[DRA] Spring Crown Tournament

The Shire of Thamesreach hereby invites you all to a great tourney, to determine the heirs to the Crown of Drachenwald.

The shire of Thamesreach is pleased to host Spring Crown Tourney Friday 27 March to Sunday 29 March 2009 - note early date!

Foxlease Activity Centre
Clay Hill
SO43 7DE
Tel: 02380282638
Fax: 023803282561

Site opens 6pm Friday evening, closes 12noon or 1pm Sunday afternoon.
The site is discreetly wet.
Smoking in designated areas only.

Lyndhurst is in the middle of the ancient and historic New Forest (it was 'new' for William the Conqueror, anyway!). It's about 10 miles west of Southampton, and 80 miles SW of London. This site was last used at the Autumn Crown Tournament of John and Honor, in autumn of AS 39 (2004) - the tournament won by TE Padraig and Elsa.

Since then, the Guides have built an additional hall for residences and have made further renovations to improve it.

Activities & Volunteers
The main focus of the day is the tourney itself, to determine the heirs to Marcus and Cecilia. The marshal in charge is the HG Sir Alaric of Bangor. The list minister is the Kingdom list minister, or their designated deputy.

Other activities planned:
Kingdom Arts and Sciences competition and display - please consult the Kingdom A&S minister for details
Scriptorium, as space allows
Classes as space and volunteers allow
Peerage meetings
Pickup fighting and rapier combat, depending on availability of marshals
Afternoon/evening dancing, depending on availability of musicians and dance leaders
All these activities require additional volunteers to make them happen.

We will need:
Early-arrival folk to put up signs and help the reservations steward set up
Marshals for combat
Kitchen staff for cooking (please contact the cook to volunteer!)
Breakfast/lunch setup crew to arrange these meals
Scullery staff to wash up after feast
Set up staff to arrange the hall for feast and for court
Teachers for classes
Musicians and dance leaders for dancing


By Car:
From the M3/M27 take the M271 then A35 to Lyndhurst. In Lyndhurst take the A337 towards Brockenhurst. Foxlease is signposted on the right-hand side just beyond the one-way system.

By Train:
Nearest train station is Brockenhurst Station, 3 miles away from the site.

From London Waterloo to Brockenhurst: journey approx 1hr 40 mins. Consult National Rail Journey Planner for fares and times. The trains run until around 11pm (some times later) depending on the route.

In England, you can book train tickets up to 3 months in advance. Booking earlier is much cheaper and guarantees you a seat, but requires that you commit to a fixed route and departure time. The tickets you buy at the station are more expensive, but are more flexible with scheduling.

To get from Brockenhurst to Foxlease, call a local taxi, or arrange pickup. Local bus service is infrequent.

By air:
Southampton Airport, 10 miles away (mostly internal flights only). From Southampton, pick up the train to Brockenhurst, approx 30 mins. Bristol Airport, 80 miles Gatwick Airport, 90 miles From Gatwick, take the train to Clapham Junction and change trains for Brockenhurst. Heathrow Airport, 80 miles

From Heathrow take the Railair coach to Woking train station, then take train to Brockenhurst.

We will try to arrange pickups from Brockenhurst station and the town of Lyndhust, but these will depend on volunteer drivers, and will require a small fee.

General inquiries about the event (and offers to volunteer!) to the stewards:
Guy de Dinan
Asbiorn inn Eyverski
Genevieve la flechiere

Head cook: Edith of Hedingham
Assistant cook: Alaric of Bangor (mka S. Parsons)
Want to help in the kitchen? Let Edith know!
Marshal in change: Alaric of Bangor

Reservations & travel coordination
Please send reservation details to:
Constanza of Thamesreach

Any dietary requirements (particularly meat/non-meat eater) If you want a pickup from Brockenhurst station, please send the reservations steward your travel arrangement details (ie. train arrival/departure times), as soon as you know them. We cannot book a pickup if we don't know when to meet you! Pickups require a small fee towards petrol, TBA.

£28 full weekend fee (site, bunk, meals, feast): members
£21 for daytrip (site fee, all meals from Fri evening to Sun morning, incl. feast) - for those staying in B&Bs or at home £12, site fee only (no bunk, no meals, no feast): members £12 feast only (arriving after 6pm, not staying over)
Children 5-12
£12 whole weekend, as above
£8 day trip w/ food, as above
£5 day trip, no food, as above
£5 feast only, as above
Children under 4: free
Family cap = (2 adults + children)
Late fees: for reservations (and payments) made after Sunday, 1 March 2009, please add £10/person

UK residents are asked to pay in advance to confirm their reservations.

Anyone coming from outside the 'English pound zone' is asked to send travel details ASAP, so we're certain that you are attending. If you must cancel, please tell us as soon as you know, so we can free up a space for someone else!

Payment methods: Cash accepted in person at coming events. OR send a GBP sterling cheque payable to "Thamesreach SCA" to:
Spring Crown Tournament
c/o 17 Moye Close,
London UK
E2 8QN