Lady Sighrid Bengsdottir serves as the Shire’s Chronicler. She is also a fine fibre artist and a fierce Viking.

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January 2018 Business Meeting Minutes

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Chronicler | 0 comments

Shire Meeting Minutes 1/18/18
 The passing of Duke Kenric was noted and a moment of silence was observed
 The Barony Polling results are in with a positive vote for barony by our populace and Ray & Kirsten as
Baron/Baroness. This was approved by Kingdom and Their Majesties. It now goes to the BOD at their
January meeting for approval.
 Officers have been instructed to use their official EK email for sending all reports
 December minutes should be posted soon
 Will do winter newsletter shortly
Knight Marshall
 Heavy fighter practice will be held again at the Nature Center on Wednesday
 There will be no February 1 st Sunday A&S due to the Super Bowl, although Ray will probably be going to
the Viking Garb Workshop in Lehighton and suggested a group outing up there if anyone else was
interested in going
 Block Printing will be the A&S topic on March 4 th and Calligraphy in April, but the date will need to be
decided since the 1 st Sunday is Easter and the 2 nd Sunday is the Rock & Mineral Expo at the nature center
Chatelaine/Web Minister
 2017 Reports Sent. Suellen’s son Steven will be stepping up as Christine’s deputy
 No report
Exchequer/Fencing Marshall
 Year-end balance is $3878.46 which is up substantially from last year. Frank pointed out that we need to
do more than break even or make a little on any upcoming events since we will have more expenses as a
 We are now averaging 6 fencers at every practice
Artisan’s Village
 Christine sent an email to Erin at the County Parks office requesting the site at Tohickon Valley Park again
this year on the 1 st weekend in June. She is awaiting a response on that as well as questions on the
availability of a large tent, handicapped porta john and alcohol permit.
 The request from the Grange to have them, the library and the township put on our insurance for
Wrightstown Demo was sent to the Kingdom Seneschal for input earlier in the week
 A “to do” list was discussed pending BOD approval which included: New banners, tabards, awards,
coronets, favors & largesse. A google doc was discussed that we can list other “buck/deer” themed
awards that are already used by other Kingdoms/baronies and where we can brainstorm a list for our own
The next Shire meeting has been moved to one week later to Thursday, February 22 at 7:30 pm at the Churchville
Nature Center due to our Seneschal being on vacation.

  January 2018

December 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

Posted by on Jan 21, 2018 in Chronicler | 0 comments

Shire Meeting Minutes 12/21/17 Seneschal

  •   No report on polling MoAS
  •   A block carving and printing class has been requested as well as a felting class and Illumination. Felting MoL
  •   Kimberly got to spend more time learning from Baroness Judith at Shire Wars during the marshalled events


 We have on new person interested. Need to make a variety of loaner garb/sizes

Web Minister

  •   Christine renewed her warrant and is good for two years. Emails have all been migrated to the new Google site.


  •   Kimberly got to do more learning at K&Q Rapier and helped with the round robin but not scoring


 No Report

King’s & Queen’s Rapier

  •   Everything went very smoothly and very positive feedback from fencers as well as from the community college.
  •   200 in attendance. Compliments from attendees on the speed of registration/gate
  •   Total Income was $2876.51, Expenses $1128.19, net $1748.32 which is split with kingdom since this was a

    kingdom event so our final net is $874.16 Wrightstown

 The Grange is still requiring insurance. It was decided to send the information on to kingdom from the grange and get their input before making a decision

Artisan’s Village

 It was decided to do Artisan’s Village again this year and the dates will be June 1‐3 up at Tohickon Valley Park in Point Pleasant again

The meeting was adjourned for some Holiday fun

The next Shire meeting is Thursday, January 18 at 7:30 pm at the Churchville Nature Center

  December 2017


November 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Chronicler | 0 comments

Shire Meeting Minutes 11/16/17


  • There will be a curia at Yule that seneschals are asked to attend. Ray mentioned a subject he felt needs to be brought up. As a former seneschal he feels there needs to be more clarification between the requirements/duties of Kingdom officers and local officers and that is not well defined in kingdom law. Christine suggested that the information be sent to Katherine Barr beforehand.


  • A block carving and printing class has been requested and is a possibility in January for the 1st Sunday A&S. There will be no 1st Sunday in December due to an event that day at the nature center and the fact that the holiday season is very busy for everyone.


