Yule Ball (of Fire) 2017

1 – 3 December 2017  at Buckden Towers, Cambridgeshire, England

Buckden Towers
High Street
St. Neots
PE19 5TA


Martial Activities:

Armoured & Rapier:
Alexandre d’Avigné

Lord Eldgrimr Jonsson


Gift Exchange

A traditional part of the Flintheath Yule Ball is the gift exchange. Each attendee brings a small wrapped gift, with at most an indication of whether it is for a Lord or Lady. These gifts are then handed out during Feast by the Holly Monarch. Gifts may be something made or something bought by the donor, but should not be addressed to any single individual.

The Holly Monarch this year will be decided by Arts & Science (Populace choice)

Over the last few years the Holly Monarch and the Gift Exchange have become firm traditions of the Flintheath Yule Ball. He or she wins the leather sash for the year, and before returning it must add their own arms to join those of their predecessors upon it.

It is the duty of the Holly King or Queen to hand out the gifts during the Feast prior to the Ball. Due to the number of people this year however, the Holly Monarch will only deliver to the children, the High Table and kitchen staff during the feast this year. The other gifts will be self-service after the feast. Participation is voluntary, but please only take a gift if you donated one.

To participate in the gift exchange you should bring along a small wrapped gift, either something you made or bought (no more than ~£5-10), or something you no longer have a use for. If the gift is definitively for a certain class of person, this should be marked (eg: male/female, boy/girl, fighter/artisan, a particular type of persona). Gifts should not be designated for any particular individual. The gifts will be collected at Troll in a couple of wicker baskets and kept safe until Feast, at which time they will be distributed.

Accommodation and Fees (per person):

Event FeescostAccommodation Feescost
Adult (14yrs+):£40Dormitory Bunk:£10
Adult (14yrs+), no feast:£30B&B (bed only):£44
Child (8-13yrs):£20 3 Apartments:inquiry
Child (8-13yrs), no feast:£10 Camping:no extra charge
Infant (under 8yrs):Free
On the door surcharge:10%

Dormitory bunks require you to bring bedding. If luggage capacity is a problem please let us know at least two weeks in advance so that we can arrange to supply bedding. Bunk/bed allocation will only be considered confirmed on receipt of payment or travel details if travelling from over the water.
The B&B rooms are located within the Victorian House and will be reserved on a self-catering basis (ie: breakfast is supplied by the event, not the site). There are 3 en-suite B&B rooms, the rest share bathrooms. They all share a sitting room which will most likely be assigned as a classroom during the day. All the rooms contain a private sink. Single B&B bookings will be paired off. The site requests that all guests in the House strip and remake their beds prior to departure.
Payment will be accepted via BACS transfer. Please contact us for the account details.

We have to provide final overnight numbers to the site two weeks prior to the event.

We will not be providing lifts due to a lack of volunteers, which meant staff who should have been on site had to be off-site on Friday night. There is ample taxi service from both Huntingdon and St. Neots’ stations. Closer to the time if people provide their arrival times, we will keep a webpage so that different parties can coordinate and share taxis.

The dormitories are accessed via a spiral staircase, which for their type is wide and with a normal gradient.
The Hall is at ground level.
The kitchen/dining area is accessible via the spiral staircase or a grass ramp from outside.
The apartments are accessible via a normal wooden staircase and are located in the Inner Gatehouse.
The B&B rooms are accessible via a shallow grand staircase and our recommended option for those gentles with mobility issues.


Cancellation before 4th November: full refund*
Cancellation before 18th November: 50% refund*
Cancellation 18th November or later: no refund

* Due to SCA Exchequer rules, refunds will be by GBP cheque.

Feast and Staff


The feast will be in the Tower Hall and potentially the Lower Hall. If there are insufficient numbers to have 30 in the Tower Hall then the two halls will be merged. The Tower Hall has a cap of 70 and the Lower Hall a cap of 30-35 unless the Tower Hall is already full. Any seat preferences will be allocated on a first confirmed basis.


Event Steward: Lord Gyles Rochester
email: gyles.rochester@icloud.com

Deputy Event Steward:Lord Nero Lupo

Reservations Steward: Lady Auriana dicta Lopere

Depudy Reservations Steward: Lady Aðisla Arnulfsdottir

Head Cook:
Olaf of Flintheath (Head Chef  in Mundane life.)

Ball Coordinator: Mistress Margerte de May