November Monthly Letter

Greetings unto the most magnificent populace of Ynys Fawr,

What a month! Last time we met it was just before the explosive month that was October and early November.

The Sheffield demo with the The Sovereign Military Order of the Knights Templar Tasmania (OSMTJ) was a hit and had numerous people put their name down as interested in joining the group in the North.

The Royal Hobart Show only cemented for us that we are an integral part of the show with the Friday night rose tourney a hit with the crowd. The hall set up was much better and having an active kitchen display was inspired! Thank you to Jackie, Kellianne and Kyle for their efforts on the kitchen, our stomachs and the stomachs of many others thoroughly approved!

The New Norfolk Medieval fair was good and next year if the dates align we hope to have a larger presence.

Lastly, November Crown. What can we possibly say but thank you. Thank you to each and every one of you for turning up, helping in set up and pack down, assisting in serving food, fighting in the Crown Tournament, making banners, making shade pavilions, cooking food, heralding, helping with lists, fighting the roses tourney or shooting archery, transporting items, inspiring us and each other and the Kingdom through your actions and words. You have done Ynys Fawr mightily proud.

Congratulations to all those who received Baronial awards at the event.

Sir Guillaume d’Oze – Order of the Golden Beacon
Master David de Darlington – Order of the Falchion
Lord Floki Snorrason, Lady Mariot de Bonnay, Lord Druisten Hrafnsson and Master Hrolf Herjolfssen – Baronial Cyphers

While we were saddened by the departure of Lord Floki, Lady Mariot and Lord Druisten from our retinue, we were delighted to welcome Lord Joab Cohen as our new Captain of the Guard, replacing Lord Druisten.

We shall leave it to his Majesty King Steffan and Crux Australis to announce the Kingdom awards but we believe the secret is certainly out of the bag and that Baron David de Darlington is now MASTER David de Darlington and a peer of the Order of the Pelican. Our most hearty congratulations Master David, we cried tears of joy and could see the Barony truly rejoiced at your elevation.

We cannot wait to see what the Barony does for Crown events in the future and we hope to discuss this further at the round table discussion on Monday 27th November.

Until then fair Barony, great love and many thanks to all, for without you, we shall be nought,

Anna and Adelindis
Ynys Fawr

Great Southern Gathering IX

From September 29 to October 2, the Barony of Ynys Fawr hosted the 9th Great Southern Gathering (GSG). Originally conceived as a teaching weekend for rapier and then adding A&S as part of its core focus, GSG rotates annually between the Baronies of Innilgard, Krae Glas and Ynys Fawr. It is traditionally a largely casual weekend, with a full day of classes in A&S and rapier streams offered on the Saturday, and Rapier Guild Prizes and tournaments on the Sunday.

The event was stewarded by The Honourable Baron David de Derlington, at Orana Scout Camp, Roches Beach, Tasmania. There were approximately 60 attendees over the event, with most staying on site. The tokens for the event were cast by Lord David, with the Ynys Fawr lymphad and the triskelion of Great Southern Gathering on either side. We were blessed by the weather – it was worryingly wet on Friday night and Saturday morning, but during opening Court the rain blew away and the event was largely sunny from then onwards.

This year we had a wonderful line-up of teachers who generously offered their expertise to the eager students on Saturday, with classes continuing on into Sunday.

Fencing and Combat Stream

Baron Gilbert Krae Glas Spatial Awareness for Fighters
Lord Perran of Lyskeret Rapier Psychology
Maestra Lindoret of Bryn Myrddin Developing Fencing Training
Master Gomez de Crecy & Maestra Lindoret of Bryn Myrddin Bolognese 16th Century Italian Sword and Buckler
Master Gomez de Crecy & Maestra Lindoret of Bryn Myrddin Fechtbuch: Manuscript I.33″ 14th Century German Sword & Buckler
Master Yevan de Leeds Rapier Pike and Two-Hander
Master Yevan de Leeds Orthodox Rapier Fighting

A&S Stream

Baroness Adelindis Ynys Fawr Interpretation of a Gown from the Codex Manesse
Baroness Adelindis Ynys Fawr Achieving a More Period Appearance on a Budget
Baroness Anna Ynys Fawr Cord making
Baroness Jehanne de Finistière Medieval Dancing
Duchess Mari Alexander Fight Your Opponent, Not Your Clothing
Duchess Mari Alexander and Countess Beatrice Maria Malatesta Discussion about Entering a Crown Tourney and being a Crown Consort
Lady Genevieve de Darlington Singing Early Music
Lord Drustin of Skye Leather Working
Lord Gunther Boese Introduction to Heraldry
Viscount Aylwin Greymane Syphilis in the Middle Ages
Master Gomez de Crecy & Maestra Lindoret of Bryn Myrddin C16th Men’s Shirts
Master Hrolf Herjolfssen Writing Period Poetry
Viscountess Ingerith Ryzka How To Run A Themed Feast
Mistress Madeleine de Bourgogne Understanding Period Pottery
Mistress Madeleine de Bourgogne Spinning for Beginners: Wheel and Drop Spindle
Mistress Madeleine de Bourgogne Basics of Garb Making
THL Karl Faustus von Aachen Intro to Conflict Checking/Heraldic Consultations
THL Karl Faustus von Aachen Introduction to Voice Heraldry

 

Viscountess Ingerith also ran another round of Medieval Masterchef. This included three components: redaction of a medieval recipe, a practical cooking session, and identification of medieval ingredients.