  • Archery is done until spring. We received some target butts for thrown weapons and that will be added next year. We are looking into a closer site for archery next year at a property overseen by CNC.


  • October minutes are now available on the website


  • Kimberly got to spend more time learning from Baroness Judith at Shire Wars during the marshaled events.


  • Reports for Shire Wars have been submitted and checks will be written to the other shires to return their seed monies and to give them their share of the profits.
  • Frank was able to get signed up and logged into our online banking.

Knight Marshall

  • No one has been showing up for Wednesday evening heavy fighter practice. Matt feels it is due to other, more well established practices in the area, but will give it a little while longer before cancelling them entirely.


  • Will bring gold key for rapier after realizing we should have had it for Shire Wars. The group discussed making some “one size fits most” T tunics, belts and hoods to have available for more size flexibility. Most of what we have is Italian Ren and not as flexible size‐wise.

Web Minister

  • Kingdom has begun migrating emails to Google for non‐profits. Since Christine is involved with Kingdom web ministry, the shire was offered up as a test group for the early migration. This shift to Google will improve spam prevention. Emails for google will be our membership Officer emails will be directed to that email, so that will work much smoother than the current system.


  • Tara has talked with 3 people to assist them with name submissions

Barony Progress

  • Polling went out and we must now wait until the 1st of December for results. If the results are positive they go to Their Majesties and the BOD for approval.

Shire Wars

  • 130 people attended and there was a profit made to split between the participating shires. Everything went well. The scout camp used is getting very popular with another group that uses it regularly, but we were told the SCA would be given 1st choice when scheduling our date for next year.

King & Queen’s Rapier

  • Everything is pretty much set with K&Q rapier.
  • We do not have portable stairs for the front of the stage and people will need to use side access hall & steps to get up there.
  • Cynthia will work on tokens next week.
  • Volunteers are needed for set up, troll, clean up and perhaps some floaters during the day.
  • It was discussed how long to keep troll open and all felt that 2pm was a good time to end troll.
  • Some other small logistics were discussed but all is moving along.


  • The idea of a holiday party was discussed. We’ll combine a holiday covered dish with our next meeting.

The next Shire meeting is Thursday, December 21 at 7:30 pm at the Churchville Nature Center.

  November 2017 BC Business Meeting

Baronial Status Meeting Minutes

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Chronicler | 0 comments

Special Meeting for “Barony” pollings 9/26/17


General Business Items –

*Discussed coronation gift for Their Highnesses

*There is now a Shire Wars charter that will be presented to Their Majesties but must first be approved

By the shires.  There is also going to be some sort of schtick for feast



  • Kingdom is going to try and do both the polling for approval in change of status to barony and the polling for Baron & Baroness to the populous of Buckland Cross together to expedite the process
  • Once we are a barony we will need to come up with awards and their accompanying heraldry.  So please begin to give some thought to that.
  • Bhakail was kind enough to share their bylaws for us to look at as an example


  • The group discussed Terms and qualifications for the Coronet


      • 3 and 4 year starting term with a Kingdom set maximum of 6 years was discussed.  The group settled on a 3 year first term with the Coronet being allowed to extend by 1 to 3 year increments until the maximum of 6 years is reached.
      • It was agreed that the Coronet would also have the same requirements as officers:  Shire officers are required to be SCA members and must be active in Shire activities (Baronial activities) for 1 year before seeking office (coronet)


    • The group agreed to take voice nominations for the first Baron and/or Baroness as well as posting on our website and Facebook that candidates may submit their name or be nominated via email for one week after our meeting 9/26/17-10/4/17


    • Those members nominated by voice at the meeting are: Ray & Kirsten Becker, Gail Russo, Matt & Christine Connors


Meeting was adjourned

Special Baronial Meeting September 26 2017

September 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Chronicler | 0 comments

Shire Meeting Minutes 9/14/17

Welcome to our visitors


  • Our petition has been submitted for change of status to barony. Polling will be sent soon by mail.  Be sure that your membership is up to date if you wish to vote.

Web Minister/Chatelaine

  • Minutes are up on the website
  • Officers please remember to check your emails
  • One new contact, Scott – Welcome to the meeting


  • Pre-registrations and other shire payments have come in for Shire Wars.
  • 1st & 2nd quarter reports have been adjusted per kingdom’s request
  • Variance on Artisan’s Village report taken care of


  • Morwill has been getting a steady 5 fencers at our practice and had 15 on Tuesday the 12th that were students from Cairn College.

