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Updated Announcement regarding COVID-19 and SCA events

From 1 June 2020, all New Zealand SCA groups can resume in person activities in line with easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Huzzah! Contact tracing documents will be required for events. Please contact our Seneschal for further information.

Southron Gaard

Welcome to the Barony of Southron Gaard, wherein you may step back in time to the world before 1600. Join us and dance at a Tudor court, draw a Mongol bow, cheer a chivalrous French knight, relax in Heian hakama, listen to a Norse saga, swap war stories with a Persian man-at-arms, cook a feast from the Murghal Empire.

Southron Gaard is based in the South Island of New Zealand (principally in Christchurch, Dunedin and now in Timaru and Nelson) and is a branch of the international non-profit educational organisation, the Society for Creative Anachronism, New Zealand (SCANZ).

The SCA is dedicated to the research and recreation of pre-17th century life and cultures, with a particular focus on its practical applications in arts and sciences, including costuming, cooking, martial arts, dance, calligraphy and illumination, metalwork, archery, music and much, much more.

Our organisation's initial focus was on Western Europe's Middle Ages and Renaissance. While that remains a strong influence, over the past 50 years we've broadened our scope to explore the many and varied pre-1600 cultures from around the world. Come join us and see history with new eyes.

See the box at right for to-the-minute information on current activities.

Find out more about us

If you’d like to learn more, please take a look at our special section for Newcomers or contact the Chatelaine. Also keep an eye on our Events Calendar, which is updated regularly.

Where are we?

Here is a map of Southron Gaard, her territories, and her nearest neighbours. (1MB JPG image).

What's new?

Online Resources and Community

During this time of physical distancing and isolation, we would like to point you at our page of Online Resources and Community where we have been collating various Group Resources, Arts and Sciences information, Educational materials, Entertainment links and even some Activities! Check it out, and if you know of other content that should be included, please contact the Webscribe with your recommendation.

Fighter Auction Tournament

The Fighter Auction Tornament is held at Canterbury Faire. The first tournament was held in AS XLII. At the auction, people can bid for the fighters. If a fighter does well in the Tournament, their sponsor also prospers, having an opportunity to select a suitable prize from the items of largesse which are donated to the Fighter Tourney.

The proceeds from the auction are held in a fund by the Barony. People can apply to the Barony for money from this fund to support a project or activity. More details about the Fighter Auction Tourney and how to apply for funds is available here.

Event Sponsorship facilitation system

The Baron and Baroness will facilitate sponsorship of event fees, taking requests for and offers of sponsorship and then allowing sponsors to choose (if they wish) who they will sponsor. Full details are available here, and if you have any questions, please contact the Baron & Baroness.

Join the SCA!

Membership is NOT required to participate (although it is required to hold office), but it's pretty affordable and is vital to keep the organisation running. Non-members are charged a small additional fee to attend events (not meetings or practices).

Keep in touch!

Hear about forthcoming events, participate in discussions, ask questions and talk to the local populace on the Southron Gaard Discussion list (1-2 messages per day).

To receive only announcements, generally of forthcoming events and activities, join the Southron Gaard Announcement list (1-2 messages per week).

Get your copy of the Barony’s monthly newsletter From the Tower in PDF format, and keep up with news, events and information. Latest issue available here.

You might also be interested in more regional news. If so, please join the Hamlet of Wildmoor (Dunedin) Discussion list or the Hamlet of Gildenwick (Nelson) Discussion list.