The Office of the Seneschal - Kingdom of Lochac

From the Kingdom Seneschal

December 2014

Greetings, welcome to this months From the Seneschal for the Lochac Web Site.

This is my fourth Kingdom Report. If you have questions please ask them. If I miss anything please let me know.

 The Kingdom continues to grow with the numbers bouncing around 1530- 1550 for Australia and 161-175 for New Zealand. Current Kingdom numbers as of the 1st of September are 1710 members across both Countries.

 
This quarter has been one full of events but with a lot less other activities coming through. Our new Heirs have been chosen, Prince Kinggiyadai and Princess Altani. Youth activities are still growing in strength with our first Youth Rapier participants authorised. However our Youth Marshal has had to resign and we are still having difficulties agreeing on where Youth Rapier sits as far as the Marshal situation goes. We have had some or our larger events and our first female Knight (Eva von Danzig) has been placed on Vigil to be elevated at Rowany Festival 2015, over Easter.

 
We are still having significant problems with smaller groups. Two Shires have closed because they are unable to sustain the numbers and the work loads. There are at least two more Shires that are in trouble and finding it difficult to manage. Much of this is due to the increase in work loads for Seneschals and Reeves making these positions undesirable.  However the increase in workload is due to mundane requirements so there is no way to get around those changes. If there were enough members in these groups it would make sense for additional Deputies to help with the role but the groups are struggling to find members who will take on any Officer roles. This is causing on-going issues for the groups. These groups are not disappearing however, they are becoming Households and still participating fully in the SCA. It is good to see that even though these groups have a number of people that are burning out, they have made decisions that mean that they can continue to participate in the SCA but in a way that is less stressful for their members.

 
There was a major incident at Spring War this year resulting in an ambulance called due to a fighter being unable to feel their extremities after having been hit on the head. The incident ended will with no long term injuries or damage. However, there have been some changes to the Marshallate including an increase in helms off inspections. There is also a requirement for a Stewards Handbook that includes how to manage emergencies if they occur as there were a number of people that did not know what the process was. This is a good thing as it shows that we have not had many but it is something that should be planned for particularly as we get larger. This will be done through writing a Stewards Handbook with flow charts in the Appendix that will show Stewards what they need to do in an emergency. We will then need to promote these flow charts to the wider community so that members are aware of the requirements even if they do not have the Handbook with them.

 
There are a large number of people that have put in significant effort for their groups and for Lochac. These people are mentioned in the Commendations section and it it wonderful to see how much that section has grown this quarter as individuals contribute so much to the SCA.

 

 General Summary of Positive Occurrences, Projects, and Items of Note

 
*New Seneschals:*

 

Imagina Bertram (Jaclyn Fogg)- Dragon's Bay

 

 

*Good Things:*

 

   1.    Lochac's first two Youth Rapier authorisations have occurrred.

   2.    We have a new Prince and Princess, Prince Kinggiyadai and Princess Altani

   3.    Lochac is almost up-to-date with the mundane financial requirements that we have had to develop due to the change in our status brought about by our    size in a mundane context.

   4.    Our first female Knight has been chosen and placed on vigil.

 

 

*Numbers: *

 

 SCA Ltd (Australia) currently have 1547 members. SCANZ (New Zealand) currently has 175 members. This gives Lochac a total of 1722 members. This is again an increase for this quarter for Lochac.

 

 

 *Fun Stats for the Quarter:*

 

 Lochacs' largest Barony is the Barony of Rowany with 225 members. Lochac's smallest group is Willoughby Vale with 9 members. Our largest Shire is Abertridwr. Our smallest Barony is Ildhafn. Percentage wise the group that has the highest number of minors per head of population is Dismal Fogs.

 

 

For a full list see below:

 

Rowany 225

 

River Haven 178

 

Politarchopolis 171

 

Stormhold 170

 

Aneala 106

 

St Florians 105

 

Innilgard 100

 

Southron Gaard 98

 

Mordenvale 94

 

Ynys Fawr 91

 

Krae Glas 73

 

Abertridwr 70

 

Ildhafn 51

 

Dismal Fogs 44

 

Bordescros 31

 

Agaricus 30

 

Adora 27

 

Darton 21

 

Torlyon 14

 

Willoughby Vale 9

 

 

Commendations

 

Isabella de Bordeux (Lyn Rudd)& Torcaill mac leoid mhic Iomhair (Terry Rudd) for their work at November Crown in Torlyon.

 

Tatianitska Iaroslavna who always reports early and enthusiastically and is working effectively as the

 

Chirurgeon for Stowe on the Wolde.

