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Please feel free to tour around River Haven. We trust you will enjoy what you see. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, our Baronial or Canton Hospitallers.
A little bit of history...
River Haven, or in the early days the Shire of River Haven was formed on the 3rd September 1983 with 10 members. Since then it has grown in numbers finally progressing to Barony status. River Haven has seen six Baron and Baronesses (their Devices can be seen on the Roll of Arms page) since it was formed.
Since those early days the Barony of River Haven has grown to include the Cantons of Stegby and Burnfield taking in areas south to the Queensland/New South Wales border, west as far as Dalby and north as far as MacKay. (Previous groups included the Canton of Castellum Montanum, School of St Hieronymous & Drajks Fjord.)
- Grants of Arms
The Crown may bestow a Grant of Arms to any individual whose substantial, unremitting, and excellent service or ability is of great value to the Kingdom.
- The Order of the Silver Pegasus
The Order of the Silver Pegasus may be given to those who have distinguished themselves over time by performing outstanding service. They shall also have demonstrated chivalry, courtesy and courtly behaviour.
- The Order of the Cockatrice
The Order of the Cockatrice may be given to those who have distinguished themselves over time by showing outstanding skill in the Arts & Sciences. They shall also have demonstrated chivalry, courtesy and courtly behaviour.
- The Order of the Red Wyvern
The Order of the Red Wyvern may be given to those who have distinguished themselves over time by performing outstanding service and great prowess in the Martial Arts. They shall also have demonstrated chivalry, courtesy, and courtly behaviour both on and off the field of combat. Such prowess can include skills in Armoured Combat, Archery, Rapier, the Equestrian Arts, Siege Warfare, or Leadership on the warfield.
- Award of Arms
The Crown shall bestow an Award of Arms to those individuals who they deem deserving of recognition for their various achievements.
- The Order of the Golden Tear
The Order of the Golden Tear may be bestowed upon those the Crown finds deserving of honour for substantial and considerate service to the Kingdom.
- The Order of the Lily
The Order of the Lily may be bestowed upon to those the Crown finds deserving of honour, for achievement in the arts and sciences.
- The Order of the Rapier
The Order of the Rapier may be bestowed upon those the Crown finds deserving of honour, for achievement in the field of Rapier fighting.
- The Order of the Golden Sword
The Order of the Golden Sword may be bestowed upon those the Crown finds deserving of honour, for achievement in the field of heavy fighting.
- The Order of the Nock
The Order of the Nock may be bestowed upon those the Crown finds deserving of honour, for achievement in the fields of archery and/or missile combat.
- The Miles Regni
The Miles Regni (Soldier of the Kingdom) may be bestowed by the Crown to those who have supported the army of Lochac in any significant manner, including siege weapons and non contact participants.
- The Order of Prometheus
The Order of Prometheus may be bestowed upon those the Crown finds deserving of honour for excellence in teaching.
- The Order of Hector
The Order of Hector may be bestowed upon those the Crown finds deserving of honour for excellence in equestrian activities.
- The Lochac Order of Grace
The Lochac Order of Grace may only be awarded once per reign to that person the Queen regards as having displayed exceptional courtesy.
- The Order of the Rowan
The Order of the Rowan is given to those who have displayed exceptional and consistent grace and courtesy to all.
- The Order of the Silver Helm
The Order of the Silver Helm is given to those combatants who consistently present a good looking and period appearance on the field.
- The Order of the Cross of Lochac
The Order of the Cross of Lochac may be given to those who have performed service to the Kingdom, but who are not citizens of Lochac.
- The Prix Jongleur
The Prix Jongleur may be bestowed on those who by way of performance consistently entertain the populace of the Kingdom.
- Royal Cyphers
The Crown may create and award Royal Cyphers to those people who have been thoughtful and helpful to the Crown, or the King or Queen separately, during their reign. These may also be
proclaimed as a King’s Cypher or a Queen’s Cypher.
- The Mouse Guard
The Mouse Guard is given in recognition of the contribution given to our Kingdom by children between the ages of 4 and 13 years.
- The Order of the Pride of Lochac
The Pride of Lochac is given by the Crown to groups, such as households, who have as a group made noteworthy contribution to the Kingdom.
Updated March 2012
These policies are in additional to Kingdom Law and Corpora
1. Baronial Council
The Baronial council consists of the Baron and Baroness, Baronial, Canton/Incipient Canton Seneschals and the Baronial Officers. All council meetings are open to the general populace who are encouraged to attend. In addition, the Baronial Seneschal may appoint as many Deputy Seneschals to undertake specific tasks as deemed necessary.
2. Appointment and removal of Officers
The authority for the removal of officers has been delegated to the Baronial Seneschal by the Kingdom Seneschal. The removal or revoking of a warrant must involve the relevant Kingdom Officer.