Minister of the List

  • Kimberly is learning the process and assisted as MoL at River Wars


  • Nothing to report


  • Not present


  • If anyone has any class requests, let Aurddeilen know

Shire Wars

  • Event is set and we have a wide variety of activities – fencing, heavy, archery, thrown weapons, A&S, vendors, bardic, etc.
  • There is a cabin set aside for staff. Let Aurddeilen know ASAP if you intend to take a space in the cabin
  • We have several merchants coming
  • There is a map of the site up on the Shire Wars website

King & Queen’s Rapier

  • Volunteers will be needed for set up, clean up, runners, troll, etc
  • There will be court and we should expect it to run about 1 ½ hours
  • May need someone to run dayboard

The next Shire meeting is one week early due to Shire Wars.  We will meet on October 12 at 7:30 pm at the Churchville Nature Center.


  September 2017 Business Meeting

August 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

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Shire Meeting Minutes 8/17/17

The meeting was conducted by Baroness Jenevra in Lady Ravenna’s absence.

Web Minister/Chatelaine

  • Chatelaine – No new contacts
  • Web – There has been a phishing attempt on Kingdom Emails, please use caution

Exchequer; Herald; MoL; Knight Marshall

  • No Report


  • Summer Newsletters are available


  • Will probably do a class on how to run an event
  • No classes until after Wrightstown


Our Next meetings will be on 9/14 & 10/12 to accommodate for events


K&Q Rapier

  • December 16 is a good date per Her Highness
  • Need to look into food


March 9th will be Known World A&S and is hosted by the Shire of Hartshorn-dale

Wrightstown Demo

  • Submitted our request to ken to put our info on their site as they have other organizations
  • Need to submit schedule for fencing and heavy
  • There will be games, A&S tent, play, big spinning wheel & cooking demo
  • Camping is available
  • **dry site**

Shire Wars

  • Day Board will be in 2 places, feast hall and list field. Servers are needed
  • There is a cabin available for overnight, but space is limited
  • Bring tables & pop-ups if you have them
  • There will be Shire Wars meeting of all the participating shires on Sunday of tehe event
  • There will be a bead pilgrimage again

Barony progress

  • The Kingdom New Groups officer has been contacted

The next Shire meeting is September 14 at 7:30 pm at the Churchville Nature Center


Buckland Cross Business Meeting August 2017

Summer 2017 Newsletter

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in Chronicler | 0 comments

Check out the happenings in the Shire!


 Summer Newsletter 2017


July 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

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Shire Meeting Minutes 7/20/2017

Seneschal – New Policy from Corporate

Harassment and Bullying

The SCA prohibits harassment and bullying of all individuals and groups.

Harassment and bullying includes, but is not limited to the following: offensive or lewd verbal comments directed to an individual; the display of explicit images (drawn or photographic) depicting an individual in an inappropriate manner; photographing or recording individuals inappropriately to abuse or harass the individual; inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome sexual attention; or retaliation for reporting harassment and/or bullying.

Participants violating these rules are subject to appropriate sanctions. If an individual feels subjected to harassment, bullying or retaliation, they should contact a seneschal, President of the SCA, or the Kingdom’s Board Ombudsman. If a participant of the SCA becomes aware that someone is being harassed or bullied, they have a responsibility pursuant to the SCA Code of Conduct to come forward and report this behavior to a seneschal, President of the SCA or Kingdom’s Board Ombudsman.


The following statement must be posted at gate/troll at every SCA event in a size large enough for people to see it as they enter our events.  This language must likewise be quoted in ALL site handouts at every event a site were a handout is made available.

  • Participants engaging in this behavior are subject to appropriate sanctions.
  • If you are subjected to harassment, bullying or retaliation, or if you become aware of anyone being harassed or bullied, contact a seneschal, President of the SCA, or your Kingdom’s Board Ombudsman.


