• Sealion War

    The drums of war beat ominously in the distance, signaling imminent war, death, and possibly board games!

    It is once again time for the semi-annual invasion from our salty neighbours to the West. Semi-annual? Bi-annual? Whatever – it’s taken them two years to make it across the water, but now once again Seagirt is turning it’s barnacle-encrusted gaze towards the more desirable territories on the mainland. Too long have we sipped the bitter waters of peace in plague-ridden isolation.

    Let us now see Lions raging in battle! Let us now join our foes in comradely war!

    Rally to your dread Baron! Rally to your beloved Baroness! Rally to defend our fair barony from the brine-soaked Seagirtian horde!

    • SEE the troops ranged rank on rank, grimly determined to mete out bloody justice on our foes!
    • FEEL the earth shake as our mighty armies march off to war!
    • HEAR the blood-curdling shrieks of children at play, a safe and respectful distance from the battlefield!

    A battle for the ages. A feast for the senses. Sealion. Be there. Or be somewhere else.
    https://antir.org/events/sealion-war-11/
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    Event Date: June 3 – 5, 2022
    Site opens: 4:00 PM
    Site closes: 3:00 PM
    Site: Albion Fairgrounds
    23448 105th Ave. Maple Ridge, BC V2W 1G3

    Event Registration Fees:
    Adults: $30, $5 discount for SCA members
    Children: Free (18 and under)
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    Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.
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    This event is held and managed by Barony of Lions Gate, a branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. and is considered the official presence of this group here. Questions regarding its content should be directed to LionsGate.Seneschal@tirrigh.org or to the event steward at courtier.caemgen@gmail.com
    Any discrepancies between the electronic version or any information and the printed version that is available from the originating office will be decided in favour of the printed version

  • Baroness’ Inspirational Tournament

    Baron Cyneric and Baroness Arianna invite you to join them to participate in tournaments, games and contests, to meet new friends and old, and to witness the Baroness recognize those that inspire her.
    Once again as harvest ends, we return to the lights of Shannon Hall in the lands of Lions Gate, where we will hold a our annual tournaments: the Unbelted Heavy Tourney (prize tourney, so please bring a prize for the table), Rapier Tourney, Gerhard’s Riposte and the Barony’s Cut and Thrust Champions Tourney.
    There will be Arts and Sciences activities, and University of Tir Righ classes.
    Merchants are encouraged, welcomed and appreciated.

    Event Date: November 20, 2021
    Site opens: 9:00 AM
    Site closes: 10:00 PM
    Site: Cloverdale Fairgrounds – Alice McKay Building and Shannon Hall
    6050A – 176th Street Surrey, BC V2X 5W4

    https://lionsgate.tirrigh.org/mec-events/baronesss-inspirational-tournament/

  • Lions Den Cancelled

    Greetings my friends,

    For the first time since beginning the Lions Den last November, we will not be hosting an episode this Sunday. Our panel moderator is heading into surgery to reattach a bicep after a fighting incident this week so we’re taking this a sign that we gear down this week.

    Join us on August 1st for Dreamweaving: Story telling in the SCA by Her Ladyship Maire nic Shiobhan.

    Thank you,
    Cáemgen,
    Out-of-town Seneschal

  • Lions Gate Champions

    Event Date: September 11, 2021
    Site Opens: 8:30 am
    Site Closes: 7:30 pm
    Location: Warner Loat Park, Burnaby
    4252 Piper St, Burnaby, BC
    Event Stewards: Madame Jaqueline Lefleur and Nereugei

    Join the faithful on a pilgrimage to Lions Gate Champions, held at the historic site of Warner Loat Park in Burnaby, BC.

    Site Fee:
    $15 non-SCA members
    $10 for SCA members ($5 discount)
    no charge for minors (youth under 19)

    Vie for the championships in heavy combat, rapier, archery, and thrown weapons. Cut and Thrust will have a demonstration instead of a championship. Earn the right and honour to stand by our caring and compassionate Baroness Arianna and our benevolent yet fierce Baron Cyneric in times of war.