This year we were lucky enough to include a living history encampment in the program, in a somewhat experimental format which was wonderfully atmospheric. Nick and Tina of Lightwood and their family brought their full camp setup (more photos here), and Nick demonstrated and taught campfire cooking to a stream of visitors from the main building, and then fed us the resulting goose stew and goose pastries. They kindly hosted the bardic circle around the fire on Saturday night, and the home-brewed mead was plentiful for those so inclined.

The other focus of the initial vision, of binding together the southern groups in friendship, was amply supported by the opportunities for chat and collaboration in the residential setting. There was delicious food provided throughout the event, including a generous feast on Saturday night. Head Cook for the event was The Honourable Lady Elena Anthony, ably assisted by Star King, Countess Beatrice Maria Malatesta, Sir Guillaume d’Oze, Lord Badric Anthony, and Sir Wulfgar Jarnsiða.

Sunday had the last of the classes and a line-up of further tournaments. The archery tournament took place under highly adverse conditions, with the participants spending almost more time chasing and replacing targets than shooting. Lord Ren Raw provided a masterful demonstration of shooting against a high wind, taking out the competition with 130 points. Lady Mariot de Bonnay and Lord Ranmor Argul were second and third.

The Defender of the South armoured tourney had five entrants, and was held as a round robin, played twice for ten rounds, and followed by a best of three final between Sir Wulfgar Jarnsiða and Baron Gilbert Krae Glas. Baron Gilbert was victorious. His reward for the victory was a standard, which was not present at the event (we suspect that the recent activity of pirates which has plagued the Kingdom may have had something to do with it), and will be presented at a later date.

After lunch, the thirteen rapier combatants present fought two tourneys, as proposed by Viscount Aylwin Greymane. First was the Queen’s Field of Grace, being held for the first time in Ynys Fawr. It was fought as an open challenge melee in which the fighters, bearing tokens of a landed Baroness (past or present) as representatives of the Queen, contest to display the greatest grace and courtesy on the field. The joint winners, chosen (with great difficulty) by Baronesses Anna and Adelindis, were Duchess Mari Alexander and Lord Seumas Gaskin. The second tournament was fought as a Warlord Team Tourney. The combatants started as a team of two (or more) and contended upon the field. Each winning team absorbed the losers into their crew. After many entertaining displays of courtesy, prowess and humour upon the field, Maestra Lindoret of Bryn Myrddin was the victorious warlord.

There were no Guild Prizes fought, but a mock Guild Prize was held near the end of the event as an opportunity for a rapier fighter unfamiliar with the Guild Prize system to be introduced to its requirements. The explanations provided by Maestra Lindoret and Master Gomez were also much appreciated by some in the audience who were likewise unfamiliar.

An Arts and Sciences competition was run by Baronial A&S Officer Lady Alessandra di Fiore di Piero della Mora, with the theme being personal heraldic display. There were three entrants, of whom the winner was Lady Elizabeth la Chatte from Krae Glas, with her hood, buckler and banner displaying elements of her device and badge across different media.

The formal part of the event was rounded out by a boffer tourney, marshalled by Baron Gilbert Krae Glas, and won by Floki Snorrason, before closing Court. In Court, the suspected pirate crew of the Black Dolphin, who had been placed under house arrest for the duration of the event by Master Yevan, eventually persuaded their accuser (through the intervention of their Baron) of their claim to be “legitimate fishermen”. The suspected pirates were the inspiration for not one, but two filk songs written and performed by the Honourable Lord Karl Faustus von Aachen during the event, to the great delight of the audience.

New to this gathering, and proposed by Baron Gilbert Krae Glas, was a discussion on the GSG Charter, which took place after closing court. The discussion focused initially on identifying possible clarifications to and problems with the wording of the current charter, and suggesting potential solutions. Baron Gilbert also suggested the need for a mechanism for review, update and ratification of the charter to be included. A more in-depth discussion followed in which the need to enshrine the original vision in the charter to ensure that the event remains true to itself was also identified, and a potential model for review, update and ratification was hammered out. This will be taken back to the member Baronies, and a working party formed to build on the foundation laid down in these discussions. We were grateful to all those present for their participation, in particular Viscount Aylwin and Viscountess Ingerith, who, as founding members of GSG, were able to give us all an enlightening history of the event and more insight into the original vision.

It was a thoroughly entertaining and inspiring event, and we all look forward to the 10th Great Southern Gathering, to be held in the Barony of Krae Glas in 2018. Huzzah!

