Baronial Anniversary AS 55

Southron Gaard was raised to Baronial status on 23 March 1996. Each year this anniversary is celebrated, often with a feast and tournaments to select the next year’s Baronial Champions.

Come one, come all to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of our fair Barony of Southron Gaard!

On Saturday 24 April will be opening court, BYO picnic, Baronial Championship tournaments (Arts and Sciences, Heavy Combat, Rapier, and Youth / Boffer Combat), a display of Relics and other historical items of interest, and a Feast of Favourites served in a High Gothic style. On Sunday will follow the Archery Baronial Championship, BBQ lunch, and some fun and frivolity for all ages.

Saturday 24 April: St Peters Church Hall, Church Corner, Christchurch
Sunday 25 April: Redwood Scout Hall, Sturrocks Road

Whole Event:
Adult $45, child (age under 12) $20, children (under 5) free

Partial event:
Saturday day (tournaments and courts): $5
Saturday night (feast): Adult $38, child (under 12) $20
Sunday day (BBQ and tournament and fun): Adult $7, child (age under 12) $4
Non-member surcharge: $2.00

To be made on the form here

Site opens Saturday: 11:00am
Feast: Evening (6:30)
Site closes Saturday: TBC

Site opens Sunday: 10.30 am
BBQ: 12 noon
Site closes Sunday: 3pm
Tournament schedule and Court(s) both days: TBC with Their Excellencies

If wet: the Heavy combat tournament will move to the Sunday and the rapier and youth/boffer combat will move inside); and the Archery tournament will be held on the Sunday or the next weather-appropriate Sunday.

If COVID levels rise: the event will be held or postponed in line with National Health and SCA guidelines. Further information will be included in the April FTT.


  • Co-Stewards: Christian Baier (Liz Bond) & Isabel María del Aguila (Miriam Bugler)
  • Head Cook: Joana de Bairros (Josie Welch)
  • Booking Steward: Joana de Bairros
  • Operations Manager, and Health and Safety, Risk and Compliance: Angus de Sommerville (Alan Welch)

Additional Information

Baronial Anniversary Feast
The Baronial Anniversary Feast is will be a Feast of Favourites! So we need to hear from YOU what your favourite dishes have been from the gastronomic history of the Barony. We would also love to hear any special memories associated with your favourite foods. To contribute please fill in the google form which can be found here

Any further information about cooks and/or recipes used is appreciated but not required.

St Peters Church Hall (and green behind the hall) are on multiple bus routes. There is parking onsite and on either road outside. The hall is accessible with wheelchair access and toilet facilities.

There is a Countdown supermarket across the road, and additional restaurants, takeaways and stores nearby.

Sunday will be at the Redwood Scouts Hall, the usual Sunday and monthly tourney practice site.

Dry Site (Saturday):
St Peters Church Hall is now a dry site, as a result of increasing insurance costs. Unfortunately all sites bring some compromise, and we have decided to choose a site that is large and accessible to accommodate as many as possible who wish to attend. You are welcome to bring no-alcohol beer or wine, but to avoid confusion, please keep bottles out of site and transfer the contents to your drinking vessels. Please take home all containers.

What to bring:
On Saturday day, please bring your own picnic lunch, sunshade, chair or rug and cushion, etc to enjoy during the tournaments.

For the Saturday feast, please bring your feast gear, beverages, bread, and a container for removal of dirty dishes (the kitchen may not be available for washing dishes after the meal).

On Sunday, please bring your eating gear, sunshade, chair or rug, etc to enjoy during the tournaments and fun.

How can you help celebrate your Barony?
Please take part in the Baronial Championships. Their Excellencies will issue calls for letters of intent from entrants in the next few weeks.

We would encourage you to bring your heraldic banners to hang in the feast hall. We hope to have a display of Baronial “relics” and history in the hall on Saturday; any additional display items are welcome

Bring an outdoor game to play and share on the Sunday.

We would welcome volunteers for:

  • Set up crews (hall and tournament fields on Saturday, BBQ and tournament on Sunday)
  • Take down crew (pack up and clean up both days)
  • Volunteers to assist SGs marshals, heralds, lists, chirugeons, etc.
  • BBQ assistants for Sunday
  • Feast servers
  • To billet out of town visitors
  • Contribute items of entertainment such as music, performances, dancing, games, during the event etc

Important note:
Sunday morning is ANZAC day, so most shops will be closed; plan ahead for anything you need to purchase.