The Order of the Argent Lozenge

Mission Statement, Rules and regulations

Mission Statement

The Order of the Argent Lozenge is dedicated to preserving history, in particular Mediæval History circa 1200 AD.

Through recreation, living history display and performance our aim is to both educate and entertain the interested public thereby preserving our past.

Through recreation we aim to preserve the old skills and trades of times past preserving and keeping alive the tangible aspects of a bygone era for the benefit of today and tomorrows children.

The Order embraces all cultures and nationalities in an effort to preserve the past. It is our aim to establish living history displays and performances from all cultures circa 1200 AD.

 The Order of The Argent Lozenge is a not-for-profit, non-financial group. By definition the Order is club consisting of like-minded people with a common interest and sharing common goals. The purpose of the club is to present an opportunity for those with a love of history, in particular circa 1200, to share their interest with each other, to provide opportunities for the members to use their equipment and skills in an appropriate setting, and inline with the afore mentioned provide a public spectacle when possible to educate and entertain the public through living history demonstrations, fayres and tourneys.

Rules and Regulations

General: All members of the Order are to make an effort at developing authentic looking displays for the era. Members must be able to demonstrate some historical evidence to validate their historical recreations. Some anachronisms are permitted (for example a modified cooking tripod with elevated fire pan, using a sewing machine on your tent or costume).

At all times members of the Order are expected to behave in a chivalrous and courteous manner toward all people while representing the Order and at any event held by the Order or at any event the Order is partaking in.

The Administrator: The Administrator is the person in the club who coordinates the effort, enrolls new members, keeps the current membership list, issues membership cards, collects and distributes any monies from or to members in accordance with the rules below and keeps a record of all such transactions, pays out any costs from said collected monies as required and in accordance with the rules set out below.

The Administrator is the public contact with the Order and as such must always represent the Order appropriately.

The position of Administrator becomes vacant after two consecutive years in office. At such a time and at the next monthly meeting members will have the opportunity to nominate themselves or another for the position of Administrator. The outgoing Administrator can be re-nominated at this time if he or she so chooses. Once nominations are received the attending members will vote by show of hands for their preferred candidate. The majority of votes decide who fills the position of Administrator.

To be eligible for nomination as Administrator the candidate must possess the necessary computer skills with MS word, MS Excel, MS Front page and email. The candidate must have access to the Internet. The candidate must possess good organizational skills and be sufficiently competent in their ability to undertake the position of Administrator as set out in these rules. This applies in particular to competencies governing the checking of weapons, armour and combat.

Membership: Any person residing in Australia can obtain membership subject to the conditions set out within this document. Membership is FREE of cost. Life membership is automatically granted except in the case where an individual requests membership for a selected period.. The membership of any member will be immediately cancelled:

(1) At the discretion of the Administrator, after consultation with a majority of members, for any person convicted of a criminal offence.

(2) For any person who causes the Order to fall into disrepute

(3) For any person seeking financial gain from the activities of the Order or in the name of the Order. (Exemptions: (1) the Order is paid for its participation in a fayre or tourney, where members of the Order require reimbursement for any expenditure associated with the Order participating at such an event .  Any money paid to the order will be paid to the name of the current administrator.  The Administrator will then pay all participating members of the said event an even portion of the sum received rounded up or down as applicable at the next monthly meeting.)  Note:  In any such cases the Administrator will be completely transparent with all members in their dealings with monies received and the subsequent distribution of even portions to those entitled.  Any dishonesty on the part of the Administrator in this regard will result in membership cancellation and possible legal action. (2) When allowed members selling period style goods from a stall within the encampment of the Order where the price of items is set for the recouperation of monies spent on the production of stock for sale. In this case only one stall tent will be allowed and all members wishing to sell goods will pool in this tent.)

(5) Membership will be considered cancelled for any member not having paid the A.L.H.F. insurance levy when required annually.

(6) Membership can be cancelled at anytime by a member for themselves.

Membership cards from cancelled members are to be returned to the administrator.

Public Liability Insurance: Each member is advised to seek a personal public liability insurance policy to cover their activities in the public arena. The Order will not under any circumstances accept liability for action taken against a member.