October Monthly Letter

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

We are pleased to report some news from the greater Kingdom – The honour and glory of Lochac will now be further increased by new members from the lands to our north, with the Shire of Grand Cathay, based in and around Nanjing, China, announced as coming under the auspices of our Kingdom. Huzzah! We hope that all our populace join us in wishing our new Lochacians every success in their endeavours: any who are interested in helping out more directly may wish to contact the Kingdom Seneschal’s Deputy of Empire Building, Minamoto no hideaki.

We were also pleased to see that our esteemed cousins, Rudiger and Alyenora of Ildhafn, have found successors to their office. While it will not be in our power to attend the Investiture of the new Baronage, alas, should any of our populace plan to be in attendance at St Catherine’s Faire in November please let us know, as we would send with you words of welcome and tokens of our esteem.

In affairs closer to home, we were recently privileged to host our cousins and friends from over the seas for the ninth Great Southern Gathering, an event justly famed for learning, displays of grace and chivalry on the tourney field, fun and (as noted by a number of wayfarers regarding the Ynys Fawrian experience) large quantities of excellent food. During the weekend, we were delighted to recognise the inspirational contribution made to this Barony by Sir Wulfgar Jarnsiða with the Order of the Sable Chain. Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone involved in the running of this event, most particularly to the Steward, the honourable Baron David de Derlington, and his Head Cook, the honourable Lady Elena Anthony: you did great honour to your Barony and to your Kingdom.

In upcoming events, the date of the Royal Event Etiquette discussion needed to be changed due to an oversight on the part of Baroness Adelindis – it is now the 7th of October at GeCo. All are welcome. The following weekend we will be attending the Sheffield Medieval Festival and we would be happy to collect any contributions people would like to send for our display on the day of the meeting. The Hobart Show and Derwent Valley Medieval Festival demos are now rapidly approaching, followed by November Crown. It will be a busy but rewarding few weeks, and we look forward to working with all of you to make it a successful time.

In service to the Crown and the people of Ynys Fawr,
Anna and Adelindis
Baroness and Baroness of Ynys Fawr

September Monthly Letter

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

Her Serenity Adelindis has but recently returned from her sojourn in the fair Barony of Innilgard, where she was privileged to be a part of the pageantry and chivalry of La Prova Dura di Lochac 4, surely the premier tournament of our Kingdom. While our own Sir Guillaume d’Oze was unfortunately not successful in his quest to take the victory, both he and consort Countess Beatrice Maria Malatesta upheld the honour of the Barony. We would urge our fighters, and those who love the arts of combat, to consider making the voyage to Innilgard in future years to attend this great spectacle, as we hope to do again.

The Canton of Lightwood will host Countess Beatrice and Sir Guillaume for a discussion on Etiquette at a Royal event, on Saturday 23rd at Geeveston Community Centre from 7pm. All welcome to attend. Their next Canton Day will be on 7th October, at Hamdale, from 11-3pm.

Great Southern Gathering will be here all too soon and we wish everyone to stay healthy into the lead up of this event. A full class list is now available and a class timetable will be available after September 18th. Thank you to those who have already offered to run classes, this great event wouldn’t be what it is without you. If you haven’t already booked please do so as quickly as possible so that the feasting team can accommodate you and we can organise bunking arrangements for visitors and those from our own Barony travelling for the event.

The Sheffield Medieval Festival is on October 14th and 15th. It would be wonderful to see as many members of our populace as possible at this ever growing event. The event starts at 9am each day and will have demos of different fighting styles from medieval clubs from all over our wonderful Barony state. As stall holders we have free entry, otherwise it is $5 for Adults and $2 for children under 16. If you are intending on going please talk to Baroness Anna so we can coordinate our efforts with transport, set up, items for the display and of course the return afterwards. We hope to see you there.

The Royal Hobart show is coming up and we would like to encourage those thinking of entering the medieval section (class 104) of the Homecrafts category that entries close on Friday, 30th September. The items for entries do not have to be complete at this time! Only a notice you are going to enter must be done by the 30th, items need to be finished and handed in on October 20th. So let’s get cracking on some pieces to put in and show them the best of what the SCA is about.

November Crown is also peering its head out at this time and we would like to thank Countess Beatrice and her team for doing so much work in the lead up to this event. We are certainly looking forward to it and we know the Crown and the many combatants and consorts travelling down for it will be made most welcome in our Barony. If anyone is able to billet a person or two please contact Baroness Anna as she is organising billeting for our interstate travellers.

We hope the worst of the Winter is now behind us and look forward to seeing you all more as the warmth of the sun clears the fog from our souls.

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

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 yahoo.co.nz) 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 optusnet.com.au), 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:

https://www.sca.org.au/rapier/index.php/Guild

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:

Baroness_Anna@ynysfawr.lochac.sca.org
Baroness_Adelindis@ynysfawr.lochac.sca.org

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