College of St Aldhelm

St Aldhelm is a College in the Barony of Politarchopolis, based at the Australian National University in the Australian Capital Territory. The College was founded in September 1987 (AS 22) under the name St Cassian with Michael Dunn as the first Seneschal. The Collegians are referred to as Aldhelmites.

The College has various communication mediums, including their website, an email list and a facebook group. When in production, the College’s newsletter is called The Riddle, named so because St Aldhelm wrote a collection of riddles in his lifetime.

The device for St Aldhelm, as emblazoned on the Lochac Roll of Arms, is:

Per fess azure and Or, in bend sinister a tower within a laurel wreath argent and three fountains in bend.

Arms of the College of St Aldhelm, as rendered by Master William Castille.

Arms of the College of St Aldhelm, as rendered by Master William Castille.

St Aldhelm’s signature events include:

  • Tower and Tavern Feast – named after the tower charge in the College device, this is an annual event that usually includes a rapier tournament and feast, though a heavy tournament may also be run. Sometimes the format of the rapier tournament is inspired by tavern brawling.