The clause above will become redundant in the following situations. (1) If at anytime the Order obtains a Public Liability Insurance Policy in its own right. In such a case members will be required to contribute an equal portion to the annual premium per annum. (2) If at anytime the Order joins a parent body where the Order itself is covered by a Public Liability Insurance Policy through that parent body, members will be required to contribute an equal portion to the premium and membership fees for said organization and insurance cover.

*Note: Prospective members are advised to seek their own pubic liability insurance.

In the two cases above insurance premium contributions will be applicable to all members starting from the first insurance premium payment due following their membership to the Order.

Meetings: Irregular weekend or week day camping events incorporating a formal O.A.L meeting will be held at Tara Queensland. Communication publicizing these weekend events will be via telephone, snail mail or email. The email group is open to all current members of the order.

Weapons and Weapon play: (Adapted and modified from the rules of the QLHF)

The Event Coordinator or current Administrator or suitably experienced member is authorized to act as Marshal where required to comply with safety and other regulations

 

Minimum age for any person partaking in combat or weapons play will be sixteen (16) years of age. A person under the age of eighteen (18) must provide written parental or guardian consent to the Administrator of the Order before that person will be allowed to participate in combat. No combatants shall train or enter combat while under the influence of alcohol or other performance effecting substances. A combatant found to be under the influence of alcohol or other performance effecting substances will be removed from current combat, barred from further participation at the event, and may be expelled from the Order under clause 2 of the conditions of membership.

If a combatant has a pre-existing medical condition that could effect safety in combat, it must be declared to the Administrator, Event Coordinator or Marshal before participating in any combat demonstration.

A bleeding combatant must leave the field immediately and not return until the wound is covered and the bleeding stopped.

At any public event in which the Order is involved, no member shall swear aloud so that a member of the public can hear. The Administrator, Event Coordinator or Marshal is empowered to remove a combatant for persistent swearing - a warning must be issued to a combatant prior to such a removal.

The administrator, Event Coordinator or Marshals are inviolable from abuse. Any abuse will result in dismissal from further combat at the current event. The Administrators, Event Coordinators or Marshals principal role in the case of weapons play is to regulate combat and demonstrations so as to ensure the safety of participants and public within the environs of edged weapons fighting. The Administrator, Event Coordinator or Marshals are responsible for making sure all combatants are aware of the rules of combat before they take to the field for any combat. The Administrator, Event Coordinator or Marshals shall conduct weapon, armour and safety checks on all combatants before the combat commences as per the standards below - acceptance or rejection of any piece of equipment is at the Administrators, Event Coordinator or Marshal's discretion. During a combat the Administrators, Event Coordinator or marshal's duties are :

· to regulate combat so as to ensure the safety of participants and public within the environs of edged weapons fighting

· to call "HOLD" for reasons of safety ( eg first aid, danger to participants or observers etc)

· to call "HOLD" if dangerous actions are taking place and intervention is required

· to calm combatants down

· to preserve the safety of the public

· to talk to combatants when behaviour modification is required

Combat competence of individual participants is to be determined by the Administrator, Event Coordinator or Marshal before participating in the event, this assessment is based on a suitable level of safety as stated in these rules for use of the particular weapons involved. Any combatant deemed unsafe/ not of a sufficient standard shall be removed from combat. Any Combatant disputing the Administrators, Event Coordinators or Marshal's decision regarding the formers Combat Competence will have the right to demonstrate same in a Trail by Combat with the attending official.

If a Combatant is injured and cannot proceed, the attacker MUST leave the field as well. Any bleeding injuries should be assessed immediately as to their severity and possible untreated consequences

State and Federal laws governing prohibited weapons must be followed.

The Administrator, Event Coordinator or Marshal will ban a piece of equipment from use if it fails inspection.

All weapons to be rust and dirt free, and clean of nicks and burrs so as to minimize the chance of cuts and infection.

Equipment must not present a safety hazard to the user or other people. All equipment is to be inspected and approved for use by the Administrator, Event Coordinator or Marshal prior to being taken into the combat field.

All edged weapons for use in combat or choreographed demonstration will have rebated edges and round tips.