Web Minister/Chatelaine

  • Shire Wars site is up to date
  • We have had some members new to our group join us via the Facebook page

A&S Report:

  • No 1st Sunday A&S for August

Herald, MoL

  • No reports


  • 1st Quarter reports need to be re-done…done on wrong form
  • Profit of $198.86 for Artisan’s Village


Artisan’s Village follow-up

  • Don’t need to rent as much space next year
  • Feast was well received
  • Looking into renting a party tent next year and have it set up instead of all of the other smaller tents
  • Better signage
  • Water is potable, but not really drinkable
  • Need to look at all of our supplies and assess what is needed next year for feast equipment


Wrightstown Demo

  • Would like Heavy fighters and fencing melees
  • Judith will be joining us at Wrightstown as MoL to help and instruct Kimberly
  • Tara met with Ken
  • Tara will be presenting her play at Wrightstown as well as River Wars. If you are interested in helping let her know

Shire Wars

  • No checks have been received from the other groups
  • There will be fencing/heavy Inter-Kingdom “shenanigans”
  • Marshals are in place for fighting as well as MoL coverage
  • Baron Mael Eoin will be running feast and dayboard. Runners are needed for the food for Day Board.
  • Need help at troll
  • There will be Pilgrim beads again this year. Hartshorn-dale is taking care of it
  • Tokens are being made
  • Anyone that would like to demo or teach A&S are needed
  • Bardic will be up in the hall this year

Awards – Their Highnesses put a call out for recommendations for awards.

K & Q Rapier – Her highness has requested we put a bid in for this event

Barony progress – Ray talked to the Kingdom Polling officer and was instructed to get in touch with new groups officer.  No response as of this meeting.

The next Shire meeting is August 17 at 7:30 pm at the Churchville Nature Center









March 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Chronicler | 0 comments

The meeting opened with the Officer’s Reports as follows:

Seneschal:  Still awaiting word on the Shire becoming a Barony and letters of intent from Royals. Paperwork for Shire Wars was signed and a Certificate of Insurance is forthcoming. A certificate of insurance was received for Artisans Village and was passed on to the event autocrat.

Exchequer: the checkbook was received from the previous exchequer and checks were made out to cover previous fencing practices and the site fee for Artisan’s Village. A check was received for deposit from last year’s Shire Wars.

Herald: No news to report.

MoAS: the MOAS report has been sent in. There will be a silk painting class on 2 April, from 6-9 pm at the Churchville Nature Center.  Ray has one ticket available to the Cherry Blossom Festival Tea ceremony, cost is $35. If interested, talk to Ray.  A trip to the Cloisters in NY is in the works, more details to follow.

Knight Marshall: Neil received his official Marshall necklace. No other news to report.

Mistress of the Lists: No news to report.

Chatelaine:  Nothing new on the Chatelaine’s Web site.  Two additional youth fencing jackets have been found.  Excess Gold Key items will be for sale during Artisan’s Village in a “plague sale” to raise additional funds for the shire. Donations will be gladly accepted.

Web Mistress:  the 404 error message on the official web page has been corrected.  Tara has been added to the official page, and the email is available to all. All updates concerning Artisan’s Village, Wrightstown Ren Faire and Shire Wars will be posted to the page.

Fencing Marshall:  Fencing practice has been moved to the Churchville Nature Center and will be held on the  2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the month.


Update on Artisan’s Village:   The Brewer’s Guild will be holding a Brewer’s College that will include the making of beer and Mead. A license was obtained for said libations but please note that the park will be open to the public while we are there so please use discretion while imbibing on the fruits of the Guild’s labor. Mundane laws regarding age will apply.

Feast: Sir Ivan has graciously volunteered to head up an informal feast for Saturday night,  helped by none other than BIG Tiberious, Baron Mael Eoin and Katya Gordon, etc… Feast will consist of platters of flame grilled meats, with two sides for each meat, and fruit. More details to follow.

Dayboard: there will be a “rolling dayboard” to ensure max participation in classes. Details to follow.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served to campers on Saturday and Sunday morning.  A list of breakfast foods will be provided.

Tara was mentioned to head the Bardic activities during feast etc… and a volunteer is still needed to fill in for Christine for her spot in the Village.

A cabin has been rented for shire use, and others are asked to bring other structures as available i.e. EZ Ups, etc…

A call has been put out for individuals who may have extra freezer space for food prep prior to the event. Please contact Christine for more information as needed.

Budgetarily, even with cabin rental the shire is under budget for site fees, and a budget of $1600 for feast was provided by Sir Ivan.

Token materials were donated by Cindy and Suellen, and will consist of a tiny hand that says “hand made” to honor the spirit of Artisan’s Village, along with a Stag’s head for those partaking of feast. There will be a “bead and feed” session at Mudthaw to finish the tokens.