 

 Honourable mention to two reeves: Roni Gors (Mery of Ellersly) the reeve of Anela, for getting all her barony’s transactions reconciled and sending me the generalised report that I requested very shortly after the end of the quarter; the other one to Tim Moore (Thomas Baccus), reeve of Mordenvale, who whilst not as quick a responder as Roni, kept Slaine and I up to date with his movements and gave me a lovely report on his Barony’s financial dealings.

 

 Ceara Shionnach- for her enthusiasm and hard work as Historian of Lochac

 

 Bethany Gaitskill attends the Friday nights at St Mons and was the driving force in getting all of the A&S done.  She also created an amazing soteltie for the event, and assisted in pre-prep. She has an amazing ability to organise and enthuse others.

 

 We've had some really great demos recently which have worked very well - Otto Sex Burger, Gabriel Van Dorne, Kitan Von Falkenberg, Baron Crispin, Robbie D'Bauch have done great work promoting our game.

 

Eberhard Neggerstein – the Politarchopolis Reeve, like many Reeves across Lochac, have been working tirelessly to transition the Barony to Xero. Eberhard

Neggerstein has also been complimented by members of the Barony for the way in which he is working with people to achieve this. Finally Eberhard has worked at helping the SCA Ltd Treasurer with preparing for the Audit.

 

 Mathide de Lilburne- for her tireless work getting the Financials of one group up and running after a time of great difficulty for the group.

 

 Thomasina Coke- for all the hard work that she has put in as the Seneschal of Bordescros.

 

 All those who worked so hard to manage the incident at Spring War and make sure that there were positive out comes from the incident.

 

 

*Wine Report this Reporting Season-*

 

Birdwood Park in Balingup makes an excellent Plum Port. I wish we could persuade them to make the dry plum wine they used to a decade or so ago, it was delicious. (Aneala)

 The River Haven report is brought to you by Banrock Station Pink Moscato (I love Moscato!!!) and Adriano Zumbo Raspberry and White Chocolate Tim Tams.  The fruitiness of the Moscato goes extremely well with these particular Tim Tams.  I also advocate drinking Moscato as cold as you can get it!  It is a lovely light, sweet wine with a fruity fragrance and taste.  My favourite – whether as a still, sparkling, white, pink or (my own favorate) Asti Riccadonna (the start of my love affair with Moscato). There is also a recipe for Braised Potatoes if you feel that you need some food with your alcohol.

 One box of Ferrerro Rochere was consumed during the writing of this report, and also that the Youth Office has decided that Bloody Marys are still the drink of choice in this office. :-)

 Wine drunk whilst writing this report: Dorrien Estate Bin 1A, Cabernet Sauvignon. The Bin 1A is a bit disappointing.  Margaret River cab sav has a big reputation and my previous (limited) experience with it was good.  This wine is pleasant enough, but overpriced.  I'm not sure whether further aging would mellow the acid and bring out the depth, or just kill it completely.  Definitely benefits from some time to breathe (makes a big difference). (Ildhafn)

 The Alcohol consumed by the Kingdom Seneschal was home brewed Ginger Beer and home made Almond and Vanilla Liqueur. The Ginger Beer is very nice but I would like to experiment with a different sort of sugar to see if I can give it some more depth. The Liqueur is just coming into its best over the next few months.


In service to the Crown and Kingdom

Caristiona nic Beathain

Kingdom Seneschal

Viscountess, Laurel, Pelican, Silver Pegasus, Roman Lillies, AoA

September 2014

Greetings, welcome to this quarters From the Seneschal for the Lochac Web Site.

 The Kingdom continues to grow with the numbers bouncing around 1530- 1550 for Australia and 161-175 for New Zealand. Current Kingdom numbers as of the 1st of September are 1710 members across both Countries.

 There are some significant changes happening this quarter. Youth activities are coming to the fore with the Youth Card becoming more widely known about and sought after. Lochac has been granted approval to trial Youth Rapier in Rowany run by Lindoret of Bryn Myrddin and Youth Armoured Combat will also be taking off shortly with the first Marshal Gui von Oberhausen promoting this addition to our youth activities. In addition to that SCA Ltd is introducing a new accountancy package that should make Reeve reports significantly easier. SCANZ is looking at how the implementation of this roles out across Australian Reeves and may also introduce the accounting package if it will work well across the two countries with their different mundane tax and reporting needs. 

Whilst there have been a number of issues in Lochac many of them are around a lack of understanding rather than due to any particularly nasty events. This makes it more and more important that Lochac finds a way to train new officers particularly for our more regional groups. Many of our groups are more than 3-4 hours drive away from their closest group and some of our Baronies are over 8 hours away from each other, included in this is our Barony from Aneala (Perth in Western Australia) which is the worlds most remote Capital City and is more than 5 hours flight away from the vast majority of the rest of the Kingdom of Lochac. As a way of managing this Lochac is looking at running a series of Lochac Training days in some of the less central Baronies and encouraging officers from remote groups that report to those Baronies to attend. A new Kingdom Senechals Deputy has been appointed to manage the training.