No flexible weapons will be used in any combat or choreographed demonstration.
This means the use of flails, ball and chain, morning stars, nets etc is banned from use at all times within the Order.

Peasant tools such as sickles, scythes etc are also banned as the point and transfer of power to point is too great and too hard to control.

The use of spears within inter-group combat - historically accurate to the era and culture portrayed - will be dictated by the skill level of the combatant as demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Administrator, Event Coordinator or Marshal.

NOTE: A spear thrust executed so the front hand is released (to get the maximum reach possible) is NOT allowed. Two handed spear holds should always have a 45cms minimum distance between hands.

Mass weapons in combats shall be treated with the respect they deserve.

Any unimpeded blow delivered by a mass weapon to any a part of the body shall be deemed a kill regardless of armour class.

Deflection is the only way to save oneself from a blow from a Mass weapon - parrying or shield checking would not work in real combat.

Mass weapons include Two-handed axes, Two-handed hammers, Halbards, Pike mauls, and any other mass weapon produced.

Small bladed weapons on long-shafts are peasant tools, and if allowed onto a battlefield they shall be deemed spears and treated accordingly.

Before entering into combat, participants should check their equipment and perform the following:

a. File out notches and burrs in bladed, repair shafts and grips

b. Mend any damaged armour, especially mail as "mail-moth" spreads rapidly

c. Remove splinters from hafts of poles etc by rubbing with sandpaper

Weapons must not be stuck in the ground, as doing so creates the risk of serious infection should anyone be injured by the weapon.

The minimum armour required to participate in combat is a helm (A helm must be deep enough to protect the temples. It must be securely fastened by a chinstrap or equivalent manner so that the helm cannot accidentally fall off or turn to block vision.
The fastening must be quick releasing and easily accessible by others from the outside to facilitate first aid. The helm must have either an internal padding or suspension lining), arming cap (An arming cap, helm padding or armour must cover the back of the head to the neck and cover the temples.), gambeson, (When a gambeson is worn without other armour it must be at least of a length to protect the groin area, the torso, the points of the shoulders and the armpit areas. The gambeson should be no less than 12mm thick if worn in isolation or 8mm thick if worn in combination with some other armour.) gauntlets, (Hand protection should consist of a leather mitten or glove extending to the wrist with mail, leather or steel plate neatly and securely fastened to the back and thumb), shoes, gorget (A gorget must be of sufficiently thick leather to protect the neck or of not less than 2mm steel plate in construction), groin protection for males and females (Rigid groin protection is required to be worn by both males and females in all interclub combat), and breast protection for females.

All blows are to be delivered in a controlled manner with only sufficient force to be felt by an opponent without causing actual injury to the opponent.
No blow is ever to be delivered with full force. There is no place in inter-group combat for unarmed hand-to-hand combat of any sort. If you receive a killing blow at any time, lay down and wait for the end of combat.

There must never be any intent to injure a fellow participant in the combat or any other individual. Thrusts, blows and feints of any description must not be made at any time to the following areas : Face, Groin, Elbows, Neck, Kidneys, Knees, Spine, Hands, Feet.

No thrusts or horizontal cuts will be allowed above the armpit. Any cut made above the armpit shall be plus or minus 15 degrees from the centre. If contact to any non-target area occurs and the blow is performed with intent, the offender will be barred from further participation at the event by the Administrator, Event Coordinator or Marshal.
An unimpeded legal blow to the following areas are considered an instant kill
the Helm, either shoulder, the torso.

A cut or thrust to the following areas are considered to have severed an artery and will cause death in two minutes (continue fighting until any further legal blow is received then take it as a kill regardless of where it hits):

· the inside of the leg above the knee

· the inside of the arm above the torso

One blow to any limb is considered to have rendered that limb totally useless.
Two blows to the same limb is considered to be a kill.

It is the responsibility of the person giving a glancing blow to call it as having been glancing to the opponent. A glancing blow will not be counted as a "kill" or "injury" once indicated by the giver.

Shield charging may only be done at a maximum of a jogging pace and is prohibited against the back of an unaware opponent.

No two handed weapon (including spears) may be used one handed to strike a blow.

