the Barony of Rowany. As a previous recipient of that order, Lord Declan chose to step back so that the honour of the day belonged to Lord Amos Ironbeard alone. He was also awarded a token from the stewards in recognition for his great assistance to them in running the Festival, as was Baron Karl Faustus von Aachen for being part of the Heralds Collective. For such a small Baronial presence as we had this year, Ynys Fawr has contributed mightily to the success of the Festival. We congratulate both gentles for the lustre which their service adds to the reputation of our Barony.

The friendship between the Barony of Ynys Fawr and the household of Phoenix Rise was strengthened over Festival by the magnificent hospitality they extended to Baroness Adelindis through their food fund. Particular mention must be made of the courtesy and culinary talents of Lord Fergal Duveglas, who went considerably out of his way to accommodate my dietary requirements, although every member of Phoenix Rise there present was a joy to associate with. Their tireless assistance and cheerful company was a large part of making Festival a smooth and enjoyable experience for me, and for that I thank them.

We would also like to thank all the members of our Barony who stepped in to organise thrones and act as our attendants at various times, particularly Baron Karl, Simon Mallory and Declan of Drogheda. In their absence, we were also served well by members of our cousins’ retinues, who did great honour to their Baronies thereby. Particular mention must be made of the contributions of THL Ute von Tangermünde and Lord Anton de Stoc, who offered great service in attending to our comfort and the dignity of our office.

It will be a great pleasure to be among you all once more, and to share our tales. We look forward to seeing people at the first bimonthly tourney on the 29th. And we hope that many of you will book for Little Bit of Rapier – having seen the prowess of the rapier notables who will be visiting our shores on display at Festival, we are anticipating that this will be an entertaining and educational event.

In service to the Crown and the people of Ynys Fawr,

Anna Felice Tavestoche and Adelindis filia Gotefridi

Baroness and Baroness of Ynys Fawr

Words from Their Excellencies

To the populace of Ynys Fawr do Anna and Adelindis, Baroness and Baroness of Ynys Fawr, send greetings.

Many thanks must go to those we visited with in the north this weekend: to Lady Elswyth for running such a delightful event and elucidating the mysteries of croquet for those of us unfamiliar with the game; Lady Elspeth for her kind hospitality, and for accepting a place in our retinue as lady-in-waiting; Lady Deirdre for stepping up into the important office of Constable; and Lord Willem for his excellent company. Thanks must go also to Lord Anselm for his valuable service as Baronial Constable over the term of his warrant.

Congratulations to Lord Anselm on his resounding victory on the field! As Lady Elswyth has kindly donated a perpetual trophy, we are looking forward to this becoming an annual visit, and encourage those who can to attend in future.

In service to the Crown and the people of Ynys Fawr,
Anna Felice Tavestoche and Adelindis filia Gotefridi
Baroness and Baroness of Ynys Fawr

New Titles – “Champions of Ynys Fawr”

To the populace of Ynys Fawr, do Anna and Adelindis, Baroness and Baroness of Ynys Fawr, send warm greetings.

As raised during the meeting on Sunday, it is our desire during our tenure to establish the titles of Champions of Ynys Fawr, to reward those who strive for excellence in the disciplines of heavy and rapier combat, archery, and the arts and sciences.

We wish to ask the populace for their thoughts on what qualities these Champions should be selected on, in addition to prowess on the field or in their chosen art, and in what manner the Champions should be chosen.

Our initial feeling is that the process should take place over the course of a year, rather than the Champions being selected solely as the winners of tourneys or competitions on a single day, so that consistency and personal improvement can also be considered; however, we are open to all suggestions. We invite you to share your thoughts and ideas with us. We can be contacted on:

in service to the Crown and the people of Ynys Fawr,
Anna Felice Tavestoche and Adelindis filia Gotefridi
Baroness and Baroness of Ynys Fawr

Missive from Their Excellencies

To the populace of Ynys Fawr do Anna and Adelindis, Baroness and Baroness of Ynys Fawr, send warmest greetings.

Mere words do not seem adequate to express our thanks to those who have poured the passion of their hearts and the skill and industry of their hands into creating a weekend of celebrations that can rarely have been equalled in the annals of our Barony. But what makes Ynys Fawr great, above all, is her people. And to all who came together this weekend to witness and to celebrate with us, we extend our thanks.

To Countess Beatrice Maria Malatesta and The Honourable Lady Elena Anthony and all your crew, your efforts on Saturday, and for many weeks beforehand, created an Investiture event of surpassing splendour. So many people must have contributed to the success of the day and evening that it is impossible to thank you all by name, but know that your work was truly appreciated. Congratulations also to all who received recognition in the courts, there were many shining lights of Ynys Fawr called forth last night that all might hear of their deeds.

To Helewyse, Robert, William and Morwenna de Bonnay, thank you for running an enjoyable and relaxing day of archery today. We hope that Their Majesties are reassured of the safety of their southern borders with such skilled defenders to call upon. And congratulations to Her Majesty for taking first place in the competition.

Thank you to those gentles who have pledged service to us as our Guards and attendants; Drustin of Skye our huscarl and Floki Snorrasson of the Guard; and Mariot de Bonnay; Bridget Wynter and Gocken de Leeu. You have done us proud throughout the weekend, and we are sure that you will continue to do so in future. Thanks also to Baron Karl Faustus von Aachen for acting as our Baronial Herald.