    • Enter an item or items into the 30-day largess challenge, inspired by To Be, or Not To Be.
    • Try your hand at the Scribal arts workshop.
    • Bring questions about registering your name or device (or about what those things are,) to the Herald’s consulting table.
    • Peruse the merchant’s handicrafts and consider adding to your collection.

    They’ll be time to meet, greet and converse, too!

    Participants at this event are asked to follow the requirements in the Return to Play Plan, available on the Tir Righ Earl Marshal page, under Forms and Resources and agree to abide by the Tir Righ Return to Play Agreement.

    Directions to site:
    Make your best way to Highway 1.
    Take the Gaglardi Way exit heading North (Exit 37.)
    Turn right at first light onto Caribou Rd.
    Turn almost immediately left (North) at the next set of lights at Caribou Rd.
    Travel North on Caribou Rd, past the train tracks.
    Turn left at the T-intersection onto Government Rd.
    Drive 1.6 km (1 mile.)
    Turn left at Piper Ave.
    Warner Loat Park will be the third driveway on your left. (The first two lead to the off-leash dog park.)

    Site map with activity areas

    Regional map showing off-leash dog park. The off-leash park area is not part of the event site. Please follow Burnaby dog park regulations.

    Parking at the Warner Loat parking lot is extremely limited, so please unload in the lot (see signs,) then park on Piper St. Several spaces will be reserved for those with mobility challenges. Note that parking in front of the big gate to the industrial building on the west side of Piper Street is prohibited.

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    Event schedule

    Updated schedule as of August 23, 2021
    • 8 am – set up crew, flagging crew and gate crew allowed entry
    • 8:30 am – gate and screening tables open for the populace

    • 10 am – opening court

    • 10:30 am – rapier inspection opens
    – thrown weapons qualifying rounds begin – closes at 3 pm
    – archery qualifying rounds begin – closes at 3 pm
    – scribal work shop opens – closes at 5 pm
    • 11 am – 12 noon rapier championship – finals at the end
    • 12 noon cut and thrust inspection opens
    • 12:30-1:30 pm cut and thrust demonstration (updated Sept 8, 2021)

    • 1:30 pm – 2 pm lunch break


    • 2 pm heavy armour inspection begins
    • 2:30-4:30 pm heavy championship
    • 4:00 pm heavy finals
    • 4:30 pm archery finals
    • 5:00 pm thrown weapons finals

    • 5:30 pm closing court

    • 6:30 pm pack up
    • 7:30 pm off site
    Heavy, rapier and cut, and thrust championships will be held on the north field list fields.
    Thrown weapons championship will be held on the thrown weapons range at the south east end of the park.
    Archery championship will be held on the archery range at the south end of the park.
    Merchant’s row at North end of the north field.

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    Merchants!

    Alaena’s Stuff with Tanikh

    • Second hand SCA goods

    BC Chains and More with Rhun

    • Chain mail items, tapestries, garb, haversacks, bags, and more

    By Your Weave with Dame Morweena

    • Tablet woven trim/belts, Hoods, Fabric, Sundries

    Oak’s Land Traders with Sir Einar

    • Merchant of fine Damascus steel and other sharps

    Fortunes told with Sara e Rosa

    • Decks, stones and other tellings

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    Site information and restrictions

    Health and Safety

    If you are unwell, please stay home!

    • Sanitizer (70% alcohol spray), disinfectant wipes, and masks will be available at all martial areas and activity stations. Extra supplies are available at Gate and the Screening tables.
    • Please wear a mask anywhere you will be less than 2 m distant from others, including the Screening tables, Gate tables, Merchant’s tables and washrooms. Those actively involved in a martial activity, such as fighting, are not required to wear masks.
    • Please socially distance yourself if possible when seating for court.