Wrightstown Ren Faire: No available update

Shire Wars update: Ray received last year’s Shire War report from Duchess Diana. He also received the site fee contract from the Bay Shore Scout Camp.  The theme for Shire Wars will stay the same, “The Battle of Hastings”, and the site, The Bay Shore Scout Camp will stay the same, although the fee has risen by $200. The number of shires participating in Shire Wars is in flux due to reorganization , however a letter of intent will be sent to those participating Shires, and a donation of $400 to $600 will be asked of each.

A comparison of the previous 2 Shire Wars budgets  were handed out, as was a breakdown of this year’s proposed budget, and that budget will be sent to the other shires as well.

Baron Mael Eoin has graciously volunteered to do feast, and a budget is pending.

Tokens and programs will be made by volunteers from other shires.

Ray has rented a cabin on the grounds that will be used as needed.

Since there will be tournaments during Shire Wars, marshals will be needed. Matt Connors is the POC for Heavy Marshals, and Frank Hetherington is the POC for Fencing marshals. Ray has already taken care of the Thrown Weapons and Archery Marshals.


A list asking for Volunteers for various positions, people etc…. is forthcoming.


Shire Social: A date for the first Shire Social is pending. Details will be updated on the official web page and FB page.

Barring any unforeseen natural events, or any unnatural events, the next business meeting will take place on 20 April at 7:30 pm, at the Churchville Nature Center.


Minutes by Lady Ravenna, on behalf of Lady Sigridh.



February 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in Chronicler | 0 comments

Shire Meeting Minutes 2/23/2017

Note: the Shire meeting was rescheduled from February 16 to the 23 due to lack of officer quorum.

New Business:

  • There is a new place and schedule for the shire fencing practice. The practice will be held at the Churchville Nature Center (same place as the meetings) at 7:30 pm in the large community room. We have use of the room on the 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the month. The room is spoken for by another organization on the other Tuesdays. The use is covered under our current rental fee. There will no longer be fencing practice at Middletown due to costs. Other Tuesdays may be added during warmer months when the group can fence outside in the center’s overflow parking field. We will also be looking to other local fencing marshals to assist us for a while. Morwill must step away due to a family obligation.
  • It was suggested that we do an inventory of Shire property so that we know exactly what all the Shire owns and where it is kept.

Officer Reports

A&S Report:

  • There is a glass bead making class on Sunday, March 5 at 6pm at the nature center. Aurddeilen has gotten a good response from the shire and our neighbors. Looks like we will have good attendance for this class.
  • Some shire members are going to the Japanese Tea Ceremony in Philadelphia. Spaces are limited. Please refer to shire website or Facebook page for details.
  • Aurddeilen is looking to coordinate a trip to the Cloisters in New York in the spring to coincide with the gardens there being in bloom.


  • Winter newsletter is available
  • Jenevra has agreed to be our next officer spotlight


  • Website updates are coming along. Jenevra will be putting together directions for posting to the site for officers. Postings will automatically bounce to Facebook.


  • Nothing to report for Chatelaine

Mistress of the List:

  • No report.

Exchequer, Herald & Knight Marshal not present due to change in schedule

Event Reports:

Artisan’s Village

  • We are checking on additional parking for our group in an adjacent field at Tohickon since it is a summer weekend and the park will be busy. Waiting for confirmation from BC Parks.
  • 1 rustic cabin has been reserved for food storage and such.
  • Ivan and friends will be doing the food for the weekend. Dinner Saturday night will be more casual vs the usual feast.
  • Since this is a public park, it would be appreciated if more would be ready to assist in Chatelaine duties if the park patrons have questions about our group.
  • Ravenna has donated all of the tokens for the event (Thank You!)
  • All fires must be in a fire bowl.

Shire Wars

  • Aurddeilen presented the budget report from the last two shire wars (2015 & 2016). It was noted that 2015’s expense was a little higher due to it being an RP, but the attendance was also higher due to the same reason and the net was similar to 2016. The 2017 budget will be similar to last year’s.
  • Someone is still needed to do the feast for the event. Baron Mael Eoin has offered to do dayboard.
  • Volunteers are needed for feast.
  • Budget will need to be approved by other shires involved with the event. Aurddeilen and Ravenna will be attending their meetings to present and get approval of the budget.


  • We have decided to forgo snacks at the meeting. Bring something for yourself if you so choose.
  • We are looking to have Social Sundays during the year that will be pot luck and rotate around to different member’s homes or the center. Schedule to be determined.

The next Shire meeting is March 16 at 7:30 pm at the Churchville Nature Center.


Business Meeting Minutes February 2017