3. The Barony (via the Seneschal) can formulate requirements for holding office in addition to those specified in Law (both Mundane and SCA) but not in contravention of these Laws.
i. It is a requirement that the Baron, Baroness and Baronial Seneschal find all new Baronial and Canton Greater officers acceptable before the recommendation is passed onto the Kingdom Level Officer.
ii. After consultation with the appropriate Kingdom Officer, the Barony, via the Seneschal, reserves the right to have any Baronial or Canton officer removed and to revoke their warrant should they fail to fulfil the requirements of their office. An appeal can be lodged as per Kingdom law and Corpora.
4. Additional requirements of Office
Greater and lesser Baronial Officers must attend all meetings unless a valid reason for non attendance is given prior to the meeting time. Special consideration will be given to those that live away from the Barony at Large. This is because a Quorum of at least 3 greater officers and a minimum of 6 officers overall is required to make the meeting, and any decisions made, official.
5. Reporting - Officers should report as follows:
i. Baronial Officers
· Monthly to the Baronial Council via the Baronial Seneschal, with copies to the Baron and Baroness.
· Quarterly to their Kingdom Officer, unless instructed to report more or less frequently by them. Copies of these reports should also be sent to the Baronial Seneschal and the Baron and Baroness.
ii. Canton Officers
· Monthly to the Canton Seneschal with a copy to the appropriate Baronial Officer.
· Canton/College Seneschals are to report monthly to the Baronial Seneschal.
· Twice yearly to the Kingdom Officer, unless instructed otherwise by them. Copies of these reports should be sent to the Baronial Seneschal and the Baron and Baroness.
iii. More than two consecutive reports missed within any 12 month period constitute a breach of office
iv. All Reeves must report every month to their superior officer as well as to the Kingdom Exchequer.
v. Officers must be over the age of 18.
vi. Officers must have paid memberships in the SCA (either subscribing or family) with a Pegasus being received into their household or proof that an application has been made and sent. All officers must maintain their membership for their term in office.
vii. Be competent in managing the tasks of the office. These tasks may be delegated.
viii. Comply with all legitimate instructions from the Baronial Council as subjected to law.
ix. Have access or subscribe to the River Haven Rag and to their local publication if in a Canton. If these are not readily available to the officer then they should speak to their group Seneschal who will have a hard copy of the River haven Rag for use within their group.
x. Ensure that relevant Regnum entries are updated once warranted and that these contact details are kept up to date.
xi. Seneschals are to ensure that minutes are taken at all Officers meetings.
6. Protected Dates
The following events and dates are considered protected within the Barony and its Cantons/Incipient Cantons. These dates are reserved and no group within the Barony can book a conflicting event without prior permission from the Event Steward and the local or Baronial Seneschal. In the case of the March and September Baronials, the Baron and Baroness alone may give this permission.
· March Baronial Championship
· September Baronial championship – The Baronial Championship will rotate through the Cantons and Barony. Cantons are not mandated to take on this event and can change the scheduled event to another weekend in that month with approval from the Baronial Council.
Great Northern War
· Cantons will have 1 event per year - when booked it will be regarded as reserved.
i. All events and demonstrations require an official event notice form. Copies of this form must be supplied to the Local Group and Baronial Seneschals, Chroniclers and Web Wrights at least 8 weeks prior to an event or 4 weeks prior to a demonstration. These copies are essential so the event is covered by insurance as per Corpora. The Lochac Chronicler requires notification of major events for inclusion in Pegasus at least two months before the event.
ii. The Baronial Calender will be published monthly in the River Haven Rag and made available on the Baronial website.
iii. Approval for any event requiring Baronial/Canton funding must be obtained at the Baronial/Canton council meeting held at least two months prior to the event. A suitably itemised budget for the event must be submitted prior to approval.
iv. Self funding of events is not permitted. See point 11.
v. In an emergency situation, e.g. a surprise Royal Visit, the Baron, Baroness and the Baronial Seneschal may bypass points 7.i, 7i.i and 7.iii. above. In such situations, an extraordinary Baronial Council meeting should be called to approve budget spending. Normal meeting quorum requirements apply.
8. Baronial and Canton Finances
i. All cheques must be authorised at a Group council meeting. However in mitigating circumstances the group Seneschal and Reeve may approve the issue of a cheque up to the value of $100.
ii. No blank, open or cash cheques are to be signed. All cheques must include a payee and value prior to being signed by two authorised signatories. The cheque book must remain in the possession of the group Reeve. In cases of emergency the cheque book should be given to the Seneschal.
iii. Baronial cheques made out to a Baronial member must be presented within 30 days. Funds are to be spent and receipts presented within 60 days unless otherwise approved by the Baronial Reeve. Any unused f unds must be returned to the Baronial Reeve.
iv. Cantons running March or September Baronial events will be funded by the Canton with the Canton receiving 50% of the profit, but must have the event notice counter signed by the Baronial Seneschal. In cases of financial hardship the Barony may accept losses with the permission of the Baronial Council.