    Site information

    • The event will be held in a roped-off, SCA-only designated area. Access is through the Screening station. Please do not unload your vehicle until you’ve checked in at the Screening station.
    • Warner Loat Park has flush washrooms and running water. Please use a mask when using the washroom facilities.
    • There are two taps on site, one by the washrooms and one by the thrown weapons range.
    • Propane devices are permitted. No briquette or wood fires or fire pits.
    • Dogs permitted on leash. An Tir leash laws apply. There is an off-leash dog park immediately north of the event site. You can find the dog park rules online.
    • Two bottle recycling bins will be set up for empties: one by Gate and one between the List fields and the Thrown Weapons range. Please ask at the Screening table for new recycling bags. Empties are donated to the Barony.

    Food and drink

    • Please bring your own food and drink as there will none offered on site, (other than the potable water taps.)

    Accessibility

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    Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.

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    This event is held and managed by Barony of Lions Gate, a branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. and is considered the official presence of this group here. Questions regarding its content should be directed to scajaqueline@shaw.ca or to socialmedia@antir.org. Any discrepancies between the electronic version or any information and the printed version that is available from the originating office will be decided in favour of the printed version.

  • Good evening my friends,

    I hope this finds you well, healthy and happy. As we come out of the winter darkness into a new year, the Barony is going to be taking some steps to make sure we can be more connected now even while we must remain apart.

    First, we will be continuing the incredible guest speaker series The Lions Den, with dates on the An Tir Kingdom calendar well into May (https://antir.org/events/). I invite you to join us tomorrow evening for our eleventh episode: The Skraeling Saga: Pre Columbian Indigenous Persona and how to make them, with Moon Hides the Sun.

    Second, to enable easier access to monthly Council we will be holding the January meeting on the 20th via Zoom. More details on this to follow, but one of the discussion points on the agenda will be the Baronial purchase of a zoom account, so come and discuss the opportunities for using one!

    Third, I would like to include a Social Media Deputy to that same council to help coordinate the online activities of the Barony beyond the website (which can be found at: https://lionsgate.tirrigh.org/). The Social Media Officer works with the Seneschal and the Coronets, dedicated to distributing announcements, creating content and moderating the social media channels that the Barony uses. I have included the job description below. Interested parties are asked to contact the seneschal and Their Excellencies (at lionsgate.seneschal@tirrigh.org and lionsgate.baron@tirrigh.org / lionsgate.baroness@tirrigh.org respectively) to apply.

    In the meanwhile, feel free to reach out to Their Excellencies or myself about other matters (we are looking at a Baronial Court in the near future, and could use some award recommendations! (https://lionsgate.tirrigh.org/recomendations/). I look forward to seeing you in The Lions Den tomorrow, and at Council on Wednesday.

    Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh,

    Caemgen

    Seneschal


    The Job Duties of the Social Media Deputy (as adapted from Society):

    • Develop, create and distribute Social Media content across the Lions Gate Social media Channels.
    • Coordinate communication and support current Social Media channels with the Seneschalate and Web team.
    • Update the Barony on the latest Social media platforms and trends.
    • Moderate and coordinate SCA policies across official platforms Regularly collaborate with Officers for Events and Social Media Announcements.
    • Create and gather exciting content from across the Barony to distribute on social media channels

    Additional resources can be found at: http://socsen.sca.org/social-media/social-media-resources/ All applications can be sent via email to:

  • In-Person Events Suspended Through May

    On December 4, the SCA Board of Directors extended the suspension of all in-person events through May 31, 2021.

    Here is the updated resolution: https://www.sca.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2020-12-04-Resolution-Continuation-Letter.pdf

    The original resolution can be found here: https://www.sca.org/news/resolution-to-suspend-in-person-sca-activity-until-january-31st-2021/

  • In-person activities suspended through January

    Good morning Barony!

    I hope this finds you healthy, happy, and generally well.

    As I seem to repeat monthly, I know this is *still* a challenging time for many. With so much happening in our cities, our province, around the world and within our hobby, if you are feeling particularly overwhelmed, I encourage you to reach out to colleagues, friends and family to receive the support you need.