Thanks go also to the outgoing Baron and Baroness, Master Hrolf Herjolfssen and Mistress Madelaine de Bourgogne, for your advice, encouragement and assistance in the past months. It is an honour to succeed you, and we hope to live up to the legacy you have left us. These are very big boots to fill.

To all who ventured across the treacherous seas to be part of this event, it was a privilege to be able to extend the hospitality of Ynys Fawr to you all. It was a great pleasure to see old friends again, and to meet so many new. Special mention must be made of our friends in Phoenix Rise, who descended en masse to share the celebrations. It is ever a pleasure to have you among us.

We would repeat our congratulations to Sir Wulfgar Jarnsiða and his new squire Erlendr Trigvasson; to Haeringr Vihljamasson and his lady Sian on their handfasting; and to Ranmor Argul and Mariot de Bonnay on their engagement. It added an extra dimension to the official celebrations to share those special moments with you across the weekend.

Last, but very definitely not least, we would like to extend our deep and humble thanks to the Crown for the privilege and honour of being asked to serve as Your representatives in Ynys Fawr. It was a great pleasure to have the company of our noble Queen this weekend, and be able to showcase Ynys Fawr’s hospitality and the talent and industry of her populace.

Yours in service,

Anna Felice Tavestoche and Adelindis filia Gotefridi
Baroness and Baroness of Ynys Fawr

Baronial Candidates

Unto the Populace of Ynys Fawr,

It is with great joy that I am able to give notice that Their Excellencies Hrolf and Madelaine announced the following Candidates for Investiture on the 19th of November.

  • TH Lord Aidan Brock and Lady Jennifer le Dragonier de Lille (Kevin & Jennifer Hotson) and
  • Lady Anna Felice Tavestoche (Nicole Hellessey) and Lady Adelindis filia Gotefridi (Liz Williamson).

Statements of intent are available on the Ynys Fawr website and Facebook page.

Polling will open on the 6th May 2016 and close on the 27th May 2016.

Meet the candidates sessions have been scheduled for you to ask any questions you have of the candidates:

  • Canton of Lightwood Geeveston IMOT 7pm Friday 13th May 2016
  • Perth, TAS Saturday 14th May 2016 (time to be confirmed)
  • Barony Training 12pm Sunday 15th May 2016

Polling forms will be provided at each meet the candidates, with envelopes and a sealed box. They will also be available at the Kraken Hall during this time.

Please provide information on what you think the candidates will bring to the role. Also let us know if you have any concerns about their candidacy. If you need more space, please attach another sheet of paper.

Please indicate your support these candidates even if they are not your preferred candidates. This information helps the Crown determine if any candidates are ‘substantively opposed by the populace’.

The poll can be undertaken by any member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (paid or unpaid), adult or minor. Only one opinion per member.

This is your opportunity to have your say and inform the Crown of their decision. Please be assured that all votes will be kept in the strictest confidence by Their Majesties.

The successful Candidates will be announced at the Royal Visit on the 4th June 2016

The date for our Baronial changeover is the 19th of November.
If you have any questions about this process, please don’t hesitate to contact me (details below).

In service to the Crown and dream,
Countess Beatrice Maria Malatesta
Ynys Fawr Baronial Succession Administrator

Phone: 0431 355 211

Season Greetings from Their Majesties

Greetings Lochac,

We write from Our home and from Our hearts to you all.

Today We celebrate Christmas and its traditions and dedicate Our time to
family and each other.

It is a time of year where the focus of the individual traditionally
shifts beyond ourselves to those around us. Where we think more of others
and realise that for some this time of year can be tough, and the power of
a smile, a pleasant word or some of your time can have a big impact on the
lives of those around.

As a new year approaches, let us continue to support and appreciate each
other and focus on building the culture that makes this modern historical
community greater than the common day.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and festive new year.

Steffan and Branwen
King and Queen

Ynys Fawr Announce

Ynys Fawr Announce is a private email list and the Barony’s official voice to its members.

The purpose of the Ynys Fawr Announce is to keep our members informed of what is happening within the Barony and the greater Kingdom.

Ynys Fawr Announce is available to our Baronial Officers and Members alike as a tool to announce official SCA activities such as Events, A&S Workshops, Practices, Meetings, their Agendas and Minutes etc.

To make an Announcement send your message via email to and the Seneschal or Webminister will approve your announcement prior to it being published.

Ynys Fawr Announce is not our only form of communication; all Baronial Events, A&S Workshops, Practices, Meetings, their Agendas / Minutes etc. will also be posted on the group’s website and in addition I encourage our members to use our various facebook pages.

List Courtesy:
We are a community of people sharing our knowledge, keeping informed and in touch.

When making an Announcement on this List or other Media please remember to treat each other with courtesy and respect. Courtesy helps foster a respectful and knowledgeable community, and that benefits everyone.

Be your own editor – re-read what you are posting, make sure what you are posting is correct.

To subscribe to Ynys Fawr Announce please go to

Yours in service,

THL David de Derlington
Ynys Fawr Webminister

Protégée to Mistress Madelaine de Bourgogne