[DRA] Winchester Pilgrimage

Come all ye pilgrims and travellers, and join the Shire of West
Dragoningshire for a pilgrimage at the Hospital of St Cross and Almshouse
of Noble Poverty.

Share with us in an evening of Chaucer; a morning pilgrimage to Winchester Cathedral, during which we will be tested on our knowledge of such things that would be known by pilgrims of yore; an afternoon demonstration of our fighting skills and an evening of feasting and storytelling.

The activities of Friday and Saturday evenings will be private to
ourselves, though the resident brothers may join us for the Chaucer
reading.  During the day on Saturday, the site is open to the public. The
fighting demonstration in the afternoon will be a public display, which has
been very warmly received in previous years. Our hosts are keen that we
should show that we do more than fighting, so those skilled in the arts and
sciences are especially invited to show their activities and works (though
not in formal demonstrations).

Our hosts would also like to see merchants with wares to sell, both to our
members and to the public.

We are hoping that there will be time and space for attendees to learn
about the Personal Pilgrimage being promoted by the Kingdom A&S Minister.

** The Site
The Hospital of St Cross was founded in the 12th century and is one of the
most beautiful  period sites that we have used.  Crash space is available
in the Tudor halls.  Those with period pavilions are welcome to erect them
on the green in the centre, and those with mundane tents camp in the
adjacent gardens. Facilties are limited. The toilets are outdoors and there
may be limited access to a shower.

Food will be simple travellers’ fare on Friday evening, both breakfasts and
Saturday lunch, with a Pilgrim’s feast on Saturday evening.

Hospital of St Cross, St Cross Road, Winchester, SO23 9SD

The site is around 10 minutes drive from J11 of the M3 and a 20-minute walk from Winchester station and the city centre.

** Cost:
Adults:         £20
Day Trip      £15 (without feast £10)
Under 16      £10
Under 5        free
Family cap   £60

Merchants – the site will levy an additional charge of £20 for those that
wish to set up to sell their wares.

Cheques payable to SCA West Dragonshire at the address below.

** Event Steward
Raphe Cuthbert

** Reservations
Mistress Ariel of Lindisfarne

** Marshal
Duncan Forbes cpuffer@red-belt.org.uk