    For our part, the Barony is continuing as best we can in isolation, apart but not alone. I have some good news to share, and some unfortunate news, and without the ability to ask “which would you rather first,” I’m going to take the initiative and go from sad to better:

    Firstly, as many of you have seen there was a Board of Directors Resolution at the end of July suspending all in-person activities in the entirety of the SCA until January 31, 2021 (https://www.antir.org/announcements/society-announcements/resolution-to-suspend-in-person-sca-activity-until-january-31st-2021/). This is a disappointing decision for so many, but one I firmly believe is necessary. We have a mundane obligation to our compatriots to make sure our leisure hobby does not endanger the life or safety of anyone.

    To that end, the Barony will be officially cancelling our outstanding contracts for 2020, and will be dedicating our efforts to promoting activities online. I strongly encourage any interested parties to reach out to me (lionsgate.seneschal@tirrigh.org) to discuss proposals for digital Lions Gate activities.

    And now, some Good News!

    It’s been a week, and neither gentle has run for the hills, so I’d like to welcome onboard to new officers to the Lions Gate council:

    Our first new officer is Lord Koga, (Billy Wong), who will be taking on the duties as Thrown Weapons officer. Koga has been an active part of the community for some time now, and comes highly recommended by the outgoing officer.

    Our second new officer is Lord Gunnar (Simon Thomsen) who will be stepping up as Archery officer. Gunnar is a consistent fixture on the range, and brings experience and dedication to the role, as well as a strong recommendation from the outgoing officer.

    I’d like to thank Lord Duncan (David Graham) and Baron James (James Wolfden) for their tireless efforts in managing these popular martial activities in the Barony, collaborating together to steward our equipment and supplies, and assisting with the transitions during these unusual times.

    And as a final update, there has been some online activity at the Kingdom level. Firstly, Their Majesties held an ethereal court on the 16th of August (https://youtu.be/-HrIAeSlAf4). The Kingdom of An Tir also recently created a new *official* discussion Group on Facebook. This allows members of the populace to engage more fully than they could on the Page, while existing within the official framework of social media policies. I encourage everyone to follow along for news and updates: https://www.facebook.com/KingdomofAnTirSCA

    Until we can meet again, and then some time beyond that I hope,

    Caemgen
    Seneschal

  • New Return-It Express account

    Greetings from your Exchequer!

    We have had a splendid suggestion to create a Return-It Express account for the Barony of Lions Gate for those wishing to donate their bottle returns to the Barony.

    Visit https://express.return-it.ca/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2f for details.

    Code for printing labels is 6046081976 (604 + the birthdate of the barony).

    At August council, we will discuss what we would like to do with these funds.

    Happy returning!

  • Event & Meeting Cancellations

    Greetings Barony,

    Kingdom and Crown have decided in the interests of public health that all Events, Practices and Meetings in March will be cancelled.

    For Lions Gate this includes Canterbury Fayre, all practices and meet-ups, and Council. Please review the announcement below, and contact myself or the Baronets (at lionsgate.seneschal@tirrigh.org and lionsgate.baron@tirrigh.org / lionsgate.baroness@tirrigh.org respectively) if you have any questions.
    Please remember this decision has been made with the interests of our most vulnerable populace in mind, and we will do our best to accommodate this shift.

    Caemgen,
    Seneschal

  • Officer Vacancies

    Greetings friends,

    The following Officer posts are currently Vacant. These are crucial positions the Barony needs to better engage with the populace. Being an officer is a great way to give back to the branch and help the things you love to do happen.

    All branch officers are required to hold a membership during their term of office. They are expected to report quarterly to their principality superior and monthly to the branch council. All offices have access to an email account to make all this reporting easier.

    Currently we have need of people to fill the following offices:

    • TUTR (The University of Tir Righ)
    • Webminister
    • Youth Armoured Combat (YAC)
    • Youth and Families Officer (YAFA)

    All applications can be sent via email to:

    • lionsgate.seneschal@tirrigh.org,
    • lionsgate.baron@tirrigh.org,
    • lionsgate.baroness@tirrigh.org

    Caemgen,
    Seneshale

  • New Website

    Our website has gotten a makeover! Please take a look around, hopefully things are easier to find now. We also have a new award recommendation form! The officer portal is still in development; in the meantime all website updates will still need to go through the Webminister.