9. Finalisation of Events
Event stewards are to ensure the following is adhered to:
i. All monies are to be banked within 7 days of the event.
ii. The event steward is to ensure that the following is finalised within 30 days of the event.
· All monies are accounted for and tally with the receipts.
· All creditors are paid out in full and the receipts tally with the goods supplied.
· A financial profit/Loss report is raised and sent to the group Reeve and Seneschal.
· Any monies owed for the Kingdom Levy are sent to the Baronial Reeve.
iii. For all other regulations regarding the handling of money in the SCA refer to the most recent Board of Directors Financial Policy.
10. Dietary requirements and Allergies.
Catering for dietary requirements is at the discretion of the Head Cook.
i. It is the responsibility of the person/persons booking to attend an event to advise the Booking Steward of any dietary/allergy requirements that they or other members of their party have.
ii. Those booking who fail to advise the Booking Steward of dietary/allergy requirements at the time of the booking will have no cause for complaint or refund.
iii. The Head Cook is to ensure that a copy of the menu and list of ingredients are available for the Booking Steward and for perusal at the event, to including the brand names if possible.
iv. Provision of an off-board option for persons with dietary/allergy requirements is mandatory.
11. Funding of Events
No event will be self-funded. All will be funded by the Barony or Canton. A copy of the signed event form should accompany a cheque requisition form for funding.
12. Event Bookings
Any person who books for an event and does not attend will be charged for the event unless they have notified the Booking Steward at least two days prior to the event. Exceptions may be made by the Event Steward for unforseen circumstances.
13. Good Neighbour Policy
All events held at the River Haven Hall, Wesley Street, Lutwyche must adhere to the entire Good Neighbour Policy at all times.
14. Baronial Policy Review
All Seneschals shall be notified two months prior to the Baronial Policy Review Meeting. Once notified, group Seneschals should table the Policies at their next Group Council meeting for review and comment by the populace. All comments should be forwarded to the Baronial Seneschal prior to the review meeting.
15. Publication of Images
No images of minors will be published on official Baronial or Canton sites without explicit, written permission from the minor's parent/guardian, granted prior to publication. The person wishing to upload the photograph has the responsibility of passing the explicit permission of each parent /guardian to the Webwright prior to publication. Note that this policy applies only to official Baronial and Canton web presences and does not seek to restrict publication on any private or personal web presences.
16. Donations to the Barony.
Donations to the Barony must be accepted by the appropriate Baronial Officer. Donations which are not accepted will be returned to the donor or disposed of. Once accepted, donations to the Barony become the property of the Barony.
The barony is licensed to use the hall seven days a week between the hours of 8.00am and 10.00pm. As a courtesy to our nearby neighbours, the following must be adhered to.
At meetings/gatherings held on week nights:
The Brisbane City Council requires us to operate within the bounds of Residential Noise Pollution Laws. This means no loud noise after 9.30pm. Fighter/Rapier practice and archery will stop at 9.30pm and indoor activities will cease by 9.50pm giving 10-30 minutes to pack up and leave the site by 10pm. Please cease activities when requested, do not linger in the hall. Please exit quietly and leave the street precincts without excess noise – no calling out, honking horns or loitering. All in attendance are reminded there are families with your children in the nearby houses as well as elderly neighbours who retire early. Please be considerate with the noise level.
At Weekend Events:
Where we have not applied for an extension of hours of use, the same exit time of 10pm will apply. Event Stewards must notify the Seneschal if they require an extension of hours of use for the hall at least 30 days prior to the event. An application in writing will be sent to the Brisbane City Council. The steward will be advised when the Brisbane City Council has made its decision. This decision will be affected by the number of complaints received from the neighbours within the recent period.
Parking – At all Times:
Please do not park across the T intersection of Wesley and Tobruk Streets. Parking in this vicinity results in less manoeuvrability to others using the intersection. There is ample parking available along Wesley, Tobruk and Swinburn Streets. Please be considerate to local residents.
Parking on the driveway to the hall is reserved for the Baron and Baroness and for anyone unloading a vehicle into the hall.
Special Parking Restriction for Events:
To add to the ambience at events, there should be no vehicles parked on site, including the driveway. Please leave the park frontage in Wesley Street open so that everyone can stop and unload their cars and then park in any of the following places: on the opposite side of Wesley Street, Tobruk and Swinburn Streets.
WA Jolly Park is not to be used for parking as it is against council bylaws.
Some of these restrictions may seem excessive but please keep in mind these small inconveniences for patrons using the hall ensure our neighbours are not inconvenienced.