July Monthly Letter

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

In pursuit of the request by King Felix and Queen Eva to pursue further consultation with Their populace throughout the Kingdom on the subject of changing the schedule of Kingdom events, the Canton of Lightwood consulted its members online and at the business imot on 1 July, and a town hall meeting was held in conjunction with the Baronial Business Meeting on 16 July. Those who attended both meetings were polled and the result of the deliberations forwarded to the Crown. We await the Royal determination on this subject with interest.

Although unfortunately unable to attend, we are also looking forward to the coronation of Prince Niall and Princess Sabine, to be held in Southron Gaard on 13-14 July. Please note that there will be a judging session for the Midwinter A&S competitions held on 7 July at Kraken Hall: contact our A&S Officer, Lady Alessandra di Fiore di Piero della Mora, very soon if you have a project you wish to enter, to give her time to organise judges for your project. We would remind our populace that the new conditions for entering mean that the Kingdom A&S competitions are more accessible than ever before for those unable to attend Kingdom events in person, and we hope more people will take advantage of the new system. The upcoming competition categories can be found here: http://artsandsciences.lochac.sca.org/lochacs-as-competitions/competition-themes/

Despite the cold weather, the Canton has been active in this past month, with their Winter Warmer Potluck Feast held on 15 June. It was small but merry, and all those who attended enjoyed themselves. The Canton also attended, in garb, the Castle Forbes Bay Winter Barbeque on 22 June, as part of supporting their new regular venue at the Castle Forbes Bay Recreation Ground. And TH Lord William de Bonnay, the Canton’s A&S officer, held an introductory workshop on making a basic wooden box at the Geeveston Community Centre’s workshop. It was well-attended, with seven members coming along. The Canton will also be making another garbed attendance at the Huon Community Bonfire Night, to be held on 6 July at St James Church, Ranelagh.

While there are no events on the calendar for July, we hope that many of our populace are planning to brave the cold and attend both events planned for August: Saturnalia and the Three Winter Dances quarterly tourneys and ball. Now in its third year, Saturnalia is always a warm, cosy and fun event, and we expect that to be the same this year, despite being shifted backwards from its usual midwinter date into the veritable depths of winter on 3 August.

We definitely encourage all of our populace with an interest in dance to attend the extra practices being held by dance mistress Baroness Jehanne de Finistère in advance of Three Winter Dances on 24 August, as the ball will be an opportunity to be tested for the Silver Rondel. We are looking forward to the event, which will combine the quarterly tourneys during the afternoon with fingerfoods and the ball in the evening. We have been delighted to see how creatively our populace have taken up the challenge of putting on the quarterly tourneys as part of different events, and we look forward to receiving bids for running future ones – please speak to the Seneschal or ourselves for more information.

We would also remind our populace that the Barony of Innilgard is currently calling for teachers for the 11th Great Southern Gathering, to be held 4-7 October in their fair lands. If you are interested please talk to Sir Mari Alexander or the steward, Lord Amos Ironbeard. As ever, we encourage our populace – particularly our rapier fighters – to brave the krakens and travel to this event, as Baroness Adelindis is hoping to do again this year.

Yours in service to the Crown and the populace of Ynys Fawr,

Anna and Adelindis