All fencing activities and other martial arts activities are to be demonstrated within a double fenced Eric. NO REAL BOUTS are permitted. No archery combat is permitted. Unarmoured choreographed martial arts demonstrations are permitted only between two consenting and well-practiced combatants demonstrating particular styles of period unarmoured combat. At no time are heavy blows to be delivered, all blows must be ‘pulled’ and at no time is full speed combat permitted.

All weapons must be kept secure enough to prevent an unauthorized person from simply picking one up and walking off with it. Sharp weapons used for display must be sheathed the exception to this rule is when you show this weapon one on one.

Encampment: To actively participate in a camping event, members will be required to provide themselves with all they deem necessary to keep themselves fed and comfortable for the duration of the event and in period. Modern items you bring are fine, but please keep them out of sight whilst the public is present). After an event members are reminded to leave the venue as clean, if not cleaner than when they arrived.

Fire rules: Cooking fires are to be setup in a manner whereby the ground beneath them is not scorched. This can be achieved by having an elevated fire pan suspended in a tripod or other cooking apparatus that elevates the fire above ground level. Where allowed a sufficiently deep bed of sand or soil can be laid and removed after the event. Poured concrete is not to be used. At events in a public place or at an event open to the public no bon-fires are permitted. Every participant with a cooking fire must provide fire-fighting equipment, a dry powder fire extinguisher is preferred. At no times are fires to be left unattended at any event. Local fire restrictions and rules must be observed at all times. All members are to be mindful of public safety when cooking fires are lit whilst the public is present.

Money and costs: The Order is a not for profit and non-financial group. The object is to bring persons with an interest in Mediæval history together for public displays as well as members only weekends. This means each member who wishes to take part in an event will be expected to pay an even portion of any cost involved. (For example, hire of venue and acceptable advertising).

Event establishment procedure: Any member can propose an event, either a day event, a weekend event or a school afternoon demonstration, etc or can attend an event. 

The protocol for attending an event is:

If you are attending an event as a re-enactor you must notify the Administrator  of your intention to attend and supply details of what, where, when and proof of the event holders current public liability insurance for the event.  The Administrator is required to inform our parent body  (ALHF) of any such attendance. 

The protocol for proposing an event is:

Most importantly:  Notify the Administrator of your proposed event and confirm same to the Administrator as soon as you know it will be held for certain. This will give the Administrator time to notify the Australian Living History Federation.

(1) Advise the members through the email group and at the monthly meeting. You will need to give the name of the event, the location, the dates and times from when members can arrive and when members must depart. The overall cost. (Tentatively booked).

(2) You will give this information out at least 8 weeks prior to the event. (First monthly meeting)

(3) Interested members will have 2 weeks to confirm to you that they will be attending. (Give them your phone number and email). If at the end of the booking period you do not have enough interest you can cancel the event by making it known at the monthly meeting (the second monthly meeting) and on the email group.

(4) Once bookings are closed you will notify the booked members of the cost per member. (Keep a record of names and contact details of participating members). If after the cost is considered some members renege, recalculate the cost and inform the others who wish to participate.  If a significant number of the others renege at this point you can cancel the event by making it known at the next monthly meeting (second monthly meeting) and on the email group.

(5) By the end of the 4th week all monies must be received by you (Second monthly meeting) and receipts given.

(6) If all is well, and you have enough participants, go ahead and pay for the venue and/or advertising. Tell the participating members it’s on, see you there.

(7) ALL MEMBERS NOTE: MONIES PAID TOWARD AN EVENT ARE NOT REFUNDABLE IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE EVENT. The reason for this is that monies paid will be an equal portion of the cost for the event and not more. Being a non-financial Order refunds are not possible without coming out of the pocket of another member. If you have contributed toward an event that you cannot attend, please consider that your money has gone to a good cause and as such you have supported the effort, a noble gesture.

The exception to this rule is where an event is cancelled before the venue etcetera is paid for.  In this case all monies are to be refunded.  If the event is cancelled after the venue etcetera are paid for refunds will be made only if the venue provider refunds the cost either in full or in part. Depending on the former the refund to each contributor will be for the whole amount paid by them or a portion thereof.

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