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Barony of River Haven Hall

Saturday, 11th December, 2010. 6PM – 10PM

You are invited to a free Christmas evening of Merriment!

The Medieval Christmas Event will start ON TIME 6.30PM
Your arrival is expected from 5.45pm onwards and with the normal SCA requirements completed and a lovely drink in hand, we would appreciated if all good folk can be seated by 6.30 PM , when the evening's merriment will begin!

For all the children who are coming, a cushion would be ideal to bring.

If anyone arrives without a gift to exchange we will have some gifts that you can purchase for $10

 The evening will be a garbed event with medieval food, music, dancing,games and a medieval gift giving (free for all children under 12 years)
 Gift exchange for Adults: Each adult is to bring a medieval gift to the value of $8.00 approx. The ladies will bring a medieval female gift and gents will bring a medieval male gift. These gifts are to be wrapped in brown paper or material (calico is ideal) in keeping with the medieval theme.
 Each family group or member is to bring a plate of medieval food for approximately 6 people. 9 More details soon These gifts of food are to be shared with our River Haven family at this very special time of the year. In Medieval times the gift of food was very common and in the very early periods these where the only gifts given at Christmas.

RSVP 4th Decemeber, 2010 to Brighid & Ringwar.

 Please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. Parents or carers who will have children under 12 years attending the Merriment must let Brighid know by 4th December, 2010 so suitable medieval gifts can be arranged. Please provide the child's name and age by the booking date.

Gift Giving

Here is a small list of suggestions for the Medieval gifts for Lords and Ladies:-

  •  Leather pouches (both)
  •  Calico pouches or bags- shoes, feasting gear, general hold all goods etc (both)
  •  Meddle holders (lady)
  •  Snoods (lady)
  •  Braces (lord)
  •  Leg garters for people's hose (both)
  •  1 mt linen material for on going project (lady)
  •  $10 gift voucher from that Great Medieval Market place –Spotlight (both)
  •  Jewellery (Lady)
  •  Bag of hand made beads –(both)
  •  Set of pillar candles (both)
  •  Leather guard used for archery-arm and finger (both)
  •  Bee wax (both)
  •  Bed coifs - small for men and women
  •  Coifs –s mall for wearing under heavy armour
  •  Embroidery kits (lady)
  •  Needles for embroidery or leatherwork (both)0
  •  Embroidery hoop (both)
  •  Horn item (both)
  •  Hand woven towels (Both)
  •  Fancy buttons for that new doublet (both)
  •  Lace and trims (both)
  •  Parchment (both)
  •  Paints (both)
  •  Hat pins (both)
  •  Candles – unscented and no colours (both)

Mini Market : Wed 1st December -some night as cheese making. Will be holding a mini market for those who wish to purchase a gift -approx valve at $8.00. Please come with small notes and change as members who are selling will not alot of change to exchange large notes etc.

Pot Luck Plate Information

We will be asking those who are attend this event to bring a pot luck plate of finger-style food for 6 people.
We are providing brinks -medieval cordials and cold water and drinks in fridge( $1) BYO alcoholic beverages


  • Hot/cold meats – roast chicken, beef, lamb or pork, ham, corn beef
  • Fish: Salmon
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Cheese
  • Bread & butter
  • Fresh fruit
  • Quiches – different fillings
  • Pastries – sweet or savoury
  • Custard tart
  • Cream
  • Fried mushrooms
  • Boiled eggs
  • Ginger bread
  • Almond biscuits
  • Shortbread
  • Pate
  • Potted meat
  • Meatballs with sauce
  • Turkish delight
  • Fruit tarts - Apple, apricot or pear tarts
  • Fritters
  • Please NO soup or stews for this event

(If you want to be alittle more adventurous check out the medieval cooking books at the River Haven Hall library or search to the Internet. Gode Cookery - just to get you started. Compiled by Josseline de la Cour 2010)

Click here for more Full pot luck info.

Please confirm what you are bringing when you book for the event

Gladden your spirits with the Merriment!

 Ringwar and Brighid

Medieval Christmas Merriment Menu & Service

River Haven Event 2010

First Remove: Pot Luck Dishes
Smoked Salmon, Grete pyes & Saffron tarts,
Roast Beef with Gravy, Apricot Cheese,
Roast Pork with apple sauce, Mushroom & leeks pastry bits
Ham on the bone with Plum sauce, Spinach & Ricotta Pastizzi
Chicken pieces, Savoury Fritters, Onion Tart
Stuffed Eggs, Fruit & Cheese, Stuffed Dates
Green Salad
Breads: Pumpkin, Cob loaves & Rustic Sourdough
Mint syrup Drink


We gather ‘round this table, where bodies are renewed
Where hearts appease their hunger, For we feast on more than food.
Bless this food and all those gathered here
In the Spirit & Joy that Christmas holds true.

Second Remove: Pot Luck Dishes
Fresh Fruit platters
Fruit Salad
Apple pie, Custard Tart
A platter of dried fruits, nuts and seeds,
Fruit tarts
Marchapane Cake
Sweet Pudding
Almond Cream / Figgie
Dried Fruit & nuts /Turkish Delights
Served with Cream or Custard

“The Shieling”
“The Three Feathers” Puppet Show By Robin of Twyford
Medieval Music & Dancing