 Lochac has had the first occasion where a Crown Prince and Princess have been unable to step up for personal reasons. In the end it was decided that only those who had fought in the previous Crown Tournament were to be eligible to enter the re-fight for the Crown Tournament. Count Niáll inn Orkneyski and Countess Liadan ingen Fheradaig now Reign as the King and Queen of Lochac after Count Niáll won the refought Crown Tourney and stepped up that day.

 There are a large number of people that have put in significant effort for their groups and for Lochac. These people are mentioned in the Commendations section and it it wonderful to see how much that section has grown this quarter as individuals contribute so much. 

In service to the Crown and Kingdom

Caristiona nic Beathain

Kingdom Seneschal

Viscountess, Laurel, Pelican, Silver Pegasus, Roman Lillies, AoA

 

General Summary of Positive Occurrences, Projects, and Items of Note

 

Law Changes:

No changes were made this quarter. The current Laws of Lochac and past changes can be found at http://lochac.sca.org/laws/.

 

New Seneschals:

Anne de Tournais- Seneschal of Politarchopolis

Tatianitska Iaroslavna- Seneschal of Rowany

Thomasina Coke- Seneschal of Bordescros

Catigern Goch- Seneschal of Dismal Fogs

William RedFox- Seneschal of Okewaite

Bran na torcdubh mac Brude- Seneschal of St Florians

Sihtric Silfrör- Seneschal of Stowe on the Wold

 

New Kingdom Officers:

Niáll inn Orkneyski- Kingdom Earl Marshal

Orri Vígleiksson- Acting Kingdom Earl Marshal

Josseline de la Cour- Kingdom Hospitaler

Dimitrii Borodinskii- Kingdom Webwright

 
Good Things:

1.    Youth Rapier is well on the way to being a reality in the Kingdom of Lochac after a Pilot Program to be run in Rowany has been approved and is to be implemented over the next quarter.

2.    There have been a number of new Kingdom Officers come on board over the last quarter. They seem to be breathing new light into the Kingdom and there is an outlook of enthusiasm that seems to be pervading the whole Kingdom.

3.    The unexpected resignation of our Crown Prince and Princess has seen an extremely positive reaction from members of the Kingdom as they have moved to help those affected and support the new King and Queen in their unexpected ascension to the throne.

 

Numbers:

The Kingdom continues to grow with the numbers bouncing around 1530- 1550 for Australia and 161-175 for New Zealand. Current Kingdom numbers as of the 1st of September are 1710 members across both Countries.



Fun Stats for the Quarter:

23% of Lochac members across both Australia and New Zealand are authorised Heavy Combatants.

11.8% of Lochac members are authorised Rapier Combatants.

11.2% of Lochac members are authorised Light Combatants.

8.3% of Lochac members are authorised Non-Contact Combatants

So far only 8 minors, all in Australia are authorised Combatants. This is a total of 0.47% of members.

Completed Projects:

1.    Lochac's first Curia Regis with the re-fight of the last Crown Tournament and the Investiture of the current King and Queen of Lochac.

2.    Introducing a pilot program for Youth Rapier

3.    Selecting a Deputy in Charge of Training

 

Ongoing Projects:

1.    Setting up the authorisation processes for Youth Combat and Rapier

2.    Figuring out what projects to hand over to my Deputies.

3.    Lochac Officer Training Symposium (LOTS)- smaller more regional based training compared with the first LOTS from 2010

 

Potential Projects:

1.    Re-write of the New Group Guide to explain what a group is not and how a group can be publicised.

2.    Section in the New Group Guide explaining how a group can go from Shire to Canton

3.    Section in the New Group Guide to explain the difference between a group and a Household, this is still causing problems for many of our regional members.

 

Commendations

Special mention of Anton de Stoc for the work he has done for groups around Lochac with the Rowany Leather deal.

Domhnall na Moicheirghe- for his work with submitters, teasing out what they want.

Ysabel Norrice, for her excellent first aid skills and professional manner

Freya for the serious amount of work and tidying she has managed as Darton Reeve

Mistress Tig, Mistress Monique, Lord Gabriel and Lady Maedb for their work on Midwinter wall hangings - huge efforts, guided by Baron Crispin and Lord Gabriel in Crispin's absence.

 

Good Ideas and things to try:

Ynys Fawr's plot at the Botanic Gardens

Weave your own Napkin Collegia with the looms pre-warped so that attendees get to weave and take home their own napkin

Join the Largess Swap FB page

Run a leather working day for your group. Many groups in Lochac seem to have large amounts of Leather around for some strange reason at the moment. It may be time to put that huge quantity of leather to use.

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